The two 18-minute parts of “maze” were composed in 2014 for release on tape. With this CD re-issue, they finally find their way onto composer EMERGE's own attenuation circuit label. This is quite fitting, as the compositions are also a document of the label's local network of collaborators at the time. EMERGE asked friends and colleagues for short sonic contributions which were then worked into one or both of the compositions. In alphabetical order, the contributors are deep, elektrojudas, Gerald Fiebig, Niku Senpuki, Prinzip Nemesis, and Danijel Zambo.

The ten-year time-warp back to 2014 takes us into an earlier phase of EMERGE's career when his music was more strongly characterised by drones than it is today. “Maze” comes as a particularly fine example of that “dark drone” period. Two intense currents of sounds, pushing and pulling forward without stopping, yet sometimes accelerating, intensifying, bubbling, boiling, sizzling, yet also crushing things that try to get in their way with crunching, crackling noises. The labyrinthine task that the title “maze” suggests may be trying to identify the individual contributions to EMERGE's sound – but most of it is so intricately worked into the overall sonic flow that it makes more sense to simply ride the sound wave with open ears or dive into the rising tide. This “maze” is not one to get lost in – instead it offers its listeners refreshing clarity.

File under: drone, electroacoustic

ACU 1068

factory-produced CDr in cardboard sleeve

Released in 2024

limited to 50 copies

price: 7.00 EUR (excl. postage)

maze 1
contributions by: Gerald Fiebig, elektrojudas, Niku Senpuki, Danijel Zambo, Prinzip Nemesis

maze 2
contributions by: deep, Prinzip Nemesis, Niku Senpuki

composed in 2014
originally released on tape by Required Rate of Return Records in 2018
mastering, photography and design by EMERGE

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EMERGE maze cover front
EMERGE maze cover back
EMERGE maze Inlay
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