Lloyd Cole & Wolfgang Seidel
Berlin Solos: Live at Basic Electricity
Sound Anatomy SA003
LLOYD COLE – modular synthesizer
WOLGANG SEIDEL – Buchla Music Easel, tabletop guitar
1. Anthaler (Cole) 12:36
2. Berlin Solo (Seidel) 24:43
recorded live in concert at Basic Electricity @ Lichtblick Kino, Berlin, 11 September 2015
mastered by Richard Scott
image by Philippa Jeffery
design by Clarke Robinson
thanks to Navs and Basic Electricity
Sound Anatomy is delighted to present a historic release consisting of two modular synthesizer solos recorded live at one of Berlin’s oldest and wisest experimental electronic music concert series, Basic Electricity.
Both Lloyd Cole and Wolfgang Seidel are veteran performers each having long and eclectic musical careers behind them: Cole, a celebrated English dissident soulboy indie-rocker known for his sardonic wit and lyricism, and Seidel, a Krautrock legend who played drums with the likes of Conrad Schnitzler and Ton Steine Scherben back in the days when the Wall still divided the city. In recent years both musicians have become deeply absorbed by the charms of analogue modular synthesizers. Amazingly, neither of them had performed solo in such a context before this concert was recorded in September 2015. These recordings thus represent world premieres of both of them performing as modular synthesizer soloists.
With “Anhalter” Lloyd Cole has created a unique and original piece of ambient electronic music, curiously perched between tension and resolution, its rhythmic pulsing and stretched tonality suggesting directions which are perhaps all the more curious for being hinted at but not taken. Eerie and curious, it is an accomplished work and also a tantalising glimpse of possible future developments.
“Berlin Solo” documents Wolfgang Seidel’s first public performance with his recently acquired Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, though there is no evidence of trepidation in the way he launches into this deeply sonorous exploration of tone, drone and texture. The synthesizer is interpolated with chords from a tabletop guitar (a reminder of the sound of early Kluster and Eruption) building, looping and hovering. Seidel spins a beguiling tale at once sensitive, dark and ominous.