FRIEDER BUTZMANN

I Am A 7-inch Single

(Ultra Eczema - UE83) 7-inch $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

The German hero of prank art, weirdo live shows, and real head-scratch records is back with a single about a single. Jacket is a stencil-print of Elvis. Edition of 200.

FRIEDER BUTZMANN

Wie Zeit Vergeht

(Pan - PAN14) LP $27.00 (Out-of-stock)

The Berserker of Berlin's uninterrupted stream of timbre-changing and alternating sounds takes influence from aspects of Stockhausen's work, albeit certainly far from Serielle Komposition methods. Using an entirely different array of equipment and caring less for technical finesse, a raw and sometimes absurd quality emerges. In spite of the dramatic character of the compositions, Butzmann works with the same joy and intuition as when he first heard them almost 40 years ago. Manipulating analogue sounds culled from old electronic recordings that he made at STEIM in Amsterdam back in 1995 (using the infamous Black Box modular system), a dadaistic influence shines through in the semi-naive use of electronics, vocals and undefined sound sources. For Butzmannm the basic idea is always more important than the perfect realization. The lyrics are excerpts of ... wie die Zeit vergeht ..., Telemusik and Kurzwellen by Stockhausen plus re-writings of lyrics used in the first section of the composer's concrete and electronic composition Hymnen. 140-gram vinyl, color jacket, silkscreened PVC sleeve. Edition of 500.