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Ganz im Gegenteil

by Andy Klingensmith

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Ganz im Gegenteil – the title of Andy Klingensmith's new album – roughly translates to “quite the opposite”. This element of a slightly surprising shift in perspective is at the core of the record. Equally inspired by the pain and catastrophes caused by human ignorance and the vast natural beauty of the Death Valley (the lowest point in North America), Ganz im Gegenteil was composed and assembled using recordings which explore the tactile sounds of various objects, sand, tree branches, and many odd stretches of stone, as well as recordings of silences. The result is an absorbing, panoramic and restrained sound collage with the subtlest hints of minimal techno and trance interwoven with ambiences, indeterminate rhythms, jury-rigged electronics and concrete sounds. The closing moments encapsulate the cryptic, tribal, vaguely frightening feeling that permeates the record, albeit in the sonic language of almost-pop, sourced from a warbled new-age-tape.

Klingensmith's approach to recording and sound in general here isn't autobiographical, but could rather be described as empathetic. Recorded across Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, and Death Valley, California throughout 2020 and 2021, Ganz im Gegenteil makes use of sonic moments both completely isolated as well as familiar, and occupies the liminal space in between the two. Recordings of domestic objects like jewelry, hairbrushes and coffee cups are interwoven indeterminately with late evening soundscapes of ancient natural wonders. The recording hovers in a limbo of intimacy, fragility and pleasant uncertainty, a place you slowly recognize yourself and others in. The work intensely appreciates the ones that surrounded and informed it, but also recognizes that there is something universal about the human experience, and, by extension, the way we experience this work. We think the life we live can only be lived by us, but quite the opposite is true.
(Adam Badí Donoval)

credits

released October 11, 2021

Thanks to Vanessa for sharing life with me, providing photographs, her voice, and sounds on “Crushing Paper Stars.” Thanks to Estlin for his friendship and ears. Thanks to Ján and Skupina for their notes, their support, and the important work they do both inside and outside of sound. Field recordings and improvisational sessions took place in Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, and Death Valley, California throughout 2020 and 2021.

Recorded, mixed, and composed by Andy Klingensmith
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Photography by Vanessa Valadez
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Annotation and Mastering by Adam Badí Donoval
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Tape duplication by Headless Duplicated Tapes
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Design by Deep Throat Studio
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Released by Skupina as SKPN008 in 2021

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