Christina Kubisch – Twelve Signals (Semishigure, 2004)


Christina Kubisch
Twelve Signals

CD Semishigure semi 004 (Germany, 2004)

01. Twelve Signals

Studio recording: October 1999
editing: November/December 1999
Live recording in the St. Matthäus church, Berlin: January 2000
Produced at the electronic studio of the Berlin Technical University: March 2000
All sound derived directly from the original miner bells from the mine of St. Ingbert, Germany

New CD from German sound artist Christina Kubisch on Semishigure, a similar exploration of sound & silence as the first one, Diapason (SEMI 002). On Twelve Signals Kubisch used original miner bells from a German mine to produce an hour long piece of bell tones. Several electrical bells were hit with small hammers each giving forth a sequence of clear bell tones that hover in the air. This live recording was made in the St. Matthaeus-Kirche in Berlin: halfway through the recording the original ringing of the church bells mixes with the sounds of the recorded miner bells. (Semishigure)

This is Ms. Kubisch second CD for Semishigure, the art-imprint of Bottrop-boy. On this sidelabel sounds from installations are captured into independent works for CD – even when there is something to see in the booklet. Kubisch’ installation ‘Twelve Signals’ uses sounds from miner bells, who used twelve of them for precise meanings for the movements of the underground elevator. The bells used here no longer functioned and Kubisch struck them with a small hammer. Each bell plays all twelve signals in the course of one hour, but the intervals vary for each bell. As this is installation was held in church, at one point the bells of the church also sounds. Like with Kubisch’ previous release on Semishigure, ‘Diapason’, this work is on an utter minimalism. Again a recording that evokes a great sense of meditation, maybe even more than with ‘Diapason’ since the miner bells sound like church bells here, and it’s almost a call on a sunday morning to attend church. Spaces are filled as much as they are left empty here. And like with the previous release, this is best left on repeat for a day or two. (Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly)

Deux posts la semaine dernière. Je vous dirais bien que je suis débordé, mais une personne réellement débordée aurait-elle du temps à perdre à regarder La Momie Aztèque contre le Robot? Clairement l’épisode le plus faible de la série, la première demi-heure (sur les 65 minutes du métrage) reprend des extraits des précédents volets, et la momie balourde démonte littéralement le robot ridicule en vingt secondes avant de retourner pioncer sur son trésor. Et c’est pour des idioties pareilles que je délaisse ce blog…

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