116

Norbert M: _lat_nc_

By

Sign in to view read count
Norbert M: _lat_nc_
For close to thirty years, Norbet Möslang has been part of the now defunct electronic duo Voice Crack with Andy Guhl, playing their brand of ”cracked everyday electronics,” and adding his guazy, raggedy textures to such improvising units as Poire_z. That group also featured the drummer, electronics experimenter and for4ears label founder Gunter Muller, who is known for augmenting his live drum kit with a host of electronic setups. It is only fitting then that Möslang’s first solo album, _lat_nc_, released on for4ears, combines Muller’s dual commitment to improvisation and electronic innovation.

To create the six tracks on _lat_nc_, Möslang first improvised in a studio, then manipulated the material at home. It took two years, but the result is an ultra-detailed collection of pieces that scintillate the ears with thickets of static, bubbling sine waves, slippery, almost sub-audible bass and a host of beeping pulses, liquid tones and beating frequencies.

”c11” explores the mid-to-low range frequencies. A creaking, damaged whirr serves as a motif, while looping static, bass rumbles and sharp clicking sounds punctuate the space. “c14,” the album’s longest, begins life as disembodied, drifting, wave-as-in-water type sounds. Insistent trance-like beeps then emerge in the deep background, joined by undulating bass. For the next ten minutes Möslang adds and subtracts texture, subtly altering the background as he goes. Evolution is Möslang’s method; details first appear in the foreground, then recede into the background, merging with the growing web of sound. In that sense, his structures feel literary, as they gradually accumulate meaning, each sound adding and enriching the ones around it.

If the pieces feel literary, then it is not novels, but short stories that Möslang is writing. The listener is constantly disoriented, not knowing how Möslang makes the sounds, and the pieces’ ends bring no definite conclusion. It is this abstract quality that keeps many people from engaging with electronica. If you’re not a fan of electronic music, _lat_nc_ won’t make you one, but for the converted, its earthy colors, strange depth and raw, untended shapes generate an engrossing listen.

Visit for4ears records and Norbert Möslang on the web.

Track Listing

1.c11 2.c12 3.c13 4.c14 5.c15 6.c16

Personnel

Norbert M

Album information

Title: _lat_nc_ | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: For 4 Ears Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Jammin' With KC
Jammin' With KC
Sylwester Ostrowski
Read What Comes Next
What Comes Next
Peter Bernstein
Read A Silent Play in the Shadow of Power
A Silent Play in the Shadow of Power
Bruno Parrinha/Abdul Moimême/Carlos Santos
Read Suite!
Suite!
Roberto Magris

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.