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The members of Subsonic Experience are traditionalists. Not so much in their thinking, but in their history. Bernhard Wöstheinrich (born in 1968) and Thorsten Niestrath (born in 1967) met in Arts School in Bielefeld, Germany, a city with a reputation in improvised experimental music and design. Being design students, the two worked together on a number of art projects which included film, performance art, painting and last but not least, the band Subsonic Experience (from autumn 1990 till summer 1993). Artistically influenced by Zen Buddhism, the teachings of Don Juan, Gerhard Richter, Peter Michael Hamel and the likes of Klaus Schulze and early Tangerine Dream, Subsonic Experience played several festivals including two legendary support shows for the band "Embryo".
The band reformed for a weekend recording session at Bernhard's studio in the German countryside just after Christmas 2000. The result was a rough snapshot of intuitive improvisation at work. The music was all played live, between cigarette breaks and with coffee stained equipment (mostly cheap synths and abandoned floor effects pedals). Most notably there is Thorsten´s amazing synth organ work. His wonderful lead lines and colourful organ clusters can be found on all tracks of the album. Bernhard's duties on the other hand levitated toward keeping the sequencers running, generating endless variations of tones and textures in real time.
Recorded with very basic means, but mixed and mastered using state-of-the-art technology, this album is the perfect amalgamation of musicianship with a traditionalists feel for early EM, and modern production techniques. The material from the recording session was edited and mixed by DiN founder Ian Boddy and mastered by Krautrock specialist and mastering guru Eroc. Bernhard Wöstheinrich, as one half of the duo Centrozoon, has already been featured on DiN 6 - Blast.
01 The Regained Paradise ( 10.07 )
02 Throne in the Background ( 08.37 )
03 Strengthening the Volatile, Part 1 ( 06.19 )
04 In the Shadow of Possibilities ( 07.09 )
05 Treasures of the World ( 09.28 )
06 Masked Woman ( 07.48 )
07 Strengthening the Volatile, Part 2 ( 06.51 )
Total Time 56.42
Thorsten Niestrath : Synth Organ with Overdrive, Delay and Wah-Wah
Bernhard Wöstheinrich : Mono- and Polyphonic Synthesizers, Sequencers
Pre-production by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Mixed by Ian Boddy
Mastered by Eroc at The Mastering Ranch
Artwork : Thorsten Niestrath
Photography : Uta Stiene
Supervision : Kitex Lungi
Design : www.studioflokati.de