Michael Renkel / Burkhard Beins
Activity Center - Lohn & Brot

[Absinth Records, www.absinthrecords.com]

To celebrate Activity Center's 20th anniversary, "Lohn & Brot" was released and without a doubt, it runs a wide depth of emotional prowess. Featuring Michael Renkel on guitar, preparations, amplified stringboards, live electronics and percussion along with Burkhard Beins on percussion, objects, e-bowed and propelled zither, mixing desk and handheld electronics, one can tell these two have developed a unique language. These two are interested in results that occur when they sit down and get down to flicking switches, plucking strings and hitting objects. In other words, over the course of 70 minutes, they give birth to real improvised music. Everything was recorded live and listening to their music closely, one gets a sense of a real connection that they've established over the course of time. Intuition is at play when Renkel strums his acoustic nylon guitar, as Beins gently pops a slew of objects, cymbals, while utilizing electronics on the whole mass. Rate of movement of these pieces is trivial as the two musicians stretch out their sounds with forthright sense of purpose. I'm not exactly sure how much of their performance was edited, but I'm assuming only the optimum bits made it on the final album. Sometimes the effects are out of this world, as they are on "Station: Prozess", when one hears oodles of weirdly shaped percussive overtones, while a humming sound is heard in the background. Near the end of the piece, the duo finally takes off. Like a barrelling train propelled into motion, they move, they huff and they puff until their virtual destination is reached. "Lohn & Brot" is about the sense of drama and a sense of accomplishment. They improvise to create and they create to let their improvisational prowess grow. Top notch stuff!

Tom Sekowski


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