Bob Rutman’s life could be compared to the life of Odysseus, although we’re not here to write his biography; Putojefe is happy to present his phenomenal Noise In The Library, recorded with the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble, an all-steel string quartet established by himself in Boston in 1976.
The Ensemble consists of one Steel Cello and three Bow Chimes, played by Rutman and a rotating cast of guest musicians: in this instance, Daniel Orlansky –one of Rutman’s closest collaborators and longest-lasting member of the band–, Stephanie Wolff and Alex Dorsch. The instruments, built and developed by Rutman, are impressive sound sculptures in themselves, made of large flexible sheets of metal and defined by the artist as “American Industrial folk instruments”.
The Bürgermeister von Mitte needs no introduction. He has literally traveled history, from Nazi Germany to the New York of the Seventies, landing again in Berlin in recent years. A tireless performer aged 88, he has toured the US and Europe extensively, playing both small galleries and underground venues as well as established cultural institutions as the MoMA, London’s ICE and the Berlin Atonal Festival.
Rutman is internationally recognised as the multifaceted avant-garde artist par excellence, as attested by his diverse collaboration with key figures of post-war culture: Dorothy Carter, Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, Philip Lamantia, Wim Wenders, Asmus Tietchens and many others.
Captivating from the beginning to the end, primitive and futuristic in its form, Noise In The Library remains as the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble’s sole recording featuring the exceptional overtone singer Stephanie Wolff, whose vocals are intertwined with Bob Rutman’s chant in Tibetan Buddhist style. Prior to this, Wolff had only appeared as a guest singer with the groundbreaking krautrock outfit Brainticket. Her deep and delicate tones go beyond spirituality and take listeners on a space travel to open skies.
Recorded live at Passionskirche in Berlin on May 31st, 1989, in the prime of the Ensemble’s career, this is one of the last few examples of great, powerful music made by humans without the indiscriminate use of electronics or binary codes.
A sometimes frightening and breathtakingly intense performance, as thoroughly mysterious as early American soil, as it first appeared to the eyes of visionary European minds.
INTERNAZIONALE – Wreaths Of Life LP (PJ005)
Wreaths Of Life is an essential and magnificent release in Internazionale’s vast discography, a mature full-length album of infinite beauty.
The ultimate vinyl version is finally available after an impeccable remastering work that results in a truly significant improvement on the quality of the out-of-print cassette edition on Janushoved.
The sound of this record is created by a sublime combination of countless immersive textures which embody sonic landscapes of dreamlike ambient music.
Elegy For The Victors is gorgeously melancholic, whereas Wreaths Of Life is a spiritual journey towards a happier, more joyful existence: the sensation of spring after winter, sunshine after rain, harmony after conflict.
INTERNAZIONALE – Elegy For The Victors LP (PJ004)
A subtly appealing tape in a pink cover with an imposing artwork of highly erotic nuances: this cassette, originally promoted by Posh Isolation as “Candy-Coloured Sex-Shop Electronics”, is the absolute gem of Internazionale’s discography and is clearly destined to become a timeless modern classic.
Together with the track “The Charnel House”, included on the compilation Ny Dansk Romantik, the excellent craftsmanship of Elegy For The Victors quickly evoked the loyal admiration of listeners worldwide who were captivated by its charm. This earned the Danish artist a cult status and established him as an accomplished composer.
The ambient music with an industrial flair of his earlier releases becomes organic in Elegy For The Victors and acquires life: a life depicting gorgeously melodious passages which tell a story of happy sadness or sad happiness.
Such narrative is constructed by means of a lo-fi but majestic and emotionally charged sensitivity, gentle waves of haunting loops, cinematic samples and sweet maritime sounds which will hypnotise you.
This is the long-awaited remastered vinyl reissue with a new artwork which, beautifully and more appropriately, captures the melancholic essence of a masterpiece of rarefied elegance.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Ny Dansk Romantik LP (PJ003)
Indisputably, one of the most critically acclaimed compilations in 2014. Originally released on cassette by Janushoved on a much sought-after limited edition of 61 copies, now outstandingly remastered for vinyl by a professional in the field.
Experimental, ambient sounds, which range from industrial to synth-pop, provided by six up-and-coming Danish electronic music artists: OLYMPISK LØFT, ROSEN & SPYDDET, INTERNAZIONALE, LACE & COLLAR, GENOASEJLET and MERCURY RIBBON; the unparalleled quality of their compositions deserves an everlasting presence on vinyl to create a record you will hardly be able to remove from your turntable.