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Tohuwabohu are Saam Schlamminger (aka Chronomad) and Burnt Friedman.
The first joint 4-track EP was produced in Friedman’s studio in summer 2013.
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“Repetition: Into the Tohuwabohu, cultural patterns are passed. Saam Schlamminger (aka Chronomad) learned to play numerous instruments, such as frame drums and lutes from various regions of the world. He is an expert in rhythms and tunings and repetitive contemporary electronic dance music – and in styles that are disappearing from the cultural sonic memory;.
Takes: … Burnt Friedman – Nonplace owner, producer, sound and drum machinist, is fascinated by rhythm and metre, by straight and odd time signatures. Together, Schlamminger and Friedman create spaces of resonance ‑ “ur-crackling”, dissect takes of sonic memory with origins lying in the drums and flutes.
Place in actuality: Schlamminger and Friedman play in the traditions of change … In the beginning there were echoes.” (Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt)
Place: “They are ‘off’ and may be out of place, but at least they are always in motion, in time, in place, in the form of all kinds of strange combinations moving about, not necessarily forward, sometimes against each other, contrapuntally yet without one central theme.” (Edward Said)
“Saam Schlamminger’s music negates the dialogue of cultures. Dialogue means one of you over here, the other over there, and now get along with each other. In that kind of scenario, being forced into subjects, cultures can only operate as caricatures. Applied to music, the result sounds as you would expect: Western blandness in Southern or Eastern gravy. Or the other way round: beats that don’t bring more world into folklore. There are, of course, exceptions, great encounters. But they don’t draw their life from cultures or collectives, they draw it from firmly rooted individuals who finally grow beyond themselves. They can complement each other, steal from each other, grow together to form something new, at best become a whole that was never heard before – but in so doing, they have left dialogue behind. It might seem to be dialogue, but in fact it is a many-voicedness, many voices that become an orchestra instead of simply talking to each other. Saam Schlamminger has gone even farther. In his music, dialogue is revoked. All is one, but nothing surrenders itself. It is not possible to distinguish origins (…).” (Navid Kermani)
SAAM SCHLAMMINGER was born in Istanbul in 1966. He grew up in Iran until he was 12, after which he lived mainly in Munich. In order to study traditional patterns he visited musicians and teachers in the Middle East, and now specializes in fusing instruments such as the persic, zarb and daf with elements of modern electronic music. He has performed worldwide with artists of different styles, including Susan Deyhim and The Notwist. He has released three albums under the name Chronomad, and produced radio pieces for broadcasters in Germany.
BURNT FRIEDMAN is one of Germany’s longest established and highly rated electronic musicians with a career spanning almost 40 years. In 2000 Friedman launched his own record label, Nonplace, with 35 releases to date. His 13-year studio and stage collaboration with Jaki Liebezeit, the celebrated CAN drummer, has led to pioneering electronic-acoustic music consciously departing from the traditional formulas of western European and Anglo-American music. Data Transmission in the UK described Friedman and Liebezeit’s most recent album as “destined for cult success”; the Arts Desk made it their Album Of The Week.