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Review: 'ST. WERNER, JAN'
'Glottal Wolpertinger(Fiepblatter Catalogue#6)'   

-  Label: 'Thrill Jockey'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '2nd May 2019'

Our Rating:
As a lecturer at MIT and professor of Dynamic Acoustic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Jan St.Werner is clearly not lacking in theoretical knowledge about experimental electronic music. The practical application of his sound innovation has manifested itself through his contribution to German duo Mouse On Mars and his ongoing Fiepblatter Catalogue solo releases.

His latest offering in the latter series consists of the eight tracks of ”microtonically tuned” feedback with titles listed chronologically as Bands 1, 2, 3/A, 3/B, 4, 5, 6/A and 6/B which are introduced by a female voice listing the frequency levels with Teutonic precision. The average duration is around five minutes; the shortest piece lasts 1:23, the longest 9:11.

Wolpertingers are mythical mutant creatures and Werner states that they are “bastards, collaged freaks who exist in the grey zone of nature’s perfect plan”.

There are contributions from Aaron & Bryce Dressner but the uncompromising soundscapes are about as far removed from the twin brothers’ guitar work with Indie-rockers ‘The National as you can imagine.

It’s certainly not party music and by no stretch of the imagination could it be construed as easy listening. Instead these pieces are drone-drenched constructs which hum, buzz, click, whirr and sprawl to exist in a weird and wonderful sonic universe of their own making.   
  author: Martin Raybould

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ST. WERNER, JAN - Glottal Wolpertinger(Fiepblatter Catalogue#6)