• asmus tietchens Litia (CD, £12.95)

    label: Die Stadt

    'Litia' from 1983 was the fourth Tietchens release on Sky Records (also Cluster, Rother, Roedelius, Moebius, Plank, Riechmann amongst others). What sets 'Litia' apart from its three predecessors is the wider range of instruments at Tietchens' disposal. For the first time, he had a digital rhythm machine which could play samples; then there was the Korg Polysix synthesizer, a hybrid of analogue and digital technology. The polyphonic transition piece could not actually create samples, but could at least simulate the sounds of instruments. As the Korg Polysix and rhythm machine could be synchronised, "a whole new world of sound" beckoned.

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