asmus tietchens & okko bekker E (CD, £11.95)label: Die Stadt
The term "E-Musik" is not used to denote "electronic music", as one could be led to believe. Rather the E stands for "earnest" music or a music that is to be taken seriously, even more so as composers of this genre tend to be focused on their salary. Whether the distinction between E- and U-Musik, that mainly exists in the German speaking territories, is to be rendered a useful one, Bekker/Tietchens try to explore on their 1988 release 'E'. They do this by approaching some stylistic variation of so-called E-Musik in their own terms. What we hear ranges from Soviet realism via dodecaphonics through to minimal music and free atonality.
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