Bad Alchemy #21

Bad Alchemy #21

Although close to the Recommended Records movement at its inception in 1984, Bad Alchemy‘s editor Rigobert Dittman had a notable inclination for Industrial and experimental Music, as this issue, released for the magazine’s 10-year anniversary in 1994, clearly demonstrates. Coincidentally, 1994 also saw Bad Alchemy moving to releasing 7” singles, including at least one issue of the magazine on 45. As usual with Dittman, the cassette that came with issue #21 was carefully curated. The B-side, for instance, is entirely devoted to drone and minimal, experimental tracks, mostly by German contributors, including the legendary Kontakta, a band exploring improvised, grating, sonic textures and industrial soundscapes, and including Markus Schmickler, C-Schulz, Georg Odik and Frank Dommert, a.o. When their Odd Size CD was released in 1992, I attended their Etablissements Phonographiques de l’Est performance in Paris and was fascinated by their ability to collectively concentrate on a few sound sources only and remain focused throughout, something clearly apparent on the live performance excerpt given here. The Doc Wör Mirran track is of the ambient kind (no punk here) and Geru is a sombre, pseudo-ritual affair with fine trumpet performance by Andrew Solovyov. The opening and closing tracks are exquisite, stolen music miniatures by Kapotte Muziek aka Frans De Waard. And then there’s Thomas Hintner‘s collection of instrumental tracks, unpretentious, short vignettes for bass, melodica and accordion.
Thanks to reader Ansgar for the music and pictures.

01 Kapotte Muziek Recycling #1 (1:13)
Thomas Hintner
02 Now Clean Nr. 1 (1:10)
03 Mosaiksteinchen (1:23)
04 Tropfsteinhöhle (1:00)
05 Heimkehr Zu Pferd (1:56)
06 Klagelied (3:06)
07 Gochsheimer Gurkenernte (2:13)
08 Strong (:57)
09 Superpophit (1:23)
10 Jodler (:39)
11 Old McDonald (3:23)
12 Franzos’ (3:15)
13 Geru Rudiment (2:50)
14 Doc Wör Mirran Screaming For Breasts (5:24)
15 Kontakta Live 19.6.1991 (12:51)
16 Kapotte Muziek Recycling #2 (1:30)

Total time 44:00
Cassette+mag. released by Rigobert Dittman, Würzburg, Germany, 1994


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3 Responses to “Bad Alchemy #21”

  1. 1 schnurks July 13, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for this upload.
    However it seems that BadAlchemy#21 is a mutt rip. some mps are in FhG, some in Gogo (before 3.0) and finally some in Xing (old). They are all 256 though.

    Would it be possible to get a recent rip?
    Thanks in advance and keep the good work up, your side is great

  2. 2 continuo July 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    This rip was offered to you for free. Take it or leave it.

  3. 3 schnurks July 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Sorry, I just wanted to point it out, I thought maybe you didn’t notice. I personally think mutt-rips should not be recirculated (if that’s the correct word).
    But by no means I wanted to offend you! I appreciate your work and effort a lot! I think you have a great side – thanks for it and sorry again!

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