Born 1949, Swiss painter, palindrome maestro, sound poet and jew’s harp (or Trümpi) virtuoso Anton Bruhin recorded some of the most art-damaged sound experiments of the country between the 1970s and 1980s. Sound-wise, his philosophy and aesthetic is close to that of Jean Dubuffet’s Musique Chauve, or Bald Music, a term coined by French art critic and Satie biographer Jean-Pierre Armingaud to describe Dubuffet’s anarchistic, untaught and uncategorized music experiments. Alga Marghem unearthed several LPs worth of Bruhin’s archive tapes, but this one was, for some reason, not credited, though it seems safe to attribute the crazy Geschwister Bär sound collage to Anton Bruhin, as he appears on the cover picture as the teenager on the left with the “1949” mention. The record, issued 1999, is said to be limited to 99 copies. To add to the confusion, that same year, the label also released an LP titled Geschwister Akre. with the same reference number, namely Alga 6.
♫ The 2 tracks are relentless, unceremonious collages of lo-fi archive tapes, occasionally involving a group of children having fun, but mostly played by grown-up, robust Swiss citizens. Presumably some of these tapes date from Bruhin’s childhood in the 1960s, while the rest of the material is from various recording sessions, solo or collective jams. The “Recorded 1967” tag on the front cover can’t plausibly apply to the entire LP. A portion of the recordings are Swiss traditionals and include Ländlermusik or rural Swiss folk songs, chorale, yodeling, Schwyzeroergeli accordion, violin fiddling, etc. But the local tradition is contrasted with furious electric guitar riffs, awkward flute improvisation, turntable playing Rock’n’roll LPs or military marching music, electric shaver, and so on. These ferocious juxtapositions form a remarkable twofold provocation towards traditionalists and avantgarde buffs alike.
01 Geschwister Bär – side 1 (18:15)
02 Geschwister Bär – side 2 (21:24)
Total time 39:39
LP released by Alga Marghen, ref. Alga 6, Italy, 1999