Various – Osterreichische Musik der Gegenwart: Elektronische Musik vol. 1

Osterreichische Musik der Gegenwart: Elektronische Musik vol.1 LP front cover
Osterreichische Musik der Gegenwart: Elektronische Musik vol.1 LP back cover
Osterreichische Musik der Gegenwart: Elektronische Musik vol.1 LP side A

Published during the 1980s by the Austrian Music Council, or Österreichischer Musikrat, to document contemporary Austrian music, the nearly 30 volumes in the Österreichische Musik der Gegenwart LP series included LPs by Ernst Krenek, Egon Wellesz, Lothar Zagrosek, Anestis Logothetis, or Heinz Karl Gruber, for instance. Three LPs were devoted to electroacoustic music, all published 1988. Volume 1 featured pure Elektronische Musik ; volume 2 was about electronic and live instruments and titled Tonband Und … , or Tape music with…, including a track by Mia Zabelka & Giselher Smekal (see previous post) ; volume 3 was about and titled Tape Music. In 1988, Austria had 10 or so electroacoustic music studios, of which the most famous were in Vienna: the Institut für Elektroakustik und experimentelle Musik (IEM), and the National Radio recording facilities at ORF, used by the famous Kunstradio avantgarde weekly program. Several tracks on this LP were recorded at IEM.

This compilation offers an overview of electroacoustic music in Austria from 1957 to 1986. Note that the conception of Elektronische Musik featured here is a little different from that of the Köln ideologues. Both Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and György Ligeti were familiar figures of the Darmstadt summer courses in the 1950s, and their respective tracks belong to the more Abstrakt of the genre. The former features with a calm, meditative early experiment on oscillators and tape manipulation from 1957. Soon-to-be Austrian citizen Ligeti is included with his famous Artikulation 1958 electronic composition. Composer Max Brand [+] certainly created a bold statement with Die Astronauten, an homage to the first men in space featuring the impressive electronic sounds of the Moogtonium, a hybrid of Moog and Trautonium Brand ordered directly from Robert Moog (great YouTube demo here). The Fantasmata evoked by Anestis Logothetis in his masterful composition are raised by voice tape manipulations and mysterious electronic sounds. Dieter Kaufmann‘s Wiener Werkel is a wonderfully agitated and playful cut-up of found vocals and ferocious piano chords, getting more peaceful in the end. Wilhelm Zobl contributes a great tape collage in the tradition of Walter Ruttmann’s Weekend. The last 3 tracks by Bruno Liberda, Andrea Sodomka and Gerhard Eckel are brooding, minimalist compositions recalling the sombre atmosphere of Roberta Settels’ Isolation! – Meinhof in Memoriam, for instance. There’s a large 10-year gap between the Liberda and Sodomka tracks – 1977 and 1986, respectively. Maybe some of Martin Fischer-Schwarzenlander’s own electronic music could have been inserted? (see previous post).

01 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati L’Amen de Verre – 1957 (5:00)
02 Max Brand Die Astronauten – 1962 (5:00)
03 György Ligeti Artikulationen – 1958 (3:56)
04 Anestis Logothetis Fantasmata – 1960 (6:15)
05 Dieter Kaufmann Wiener Werkel – 1970 (5:08)
06 Wilhelm Zobl Ändere Die Welt, Sie Braucht Es – 1973 (6:35)
07 Bruno Liberda Valse Triste – 1977 (9:55)
08 Andrea Sodomka Playground Suite – 1986 (5:25)
09 Gerhard Eckel Der Zufall Geht – 1986 (2:26)

Total time 49:40
LP released by Classic Amadeo, Wien, Austria, 1988

Download [New stereo rip, as of Oct.25, 2011]

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15 Responses to “Various – Osterreichische Musik der Gegenwart: Elektronische Musik vol. 1”

  1. 1 Adamski October 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Tasteful cover ;), and, yet better, a few new names for me again. “In 1988, Austria had 10 or so electroacoustic music studios” – shame on me, I didn’t know even one of them. Thanks again, continuo, for digging deep into electronic history

  2. 2 continuo October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Well, you know, some basic research on each record I post here is the least I can do. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 jim October 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    thanks continuo! i already have this, but the digital files are perfectly convenient.

  4. 4 rosa-rosa October 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    WHY mono again? Yes the mp3 files are stereo but the sound is mono – unfortunately.

  5. 5 continuo October 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    @Jim: glad this rip suits your tastes. Thanks for your comment.
    @rosa-rosa: I’m sure there are many other blogs on the web that would meet your technological requirements. In fact, 99,99% of them would. Then, why don’t you just… move around?

  6. 6 rosa-rosa October 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I am sorry but you didnt answer my question. Why mono?
    I like your blog but you should indicate that this out-of-print vinyl Stereo LP is digitized as a stereo file but in fact is mono!
    I am sorry for my comment. It seems that none of you electro-acoustic-fine-arts specialists can hear the difference.

  7. 7 continuo October 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I do hear the difference, you sucker, but the message is more important than the medium. Didn’t it occur to you I’m out of date with technology on this blog as I don’t post CDs or DVDs? In fact, I’ll post whatever format will carry musical quality, not quantity.

  8. 8 Twinkle II October 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Much musical quality here.

  9. 9 continuo October 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for your support, mate!

  10. 10 dispo October 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Continuo – ha, you’re posting another LP I own as well! Brings back good memories to a trip to Vienna where I bought it years ago. It is most interesting that it contains a piece by Max Brand who built an amazing synth that combines pre-WWII european synth technology (Mixturtrautonium family) and very early american voltage control subtractive synthesis (he worked with Moog) – due to the fact that he had to emigrate because he was jewish. THe synth still exists in Austria and is functional, I saw/heard it, google it…
    And, no offense Continuo, but yes, the record is very stereo and it’s a big loss if you don’t share it in stereo (you can do it, it’s easy, no question of being “out of date”. Email me if you need help). I’d be a little upset about rosa-rosa’s tone though as well.

  11. 11 continuo October 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Hi, Dispo, thanks for your comment. The LP was ripped as all other LPs appearing on this blog. The tracks from the 1950s are in mono because it was customary at the time. The later tracks from the 1980s shouldn’t be in mono but this is how they appeared in this rip. I will listen again to the LP later this week and check the mono/stereo debate.

  12. 12 continuo October 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Well, rosa-rosa was right: the rip was in mono. Some settings on the computer weren’t as supposed to. I re-uploaded a stereo version of the LP. Thanks to rosa-rosa for alerting me on this case.

  13. 13 jim October 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    thanks heaps for the new rip – appreciated!

  14. 14 continuo October 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for downloading again. Future posts are planned in pure stereo.

  15. 15 el hombre invisible July 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Annoyingly, I missed this – grrrr…..

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