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“Ring” is Cologne musician Timo Reuber’s (Klangwart) 5th solo album in 12 years. Kosmische Musik at its best that needs no comparison.

Since 1998, Timo pursues a solo career in electronic music, which resulted in four much noted solo albums for the Staubgold label (“Anna”, 2000; “ruhig blut”, 2001; “Kintopp”, 2005; “Südpol”, 2007). In his solo-performances, he combines archaic singing techniques with rhythmic, delicate, ecstatic sound collages. Apart from his work as a musician, he continues to work for television, writing and developing screen-plays.

Reuber on “Ring”:

“The title track ‘Ring’ is a snapshot of an electronic collage in a state of permanent flux. It is a dynamic, energetic stream based on the Reuber-sound pool. The latter has accrued over a number of years and consists of countless sample snippets, loops and sequences. The track’s basic structures have evolved during live shows. However, ‘Ring’s’ individual elements react differently with each other in almost every performance, depending on room acoustics, audience and my frame of mind on the day of a performance. Therefore, no ‘Ring’ sounds like another. It does not have a final form. Its ideal impact is achieved live or loud.

‘Ring ring’, ‘Ringer’, ‘Ring frei’ and ‘Ringfest’ are rhythmic studies in sound with one or two instruments respectively. Phraselab and Kaossilator are simple synthesizers with very limited, yet highly idiosyncratic sound and rhythm characteristics.

My motivation to get a grip on these machines and fathom their possibilities was: Can I find and/or express the ‘Reuber principle’ (whatever it might be) with this restricted number of sounds? I came to the conclusion that it’s impossible to invent groundbreaking new forms of music with it, but that you can have a field day just rocking your socks off. Fuck the principle. This is my ‘motorbike album’.”

Recording and mastering: Josef Suchy.

“It was an uphill struggle for Josef to sculpture the ‘Ring’-album from the acoustic clay of my low-fi recordings. During the process, he held the positions of ‘sound and recording engineer’, ‘wise counsellor’ and ‘stubborn disputant’. On top of that, Josef plays the best hysterically screaming killer ‘krautrock guitar’ I have heard in ages. Er ist der Mann!”