Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECMBy thatch • Jan 21st, 2012 • Category: Downtempo, Electronica, Music
Parts of this album has sounds that remind me of the X-files theme (possibly one of the best tv show themes of all times – certainly one of the most instantly recognisable) and bits from my own collection. I fell in love with Manfred Eicher’s ECM label back in the 70′s. The label had a wonderful collection of excellent jazz guitarists, Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie (who I really must talk about one day) being the main attractions for me.
What really sealed the deal though was the recording. Clean, clinical, stark, you were left with the impression that there was nothing between you and the performance. Back before CD and digital, this really was as good as it got (yes, yes – Windham Hill were doing it as well but they were a few years later). Oh and I am not getting involved with the “analog V didgital” stoush either. I signed on for music and performance. ECM gave me both.
BUT all of this is a digression by way of giving you some background as to why I am having such a ball listening to Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer’s Re: ECM
Now here’s some hype from the ECM website
Berlin-based DJs and composers Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer – two of the best-known names in contemporary electronica – share their admiration for music on ECM in a unique double-album of specially-created “sound-structures”. Their project “Re: ECM” will bring the label’s music to a new listenership. It is certain to be one of the most talked-about albums of the season. Using original ECM recordings as a starting point, Villalobos and Loderbauer create new music that bridges several worlds, including ECM’s world of space-conscious improvisation and composition and the worlds of ambient electronics and minimal techno. Source materials on “Re: ECM” include recordings of Christian Wallumrød, Alexander Knaifel, Louis Sclavis, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Arvo Pärt, Wolfert Brederode, Paul Giger and more – looped, sampled, remixed and reworked in evocative new treatments. Pleased with the duo’s creative response to his productions Manfred Eicher gave them carte blanche to carry on experimenting with the ECM titles of their choice. Eicher subsequently supervised the mastering of “Re: ECM” in Munich, completing a unique sonic experience.
You can listen to a track here @ Youtube (while it lasts)
If you scored a CD voucher for Christmas from your favourite aunt and by some strange quirk of fate you still have it left, let me suggest that there are lot worse albums out there you could cash it in on.
I have already ordered my copy.