p.d., p.16.d4, & selektion have been some of my favest & influential projects ever! 'inweglos' had been the record i like a lot since early 90's that i first listened to it at a friend's place, as it combined it all... post punk / new wave (hhhmm you can call it also 'neue deutche welle' perhaps), experimentation, tape techniques, musique concrete elements, etc. that perhaps together with 'tionchor', 'nnnn', 'slp'& 1st sbothi belong to some of my favest recordings from the selektion crew. under a lust for post punk / new wave stuff sometime in early 00's asked ralf wehowsky if he minds for a reissue or not. pretty funny but at that point he was looking also for someone who might be interested in doing 2 early w volumes (#4 & #5). fancied #4 a lot which actually saw daylight on editions_zero (sooner or later to be uploaded during the week) as i couldn't resist the temptation releasing it and meanwhile he was working on the restoration & transfer of the original tapes to cdr master... some extra tracks are featured too, sadly not the flexi that was coming with the LP.
can't recall how i chanced socrates martinis or actually he chanced upon me or something like that... however this was a brilliant recording that landed one day in absurd's hq out of the blue and liked it a lot. since then of course more memorable recordings of socrates's work have been out on drone, entracte and am sure much more is to come. till then though enjoy this little diamond!!!!
i was and still am fond of marc's work. since the first time i chanced upon it. his first trente oiseaux cds and the design he used to do for the first cds of the label but also his unique soundscapes. if not all of his entire discography at least his first ones belong to some of the most formidable listenings i had. it won't be a lie to say that. being fond of his work as in some cases had broadened my horizons too, wanted to make a cdr. came up the 'selected minimalist concerns' a compilation of tracks spanning somehow a period of a decade's work. must admit that it was probably one of the few times that will never forget as long as marc not only did the artwork for the cdr but is probably the first time that an absurd artist checks the slightest details of the release regarding sleeve or cover artwork problems!
cdr came in those heavy japanese plastic cases provided by touch
cdr promos in the typical plastic sleeves that absurds come.
i was a lot into adam's work at that time (still am!) we had traded some cdrs/cds when he proposed this one and i fall in love with it upon listening it! still hold the same feelings as the ones described in the press info which i paste below.
"fold your arms and the world will stop" sounds, as its title suggest, like a bizarre game scored by sam dellaria and adam sonderberg and is their third encounter (personally in consider it as their most intense) since their "signal hill" debut back in 1998 and 2000's "64 squares" (both were issued on sonderberg's longbox recordings - www.longboxrecordings.com). scored & assembled out of various recordings the duo extensively did within late 2002 the stunning result is giving you the feeling that slowly folding arms move like the soundscapes presented on this cdr, intense ambiances that slowly vary in mood & lower while listening in density & intensity to stop while arms have folded. a really phrenetic trip through dellaria's & sonderberg's visionary world.”