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GONER – Yogascum – LP
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For over two decades now, Martin Maischein has dedicated himself to all things meditative and adventurous on release for labels such as Editions Mego, Force Inc. or Position Chrome. Before making his distinctive sound heard on Techno floors around the world once more with a dubbed-out rework of Matrixxman’s »Beacon« in the summer of 2017, Maischein released a small-run cassette release on Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions under his Goner moniker. »Yogascum« will now be re-released on vinyl by the Switzerland-based Hallow Ground imprint.
Maischein started working on »Yogascum« in 2014 with the intention of pushing the boundaries of his signature sound even further. Having received a grant by the Musicboard Berlin, he developed an audio-visual show around the three tracks at the core of »Yogascum«, all of which feature instruments and sounds previously unheard of in Maischein’s work. While the Berlin-based noise cellist UnterLala weaves her signature screeches into the pulsating drones of »YS-1« and »YS-3«, zK member Mark Godwin on »YS-2« injects the subtle influence of a band whose records he has been working on as a mastering engineer, Coil.
While the title of »Yogascum« is a tongue-in-cheek riff on one of Maischein’s favourite pastimes, it can indeed be taken at face value: The newest of the three core pieces, »YS-1«, is in fact meant to support a slow and focused breathing rhythm. Built around UnterLala’s evocative sustained notes, it harkens back to the cultural origins of drone music – and thus to exactly where yoga was born as well. Maischein and his two collaborators however do not wax nostalgic as much as they try to let the sounds evolve and progress organically. While »YS-2« is based on a elegiac industrial rhythm, »YS-3« sees UnterLala and Maischein opting for a more abrasive approach.
»Endtitle«, the credit music for the audio-visual show built around the three compositions, comes as a wake-up call. It also serves as a firm reminder that Maischein hasn’t forgotten about his own roots in IDM-tinged electronica. But just like with »Yogascum«, he as an artist is pushing things forward, slowly but firmly approaching new futures.
1) YS-1 14:39
2) YS-2 06:04
3) YS-3 12:44
4) Endtitle 05:29
Mastering by Mark Godwin
Cut by CentralDubs
Released via Hallow Ground 2017
Distributed by A-Musik and Cargo Records