Luft ist Leben

one tape 5 euro in Berlin, 8 euro in Germany, 9 euro in world

one tape Germany

One tape world


two tapes ( Luft ist Leben and DJ ShlucHT – eine nervtötende Geräumigkeit) 10 euro in Berlin, 13 euro in Germany, 14 euro in world

two tapes Germany


two tapes world


three tapes (Luft ist Leben, ShlucHT and How to Forget) 16 euro in Berlin, 19 euro in Germany, 20 euro in world.

three tapes Germany


three tapes world


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Two Cardboard Boxes

When I left Berlin at the end of the year 2013, I had to leave some of my possessions behind. One day…I thought, but I did not know when that day would arrive. Most of my belongings were cassettes.  They waited patiently for my return. The cassettes were stored in boxes on an attic not far from Südkreuz. I went to Calabria, and after I went to Poland. When in Poland, Berlin suddenly was only a bus ride away. The bus arrived and departed from Südkreuz. At every arrival and departure I knew that my tapes in those boxes on the attic still thought of me.

And then I returned to live in Berlin. I went to visit the attic two times already. After every visit I returned home with a backpack full of tapes and other small things I had forgotten about, like this young blond lady who smiles so friendly from her flower garden.

An other dear souvenir is featured on the same picture: the label sticker. I didn’t know where this roll was. I had two, brought them all the way from Seattle, where I had received them as a gift. The white one is in a box in Warsaw.

One sign that a neighbourhood is in favor of your arrival is the presents it puts at the door of the apartments. I found books. I found fabric. I lifted the fabric and I found tapes.

Schlagers. Fifteen in total. All the music I hated to listen to.

Among the tapes that I brought back from the attic was a release I had completely forgotten about. It had a dark title that I didn’t want to use again. I listened. I liked the order and choice of strange, not so strange, domestic, commercial and location recordings. I thought it would be a good idea to use the found schlager tapes for a small release, since I had a couple of live shows coming up. I might sell a tape or two.

But.

Be it terrible music or not, these tapes are documents of a period in German völkisch culture. One tape dates back to the year 1970. The lay-out of the label information on the cassette is simply beautiful. The picture of the artists and the song titles tell a story. I felt sorry for the tape, and decided to leave the artwork intact. Well, nearly. Some of these tapes look like museum pieces. For a museum that still doesn’t exist.

Imagine a picture of this tape on the wall in said museum: two meters by two meters and sixty centimeters.

You can get the new release ‘Luft ist Leben’ for five euro.

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The Polish Journals

In April 2017 I started the Polish Journals. Inspired by Adrian Shephard’s vivid account of a walk through Istanbul, I got out my Sony walkman and started to talk about things I saw, the travels I made and the thoughts I had. I made nine reports, which means that I filled nine tapes of different length. The reports cover visits to various cities, like Berlin, Graz, Vienna and Amsterdam. I also documented my life in Poland and how it changed over the course of nine months.

I regret that I didnot start these reports earlier. I made a lot of recordings over the years. Now I see that the recordings would have made much more sense if I had added descriptions and observations.

I don’t think I will edit the recordings down to a forty minute document. But I will continue making these audio reports. The journals will not be published on portals like Bandcamp or Soundcloud. Radio On will transmit the episodes in the coming months.

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Three releases

The Gracious Depression, C42 released by Das Andere Selbst (sold out)

How to Forget, C40 released by Tutore Burlato (available)
9.50€ worldwide shipping included



 

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C20: Girls on Tape – at Home, released by Zeromoon

Girls on Tape came into existence in the year 2012 during The Winter Tour by Jeff Surak and me. We entered the freezing heart of the European winter and brought warm sounds to our dear audience in small and big towns in France, Belgium and Germany. Our first performance as Girls on Tape must have happened in the former Bundesrepublik Deutschland, also known as West Germany. We went to the courtyard of Kraftwerk’s Kling Klang studio in Düsseldorf. See us here with guest girl Thilo Schölpen.

A full length Girls on Tape performance happened at Liebig 12.

A new visit by Jeff to Germany resulted in a duo performance at my favourite venue in Berlin: West Germany. Jeff came also to the Radio On studio to join Adrian Shephard and me during a Tape Review Show.

The C20 tape ‘at Home’ was compiled by Jeff from recordings made at West Germany and in the Radio On Studio.

Listen and judge for yourself.

Side A

Cipoe
talking to dolphins

Side B

machines are being turned over
to think

available at staaltape shop

 

 

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