Friday, July 11, 2008

Einsturzende Neubauten - "Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T. Bonus 12" " + "A Doublevision Promotional Device" 12" " + "Das Schaben 7" "

Einsturzende Neubauten are a musical treasure. Emerging from the late 70's avante garde scene in Germany, Neubauten have carved their own individual sound out of unconventional musical forms. Initially using junk and metal as their instrumentation, the group, led by vocalist/conceptualist Blixa Bargeld, has used what many call 'noise' and created a new language out of it. And rather than going the 'machine' route of so many so-called 'industrial' bands, Neubauten have always had a very human soul behind it all. Their recent material has utilized space and quiet as yet another important musical ingredient, and they have become masters of subtle sound manipulation, as opposed to being seen as simply nihilistic noisemongers.

These recordings are from the band's early days, and are taken directly from ultra-rare vinyl, thus you hear the obligatory pops and clicks of the dust on the records. First, there's the bonus 12" for 'Ziechnungen Des Patienten O.T. (Drawings Of Patient O.T.'), which was issued with some editions of the band's 1984 LP of the same name. It's 4 tracks, of which of couple I believe have never been issued onto CD. The first track, 'Durstiges Tier', uses a percussive sound that was created through fist-blows to the gut of vocalist/guitarist Bargeld. So it's a very 'live' beat...

Also included in the file is the rare promo 12" issued to advertise the band's 1987 concert/concept film/LP 'Halber Mensch'. This 12" was released on Cabaret Voltaire's personal label, Doublevision, and included segments of an interview with Neubauten's Mark Chung, and some musical interludes/live excerpts from 'Halber Mensch'.

Finally, a rare 7" is appended here, called 'Das Schaben', which was included with the first 1000 copies of the Some Bizarre UK copies of the 'Halber Mensch' vinyl in 1985. This is one side of the record, which actually included 2 versions of this same track. I only have the one side, sorry! Great music, though. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And please leave a comment if you appreciate it, or even if you hate it!

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