Bell’s Breath transforms the tolling of the bells in the Ulm Minster into a work of sound art. This project by Andreas Usenbenz was created for the 125th anniversary of the minster spire’s completion and was presented in the form of an audio installation inside the minster in the fall of 2015. Andreas Usenbenz is self-taught. Since 2000, he is working in sound-art between field recording, composition and improvisation. For his work Usenbenz primarily uses sounds from his immediate surroundings. These sounds can be sampled directly from the environment. They serve as starting material for his compositions. Drone Music or musique concrète, Ambient are genres which are heavily connected to Andreas work. Andreas Usenbenz has taken a raw recording of the tolling of the minster bells at Ulm and created a piece that is disassociated with the emotion extolled by the original master. But this is no remix. The peal of the minster bells are welcome to most, but grate to others. With Bells Breath, Usenbenz re-frames a sound and emotion that is pan-European in to a work that is refreshingly astute and modern. Using layer upon layer of process sound, Usenbenz forms an ambient piece where artwork and location become an inseparable one. What the audience experiences is an amplified perception of itself. Very minimal and, dare I say it, very cool – “Bells Breath” references the minimalist artworks that came out of the late 1960’s. A new understanding of art was being developed in contrast to abstract painting. Part of it was an abandonment of categories that had been considered essential until then, like the aesthetic experience or the artists signature style. Industrially produced materials were now being used, every day objects were stripped bare of their function. Experiencing art turned into an experience of self-awareness on behalf of the audience. If you are familiar with the genre of minimal music – this album, ‘Bells Breath’ is a stand out example of the genre. Not too clever, not too flat: just right. Andrew/ sigilofbrass

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“Bells Breath” is such a pure and simple concept that it is difficult to either analyse or fault. The sound of the bells of Ulm Minster, the tallest church in the world, has been digitally stretched and then layered. That’s it; plenty of bells but no whistles, no frills, very little further trickery, principally just the bell sound, inflated and resonant, mesmerising and soporific. Though it’s theoretically minimalist, the tones are rich and broad and very warm, capable of filling a space wholeheartedly. The pieces were initially created as part of a 2015 art installation within the minster itself, but out of context, as simply audio, it’s a sound with fantastic power. The main album is split into three studies. Each has a subtly different character; “Study III” is the simplest and purest. “Study IV” is somewhat darker and moodier, with very faint hints of percussive sound, distant ‘real time’ bell-ringing and occasional found sound ambience. The comparatively brief seven minutes of “Study II” sits between the two, still with dark tonality but a cleaner sound with fewer distant distractions. As a digital bonus there’s also an hour-long “sleep version” of “Study III”, though it’s scarcely any more ambient than the others and personally I don’t see why you couldn’t fall asleep to any of these pieces. Initially conceived as an in situ installation, and released on Klanggold who are themselves based in Ulm, this is a piece of art that will definitely work in your home. Stuart Bruce for Chain DLK

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Lovver releases Live track for free!

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Lovver releases as live version of the digital bonus track from the “X” cassette release.

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released June 3, 2016
Guitars & FX: Chris Corrado
Electronics, Fieldrecordings & Tapeloop: Andreas Usenbenzrecorded by Andreas Usenbenz, mastered at Klangmanufaktur

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Lovver – X (Reviews)

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Another interesting sonic appetizer I received from Andreas ‘Sonovo’ Usenbetz’s imprint Klanggold seemed to have not a real signature, as the only pieces of information provided by the label about Lovver are related to its “line-up”: the band should consist of a post-rock guitarist and an avantgarde sound-mangler and noise-maker, but in spite of the lack of more details about their identities, these introductory words make sense as it could suggest the kind of sound you’ll meet while listening to this tape (or files, if you’ll choice the digital version). If you carefully check the website of the project, you’ll finally find their names out, as behind Lovver’s curtains there were the guitarist Chris Corrado together with Sonovo himself (the noise-maker), but that initial mysterious halo would have been likewise fascinating. It seems that Klanggold followed more or less the same choice of other releases, as this one includes just two tracks as well. Both of them are 10 minutes lasting and explores slightly different nuances of the same stylistic grounds. The first track “Cloud Logic” got somehow explained by his title as it’s an enjoyable intersection between board of Canada-like ethereal ambient sonorities, whose waves got slightly rippled by crispy noises, lovely elongated pad synths and a gently modified electronic groove that resembles some sonic scripts of German electronic chill-out music of the first 00’s. Clouds grow thicker in “Sermon” on the other side, whose opening minutes are a little bit more crepuscular before Lovver’s helmsmen manage to create a gap in the electronic granular net by inoculating soothing rhythmical patterns, guitar effected strokes and guitar-driven vapid melodies. Check it out!

 


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Many releases by Klanggold are in the digital domain, and it’s certainly worthwhile checking their site for these. The two releases here, at this moment, are on cassette and both by people I haven’t heard of before. Behind Lovver, it is said by the label, are a post-rock guitarist and an
“avant-garde sound-mangler & noise maker”. They don’t discuss or talk a lot, but just play and on their joint cassette, the music is rather calm and yet also orchestral. The noisemaker provides a rhythm pounding below the waves that are no doubt courtesy of the guitar player. Apparently both
tracks (one per side) where played live, but shaped in the studio for this release. ‘Cloud Logic’ is the more guitar/rhythm-oriented piece on the first side with its sustaining guitar bits while ‘Sermon’ on the other side has a more abstract feel to it. A bit of crackling on the contact microphones and drones that are more alien, at least until the rhythm becomes more apparent. This music could serve well in a chill-out room, although a bit short to relax.

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12″ Vinyl Collectors Edition Crowdfunding Campaign

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Dear friends and colleagues. As you may know, i´m not only a passionate field recordist, sometimes i also create things from these field recordings.
In this particular case, i created a sound piece from bells from the cathedral from ulm. Last year i (field-) recorded the bells inside the bell tower and created a sound piece for a 4 channel sound installation inside the “bell room” of the cathedral. 

For me, this piece is a very emotional work and i brought so much effort into it, that it became something really special to me. Now i want to share this work with you in a very beautiful way.
I want to press a clear 7″ record which comes with 4 18×18 cm prints with photos from the recording spot.

To get this done and to collect some money for the project, i set up a kickstarter campaign in the hope, i will get you connected to the sounds and my small art project.

Thanks for you time, Andreas