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telepherique + maurizio bianchi: zehn tage (touka)


Artist: Telepherique + Maurizio Bianchi
Title: Zehn Tage (Touka)
Format: CD in triple folder cardboard sleeve
Tracks: 10
Playing time: 74:31
Release date: June 2004
File under: Experimental


Track List:

1.  Samstag 5 Oktober 5607 A.M.  6:54

2.  Sonntag 6 Oktober 5607 A.M.  7:01

3.  Montag 7 Oktober 5607 A.M.  7:15

4.  Dienstag 8 Oktober 5607 A.M.  6:46

5.  Mittwoch 9 Oktober 5607 A.M.  7:59

6.  Donnerstag 10 Oktober 5607 A.M.  7:35

7.  Freitag 11 Oktober 5607 A.M.  8:26

8.  Samstag 12 Oktober 5607 A.M.  7:39

9.  Sonntag 13 Oktober 5607 A.M.  8:32

10.  Montag 14 Oktober 5607 A.M.  6:20



"Since the beginning of his venture man tried to have time under his control. He measured it with his body,
according to nature, according to planets and stars
and with machines. In our travel to modernity we tore the cyclic time away from nature. we chopped it in little pieces, pulled it in a straight line pointing towards infinity and in the meantime we splitted it in ever smaller measure units."

After several years spent spreading all kinds of experimental electronic music on CD-R according to our own taste, we are very glad to introduce our first regular CD release. Thinking about how to approach this format, we couldn't find a way better than this great collaboration.

"Zehn Tage (Touka)" is a very special work born from the great friendship of two well-known estabilshed artists who are active in the experimental scene since the late 70s/80s: Telepherique and Maurizio Bianchi.

The album concept is focused on the uselessness of time calculation compared to the precision of time itself. The disc title ("Ten Days", in english) refers and is dedicated to those forgotten days of History that were arbitrariously severed off in October 1582 during the Pope Gregorius XIII's Western Calendar Reformation.

"Zehn Tage (Touka)" could be described best as a good mixture of Ambient and Concrete music: as in the best Afe record's tradition, it's not afraid of breaking down those genre boundaries, sliding further into psychedelic-tinged rhytmical territories.

The music was recorded and mixed during 2003 and we'd like to point out that this is the very first collaboration in Maurizio Bianchi's rather long musical career.

"A lot of talk is made about forgotten lives, forgotten excuses, forgotten situations, forgotten talents, forgotten victims, forgotten values, forgotten duties, but few realizes that even forgotten days of history are there: in 1582, during Pope Gregorius XIII's Western Calendar Reformation, ten days were severed off the month of October, while the western world shifted from the old "Julian" calendar to the new, and still in use, "Gregorian" one. Yet we are far away from acknowledging the true nature of time; a time flowing forever ahead in the corridor of infinite obliqueness... "Zehn tage (Touka)" is meant both as a minimal epitaph and as an electronic commemoration of those lost ten days: a rehashing through remembrance of what never begun and could therefore not find an end, a gathered evidence that speaks of powerlessness and instabilty of man overwhelmed by the perfect flow of time. Yet through these means we can sublimate the undefined space in which the unstoppable flow of events happens, the phenomenons and existences, the endless sequences of mechanical moments. To be aware of this demands a sealed fragment of our life, yet it is scarcely enough to render us conscious of our cold unforgettable technological pride."*

* Maurizio Bianchi, April 2004

"The first real clock that was build, was a model from the cosmos, to glorify the beauty of the sky-celestial body, not to check the time! In 1582 they got rid of ten days of mankind, for a better control of the time. The new method to determine the time is automatic and unnatural, a product of common sense. So we rub out our lifetime, following the 24 hours / 7 days model to make life faster and faster. And one day we will create a 48 hours day, to catch in its net as many experiences as possible. And most of those won't be important."**

** Klaus Jochim, May 2004

"A very personal and inspired work which embodies cosmic ambient, beat electronica, concrete music..."
Chain D.L.K. [more]

"Ammalia il senso quasi psych che spesso si materializza durante l’ascolto, la ciclicità di alcuni suoni che ci accompagnano quasi a scandire il tempo che scorre..."
Sound and Silence [more]

"Slow peaceful music..."
Vital Weekly [more]

"Zehn Tage/Touka" proviene da un'arteriosa infermità mutante, ed è proprio per questo che riesce a psicanalizzare la relatività del tempo indefinito..."
Idbox [more]

"Un album che nel suo percepibile continuum concettuale si mantiene su un altissimo profilo ispirativo..."
Blow Up [more]

"Ancora grandi opere dal maestro Bianchi..."
Herz Und Geist [more]