Waschmaschinenfest 2K16

by Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse

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"In a plastic bag with a piece of cloth and stickers we find a cassette and upon closer inspection the cloth is a washing bag; hence the title 'washing machine festival 2016'; although the German word 'Fest' could be 'party' as well. I am not sure, but somehow I don't think there was a festival around washing machines. Rather I believe this is wordplay on the name of 'Maschinenfest', which is a German darkwave/gothic do, held in Oberhausen every year. Like with the previous two compilations by this label (see Vital Weekly 1040) there are many, if not all, names I never heard of. I would believe that 'machines', washing or otherwise, are the main ingredients in the music; either through a thematic approach in recording actual machines, the imitation thereof with instruments (usually rhythm machines and synthesizers) or simply a reference in the title. Much of this is indeed quite rhythmic, with all forms of dance music passing by; fast hard-core beats, mild techno, electro pop, plus all sorts of more experimental forms of electronic music. Also like before much of this comes with a bit of humour, very old school German, I thought, reminding me early 80s Neue Welle music. I enjoyed pretty much all of these pieces, while there were no particular standout tracks, although the two final pieces seemed to be field recordings of actual washing machines. What's missing? Yes, Matmos is missing; they did their laundry a while ago, and recorded the sounds to rework them into music. I am not sure if that was a direct inspiration or if this was all home-brew by the Germans. In either case, a most pleasant hour of electronic music by, and this is to be complete, Toddy Baldischwylah, nyppy, FatoldFingers, Mark Harris, The Peoples Republic Of Europe, aehm, NEIN., xotox, DJ Coquelin, Rohbart Ratford & Inga Kluntjes, Denny Engler, Dr. NoiseM, Y-Luk-O, Grindmaster Flesh, Agnès Pe, philipp muench, Jandlsepp, defaults and Unwucht; I am not sure why capitals in names are so unhip these days. Maybe they shrunk in the washing machine?" (FdW)
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released October 14, 2016

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