Höllentag Spezial by Jeff Surak

Höllentag Spezial was made with one record player, one recorder and a lot of records. Jeff played locked grooves. If the needle is caught in a locked groove it plays only the piece of music or sound that can be captured in a full spin.

The result is a series of repetitions, that can be experienced as mechanic or trance-inducing or simply musical.

Especially for its repetitious form, the mechanical element prevails, and links the piece, thus, to the pre-war experiments when modern composers tried to reproduce the sounds of the metropolis.

If you listen carefully one can imagine Surak’s piece as a soundtrack to a recently discovered and restored German movie from the silent period.

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