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“Markus is the painter and I am the sculptor. What made it very pleasant working together was that he incorporated so many ideas into the work process and gave me the green light to do what I wanted with them.”

J. Peter Schwalm

“It’s a mystery to me how Peter does what he does. I don’t really understand the internal process he uses to make his decisions, but any decision he made was perfect for me.”

Markus Reuter

Aufbruch, the title of the debut collaboration between electro-acoustic composer J. Peter Schwalm and guitarist/composer Markus Reuter, translates as “departure” or “emergence.”

Either definition offers an evocative interpretation of the powerfully immersive soundworld they’ve conjured together, but even more suggestive is the ambiguity between the two meanings. For the music of Aufbruch feels like both an awe-inspiring journey of discovery and a welling up from the murkiest depths of the subconscious.

Begun as a correspondence and fully realized as an in-person collaboration, Aufbruch captures and sustains an imposing air of alluring menace, an atmosphere that feels somber and distressed yet powerfully optimistic.

It’s true that the global conditions in which the album was produced might lend themselves to thoughts of rebuilding after an apocalyptic disaster rather then the somewhat more hopeful idea of preventing such disasters outright.

But the Aufbruch, the “emergence” at which the title hints, suggests that some remnant of humanity might be able to pull itself free from the wreckage and rebuild, about as cheery a thought as one could discern in these mesmerisingly dark yet captivatingly rich aural landscapes.

Reuter instigated the music on his self-developed TouchGuitar, digitally processed and manipulated in real time. Schwalm added his own colours via newly-devised synth sounds and later edited the improvisations into their final forms.

On two tracks the duo is joined by the remarkable Belgian-born, Berlin-based vocalist Sophie Tassignon, whose late appearance returns a trace of the human to the stirring machine-made environments.

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Release Date: July 16th, 2021

J. Peter Schwalm: 
Synths, Pianos, live treatments, electronic percussion and programming
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8 and U8 Deluxe, Soundscapes, Electronics
Sophie Tassignon: Vocals on „Lebewohl“ and „Losgelöst“

  1. Der Aufbruch
  2. Von Anbeginn
  3. Rückzug
  4. Abbau
  5. Ein Riss
  6. Der lange Weg
  7. Lebewohl
  8. Losgelöst
  9. Abschied

Mixed, edited and mastered by J. Peter Schwalm at Mainsound/Frankfurt am Main

Photography and design by Damir Tomaš (Photographed at V&A Dundee Design Museum, Architecture by Kengo Kuma)

Edition Outshine/Universal Music:
Publishing for J. Peter Schwalm
Markus Reuter (SESAC),
All Matter in the Universe (SESAC)

Produced by J. Peter Schwalm
Executive producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo

© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2021

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