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The Greatest Hits

by Schmitz & Niebuhr

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1.
Xirnos 03:59 video
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McRasc 05:10
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Resonator 05:13
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Knipsket 05:16
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Gurmfin 06:32
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Wurfelphon 05:30
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Fincine 05:16
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Kerosin 05:47
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Pops 07:18
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Swell 06:10
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Pinky 02:39
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Sprexel 05:32

about

Most of these tracks were first released in mid-2000. The liner notes read as follows:

“Schmitz & Niebuhr are interested in ambitious, large pop music as well as in minimal music, soundtracks, lo-fi sound-design and cheesy 80ies presets. The production of their debut full-length album took two years – in an almost evolutionary process they created the tracks by constantly recording, remixing, selecting and re-recording.”

Clearly, these guys were ambitious: Their array of instruments and tools ranged from Glockenspiel, Field recordings, analogue phones, micro-cassette audio recorders, single-cassette answering machines and shortwave receivers to Saxophone, Cello, Clarinet, Stylophone, Kalimba and cross flute, the latter played by a whole lot of guest musicians. Last not least a DX7IIFD (provided by Robin Barnick) and a few other, not particularly hip analogue synthesizers like the clumsy to use but good sounding Akai VX90 played a role, complemented by cheap digital toy keyboards and Niebuhr's quirky polyrhythmic loops.

The key to their music, Schmitz & Niebuhr say, is “musical instruments and elements that are disparate but still fit together.”

From today's perspective, the music feels like a mix of chamber pop and toy techno, sometimes leaning towards more abstract, genre crossing electroacoustic productions. Shifting, sometimes deliberately cheesy, pretentious arrangements meet minimal, repetitive and evolving patterns.

What stands out is “Ghost of Love (Plukatan)” (B1), the only track featuring almost soulful vocals. It is less edgy and more pop than most of the other tracks.

Schmitz & Niebuhr are Wilfried ‘Willi’ Schmitz and Klaus C. Niebuhr from Cologne (Koeln), Germany.

-> schmitz-niebuhr.org

Cologne's Strategic Tape Reserve is also releasing their contribution to its Learning by Listening series today (10 June 2022). On this release Klaus Niebuhr and Willi Schmitz are joined by F. Lothringer.

strategictapereserve.bandcamp.com/album/die-lehre-vom-gro-en-rad-learning-by-listening-vol-8

credits

released June 10, 2022

Cordula Echterhoff (Flute on Xirnos), Britta Kölsch (Background vocals on Plukatan, vox on Fincine), Gisa Lossau, (Cello on McRasc), Michael Cramm, (Vocals, Guitar, Lyrics on Plukatan), Dierk Düchting (Percussion on Fincine), Volker M. Leprich (Tenor and alto saxophone on Xirnos, Clarinet on McRasc), Peter Torringen (Background vocals on & vocal recording for Plukatan), Ball Geographie (Vox on Pinky), Robin Barnick (Re-Mastering, DX7 on various tracks).

Anything else by Klaus C. Niebuhr & Wilfried Schmitz.

Recorded between 2002 and 2004 in Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

Photos: Markus Molthoff (front cover), Frauke Brandhorst, Johannes Klaas and Dirk Weist (inside).

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