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Reviews of Négligé - electronic underwear “Pränatal Inferno”

Artefakt #3
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR Pränatal Inferno CD, Archegon
Der Name ist Programm. Seltsame Musik mit seltsamen Instrumenten (was ist ein “Breath Controller”?) und seltsamen Tracktieteln (“Waldorfsalat” ist noch der harmloseste). Die Aufnahmen sind zwar bereits von 1991, das macht aber nichts. Die hier konzipierten Absonderlichkeiten sind auf jeden Fall zeitlos. Mit ihrem rein elektronischen Equipment haben die unter ihrem eigenartigen Bandnamen operierenden Klangtüftler Gerber, Foag, Schroth eine Platte ganz im Geiste solcher E-Werker wie Nono und Xenakis geschaffen. Immer ein wenig unhörbar, Geräusch in, an und auf Geräusch. Macht Spass und Kopfweh gleichzeitig. (ah)

Audion
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR Pränatal Inferno (Archegon GON 1001)CD 66m
Bizarre, very bizarre indeed - a hundred and one gremlin at large in an electronic studio - or at least it sounds like that! This Munich live electronic trio certainly pack a lot into their disciplined chaos. Somewhere between Conrad Schnitzler and Pierre Henry, it sould have been really successful, but for one major flaw: one dimensionality, otherwise no definite structure, developement, progression, just haphazard events that follow through. All in all it's interesting, but do I like it? Alan Freeman

Bad Alchemy #22 1993
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR Pränatal Inferno (Archegon GON 1001, CD 1991)
Das Label Archegon aus München lässt von sich hören. Label-Eigner Günter Schroth und Wolfgang Foag und Karl F. Gerber bilden ein elektronisches Trio. Die verdrahteten Herrschaften schmücken sich ausser mit reizvollen Klängen noch mit verführerischer Frauenwäsche, dedenfalls reden sie davon im Titel ihrer Bühnenkunst. Diese öbzöne Kante und die musikalischen Mittel, nämlich elektronische Töne satt, lassen Zugehörigkeit zum Industrial vermuten. Doch nein, Eher kommt es auf die Pose des Metropolenmanns, der die Zwangskluft schlicht über hat, sich Freunde sucht und neue Töne spuckt. Der will anders laben als bisher und demonstriert die Gehversuche natürlich live. Nix Strudio, nix Aufgesetztes, no overdubs. Für warme Tonlagen sorgen analoge Synthesizer, man bleibt auf dem Klangteppich der L.A.-Synthese. Die Melodien zeigen weniger Exhibitionismus als die Flexibilität des Trios: es get hin und her zwischen Zaudern und Experiment. Tatsächlich ist es gelegentlich infernal, doch lange kein Höllenfeuer. Man bleibt stets besaitet. Und instrumental.Die drei Individualisten aus München ergänzen sich wie drei Obststände auf dem Wochenmarkt. Man wirbt mit immer neuen Früchten um die Wette. So scheint der Hörer ab und zu das Zusammenspiel zu vermissen, und er muss sich stets erinnern, dass die drei Musiker ein Trio bilden. Wahrscheinlich ist es denn die Gewöhnung gewesen, dass mir schliesslich das letzte und längste Stück am gelungensten vorgekommen ist. Freilich: wem die Studiomusik Conrad Schnitzlers zu kühl, und wem die französischen Bruitisten zu harsch sind, könnte hier eine kleine Alternative finden. Lutz Schridde

Brennende Fenster #4
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR: Pränatal Inferno CD
64 Minuten und 15 Sekunden rein elektronische Instrumentalmusik, ein harter Brocken für gitarrenkrachverwöhnte Ohren wie meine, zum Glück jedoch ist "elektronisch" in diesem Fall nicht gleichbedeutend mit stumpf-monotonen Techno-, Disco- oder anderen Rhythmen. NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR verzichten vielmehr gänzlich und konsequent auf derart überflüssige Dinge, so daß "Pränatal Inferno" eher an freie Jazz-Improvisationen erinnert, denn an Musik im herkömmlichen Sinne. Und auch wenn ich mich nun mal schwer mit rein elektronischer Musik anfreunden kann, NEGLIGE - E.U. beherrschen ihr Gebiet, können Stimmungen erzeugen oder wieder spiegeln, helfen Ordnungen in das Chaos zu bringen. Interessante Musik, gelungene Experimente zwischen aufkratzend-lärmig und unheilvoll- spannend, zwischen Industrial und Jazz, neue Musik, seltsame Musik, Musik, in der es viel zu entdecken gibt. Empfehlenswert zumindest für alle, die synthetischer Musik gegenüber nicht bodenlos voreingenommen sind. (c)

Cruciamentum #1
NEGLIGE-ELECTRONICUNDERWEAR "Pränatal Inferno" (Archegon Records)
"Auch das größte und verwegenste pyroakustische Inferno muß unweigerlich in einem prätonalen Sumpf versinken, wenn es uns nicht gelingt, mit unseren fernöstlichen Musikinstrumenten Energieschwingungen aus der Steckdose zu saugen..." ... In der Besetzung Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Gerber und Günter Schroth spielte bzw. improvisierte man tolle elektronische Klangteppiche und -collagen! 9 Perlen live eingespielt! (6,5+)

Crystal Infos
Négligé -Electronic Underwear Pränatal Inferno CD/1991 Archegon/GON 1001
Négligé est un groupe allemand composé de trois musiciens: Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Gerber et Günter Schroth. Cette formation existe depuis 1986 et participé à diverses compilations internationales. Voici aujourd'hui, leur premier CD éui a été enregistré "live" en use seule fois, sans overdubs et autres artifices de studio. À l'écoute de ce diséue on comprend tout de suit le choix éui a pr sid au titre de cet album. Il s'agit bien d'une vision d'enfer éui nous est proposé là. Pour essayer de situer cette oeuvre difficileje vais une nouvelle fois jouer la carte des comparaisons (le procédé est, je vous l'accorde, tout s fait subjectif). Imaginez un croisement entre les travaux du G.R.M., Morton Subotnick et Conrad Schnitzler. Musique aléatoire génératrice de stress parfois à la limite de l'agressivité. Les univers dépeints sont froids, menacants, inquiétans. Nous voici plongés dans une galaxie sonore démentielle. Explosions en chaînes de sonorités métalliéues, crissesments, borborygmes, gloussements, ondes électriques envahissent de favon anarchiéue notre espace auditif. Cliché: mondes en gestation, lave qui s'écoule, métal en fusion. Accalmie: ambiance lourde, suintante. Naissance d'une mélodie soutenue par les échos d'une presse en movement. Pas le temps de concentrer sur celleci, elle est immédiatement engloutie, digérée et recrachée sous forme de strindulations. Lointaines percussions tribales, sons de cloches au fond des marécages. Impression fugitive aussitôt dissoute par le froid de l'espace (noir absolu). Autre cliché: Frottements et chuchotements étranges, mouvements d'atomes aux sons couleur cristal, écoulements de matiére liquide se conjuguent pour de l'infiniment petit. Sans vouloir intellectualiser l'événement, il faut reconnaître éue cette création est à placer dans le créneau des "musiques cérébrales". Pour peu que l'on se prenne au jeu, il en restera une sensation de malaise, de "mal dans sa peau". Nous voici en présence de l'équivalent musicale de Eraserhead, film de David Lynch tout aussi dérangeant mentalement. Le Mellotron Masqué

Electric Shock Treatment #3
Négligé Pränatal Inferno (Archegon GON 1001) CD 64 minutes
Various Artists The White Horse (Aceton ACETON 12) CD 61 minutes
Throughout the history of live electronic music the most original work has come from those who have shunned standardised electronic instruments, either designing their own circuitry (Gordon Mumma, David Tudor), using intermediate or adapted technologies (the Sonic Arts Union) or using acoustic sound sources as raw material for electronic processing (AMM, M.E.V.). The least original work has come from groups using synthesizers, which inevitably produce a rather bland and stereotypical rang of sounds. The mass marketing of standardised electronic instruments in recent years (especially the ubiquitous DX7) has precipitated a tidal wave of mediocrity, facile self indulgence and inconsequential keyboard doodling. The works featured on these two releases instandly confirmed my worst expectations and reinforced my conviction that all instantaneous musical technologies are best consigned to oblivion or dismantled intoelectronic junk that can be recycled, musically or otherwise. Perhaps I'm being too harsh. Several friends to whom I have played these releases have found them to be mildly acceptable as ambient noise. My own leanings are more towards the more anarchic end of the avant-garde musical spectrum. Roger Sutherland

Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
Neglige - Electronic Underwear (Germany), Pranatal Inferno (1991)
This trio of Munchen musicians (Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Geber and Günter Schroth, who use analogue and computer-generated sounds) generally stays strongly in Stockhausen / Schnitzler territory. One track is very Tangerine Dream-ish, though, and recalls typical 70's Electronic Music.

File 13, #13 1992
NEGLIGE Prenatal Inferno (CD) (Archegon)
Sixty-four minutes of really cool live computer musik that has a '60s academic feel to it. Lots of expensive equipement making burbles and bleeps that can get quite noisy and chaotic. Only one track, a beat-oriented Tan Dream pop trip, manages to disapoint. The rest is fine; this is exactly how I like my "electronic" music. Ant, wouldn't you know, it's German. Manny Theiner

Fourth Dimension # 45 97,08/1996
NEGLIGE-electronic underwear "Pränatal Inferno" CD. Avant-garde electronics and computer-generated compositions. Far better than the awful name suggests. Archegon, Germany

GodsenId
NEGLIGE-electronic underwear "Pränatal Inferno" CD-
Ever wonder what life is like inside a broken video game? Maybe this is close. It's live improvised electronic/computermusic with no overdubs. It's of course very spacy and detached, with synths and random bleeps bubbling all around your speekers. No conventional rhythms or melodies here. Strange and different.

Grim Humor
NEGLIGE ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR - Pränatal Inferno (GON 1001)
Listen, I can´t really figure out the name of the `group`(possibly one of the worst grop names ever, not htat they even remotly resemble a ´group´ or playing anything resembling ´music´...) or their label, but this is worth yr attention. Random noise, burbles & gurbles, bleebs & farts electronically and computer generated. Sounds almost exactly like some lost dopey artifact from early ´70s on CRI or Nonesuch. Christ knows where you´d ever find a copy in this lousy country, so write to the nuts who put it out. (SJ)

Impulse #2
NEGLIGE ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR - Pränatal Inferno - CD65:45 - Archegon
This is the first release on a new label from Germany, Archegon. Neglige - Electronic Underwear play music(?) consisting only of live electronics and live computer music. Recorded over the last two years, the first thing you notice here is that it's not really music at all, well at least, not of the standard kind. Out of the 9 tracks, only the fifth, 'Im Tal der Gakki' has any kind of melody of rhythm, the rest are a collection of improvised and manufactured electronic noises ranging from bleeps and burps, to some of the most amazing synthetic noises you'll ever hear. I can only think that if some dance band or remixer got hold of this, they'd have a field day. So, as a CD of music, it's not everyones's cup of tea, but as a collection of noises, you'd be hard pressed to find more original batch of sounds.

Independent Electronic Music 2001
NÉGLIGÉ - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR "Pränatal Inferno" CD (Archegon)
The music on this CD is the best example of what is impossible to categorize with the standard approach. The whole conception is based on contradictions and confusion, so the whole impression is very distracted. It's the first release of Archegon label (which owner is also member of Négligé) and, despite the band exists since 1986, we can't trace neither roots nor current points of musicians. But this is common feeling about any debut album. Further, the only detail concerning album music definition is marked in the booklet as "live computer music, no overdubs". Well, live and computer music seems to sound very contradictory? Atonal and non-rhythmic, but I would like to avoid to call it improvisational, just because I see improvisation as reflection of spontaneous senses, and here all is very straight and barely emotional. The large variety of found sounds, colours and textures makes this record technically amazing, but rather artificial, deformed and non-vivente. And again, the lack of inner structure is confronting with its technogenic matter, so the links with industrial music are incorrect too. The same tendency you can see (hear) in the early experimental electronic music (Kraftwerk or some early United Dairies releases). The lineup was formed from three Germans: Guenter Schroth, Karl F.Gerber and Wolfgang Foag - more recently they all joined Six And More, but also each one is known for his solo works. So, now is the time to end with this one, and if you like the non-adequate vision of the physical world around you, just take it.  Dmitry Vasilyev

Klangwelt Musik #5
NÉGLIGÉ-electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno 1991 Zeit 64:15 9 Titel, GON 1001
Wolfgang Foag: Live electronics, Karl F. Geber: live electronics, Günter Schroth: live electronics
Auch das größte und verwegenste pyroakustische Inferno muß unweigerlich in einem prätonalen Sumpf versinken, wenn es uns nicht gelingt, mit unseren fernöstlichen musikinstrumenten Energieschwingungen aus der Steckdose zu saugen, heisst es in der Négligé-Konzertinfo. Sicher wird eine Menge Nonsens im Land der belanglosen Preset-Sounds fabriziert. Ich kann ihn sehr verstehen, den Hass, der Leute dazu antreibt, die mit Knöpfen, Reglern und Tasten bestückten Instrumente wider allen Konventionen zu benutzen. Und im Falle NEGLIGE aus München entsteht meist eine irreale, effektreiche Klangreise, bei der es mir allerdings schwer fällt von Musik zu sprechen. Selbst, wenn ich alle schönästhetischen Ansprüche zurückstelle, kann ich mich des Eindrucks nicht erwehren, dass hier nicht der Mensch, sondern die Maschine macht, was sie will. Aber vielleicht ist das eine neue Ästhetik, der Soundtrack für die Zeit, in der “Künstliche Intelligenz” zur Realität wird? Aber da selbst Herr MINSKY bis dahin noch einige Jahre ins Land zeihen sieht, sehe ich wenig Zielpublikum für diese “Musik”. Denn welches humane Wesen hat heut noch die Zeit, sich über eine Stunde voll und ganz auf Musik zu konzentrieren - auf ansprechend, entspannende Momente wird man jedenfalls vergeblich warten. Kopfmusik, die jegliche emotionale Vibration in Dissonanzen, Geräusch und Chaos ertränkt. Wer´s braucht, hier ist es. Thomas

KLEM #58
NÉGLIGÉ-electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno GON 1001,
In hun brief las ik ondermeer:`De groep wil allerlei soorten electronische klnaksynthese leveren. Akoestische, analoge en digitale electronische klankbronnen worden verbonden en op velerlei manieren bediend. En dát is te horen: ding dong, tuut tuut, tring tring, plink ploink, zaag zaag, kras scheur, kraak, tingeltangel, tok tok. Juist: tók tók!! Postnataal, a-tonaal inferno. De cd duurt 64´15´´, maar het liijkt véél langer! (Frits)

Masodik Latas #9
NÉGLIGÉ-electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno CD
65 perc elektronikus bajitel, élö komputerzene; akusztikus, analóg és digitális komputerhangzás. közelebb áll a kortárszenei kisérletekhez, mint bármiféle technohoz, de beleszöttek ipari és minimal hagyom ányokat is. Ezt hárman követték el Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Gerber, Günter Schroth. 1986-ban indultak, szere pelnek nemzetközi válogatásokon, egy film zenei inspirálásában ját szanak szerepet. A kiadónak ez az elsq publikaciója, ami megvásárolható 25 márkáért. -misliga-

Modern Taboo #3
NÉGLIGÉ-electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno CD
"It is the intention of this group to provide, through live electronics and computer music, all kinds of electronic sound synthesis and articulation..." And that they do my friends, all over the friggin' place. The result is a jarring and rather bizarre technoid frenzy. Like the Schnitzler/Thomasius CD, there isn't a dance beat to be heard. Hey!

Musicworks #59 1994
PBK Macrophage   Négligé - electronic underwear Pränatal Inferno CD (compositions by Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Geber, Günter Schroth) by Michael R. Dobinson
These two recordings present two different trends in contemporary electronic music. The Négligé recording uses live electronic instruments and controllers, and employs collective improvisation. In contrast, PBK´s recording developed in the electronic music of the 50´s and 60´s. Musically, there is a strong contrast between these two recordings. PBK´s music tends to be atmospheric, frequently employing regularly recurring material (looped tape). The pieces tend to start quietly, build up, and release. Sudden changes in texture occur rarely and are dramatic and powerful. Négligé´s music tends to be more sectional, with frequent changes in texture and mood within pieces. The contrast in sound sources used in the two recordings is as large as the musical difference. PBK makes use of rich and intrinsically “alive” sounds, that I believe were created using analog equipment (the linernotes did not specify the type of equipment used). The Négligé recording includes nine pieces. In general these pieces start off with an arresting and compelling gesture, such as the stormy opening of the title track. But many of these pieces seem to lose momentum after the initial section. It seems as if the composer/performers have good initial, “composed” ideas, but are less able to generate interesting improvisations. The singls “composed” track, Geschwisterermässigung, in which all three collaborated in the “programming of machineperformance”, is more consistent in quality. It maintains the flowing, reactive improvisitory feel of the best of this group´s music, while maintaining interest throughout. The tracks Waldorfsalat and Homage to Dr. E.A. Ming show the improvisational aspect of these performers at their best. The recordin is clear and well engineered, although I would suggest the inclusion of more informative liner notes. On the whole, both of these recordings are well made, and feature solid, if not outstanding, music.

My Way 1/92
Négligé/electronic underwear "Pränatal Inferno" CD
Aus München erreicht mich diese Debüt CD dreier Musiker (W. Foag, K. F. Gerber und G. Schroth), die hier ihr Konzertprogramm 91 vorstellen. Live Electronics/-Computer Musik mit allen möglichen Spielarten der elektronischen Klangsynthese, von komplexen in sich freien Musikgebilden bis zu wirren dramatischen Improvisationen, das Spektrum der Töne und erzeugten Klänge ist enorm vielfältig und abwechslunsreich zugleich. Solche Musik kannte ich bisher nur vom amerikanischen RRRecords Label, wirklich interessant, hier einmal reinzuhören, auch wenn ich solche Musik nicht immer hören könnte. 9 Stücke zwischen 4 und 11 Min. Länge, die CD ist für 25 DM plus Porto bei
www.ARCHEGON.de erhältlich! Mathias Lang

ND #16
Négligé-electronic underwear "Pränatal Inferno (CD, 65 min)
Live electronics and live computer music featured here. Fairly spare feeling at times with breaks of silence as pauses. Various electronic layers are mixed using some nice effects ans sources. an interesting listen. Daniel Plunkett

New Hope International Review Vol. 16 No. 1
Archegon NEGLIGE- ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR: PRŽNATAL INFERNO (DM 30)
A concert of live electronics and live computer music with no overdubs. Of the nine tracks my favourites were the very atmospheric opening TRIO INVERNALE, GYROPHONIE whose plaintive melody builds to an interesting crescendo, and IM TAL DER GAKKI with its excellent percussion-studded rhythm. Martin Grampound

Nizagamah #6
"MY FIRST CD!" is what I say'd when I looked in the mailbox one day, and that is allso the case für Günter Schroth from NEGLIGE. This CD contains sounds/noises (some of them reminded me of sounds you hear on old MOTHER-albums), without obvious orchestration. It sounds a bit nihilistic actually. Although it starts out o.k., most of this CD is rally just "more of the same"(SORRY!). I hope you will spend your money on indipendent cassettes instead. For more info, dropp us a line

Notes 41
NEGLIGE PRäNATAL INFERNO (Archegon 1001)
Premier compadt d'un trio allemand versé dans l'électronique,"Pränatal Inferno" se situe dans la veine "dure" de l'électronicque: bruitages divers, rythmiques répétitives volontairement cassées. Réalisé en direct et sans overdub ce travail d'expérimantation à la lisiwre de différents courants musicaux me semble réservé aux amateurs du genre. Jean Christophe ALLUIN

Outlet #41 1992
Négligé "Pränatal Inferno"
Billed as live electronics/computer music without overdubs the 3 people behind NEGLIGE - electronic underwear have compiled 65 mins of material that doesn´t fall neatly into any particular category. Founded in 86 the have participated in collaborations with other artists. With no words the language barrier is non existant and if it hums.... record it! The title piece is full of musical gremlins let loose in a busy Department Store, whilst outside workman dig up the road. "Weltsumpf" could be an electro seaside adventure, "Gyrophonie" the sound of light reverberating across a gyroscope or truly adventurous "Homage to Dr. E. A. Ming". This xould easily be a United Dairies release and this electronic invention can be yours, write to ARCHEGON. Trev. Faull

Positionen, Beiträge zur Neuen Musik 15
Négligé-electronic underwear: Pränatal Inferno heißt eine neue CD mir live-elektronischer und Live-Computermusik. Viele der Titel, beispielsweise Waldorfsalat oder Das Fraktal Trio lassen eine Bastelei von Computerfreaks erwarten, doch die Einspielungen sind durchgehend als gelungene Realisationen der immer noch weitgehend unterschätzten Möglichkeiten anzusehen, die die elektronischen Instrumentarien bieten. Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Gerber und Günter Schroth haben zu dritt an allen Kompositionen gemeinsam als Komponisten und Interpreten gearbeitet und beweisen Gespür für klangsinnliche Präsenz, Komplexität und Timing, wodurch der Zuhörer jedes Stück als vielschichtige neue Klangwelt erleben kann. Der improvisatorische Charakter führt dazu, daß das Verhältnis von einzelnem Klang, Motiv oder Rhythmus zur Gesamtstruktur oder Form des Stückes immer relativ offen und unaufdringlich bleibt.Sabine Sanio

Prinz, die Illustrierte der Stadt (München)
PRÄNATAL INFERNO Négligé - Electronic Underwear
Wer braucht Geräusche, Sounds, Klanggewitter aus dem Computer oder ein "pyroakustisches Inferno", wie es die Live-Elektroniker von Pränatal Inferno nennen? Solche Klang-Dramaturgien hörten wir bereits auf der ersten Kraftwerk-LP. Das war 1968. Diesen rhythmuslosen Wellensalat braucht eigentlich kein Mensch, und sexy ist er schon gar nicht. Aber es gibt Laute, die mögen verrücktes Zeug, Geräusche, synthetische Gluckslaute oder "algometrisch vernetze Computerperformance" ohne menschliche Kontrolle. Und je länger man das hört, um so menschlicher wird es. Ja, so muß es in uns klingen - so wie dieser prätonale Sumpf. Michael Reinboth

Prose in Cannes 1 1992
Négligé Electronic Underwear - Pränatal Inferno (CD): c/o Archegon
The first official full-length release by this Munich trio, who present here 9 tracks of "live electronics and computer music, no overdubs". These are atonal. arhythmic, well-conceived compositions, somewhat in the stylistic spirit of Stockhausen. Due to the non-minimalist sparseness of many tracks, and due to the entirely electronic soundsources, this release lends itself well to the digital medium. Although an explanation of the computer treatments and interfaces used here might have been useful in "better understanding" this disc, a secound and third audio look at this work would prove such potentially longminded details to be distractive and superfluous in the end. All in all, entirely entriguing. Roger Skulback

Revoluciones por Minuto, section "Sintetizando"
NEGLIGE-ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR son un ensemble formado por tres sintesistas germanos: WOLFGANG FOAG, KARL F. GERBER y GÜNTER SCHROTH. Han lanzado un CD titulado "PRÄNATAL INFERNO", que recoge temas inter~pretados por ellos en directo durante 1990-91. La música es experimental, con perferencia por los sonidos agudos y estridentes. George Munnshe

Sluzk & Fuzk, c/o Aksel Lundgreen
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR - Pränatal Inferno
Archegon (GON 1001) CD - Points: 3.5 out of 5 Industrial techno played live in the studio with old analogue synths and drummaschines on the side music, is very popular these days, and I cant understand why Négligé shouldn't sell a lot of records, but of course, when you distribute the CD yourself, it's very hard to sell a lot of records. I therefore give you the adress to Négligé here so that you can contact them and buy their CD. Aksel Lundgreen

Soft Watch 2
"Pränatal Inferno" - NÉGLIGÉ-ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR
This arrived on the day I was finally ready to print this long issue, consequently, this is just a brief review. Are you into EDGAR VARÉSE? Tha guy who invented the term "MUSIQUE CONCRETE" and created what are without doubt it's greatest musical moments? Are you addicted to his "Poéme Electronique" and wish you could find more of this supurb-yet-strange music? Well look no further, NÉGLIGÉ-ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR will sate you no matter how famisched you are. Can you count the myriad noises on this album, some which smoothly relate to each other some which grate? I doubt it - there's almost too much variety here. Full of brillant colours and textures, you can almost taste the sharp blue off electricity, you can almost smell the ozon. They offer nine slices of fragmented music, the longest track, "Homage to Dr.E.A.Ming" being 11'07'' long, the shortest a mere 4'19'', the album in total stretching 64'15'' and not a second too long. They use a variety of 'found' sounds - chimes, alarm bells and dozens of other things, yet they seem to avoid sampling, for which I take off my hat - disconnected sampled sounds would so easily fit into this complex sound-circus, yet they ignore it, choosing risky, almost dangerous sounds and composition. Anyway, that's all I'm going to write this issue. I'll delve deeper next issue, just in case this hasn't temped you to buy a copy. Don't be put of the fact that these are relatively unheard-of - this should be an album to treasure a classic for thouse seeking pure electronic sound with little or no connection to any easy music 'type'. It may be Jazz, but if it is,it's the best I've ever heard. A latecomer for the non-existant "SOFT WATCH TOP TEN". Buy it now!!! Antony G. Burnham

Strange Bacteria
NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR - Pränatal Inferno (C.D TT 65.45 GON 1001) titel in German Excellent.
Nine pieces of developed live electronics and live computer music recorded between July 1990 and July 1991. Sounding like a rhathmless controlled bleeding or nice pessary for the first 25 minutes. Clean and stark, austere, menacing, brooding all spring to mind and even quirky at times. Electronics that at worst are just that - a collection of electronic noises. A change of style produces a pleasant sounding swquence of electronics which brings to mind tangerine dream with drums. The remainder of the 64 minutes seems more structured as they use more sequencers. A soundtrack to a science fiction film - Imagine visiting an alien planet´s forest. NEGLIGE - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR was founded in 1986 and are  Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Gerber, Günter Schroth. Initially difficult to listen to from beginning to end, once it has established the atmosphere it stays within it´s own confines but ignore any predonceptions about self indulgent live music or cold computer music this CD is neither.

Suffer #2
”Pränatal Inferno" NEGLIGE (CD_Archegon) “Gerber ‘85-’89” K.F. GERBER (K7-Gerber)
Wolfgang Foag, Karl F. Geber e Günter Schroth costituisconno il collettivo Négligé, impalpabile ensemble de dito a un pualcosa che potremo avvicinare a certe avanguardie alemanne degli ultimi mesi; un “inferno prenatale” non certo temibi le comunque, una sarabanda di elettro-esperimenti Presentati a guisa di composizioni dalle angolature infinite, rotonde e mai intraprendenti. Quasi una improvvisazione programmata, suoni che verranno apprezzati dai sostenitori di Tietchens, Schnitzler, o di coloro che sono interessati alle contaminazioni più eletroniche dinamiche della musica concreta. Manca però quella scintilla, quell ìndispensabile sprazzo di genio che renerebbe imperdibile un CD di comunque buona fattura, manieristico ma ben onesto ed imposatato. Buy! Gerber, nella sua raccolta su nastro, stordisce per quantità di ‘sprazzi’, appunto... molta rarne al fuoco, cascate di microcosmi elettronici impazziti e scattanti, reazioni a catena tecnologiche, piccoli anacronismi ambientali e tantissime rifrazioni di particella differenti unite a fatica da un adiposo telaio compositivo ben poco disponibile con límmaginazione delláscoltatore.

Syntorama 20
NEGLIGE electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno (CD )
Debut discográfco el sello alemán ARCHEGON dirigido or GÜNTER SCHROTH
y al miso tiempo integrante de este trio de Munich, fundado en 1986 que realizan música electrónia y de computadora. "PRÄNATAL INFERNO" es su segundo trabajo, recomendado para todos aquellos que gusten de sonidos arriesgados. Edición limitada 1000 copias.Comentario de Rafa Dorado

Taladro #6
NÉGLIGÉ - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR "Pränatal Inferno"C.D. (Archegon, ver reportaje). Tracklist: Trio invernale. Das fraktal trio, Waldorfsalat, Gyrophonie,etc. =9. "Electronic music and experimentation that takes you into a mental soundtrack. Nice travelling, specially in the long songs. Recommended. "Música electrónica y experimentación que te llevan dentro de un soundtrackmental. Buen viaje, especialmente en las canciones largas. Recomendado.

The Fifth Path #4
NÉGLIGÉ - ELECTRONIC UNDERWEAR Pränatal Inferno (Archegon)
Avantgarde, experimental computer dominated music finds ist home here, though it is not really structured enough to be called music. This suffers a lot from what I think a lot of experimental music suffers from, a lack of structure. Some really wonderful sounds are found through experimentation, but they just end up pointless when they have to be found by suffering through a large mass of pointless tinkering. If stuff like this was refined and crafted with some forethought and planning of sorts it could amount to something besides some attempt at some futuristic, techno atmospheres

Vital #23
NEGLIGE electronic underwear - Pränatal Inferno (CD by Archegon).
Neglige is a group, the three members of which also work solo. Together they work on electronic compositions, with the use of synthesizers, electronic percussion, computers etc. According to the cover this is "live electronics and live computer music, no overdubs". Like their ancestors, for example Stockhausen, they use electronic soundsources only, no electronically treated acoustic sound. This nevertheless results in pretty complex sounding electronic music, which hints at the history of electronic music. Yet sometime they refer to 70's synthesizer music aswell, as in "Im Tal der Gakki". The compositions, (improvisations?) seem to be well-thought and the CD is nice to listen to. A well-done, varying debut release! Frans de Waard

 


Name of the fanzine

Date I put the review on this site

Encyclopedia of Electronic Music

01.09.04

Independent Electronic Music 2001

10.10.01

Artefakt #3

30.09.01

Fourth Dimension # 45 97,08/1996

30.09.01

Strange Bacteria

30.09.01

Grim Humor

30.09.01

Musicworks #59 1994

30.09.01

Klangwelt Musik #5

30.09.01

KLEM #58

30.09.01

Suffer #2

30.09.01

Bad Alchemy #22 1993

30.09.01

Audion

01.07.01

Brennende Fenster #4

01.07.01

Cruciamentum #1

01.07.01

Crystal Infos

01.07.01

Electric Shock Treatment #3

01.07.01

Godsend

01.07.01

Masodik Latas #9

01.07.01

Nizagamah #6

01.07.01

Notes 41

01.07.01

Positionen, Beiträge zur Neuen Musik 15

01.07.01

Prinz, die Illustrierte der Stadt (München)

01.07.01

Revoluciones por Minuto, section "Sintetizando"

01.07.01

Sluzk & Fuzk, c/o Aksel Lundgreen

01.07.01

Soft Watch 2

01.07.01

Syntorama 20

01.07.01

Taladro #6

01.07.01

The Fifth Path #4

01.07.01

Vital #23

01.07.01

File 13 #13, 1992

27.05.01

Outlet #41 1992

27.05.01

Prose in cannes 1992

27.05.01

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