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Reviews of Six And More “Way Out”

Aliens 01.09.2002
Six and more (Germany) - Way out2002, Archegon, CD
Very large number of sound improvisations and experiments, it could be described this, what's behind of already forth release of this unusual force of signals, sounds, screams. This project reveals and presents live performances of project between years 99 and 2001. This work will for sure inspire every fan of unusual sound schemes and sound signals. This project is one big experimental tornado! Fascinating listening!!! ryby

Angbase 07/03
SIX AND MORE- "Way Out", CD Archegon (Germany) 2003
The concept here is live electronic music for groups of six and more musicians recorded live with no overdubs at four separate concerts between 1999 and 2001. There are no less than 42 different musicians represented, and as many as 26 playing at one of the sets on here, using everything from analog synths, turntables and computers to beer cans, sax and stones. A carefully designed and documented graphic chart helps the listener keep track of the many players and instruments on each piece. Archegon label head Gunter Schroth is the only constant presence on all 16 tracks. This is a difficult disc to pin down, as you might imagine from live sets featuring this many musicians playing dozens of instruments. The best tracks have a timeless quality that makes the music sound like it could have been recorded at any time between 1966 and the present. One moment you could be listening to a lost ESP-Disk session, or an early Residents b-side, or a Farmers Manual live set- sometimes all within a single piece.

Apostazia 2004
SIX AND MORE "Way Out", Archegon CD'02 [61:22]
Twórczosc samego Guntera Schrotha mialem okazje przyblizyc wam w pierwszym numerze naszego magazynu. Teraz kolej na opis wydawnictwa grupy SIX AND MORE w która artysta wplatany jest za sprawa muzykowania w niej, jak i posiadania statusu jej wydawcy. Way Out to czwarta juz plyta w dorobku grupy, tym razem przedstawiajaca zapisy z czterech wybranych koncertów, jakie odbyly sie na przestrzeni lat 1999-2001. W sumie w wystepach tych bralo udzial az 42 zakreconych elektroników i pasjonatów muzyki bardzo szeroko rozumianej, co srednio na jeden koncert daje nam zaangazowanie 10 muzyków. Przedziwna to muzyka i niestandardowa, wiec i wiekszosc lokalizacji musiala byc taka. Kolejno koncerty odbywaly sie na starej farmie, wsród rolniczych narzedzi i pajeczyn, w kafejce polozonej wsród spadzistych skal u wejscia jakiejs rzeki do doliny Langfigta, w starej piwnicy monachijskich browarów i wreszcie na festiwalu WORM w Roterdamie. Cale wydawnictwo opisane jest w sposób bardzo czytelny, albowiem kazda lokalizacja, uczestnik oraz instrument maja przyporzadkowana unikatowa ikonke wordowskiej czcionki Webdings, albo Wingdings. Mozemy zatem przy uzyciu legendy bardzo szybko zorientowac sie gdzie dany utwór byl grany, w jakim skladzie i na jakich instrumentach. A tych mamy tu bardzo wiele. Przede wszystkim elektronika, a wiec przerózne syntezatory, adaptery, samplery i czytniki, ale równiez tradycyjne instrumenty w postaci saksofonu, pianina, klarnetu, skrzypiec, gitary i wielu innych. Mozna powiedziec, ze jest to juz mieszanka wybuchowa, wiec dodajcie do tego jeszcze odglosy stukajacych kamieni, zgniatanych puszek, radia i plastiku, a otrzymacie pelen obraz, a raczej dzwiek tej kakofonii. W sumie mamy tu 16 kompozycji, zróznicowanych, ale dosc ciezkich w odbiorze. Muzyka tak naprawde dla twardzieli, i to odwaznych.

Bad Alchemy 41 01/2003
Six And More Way Out (Archegon, GON 1006):
Als ich MIMEO als die größte Ansammlung von Elektronik auf einer Bühne bezeichnete, dachte ich nicht an das Six And More Kollektiv, das vom Sextett bis zum 26-köpfigen Archegon-Improvisations-Orchestra-Drachen anschwellen kann, etwa anlässlich ihrer 10-Jahresfeier im Rotterdamer WORM. Ihre vierte CD - nach "Do Not Open!" (1993), "Blue Q" (1996) & "Oisi Voci" (1999) - zeigt das von Günter Schroth inaugurierte Ensemble aus Leuten von u.a. ARTistTOTAL, Barcode Music, Duo Parallel, Elektronengehirn, END-ART, Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels daheim, Karpfen, kei:m, Les Ormores, Para-Noise-Terminal, R:IP, rabenhirn, The Modern Ass Quartet, Tröster, Van Bebber-Lemke Duo, Vinyl + Blech, XABEC live in einer Scheune bei Oy am Niederrhein, im Café Oase vor dem "Teufelsloch" im Langfigtal, in der Münchner Echtzeithalle und am 13.10.01 im WORM. Six And More spielten bei diesen "LAN"-Parties vom anderen Stern mit so ziemlich allem, was Laut gibt, von

Altosax, Bierdosen, Cello oder CD-Player über Gitarre, Kinderkleinkram und Radio bis Sequencer, Stimmen, Synthesizer, Tapes, Tritonshorn und Wesersandsteinplatte, ihre ganz eigene Art von elektro-akustische Impromtus: Wechselstrom-Weirdness aus "nicht registrierten Wellen", mal mit, meist ohne Groove, knarzende DIY-Art-Brut aus comic-inspieriertem Nerd-Noise, konkrete Klangskulpturen-Mobiles aus geknackter Alltagselektronik. Trotz der vielen Köche steht kein kakophoner Eintopf auf dem Spielplan, sondern französiche Nouvelle Cuisine und ab und zu mal Kraut. Rigobert Dittmann

Black #29 10/2002
Six And More - “way Out” (CD) Archegon
“Way Out ist das mittlerweile vierte SIX AND MORE Release, alle bei Archegon erschienen und hinter allen verbirgt sich das gleiche Konzept: Mindestens 6 (oder wie der Name scho sagt eben mehr) Musiker starten eine Session, nehmen auf, was si vor sich hin improvisieren und die besten Momente solcher Sessions landen auf einer CD. Ich selbst kenne die ersten zwei Releases leider nicht, sondern nur den vorgänger “Oisi Voci” und im Vergleich dazu ist auf “Way Out” eine Ziemlich positive Entwicklung zu spüren. Das mag vielleicht daran liegen, dass ein Großteil derTeilnehmer konstant geblieben ist und sich dadurch schon ein wenig besser kennt und sich so besser aufeinander abstimmern kann. “Oisi Voci” wirkte auf mich noch sehr zusammenhangs- und planlos, es schien, als spielte jeder drauf los, was in einem heftigen Chaos endete. “Way Out” hingegen ist zwar immernoch recht noise-lastig, aber insgesamt ist die Platte eingängiger und nicht ganz so anstrengend. Die Aufnahmen zu dieser CD stammen von 4 verschiedenen SIX AND MORE Sessions, zum einen aus einer Scheune am Niederrhein, genauer gesagt aus einer Scheune in einem Ort mit dem tollen Namen Oy, die zweite Session fand im Langfigtal und die dritte in München statt und die jüngsten Aufnahmen sind aus dem WORM in Rotterdam. Beteiligte an diesen Aufnahmen waren neben dem Initiator GÜNTER SCHROTH, der mit Barcodelesegeräten musiziert, u.a. auch noch Musiker von Projekten wie ELEKTRONENGEHIRN; PARA-NOISE TERMINAL; (bzw. Y-TON-G), R:IP, FEINE TRINKERS BEI PINKELS DAHEIM; INOX KAPELL; XABEC; RABENHIRN und nohc einge mehr. (C.S.)

Burning Emptiness Inc. Newsletter issue #4
Six and More 'way out'-archegon-CD-jewel box-color cover
The Improvised Noise Meets Jazz Orchestra is back! 16 tracks recorded live as usual (four performances between 99-01). 10 years, they've been around for 10 years. And there's a mere 43 of them. I mean band members, you know, although not more than 26 play together at the same time on this record. They make the most original and inventive kind of music and I met these people by COINCIDENCE you see, because autoproduction is their game while Universal's selling computer-generated crap labelled 'panflute music' and goes to court for it (and they loose, maybe there's some kind of justice over here in deepest France). Hooray for Six and More (buy their records and give yourself a chance to listen to the most adventurous, dangerous, NOT-easy listening top-quality live experimental with a soul). And the
biggest Go To Hell for Universal Unmusic (burn their records and give yourself a chance to be free).

Cool and Strange Music # 27 12/02
Six And More "Way Out" Archegon GON 1006
This is Six And More´s fourth CD, documenting the "highlights" of their concerts which took place between 1999 and 2001. The group´s composition seems to be constantly changing, and this CD alone features 42 musicians in varying combinations, along with 72 "instruments" ranging from alto sax to electric shavers, pianos to beer cans, and something calles "The $10 Performance Device", whatever that may be. The music is very imrprovisational - as you might have guessed from above-mentioned instruments - but it tends to resemble ambient electronic noise more than anything else. Which is fine, if you like ambient electronic noise. - Cheryl Shinfield

Darkzone LISTOPAD 2002 NOVEMBER
Kolejne wydawnictwo GUNTERA SCHROTH'A, niestrudzonego animatora wolnego przeplywu ludzkich emocji wyrazanych za pomoca uniwersalnego jezyka muzyki. Zapoczatkowany kilka lat temu cykl SIX AND MORE tym razem zgromadzil ponad czterdziestu muzyków wspóluczestniczacych w powstaniu nastepnej plyty "WAY OUT". Efektem tego spotkania jest niesamowity dzwiekowy rozgardiasz. Czyzby muzykom udalo sie uchwycic, to co gromadzi sie kazdego dnia we wnetrzu naszego umyslu ? Zgrzyty, petle, stuki, szumy ...przestrzen która stanowi nasza codziennosc. Gdyby ktos chcial podlaczyc sie do tej wymiany, oto adres ARCHEGON@t-online.de

Eld Rich Palmer´zine
SIX AND MORE "Way Out" GON 1006 CD 2002
The same story, a different record... at least for those who have happened to deal with their music, or heard about the idea behind the project before. The phrase 'six and more' reflects a fundamental base for the way the project works - at least six musicians have to be involved in a collaboration, if an action is to take a place. The idea of collective playing conducted by a main man Guenter Schroth materializes occasionally, when he manages to invite and gather in one place dozen or so musicians who want to jam together, make workshops or other circumstances occur (i.e. a concert). That's why the set of participators in Six And More is always different. The recorded materials stand for a document of the actions. There have been four albums put out up to date 'Do Not Open!' (1993), 'Blue Q' (1996), 'Oisi Voci' (1999), and this year's 'Way Out' that celebrates the 10 years of Six And More's history. The record documents the highlights of their four concerts during the years 1999 and 2001. The places of performances veer from an old barn, through a café and a former beer cellar of a brewery to the famous club 'Worm' in Rotterdam, where they jammed together with local group R:IP. Live electronic music without overdubs, this way, in a nutshell, can be described the contents of 'Way Out' , and that refers to most of genres and sub genres of electronic music as musicians like to strain their brain cells more, than a listener's endurance for a noise abuse . Ambient, para-noise, electro acoustics, experimental, new electronics, academic and home recordings. Serious searching and fun! There're two marked differences between this and previous document of Six And More' s acting, I mean 'Oisi Voci' was less electronically supported and thank to that, it was more spatial, acoustic and diverse! The character of that record was more academic, while 'Way Out' sometimes takes a turn in a song form, so approach to a receiver is more friendly, than it ever was.My favorite moments are from collaborative works with R:IP - improvised, electronic tumult with the biggest amount of instruments and sound sources being used on this record, very closely to contemporary music! My final thoughts go around a summary judgment, and I think I am rather of good opinion about the series of records with Six And More monikers on the covers. They guarantee good and clever guide for electronic beginners, and a few moments of good listening for other consumers. [krzysztof sadza]

Fatal Underground #14 10/02
SIX AND MORE "Way Out"
Oh year, jetz wird´s wieder kreativ, wovon sich so manche Band einengroßen Teil abschneiden sollte, um selbiges ins eigene Bandkonzept zu verpflanzen! Hier kommt jetztwieder elektronische Musi ins Spiel, die für abgefahrene und psychedelic Freaks sicher den Stoff zum Träumen darstellt. Auf der neuesten Veröffentlichung von SIX AND MORE gibt es die Mitschnitte von sechs Konzerten zu hören, die während der Jahre 1999 bis 2001 mitgeschnitten wurden! Unter SIX AND MORE sind auf dieser Scheibe etwas über 40 Klangkünstler zu verstehen, die ihre Klang - und Geräuschkulissen mit Instrumenten wie: alto sax/beer cans/CD player/cello/computer/contrabass/electric motor/echo harp/electric shaver/kinder kleinkram/mouth organ/plastic instruments/radio/scanner/stierhorn/tape recorder/virtueller knackfrosch/Weser Steinplatten und vielen anderen mehr, erzeugen! Ein irrer Trip erwartet Euch, der etwa eine Stunde dauert und Euch vielleicht genau so fasziniert zurückläßt wie mich! In good english sagt man wohl auch dazu: A trip in to the brain! Sit down, close your eyes and feel like sit in a drivers seat! Echt abgefahren, ungewöhnlich und doch wahnsinnig abenteuerlich! Ein Trip für open minded people die gern auf Entdeckungstour gehen! Beziehen könnt ihr diesen Trip bfür 15 EUR bei Archegon.

Fluxeuropa 10/02
SIX AND MORE Way Out 2002 CD Archegon 66.00
Recorded in a barn by a bunch of hippies, Way Out is a sprawling cacophony of odd sounds, generated by an Aladdin's cave of conventional and unconventional instruments, ranging from electric shavers, stones and beer cans to mouth organs and saxophones to whizzy computer effects. What all this sounds most like is the Pink Floyd sometime circa 1972, indeed on the excellent 'Da Staunt Die Kuh!' the massed ensemble seem on the very verge of breaking into a rendition of 'Atom Heart Mother', a piece that seems - when considered alongside this - the very model of restraint and conservatism. Gunther Schroth, whose excellent Barcode Music I have already reviewed in these pages, seems to be the main mover behind this orchestrated chaos, this structured anarchy. "The music was of great interest to the cows which trotted to the barn from a nearby pasture and gazed with trusting goggle eyes", as he puts it. Way Out should be both annoying and irrelevant, in fact it manages to sound pertinent and genuinely subversive. It wasn't just the barn, this disc also covers performances given in a Munich beer hall, a café situated beneath a "bizarre rock formation" in a place called Langfigtal, and an arty festival in Rotterdam. Smoking. STEWART GOTT - 10 October 2002

Gecko newsletter
archegon, six and more "way out" CD is documenting the musical highlights of 4 gigs this experimental open project performed during 1999 to 2001. 16 sonx lasting from 1 mins. up to nearly 10 mins. they played their improvised electro/akustic music in a dusty barn with cows paying a visit and wondering what the 2-legged creatures are doing with the strange tools they have brought from their big cities. there are many quite intense moments, tension is built up, some minimal basic structures are developped and dissolved in the next moment. it is amazing that so many actors can harmonically in some way get along (sometimes more than 10 people involved). collectively improvisation at unusual places and in inspiring environment.

Hawkzine #65
Six And More And More: Way Out (CD, 2002, Archegon Records; dort auch Vertrieb anderer interessanter, neuer elektronischer, experimenteller Musik, empfohlem jeden der sowas mag) Genau wie es eben in der Klammer formuliert wurde, so ist auch diese CD eine Zusammenfassung, ein 'Best Of' diverser Livemitschnitte aus den Jahren 1999 - 2000. Die 16 Stücke sind kleine Hörerlebnisse mit vielen  beteiligten Musikern neben Günter Schroth. Manches wird wie verfremdete Realität ('Abflug aus der Fahrradwerkstatt'), anderes wirkt eher wirr ('Da staunt die Kuh!') anderes läßt sich mit Weltraumstaunen erklären ('Vegetatives Element unter Tage'). Obwohl ich manches für obergenial halte ('Echtzeithaltige Gewölbepartikel') ist es dennoch keine Scheibe, die mein Herz erwärmt, wohl aber mein verständiges Hören anregt.

Independent Electronic Music 2002
SIX AND MORE "Way Out" CD  (Archegon)
 First what caught my attention (except decreasing the number of copies with every new Six And More album - the fact I really adore now more than ever) is that their music is constantly moving towards the academia realms. The regular output and documentation of the same musicians live collaboration within the same conception range may be dangerous as far as subcultural attitude could control the creative activity traditionally. Keeping in mind, that there was a number of good musicians who was not able to resist the academic tendencies, I strongly hope, that their potential will help to bypass this provocative possibility. Six and More still going into history as the only band which exists only during the live-session time. Is it really the band? Better to say, it's materialized thought of allday life in the musical environment. Last three years of live performing exposed here showing more chaotic side of Six And More, but in the same time, more abstract. Nevertheless, it makes the homogeneous impression. It can be difficult to familiarize oneself within this music, but this is how the true improvisation should be - to exist only in invisible contact of people with similare interests and attitudes. Our memory capabilities seems to be incomplete to translate this contact in other ways. That's why I was evidently failed to draw attention to this album. As they said, He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Dmitry Vasilyev

KLEM NEWS802
Six and More: Way Out
Die neue Six-And-More-CD "Way Out" ist bei Archegon erschienen. Ausschnitte von vier tollen Konzerten in Oy, Langfigtal, München und Rotterdam, mit insgesamt 42 MusikerInnen sind darauf zu hören und auf dem aufwändig gestalteten Booklet-Poster auch zu sehen.Reviews und Playlists auf folgenden Seiten: http://www.Archegon.de/SixAndMore/WayOut/6_Playlist/6_playlist.html http://www.Archegon.de/SixAndMore/WayOut/6_Reviews/6_reviews.html
"Way Out" documents the highlights of four Six And More concerts during the years 1999 to 2001. The concert series for the 4th Six And More CD "Way Out" started in a dusty old barn amidst the idyllic pastures of Oy near the Lower Rhine. Following an invitation of Claus van Bebber, we played right in the middle of agricultural implements, cobwebs and the ghosts of times gone by. Our music was also of great interest to the cows which trotted to the barn from a nearby pasture and gazed with trusting goggle eyes at the acoustic variation in their surroundings.
The precipitous steep and black rock faces and the raging river at the entrance to the valley "Langfigtal" were the exciting background for our concert at the "Café Oase". Mathias Weber had invited Six And More to his café right below the bizarre rock formation "Teufelsloch" (i.e. Devil's Hole) to create a music influenced by such a tremendous scenery. In Munich, the "birthplace" of Six And More, the concert took place at the "Echtzeithalle" (i.e. real time hall), the former beer cellar of a brewery, at the invitation of Wolfgang Foag and the association "Echtzeithallen e.V.". The round brick vaults were like a whispering grotto and these special acoustics rise to an extraordinarily differentiated way of improvising our music.
We then celebrated "10 years of Six And More" in Rotterdam. At the invitation of R:IP (Rotterdamse Improvisatie Poel) we played, together with them, a very special concert at the "WORM", the former "Dodorama". It was not only the first Six And More concert abroad, but also the concert captured on "Way Out"with the highest number of musicians involved and - through the cooperation with R:IP - the first Six And More And More concert where half of the musicians played acoustic instruments.
Musicians to be heard on "Way Out" are also part of the following groups or projects: ARTistTOTAL, Avar Lasim, Barcode Music, Duo Parallel, Echtzeithalle e.V., Elektronengehirn, END-ART, Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels daheim, Karpfen, kei:m, landlord diego for landlord records, Les Ormores, meteo, Nepomuc, NÍÐ, Para-Noise-Terminal, Phased, R:IP (Rotterdamse Improvisatie Poel), rabenhirn, Schallplattenkonzert, Schallplattenkonzert + Lichtspiele, shrebbl à gogo, The Modern Ass Quartet, Triangle, Tröster, Van Bebber-Lemke Duo, Vinyl + Blech, www.Eigenklang.de , XABEC, YNTY .Heike M. Mäder

Metamorphic Journeyman
Six And More "Way Out" CD
1) "Way Out" 2) "Ist Da Wer In Der Scheune?" 3) "Da Staunt Die Kuh!" 4) "Lachen Ist Schnelles Weinen" 5) "Abflug Aus Der Fahrradwerkstatt" 6) "Nicht Registrierte Wellen" 7) "Verhinderte Romanze Unterm Teufelsloch" 8) "Red O" 9) "Paschulkes Go Home" 10) "Vegetative Elemente Unter Tage" 11) "Echzeithaltige Gewölbepartikel" 12) "Wir Covern Auf Keinen Fall Australien" 13) "De Laatste Dodo" 14) "Wormsteek" 15) "Dododam" 16) "Occiput"
KARL F. GERBER's name sits within the credits besides thirty one other experimenters, yet is perhaps the driving force behind SIX AND MORE, along with FOAG WOLFGANG, who I believe was the only member to appear on all the tracks from the debut album. For those who haven't hooked into what SIX AND MORE are doing, this is an experimental ensemble following very similar lines to those of TONART - raw, dehumanized electronic / electro-acoustic experiments at the outer edge of madness, a truly Twilight Zone journey through strange constructions and bizarre arrangements which touch the furthermost hems of Jazz, Modern Composition, Industrial and Electronica. At most only 26 of the 32 ever play together, and on tracks 7 & 8 this goes as low as 6! Instruments? Some traditional - Cello, Baritone Sax, Clarinet etc. Some electronic - Keyboard, Synth Guitar, Analog Sequencer. Some strange - Electric Shaver, Electric Motor, Steel Spring. Some darn-right weird - Beer Cans, Rack On Wheels, Stones, The 10$ Performance Device.  So now you may have some idea where they're coming from. What makes this album a little different is that it is recorded at live performances, making for a less studied sound. The result is overall a more ambient album - the pieces less clinical and jittering, more spread out and spatial. The people involved work well together, no individual ever taking the sound too far away from the central ambient spread. As a fanatic of the Old School Industrial sound - the Seventies GRISTLE era, I found this an intriguing and compelling revisit - while they don't harp on about the horrors of twisted humanity, they have, by accident rather than design, recaptured an era and taken it so much further.

Microview
SIX AND MORE :: Way Out  CD: Archegon 
Six and More is just that, an ensemble of about 40 sound makers playing double that instrumentation from radio and scanner to groove box and cello and just about everything that makes noise under the sun. This live recording contains no overdubs, and is instantly startling because what could be a big chaos orchestral mish-mash turns out to be quite a theatrical design that sounds sparsely composed. From pictures it appears that the musicians sat around a big rectangular table arrangement in a concrete and brick warehouse somewhere off one of Rotterdam's less beaten country roads, in Munich and elsewhere. The players are in full harmony, pacing percussion and electronics, voices and strings in observant overtures that gain from the dissonant resident space on "Abflug aus der Fahrradwerkstatt." Deep synths mirror the belly of the contrabass while others tweak knobs and tease with unsympathetic feedback frequencies. To counter the plasticity, the organic crunchy grooves from vinyl become somewhat romantic in the same way old family films fade in and out of memory. "Way Out" could infer the flavors of "out" jazz, but its atonality makes labels virtually invisible on this one, its pure experimental on all ends. I hear chirping birds, horse hooves hitting gravel, but I know its just a mirage, a mélange of many obscure sounds collaged in a way that fools the way the ear perceives sound - requiring several listens to catch something new each time. So is it a puzzle or just a subliminal ploy? As "Vegetative Elemente unter Tage" unveils itself, probably a little bit of each. But just as sweaty as you get from a good long mountain hike, this is a truly physical recording that has a similar angle (pun intended). There are fleeting moments when Six and More play with the vestiges of contemporary electronica as witnessed on the zim-zoom radio waves and crackling wooden percussion on "Wir covern auf keinen Fall Australien" - but this seems quite beside their point. Not that the "point" is matter of fact - it's more a purposeful, illusive approach to the genre.   Way Out displays the possibilities of what it would be like if Marcel Duchamp had a marching (err sitting) band. With the cautionary flaws included, this big band made it to this final stage in four concerts, excerpted here. Towards the end they invert the possibilities of just warming up, like a symphony orchestra in a big concert hall, the beginning of the end!

Moderne Klangkunst #11
Six And More Way Out (CD, 2002) Vertrieb: Nurnichtnurwww.nurnichtnur.com Elektroakustischer Irrsinn Deutschland
Songtitel wie “Abflug aus der Fahrradwerkstatt”, “Verhinderte Romanze unterm Teufelsloch“ oder „Lachen ist schnelles Weinen“ machen neugierig. Auch die 71 Instrumente der insgesamt 42 auf dieser CD mitwirkenden Musiker lassen aufhorchen: da finden sich Instrumentbezeichnungen wie „1st truly magnetic turntable“, „barcode controlled sysex data improvisor“, „light to frequency / noise converter“, „rack on wheels“, „the 10 dollar performance device“, „Kinder Kleinkram“, „virtueller Knackfrosch“ oder „Weser-Sandsteinplatte“; aber mit Gitarre, Kontrabass, Klarinette, Klavier, Saxophon u.v.m. sind auch etliche klassische Instrumente vertreten. Das Prinzip von Six And More: „In gemeinsamen freien Improvisationen soll eine reine Kommunikation mittels Klängen entstehen, die von sechs und mehr Musikern mit elektronischen und elektroakustischen Instrumenten geführt wird. Allein die Situation (Ort, Raum, Stimmung) und die Zusammensetzung der Musiker (Stilrichtungen, Instrumente) sollen die Improvisation beeinflussen.“ Das Ganze ergibt dann Klangwände, die schamlos schrill und spannend schräg sind - dramatisch, psychotisch, neurotisch, energisch, hypnotisch und Haschisch.

My Way #54, 01/2003
Six And More - Way Out
Das, von Günter Schroth ins Leben gerufene , Musikprojekt bei dem sich jeweils mindestens sechs Vertreter der experimentellen elektronischen bzw. elektroakustischen Musik zusammentun, hat noch weiter an Profil und Anerkennung gewonnen. Dafür spricht, neben der Mitwirkung von Klangforschern wie Claus van Bebber, RoN Schmidt, Gerard vanDongen und Inox Kapell, auch die Einladung zu einem Konzert inm Rotterdamer WORM. Ein denkwürdiges Konzert, noch nie hatten so viele Musiker mitgewirkt - und zum ersten mal spielte die Hälfte davon akustische Instrumente."Way Out" dokumentiert die Höhepunkte von vier Six And More Konzerten in den Jahren 1999 bis 2001. Die Konzertreihe zur vierten CD begann in einer staubigen alten Scheune, mitten im niederrheinischen Weideland OY. Die eindrucksvollen steilen schwarzen Felswände und ein reissender Fluss am Eingang des Langfigtals bildeten die aufregende Kulisse für das Konzert imCafé Oase. In München, der "Geburtsstadt" von Six And More, fand das Konzert in der Echtzeithalle, dem ehemaligen Bierlagerkesser einer Brauerei, statt. 10 Jahre Six And More wurde in Rotterdam gefeiert. Auf einladung des R:IP (Rotterdamse Improvisatie Poel) spielten Six And More im WORM dem ehemaligen Dodorama. Six And More, das ist elektronische Musik unter Livebedingungen, spontan, improvisiert, kreativ, poetisch, chaotisch, vital & geräuschvoll - wie das Leben. Ulrich Gernand

Phosphor Magazine 08/2002
Six and More: Way out CD
The German experimental formation Six and More released its fourth album since they were formed in the beginning of the nineties. Way out is a compilation of tracks recorded during three concerts in Germany and one in The Netherlands (Rotterdam). More than 40 musicians collaborated during the concerts and can be heard on the album as well. The musicians are also part of the following projects or bands: the industrial formation Para-Noise-Terminal, Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels Daheim, Barcode Music, The Modern Ass Quartet, END-ART, the Dutch formation R:IP and so on. The music, improvised most of the time, is a mixture of  a wide range of acoustic (guitar, stones, Soprano saxophone, etc) and digital equipment (PC-synth, electronics, sequencer, drum machine, and so on).Though the sound quality is high, lots of sounds can not be recognized anymore. Way out offers 16 tracks with improvised, raw excursions in sound possibilities, sometimes chaotic, sort of unstructured and noisy, though most of the times well-balanced, unexpected, lively and interesting. Listening to this CD makes one longing for the live experience of the music. Paul Bijlsma

Progressive Newsletters
Die vierte CD “Way out” (Archegon) von Six And More dokumen- tiert die Höhepunkte von vier Konzerten aus den Jahren 1999 bis 2001. Inspiriert durch die verschiedenen Umgebungen (z.B. in ei- ner alten staubigen Scheune, an eindrucksvollen steilen schwar- zen Felswänden und einem reißenden Fluss) bewegt sich die rein improvisierte Musik irgendwo im Bereich von Avantgarde, Experi- mentalmusik , dem musikalischen Zwiegespräch von Instrumenten und Geräuschen. Eine CD für sehr offene Ohren. Wer mehr elektronische und elektro- akustische Sound Improvisationen hören möchte, der hat jeden vierten Sonntag zwischen 22:00-24:00 Uhr im Rahmen der Sendung “Experimentals” auf dem Lokalsender Radio Rüsselsheim (UKW 90.9, Kabel 96.9) die Chance dazu. Die Playliste dazu gibt’s im Internet unter folgender Adresse: www.Archegon.de/Radiogon/radiogon.html. Kristian Selm

Real Art magazine 5/2004
Six And More "Way Out" (Archegon)
A little background, firstly: One my old comrade, Rusic, in the 1992 decided using visa confusion to visit as a wild tourist the former Soviet r"ublics of Transcaucasia. He decided to start from Baku. He bought the train ticket, any visas were not required yet... On the eve of d"arture he received the parcel post - he had ordered by mail somewhere from Izhevsk some cassettes with local avant guarde. Then in the evening he put one of the cassettes into the tape recorder - there were something like scratches, knoking, sometimes like murmur, in general - it was a quiet complex music, hurriedly you won't understand. He decided to take these cassettes with himself to listen in the cassette-player on his way, and he planned to arrange a change with some melomans in Baku... More shortly, he reached Baku normally. When he left a train on the platform - he has been tied, they showed their documents "State security", pushed him in the car and drove to the local KGB office. They took away his personal things, put him in the chamber. He sat for some days there... On the third day he was invited on interrogation. It appears, that they have noticed him even in a train: with long hair, an earring, in fragmentary jeans and a t-shirt, constantly with the cassette-player. He was identified as the Armenian spy!!! (I shall remind that the Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been proceeded there. The inspector offered him to confess in all at once. He was not surprised to Rusic's refusal and bewilderment, but only significantly let him know that much about him is known to them. It proceeded for some days while the enraged Baku security officer has not shouted during the next Rusic's refusal to admit espionage for the benefit of Armenia: - Not the spy, yes?!!! And what is this then?!!! - and he got from a box of table his cassettes. - We have already deciphered almost all of them!!! There was no limit to Rusic's surprise! Firstly he tried to understand all he had heard and then he started to be justified - it is music... The inspector without speaking a word took one tape and inserted it into the tape recorder: they heard scratches, clicks and howlings typical for the Izhevsk avant guarde. Is this music? - the security officer has maliciously asked with a significant smile... In some days they understood a mistake. Rusic was droven on the state machine to the train station and sent home to Volgograd due to seeing off side. He finished studying of Transcaucasia after it and turned his glance to the Western Europe, but it is already absolutely other history. It is surprising that Baku State Security returned him all his things, including the "ciphered" tapes. Coming back to Six And More: on this CD there are compositions from four concerts made in various places, by various structures of musicians recorded (in general, it is necessary to notice that Six And More is not a traditional group in a habitual understanding. It is some kind of musically-improvisation club of the adherents gathering for the period of recording, and in the rest of the time its participants are engaged in their personal projects). It sounds very much wholy and much more academically than John Zorn's similar inventions. Instead of the resume: this music will puzzle any counterspy

rrca.diskery 2002
Six And More Way Out Archegon (2002) Germany CD Electronica
"Ambient Noise" that's what I call the work of Guter Schroth and his Six And More operation, an operation dedicated to the conversion of electronically assisted noise into music. Way Out is a collection of their work performed live at Langfigtal - Cafe Oase, Rotterdam - WORM and Oy - Old Barn. The insert page is like a spreadsheet of symbols, shorthand for all the places, people and instruments/machines used in the creation of the disc featuring everything from baritone saxophones, drum machines (using the cute symbol of a skull and crossbones), magnetic turntables, a cello, a rack on wheels (symbolized by a bicycle), barcode readers and at least a dozen other devices. The list of musicians is no less as short. The disc features 16 tracks. Each "song" waxes and wanes between different themes and feelings. The sounds generated resemble everything from the working parts of machines, fighter jets, static, a scratchy record, trains and only they know what else. If you have a good working imagination you can match up stories to the sounds, sounds which are presented to you in brillient stereophonic sound and envelope your ears. The live presentation added an extra element with the sound of people and clapping in the background, a beautiful enhancement to the performance. They have thrown everything in here except the kitchen sink and a Theramin. Gunter and his friends strike me as the kind who enjoy the process of creation; they try something and say "hey that sounds good, let's use it" with disregard to traditional music constructs. That sort of free abandonment spirit is present on this disc, probably his best production yet. BTW: the picture on the cover showing a door nailed shut with the words "Way Out" over top did not go missed.   Grade : 8/10

Rumore #132 01/2003
Sono ben specificati nei meticolosi diagrammi di copertina i nomi die musicisti (43 in tutto di ogni etá ed estrazione) e gli strumenti impegnati in ogni brano di Way Out (Archegon, www.Archegon.de), raccolta die momenti salienti di quattro concerti in situazioni rurali e inconsuete del collettivo tedesco Six And More. Libere improvvisazioni senza ritmi o strutture dominanti si dipanano in un atmosferico patchwork intergenere (dal free all´electronica) che ha qualche lontana eco, nei momenti migliori, delle pagine più astratte die vecchi Faust. Vittore Baroni

Sztuka Fabryka
Musician:  Six and More Title: "Way Out"
Tracks: 01. Way Out - 3'33",02. Ist da wer in der Scheune? - 5'40",03. Da staunt die Kuh! - 9'48",04. Lachen ist schnelles Weinen - 2'21",05. Abflug aus der Fahrradwerkstatt - 2'19",06. Nicht Registrierte Wellen - 1'44",07. Verhinderte Romanze unterm Teufelsloch - 1'17",08. Red O - 0'52",09. Paschulkes go home - 2'10",10. Vegetative Elemente unter Tage - 7'11",11. Echtzeithaltige Gewölbepartikel - 2'47",12. Wir covern auf keinen Fall Australien - 2'58",13. De laatste Dodo - 6'39",14. Wormsteek - 2'59",15. Dododam - 3'11",16. Occiput - 4'38"
"Way Out" documents the highlights of four 'Six and More' concerts during the years 1999 to 2001 in for example Munich and Rotterdam. Rotterdam was their first concert abroad but also 26 musicians were involved and half of them played acoustical instruments. All together 44 musicians with about 71 different instruments were involved in the 4 concerts all together. The leaflet in the CD box gives you an idea of which musician and instrument was present at which concert. Some musicians we know are Claus van Bebber, from who we reviewed releases in the past from NurNichtNur; Inox Kapell, musicians from the home tape scene; and Günter Schroth from Archegon itself. 16 Tracks we can find on the CD, each 4 tracks represent a performance such as the last 4 tracks are recorded at Rotterdam. The music itself can be seen as improvisation music with an industrial sound. Non rhythmical music of a collection of sounds which are electronically applied, giving it a slight distortion. Yet the sound is various from performance to performance, so for example sounds the performance in Rotterdam more as a big jam session then as music with an industrial sound. The less musicians contribute how more intimate the music sounds.

Taladro # 14 Invierno 2003/2004
Six And More And More "Way Out" CD (Archegon) Desde Alemania nos Llega el 4° CD de Six And More And More, esta vez se trata de un documento auditivo sobre 4 conciertos realizados entre 1999 y 2001. Estos iniciaron en una especie de establo, luego un café y otro lugar más para terminar en Rótterdam celebrando 10 anos del grupo.Se trata de improvisaciones experimentales recomendables principalmente a oidos ya iniciados o verdaderos viajerosauditivos.Participan más de 40 músicos en las diferentes sesiones, algunos de ellos integrantes de otros proyectos como ARTisT TOTAL, Barcode Music, Duo Parallel, Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels daheim, Les Ormores, Para.Noise-Terminal y varios más.Instrumentos tales como saxo alto, soprano, tenor, bariton, secuenciadores y sintetizadores análogos ó digitales, computadora, vinyl, tornamesa, scanner, piano, percussiones, guitarra, efectos, drum machine, controlador de viento, latas, cello, contrabajo, clarinete, arpa de eco, ect., ect., etc., nos llevan por más de una hora a través de universo alucinantes, ecos de música concreta, sonidos y ruidos diversos esparcidos entre 16 piezas.

The Sound Projector #11 04/03
Six and More Way Out GERMANY ARCHEGON GON 1006 CD (2002) Shapeless, infuriating and inchoate drivel from the friends of Gunther Schroth, the man who gave the world Barcode Music in 2000 (see issue nine). A small army of European nobodies collaborated to produce this - 16 slices of a very over-egged pudding. It's a sprawling, undisciplined mass of semi-musical racket. Everyone is credited in detail on the inner sleeve by an efficient chart which uses Wingding symbols, like an extract from a guidebook describing features of a hotel in Europe which you really wouldn't want to visit. The chart method is also used to describe their range of instrumentation, which comprises virtually every combination imaginable of electronic and acoustic instruments, samplers, turntables, electronic effects, and non-musical junk objects. When Six and More began their musical career, they first performed in a barn, where their work was apparently 'of great interest to the cows'. Then they did it in a converted beer cellar in Munich, where much of this CD was recorded. The photos on the cover, I have to admit, do depict a happy-looking and fun-loving bunch of people, so perhaps it's small-minded of me to rain on their parade. Their dress and demeanour suggests to me the unfettered bohemian spirit of what (I imagine) European free-playing used to be like in the 1970s. But then, maybe that spirit is long past - an extinct animal, much like 'The Last Dodo', to whom they pay musical tribute in a touching 6:39 track. But whatever the intentions of Scroth and cohorts, the recorded results here are sloppy, worthless, muck. ED PINSENT

The Taped Crusaders #12 2002
Six And More “Way Out”
Communal sonic buggery is not deadm and here, Günter Schroth (of barcode controlled sys. ex. data improvisation fame) and his comrades in free music bring together nearly every musical instrument known to humanity, add several unknown, and mix, match, improvise and accessorise through sixteen wonderfully recorded live pieces. The process by which this music was created is intrically documented on the cd cover; echo harp, light to frequency/noise converterinteractive system, shist, Stierhorn, wind controller, The 10$ Performance Device, and P64990612.GFA groove box, to name but a few of the instruments, effects and machines used here, are all lovingly listed and given their own little symbols in the diagram, so you know what your listening to. The sleeve notes also inform us of the appreciation of the locas bovinepopulation shown to the musicians as tehy recorded in a barn near the Lower Rhine river,not to mention the “Devil´s Hole” in the valley Langfigtal. The sound quality has preserved the sounds well, but I´m not sure if it has preserved the ambience of the locales. Perhaps the point is moot. What you hear is what you get. A splattering of sounds from all sources, ranging and raging from guttural noise sonics to spacious coldwave to rhythmic throbs to higher pitched frequencies to... you know, this really does remind me a lot of Throbbing Gristle´s “CD1”. Same sort of overall sound, same use of sounds, perhaps this has a wider range of sounds. Buzzings and dronings all on in the background, whizzing and whirring sounds dart from speaker to speaker. Perfect for when your in the mood to hearsomething ultra-abstract but not really in the mood for harsh noise or dank darkwave. The people involved are all involved i other sound/music projects, and their competency and experience can be heard through this. There´s a great discipline here that lets the sounds shine through, with no hint of competition or egowar between the 42 (yes!) soundsmiths involved. I´m colling this cool. Andrew McIntosh

Treats From The Underground! 05/2003
SIX AND MORE - WAY OUT (16 song CD) ARCHEGON
This is a very weird & experimental Noise band out of Germany. This CD documents the highlights of four of the bands concerts during 1999 to 2001. The music is very spacey & dramatic sounding at times. It also has a real trippy feel to it as well. There are no vocals on this album, just far out & experimental music. This is another style I'm not a big fan of, but if you dig this style then you'll love this band!!! - Raimundstr. 100 / 6. OG / 60486 Frankfurt/Main / Germany

Ultrasonica
Way Out - "Six And More" (Archegon) cd 2002
La tedesca ARCHEGON continua con le sue pubblicazioni sperimentali celebrando i dieci anni di attivita' dei SIX AND MORE, WAY OUT e' il riassunto di alcuni concerti registrati tra il 1999 e il 2001 da questo collettivo di musicisti sperimentali, il booklet illustra ed elenca, oltre agli artisti che hanno partecipato (ben 43) tra cui ARTistTOTAL, Nepomuc e R:IP, anche tutti gli strumenti ultilizzati, che sono un' infinita', troviamo lo scanner di Gunther Schroth (BarcodeMusic) sintetizzatori, computer ma anche strumenti "classici", contrabbasso, clarinetto... sonorita' ambient alternate a momenti di pura "follia" psichedelica.E' un disco che sicuramente offre all'ascoltatore un sound nuovo ma alla lunga puo' stufare, consigliato agli amanti dell'avanguardia e della cacofonia pura.

 


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05.09.04

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01.09.04

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05.06.04

Microview

18.04.04

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25.02.04

Angbase 07/03

04.10.03

Gecko newsletter

04.10.03

Fluxeuropa 10/02

19.06.03

The Sound Projector #11 04/03

15.06.03

Metamorphic Journeyman

15.06.02

Hawkzine #65

18.05.03

Treats From The Underground! 05/2003

17.05.03

Rumore #132 01/2003

26.01.03

Bad Alchemy 41 01/2003

26.01.03

My Way #54, 01/2003

26.01.03

Cool and Strange Music # 27 12/02

25.12.02

Eld Rich Palmer´zine 2002

21.12.02

Fatal Underground #14 10/02

24.11.02

Aliens 01.09.2002

24.11.02

rrca.diskery 2002

18.11.02

Sztuka Fabryka 10/02

14.11.02

Darkzone LISTOPAD 2002 NOVEMBER

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Black #29 10/2002

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The Taped Crusaders #12 2002

03.11.02

Phosphor Magazine 08/2002

21.09.02

Progressive Newsletters

14.09.02

Independent Electronic Music 2002

14.09.02

Burning Emptiness Inc. Newsletter issue #4

07.09.02

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