ULRICH TROYER MEETS GEORG BLASCHKE: Somatic Soundtracks CD 4Bit
Essentially the sound produced here by Vienna based Troyer has been created specifically to be choreographed for dance performance by Blaschke and with this as a foundation, the possibilities seem fairly endless.
Bearing this in mind, it would be fair to say that the audio on offer, unsurprisingly didn’t formulate as an entire song until track three, ‘Somatic Script’, with resonating drones and guitar like formulations rippling through the speakers.
Momentary spaces where ambience is allowed to filter through the mix (albeit quietly), such as on ‘In the Case of Loss’, coupled with the only dance output on this release with the broken glitch pop of ‘Song For Heide’ and the light dub-isms of ‘Back From Serbia’ are the saving grace of this album from a pure listening perspective.
The danger in creating releases such as this is that whilst they’re composed for performance, there are no accompanying visuals to carry the translation across and desperation ensues as patience is tested at key points of listening. However, there is little to deny that there is more to this album than the sum of its parts and if this had been released with a video representation of what Troyer and Blaschke were trying to convey, there would be much more to discuss.