"After his preoccupation with Schönberg, John Cage, blissful techno and happy house, on "A Life Without Fear" Ehlers has been searching for a historic position. This serves as a reference which in turn encourages subjective formulations. In the blues, a world presumed lost or rather: the belief in a world presumed to be doomed manifests itself. "Approaching and translating" would be an apt description for the principle with which Ehlers retraced the tracks of the blues. Its roots are common knowledge, they can be found in the archives of John Fahey and ­ most prominently ­ Alan Lomax, who with his field recordings began to conserve and therefore preserve the heritage of black America within the Thirties ­ not as trophies to be hung in the living room of an "advanced civilisation" nor as radical chic, but as the expression of a folk music being "deterritorialized" by a movement from rural to urban regions. But Ehlers is not really interested in using its main topic - the inability to settle or to be home ­ as a metaphor for a present which is marked by neo-nationalist discourses. On the contrary, he takes the social significance of the artist's outlaw status very seriously. He also does this by asking himself in how far one's own research can already be a participation in the protest of others. The answer can be found on a subliminal level. It is not by accident that Ehlers has discovered hissing as a language. He arrived at it by wiring up several amplifiers in a way that makes audible the sound they "naturally" produce. "A Life Without Fear" is the acoustic equivalent to what the term "immanence" describes in philosophy: Activity, performance and history meet in this music ­ be it in the dysfunctional traditional "Ain't No Grave", in the blue-mood-scales of early Miles Davis (in "Die Sorge geht über den Fluss"), in the South African dirge "Misorodzi" or in the precisely interlocked flageolets of "Maria & Martha". "A Life Without Fear" urges forward to the point, where traces dissolve ­ even those of the blues. Neither territory nor country can be discerned here. And yet, maybe it is this homelessness beyond all boundaries (be they of the moral, religious or cultural kind) where one is able to live without fear." (label info)
in stock | DE| 2006| STAUBGOLD | 10.90

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