French review of Unidentified Musical Subject

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“Unidentified musical subject” est étrange. Au premier coup de gong, nous entrons dans un univers non identifié. Bernhard Loibner propose des passerelles inclassables entre musique électronique, rock et musique expérimentale. L’album donne l’impression d’être en mouvement permanent, ne se fixe jamais, sans cesse, est ponctué de micro-événements. Sans nous en apercevoir, nous passons du collage électroacoustique abstrait à la ritournelle rock. L’étrangeté de l’album crée une forme de tension, parfois un peu plus encore. L’orage couve, l’horreur rode. Les sons de basse se font sombres et gras. Le noise-douleur prend le pas sur la musique plaisir. Une hypnose aveuglante s’impose à nous. Sur “Poem”, une voix nous inquiète, nous fait peur, le poème tourne au cauchemar.

“Unidentified musical subject” est avant tout un travail raffiné sur la matière sonore, mélangeant subtilement les bizarreries électroniques et les quasi-incursions de jazz, les pulsations bancales et les grincements non identifiables. Bernhard Loibner crée une musique en crise. Et il faut parfois savoir souffrir pour entrer en résonnance avec ses objets sonores.

Sefronia
(Hugo Catherine)

Just stumbled over this piece of mine on the net…

The audio-visual piece “Mnemonics”was realized back in 2002 (or so) and it is also part of my DVD release “Fragmented Memory”. The piece received quite some visibility with some 30 screenings on various festivals (e.g. Videoformes which seems to have uploaded it here.

Several short samples of TV-advertising form the visual base material of the piece. This base material is being stretched by visual “granulation” and “looping”, being transformed into layers of abstract textures. This process reveals the inherent structure of the media footage. The stereotypical nature of postures and gestures in these images emerge through this extreme time stretch and rhythmical montage of images.

The music follows the same creative principle of granulation, looping and abstraction of its base material. The sound drives the visuals, forms the sonic and rhythmical base for the piece. Sound and images fold into overlapping layers oscillating between information and noise.

Images and sounds aim to form an inseparable pulsating system…

Nice review of Unidentified Musical Subject

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Right. If I played a member of The Distractions this next record they’d probably kick me in the balls and walk away in disgust spitting “deviant slag” under their breath. To you or I, however, Bernhard Loibner is one of those highly engaging industrial electronic experimentalists. He uses electro-acoustic methods & influences from the outer reaches of Krautrock to enable his sometime alarming & often absorbing sounds to infiltrate you to the very core. He’s got the husky maiden Melita Jurisic whispering at me seductively in Latin on the second track. She better watch it, she’ll get me in bed if she’s not careful the horny minx. Even the music is sexy, like if Nurse With Wound wore a see-through negligee. This Austrian conjures up some amazing feelings with these remarkable soundscapes & slabs of sinister sound-art. Somehow desolate, yet teeming with vibrant ideas, there seems to be this strangely hypnotic essence to his exotic, abstract outpourings and the sheer quality of the production means all the sounds & instrumentation sound really in yer face. A properly interesting album, there’s only 100 of this bugger (on vinyl) & it’s on slate grey wax. I’d be quick if I were you, this is quality gear.

Norman Records
(Brian)

Bernhard Loibner feat. Melita Jurisic Live @ Club Moozak

Here is a very nice video shot at the release concert of my latest album “Unidentified Musical Subject” at Club Moozak at Fluc in Vienna in May 2010. This was the presentation and release party of my album, Mel Jurisic (of Metalycee) joined me on stage for 2 pieces. Fluc was packed, great evening, great concert…