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Hannes Loeschel, Gustav Deutsch, Velvet Lounge

"Film ist.Musik" CD


Genres: experimental, avant-garde, contemporary chamber

Hannes Löschel
Flachgasse 53/16
A-1150 Wien

May 12 - 18 2003

Film ist.Musik, as if it weren't quite clear already by that bar on the left of the screen, is a collaborative effort between Hannes Loeschel, Gustav Deutsch, and Velvet Lounge.  Combining experimental conceptualism with more melodic chamber music, Film ist.Musik is a soundtrack to a 16mm film by Gert Weihsmann.

The album boasts an excellent combination of experimental and more accessible sounds.  The two "Beep Song" tracks, for example, are pure avant-garde electronic tone repetitions.  Meanwhile, there are less abstract pieces present as well.  "Vario" is a delicate, emotional contemporary strings piece and "Riverso Vivo" weaves seamlessly, making for a beautifully repetitive chamber work.

Overall, Loeschel et al have done a fantastic job with this release.  Film ist.Musik is a recommended album for both experimental listeners and fans of contemporary chamber music. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 15 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]