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act 170 · telerotor · mobilität · cd

gelatinedynamit, risan, rain hill, zeitalter des tempos, lärmkulisse, regierender geist der maschine, non stop, verwischte konturen, geschwindigkeitsgesellschaft, tse, puffing billy.

this record's topic was inspired by two different focal points:
first was the fascination in regards to the "acquirements" of swiss tunnel construction, which resulted in the ability to access all regions including mountain heights. the other aspect: mobility which can be a facilitator in observing the lives of people in other countries and thus a way to enhance one's own personal horizon. telerotor as an artistic project is also profiting from these possibilities; the utilization of today's changes in mobility makes it possible to create music in one place even though the different artists come from different countries.

mobility - represented by the railway service - developed as a progressive way of life. the railway system is also a vehicle for industrialization and is therefore a symbol for progress. the last one hundred years has produced global traffic connections that have been created through enormous efforts and achievements. the world has become a global village.

although man has created a huge variety of time saving tools and gadgets, it is a paradox that we feel we have less time than our ancestors' generations. the frustration of having less time and the desire to have more time seems to have increased. life has become an endless rush of appointment to appointment.

when travelling by train, people get the feeling of high speed traveling for the very first time. landscapes that rush by the train's windows have changed perceptions. things passing too fast do not cause an impression. the elemental concepts of time and space are staggering. space is eliminated - only time remains. and now time is 'tamed' by exact chromometry, f.e. time tables.

therefore, it seems that we have become "enslaved" by time. everyday life and the daily rush and distress has become a burdon. why did life become speed-oriented?

jeremy rifkin nailed this concept, saying: "until now, we have asked only the question of how best to integrate our lives into the new technology revolution. we need to ask a deeper question. how do we create a social vision that makes these new "speed of light" technologies a powerful complement to our lives, without them taking over our lives?" (citation: 'log off now' by jeremy rifkin, may 26 2001, the guardian)

does mobility nowadays mean nothing else than the bridging of space and time in a fastest possible way?

this topic was transferred into a musical work that consists of eleven parts - interpreting mobility's evolution to a rhythm of life, ordained through speed and time.

(roger rotor & telepherique, 2005)

"mobilität" was recorded live at roger rotor's studio in switzerland. speed as a factor of mobility is transferred into a constant flow. driving rhythmic patterns personate the basis for ambient soundscapes and field recordings. as telerotor's theory implies: mobility allows both telepherique and roger rotor to collaborate and merge both solo projects into one. no rest allowed - time is separated into 4/4 beats, more than familiar to those living in 'modern times'.

telerotor discography on ant-zen 02.2005:
2005. cd. telerotor. mobilität. ant-zen act170
2002. cd. telerotor. modern times. ant-zen act130

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wreck this mess
les deux font la paire ! roger rotor retrouve telepherique, formation dirigée par klaus jochim. en 2002, ils avaient réalisé un album tekno-indus en forme de symphonie des "temps modernes" (modern times). la révolution industrielle est toujours inscrite au cœur de leur projet. tant sur le plan sonore que conceptuelle, puisqu'ils utilisent l'univers ferroviaire (tunnel, défilement du paysage, etc.) comme moteur (si l'on ose dire...). héritiers indirects de virilio (vitesse et politique) et d'arthur honegger (pacific 231), roger rotor, klaus jochim & consorts opèrent un travail de transposition sonore qui s'incarne avec des plages dark-ambient aux textures rêches et denses ainsi que des séquences martelées par des rythmiques sourdes et des sonorités métalliques. ces atmosphères inquiétantes étant parcourues d'un grondement, ou plutôt d'un mouvement insidieux, y compris dans les moments plus introvertis. afin d'accentuer cette "mobilité", ce flux et reflux musical, à été enregistré en temps réel à ground zero, le studio de roger rotor basé à zurich en suisse. (ld)

telerotor is a project by roger rotor and telepherique. this second album is a conceptual record dealing with mobility and its effects on people and their daily lives. the artwork of this cd is really wonderful. it is a beautiful digipack with a pop-art-like design of a train in the swiss (?) mountains on it. there is also a nice booklet with pictures from old trains and modern highways in it. mobilität really takes off, as the first track is build around industrial sounds representing a train leaving a station. kraftwerk has done something like this before but in a very different way. this album takes you aboard for a journey. the tracks differ between monotonous pounding beats (representing motion) and somewhat more quite pieces (representing stops). thus listening to mobilität is like being in motion yourself with a occasional slowing down or pause to enjoy the countryside you are travelling through. often conceptual records are very hard to listen to and enjoy. luckily this one is interesting and pleasant to listen to. europa endlos... (mvg)

deze samenwerking tussen telepherique en roger rotor is gewijd aan het thema "mobiliteit'. de mens als schepper en slachtoffer van de drang om zich te verplaatsen. het artwork van deze digipack cd is schitterend vormgegeven in mooi rood karton met een schildering van een zich door de bergen bewegende trein erop en ook het boekje bevat thematisch toepasselijke beschrijvingen en foto's. de trein als metafoor voor mobiliteit, en daarmee als metafoor voor industrialisatie en vooruitgang. tegenwoordig is de wereld een 'global village' geworden, waarbij fysieke afstanden tussen mensen een andere betekenis gekregen hebben. dit heeft ook invloed gehad op muzikanten en dat geldt dus ook voor de betrokkenen in dit project. beide kanten werkend aan de cd vanuit hun eigen fysieke locatie en toch contact met elkaar hebbend, door de mogelijkheden die de vooruitgang biedt. de strakke minimale ritmes en 4/4 beats van roger rotor verklanken het thema van beweging uitstekend. de omlijsting van dit alles door middel van industriele electronische klanken doet ons denken aan de groteske projecten die mensen begonnen zijn om de natuur te bedwingen om zich te kunnen verplaatsen en zodoende haar horizon te verbreden. dit is een aangenaam verfrissende cd. (teknoir)

this co-operation between telepherique and roger rotor is dedicated to the theme of 'mobility'. man as creator and victim of the urge to transport itself at the same time. the artwork of this digipack cd is beautifully crafted in a nice red cardboard cover with graphics of a moving train in the mountains and thematically fitting tales and descirptions as well as photo's in the booklet. the train as a metaphor for mobility, and with that as a metaphor for industrialisation and progress too. nowadays the world has become a 'global village', where physical distances between people have gotten a totally different meaning. this has also influenced musicians and thus the participants in this project. both sides working at this cd from their own physical location and yet being in contact with eachother, by means of possibilites offered by modernization. the tight minimal rhythms and 4/4 beats of roger rotor reflect the theme of movement very well in auditive respect. the picture has been made complete by means of various indsutrial electronic sounds which remind us of the grotesque projects man has started to conquer nature in order to be able to move itself and with that widen their horizon. this is a nice and refreshing album. (teknoir)

mobilität is consumed with the question of time and space. have we, in conquering the disparities of space brought about by distances between villages, defeated time as well? is it possible for everything to be happening all at one in a global village? telepherique and roger rotor, collaborators living in different physical spaces, consider the fleetness of time and the persistence of motion in our perpetually moving 21st century lives with mobilität, an eleven track suite filled with the persistent rhythms of trains. this is the orient express as a bullet train powered by the thunder of a thousand ravers dancing throughout the cars, their sweaty movements giving off the kinetic energy necessary to power the massive electric batteries of the train. "non stop" hums with the power of the engines churning beneath you, while a train whistle is co-opted into a flute-like melody over a 120bpm rhythm that chugs along with an ecstasy-fueled "i think i can! i think i can!" refrain. "verwischte konturen" disappears into a tunnel, filling your head with the dissipating steel echo of the train off the hewn stone walls of the underground passage. in the darkness, you hear a hissing, whispering clatter of machinery; you are riding the crest of a sound wave, the full sonic thunder of the train magnified in the tunnel behind you, but only the whispering sign of its headlong rush sits with you in the front car. the record opens with "gelatinedynamit," a growing eruption of noise that is the relentless sound of human progress as the trains are brought to the mountains, huffing and puffing through rough tunnels. the ground rumbles with the distant explosions as the blasting crews carve their way through old stone. telepherique builds a dark soundtrack to the tumultuous progress of mankind as we demolish the distances between stations, laying rails and bringing the fast trains. the "risan" clatters into the station, opening its doors and sucking in a station full of passengers. the voices of children echo in the empty cars as the doors begin to seal shut in a concerto of expressed air. the engines begin to hum, their pistons pumping and their rotors flying. roger rotor is the conductor and he opens the throttle wide, shooting the train out of the station before the doors are finished closing. why did life become speed-oriented? why did we enslave ourselves with time tables and schedules and hourly appointments to which we are constantly late? mobilität considers the rhythm of speed and wonders if there is there more to mobility that just destroying the distinctions of time and space. the answer, resoundingly, is "yes!" we are like sharks. we must move or die. occasionally, we happen to find an excuse to dance. (mark teppo)

mieux que virgile ou charon, le label ant-zen s'octroie depuis quelques années le rôle de passeur des enfers à travers ses productions post-apocalyptiques. que l'on aime les ambiances électroniques calcinées ou les rythmes bien pesants, l'association swisso-suisse klaus jochim (aka telepherique)/roger rotor viendra corroborer les prophéties eschatologiques les plus délirantes. oui la fin du monde est proche. mais comme il nous reste encore un peu de temps profitons de mobilität, deuxième album du duo après modern times (un clin d'oeil à chaplin), qui rassemblera autant les "ambianceurs" que les clubbers au confluent des expérimentations kraftwerkiennes et des pulsations néo-modernes d'une usine sombre et retorse. les tuyaux s'entrechoquent, les outils carillonnent, les bouches d'évacuations crachent leurs brumes chimiques, mais ici on est loin du easy listening de la cvalda de björk qui se la donne avec catherine deneuve le temps d'une valse comico-prolétarienne (ou comico-coco). on nage plutôt en plein dans l'underground hype (que ma grand-mère prononce "eunedeurgrounede hipe", avec un h aspiré) des pays industrialisés. telerotor ne dénonce rien, ne crache pas sur la technologie comme le faisait finement et poétiquement romain gary ("la technologie est le trou du cul de la science"), telerotor s'en sert et s'en sert bien. les ambiances sont parfaitement restituées, le syncrétisme sons indus/techno légère assez réussi et contraste avec un paysage musical que fleurissent aujourd'hui les fous de la gâchette hardcore/hardtek. mobilität est un album métallique qui s'est abreuvé de tous les sons qui peuplent notre époque depuis la révolution industrielle (bruits urbains : le train de rain hill et son aéroport suisse, l'autoroute de zeitalter des tempos ; bruits d'usines : la manufacture de regierender geist der maschine, les poinçonneuses de geschwindigkeitsgesellschaft) et qui rend tout ça paradoxalement gracieux. malgré tout l'album reste très conceptuel même si des titres comme risan ont l'air d'être davantage destinés à la scène qu'au chroniqueur exalté. l'ossature de cette piste repose sur des battements répétitifs sur lesquels se greffent les sonorités indus. l'ensemble reste léger, même si à force de martelage risan ressemble plus à une danse tribale post-moderne et inquiétante qu'à une exploration ambient. les mélodies sont presque laissées pour compte, excepté sur l'outro de tse et sur puffing bill où une espèce de flûte en métal ou un bout de tôle jouée à l'archet couine quelques notes lancinantes. comme toutes les productions de musique industrielle (qu'elles soient métissées avec le rock ou l'électro), mobilität n'échappe pas à la règle. parce qu'ici ce ne sont pas les usines et la technologie qui asservissent l'homme, mais bien sa musique qui les instrumentalise. homo homini lupus.

chain d.l.k.
telerotor is the merged product of klaus, danijela, and rene jochim of telepherique, and roger rotor's own roger rotor-both well known staples of ant-zen's ever-expanding catalogue of noise-core heavyweights. the theme behind telerotor's second release, mobilitat, is based on the fast paced world of today. in particular, mobilitat is based on the speed, and resulting convenience, of today's mass transit systems. mobilitat is structured by a layer of perpetual 4x4 beats thumping away over an active, sample-heavy background showcasing the sounds of mass transit. the compositions are thick, and prone to complex keyboard textures flowing throughout as ambient noise bubbles in and out of the foreground. tracks like "rain hill" and "larmkulisse," both with more subtle 4x4 (less techno) beats, are so full of sound and content i could put them on repeat and get lost for hours. depending on my mood, the overly constant beats are either comforting and hypnotic or just slightly annoying. the ambient noise and delicate keys beneath the technoid beats, however; are what really win me over about telerotor's mobilitat. my personal bias against techno does not stop this from being a phenomenal album. the atmospheres created by roger rotor and the telepherique crew are so rich i find myself actively searching for the right context and time to listen to mobilitat. (shaun phelps)

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