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act 183.1 · imminent / synapscape · the incredible three · 7" vinyl

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imminent · synapscape: the revenge of the incredible three. 7" vinyl. ant-zen act183.2
imminent · synapscape: the return of the incredible three. 7" vinyl. ant-zen act183.3

olivier went to the telegraph office to see if there was any messages. the operator grinned at him and drawled as he handed out a black envelope: "oliver moreau. there shore is a heap of a message for you." olivier took the envelope eagerly and as abashed as a schoolboy. the big brown hands that could hold a rifle steady as a rock shook perceptibly as he tore it open and read the brief message. he gulped and read it again: "new collaboration work has to be done. come over as fast as you can ... phil and tim."

his relationship to phillip münch and tim kniep had been something more than that of ranger to captain, and their respect and admiration for him were great, so he didn't hesitate for one second.

on his way to fort hatchetfield, olivier remembered the most difficult and perhaps the most dangerous service he ever undertook - but certainly it was one of his most important ones. he was known on the border from el paso to the mouth of the rio grande. he was feared - but working with these two legendary german gunmen was always a big challenge. two missions had been fulfilled, one in 1998 and one in 2000. now it was time for the most adventurous one - a mission that would take one entire year to be accomplished.

at the fort hatchetfield train station, phil and tim saw the dusty brown train approach -- like a long scaly snake coiling behind a puffing black head. the train came into sight and rapidly drew near. The engine passed with a steaming roar. Then with a grinding of steel on steel the train came to a halt. rapidly, olivier jumped off the car and recognized the waiting phil and tim.

"long time since then, timmy?" he asked.
"yeah - 'n don't call me timmy," replied tim.
"you went north?" asked phil.
"yeah, digging for ethyl in baranch" said olivier.
"right, there's no time to waste. the future of the service depends on us!" said phil.
"what do you have in mind?"
"for now: three tracks - pressed on vinyl in limited quantity. we are in charge of side a, you will be in charge of side b. but as always we will work on all tracks together. we will take the usual gear - rhythm, samples, noise and tim's voice. the next vinyl will be done in six months, and the third one at the end of 2005."
"alright, anything done yet?"
"You are to listen, hear what you can."

it was a hard and fast session. straight rhythms were added to breakbeats which in turn met shattering synth blasts. interwoven with this were melodic sequencer lines and even western soundtrack-like samples - all topped by a hard voice - a voice with a ring in it like that of iron striking against iron. the result of the first part of the mission lasted twelve minutes and twelve seconds - the incredible three were satisfied. the telegram to ant-zen headquarters was short and clear: "fine. release it. olivier, phil, tim'.

they guessed that, big or small, this record would carry the crew to some distant quarter of the world, and therefore to a place to be desired...

- to be continued -

imminent / synapscape discography:
remix item. 10". ant-zen act78. 1998
screenwalking. cd-ep. ant-zen act103, 2000
screenwalking. 12" lp, hymen records ¥023, 2000
the incredible three. 7", ant-zen act183.1, 2004

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oliver moreau's project imminent starvation transformed into just imminent during 2000. since then he has released one album - sleepwalking - and this series of 7" singles under his new moniker, all collaborations with synapscape. synapscape - tim kneip and philipp münch - are more consistent, but not prolific, with their output, their last album act! being released in 2005 on ant-zen. both are respected rhythmic noise artists from the ant-zen roster, moreau falling more on the calmer atmospheric textural side of things and kniep and münch the aggressive no compromise side. revenge of the incredible three is the second 7" single in a series of three; the first being the incredible three and the last being the return of the incredible three. the fittingly titled "the arm of vengeance", whilst maintaining the wild west theme opens with radar zaps and an ominous approaching rumble. before long, barrages of conflicting distorted beats are battling to be heard over obscured and unintelligible vocals courtesy of synapscape. "the arm of vengeance" is the sort of track you might expect from two of ant-zen's most respected artists; noisy, manic beats and distortion. a meeting of minds resulting in dark, powerful structured chaos. "ambush at gun creek" is an interesting prospect and at least partially unexpected. a hybrid of plodding distorted mechanical beats and electric guitar twangs. as you might expect from the theme running throughout this trilogy, the guitar has a distinct western tinge but the track is not devoid of the classic noise imprint both bands are known for. (paul lloyd)

der medienkonverter
ok, sie haben sich zeit gelassen. doch rückblickend muss man sagen, dass dieses eine jahr doch recht schnell vorüber ging, denn nachdem man nun den dritten und letzten teil der "the incredible three"-trilogie in den händen hält, fragt man sich, wo die ganze zeit geblieben ist. aber es ist ja auch kein wunder, wenn die zeit dermaßen rast, bei so kurzweiliger mucke wie der von olivier moreau (imminent), tim kniep und philipp münch (synapscape). die drei haben zu einem letzten streich ausgeholt, der die beiden vorgänger würdig abschließt. "buffalo stampede" hört sich genau nach dem an, was der titel verspricht. bassig-blecherne beats, noisiges rauschen und tim knieps mal wieder fast bis zur unkenntlichkeit verzerrte stimme. der song geht runter wie stacheldraht. fast konträr dazu der letzte song der incredible three, sozusagen der abgesang. ungewohnt melodisch, mit einem genüsslichen pfeifen und beschaulichem tempo, aber trotzdem dem noise frönend, ist "one last ride" sicherlich der ruhigste aller tracks. hoffentlich schließen sich die drei bald wieder zusammen, um eine neue idee aus dem boden zu stampfen. solange stampft der hörer gedanklich durch den wilden westen, fährt mit dem planwagen durch die prärie und füttert sein grammophon mit den drei platten der cowboys.

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