act 326 · klangstabil · one step back, two steps forward · 2cd

1.01. mein name ist...
1.02. gloomy day (daruma version)
1.03. kill all lifeforms
1.04. kantorka
1.05. push yourself
1.06. wir sind ganz zusammen (live)
1.07. math & emotion - the square root of two
1.08. gilb
1.09. cinecittà (pre-version)
1.10. il bacio della realizzazione
1.11. nameless
1.12. vertraut (original)
1.13. wir telefonieren
1.14. shadowboy - the awakening
1.15. böhmatron

2.01. verführung (listen loud mix)
2.02. you may start
2.03. lauf, lauf!
2.04. pay with friendship (disco remix by sonic area)
2.05. pronto luigi
2.06. kill all lifeforms (ra-x remix)
2.07. leg move thunder
2.08. firefly me
2.09. vertraut - renegade of noise remix by daniel myer
2.10. beziehungsohr (subheim remix)
2.11. der menschenhasser
2.12. elektroschock warteraum
2.13. away
2.14. math & emotion - the square root of three
2.15. regelkreisauslöser

upc 821272213826
packaging: 2cd 8panel digipak
releasedate: 21.april.2015

two decades of klangstabil - twenty years of music and friendship.

klangstabil was formed in 1994 by maurizio blanco and boris may. soon after they met they realized they were transmitting on the same wavelength and as a logical consequence their determination and vision combined to create a new perception of music. this manifested in the name klangstabil. the following theory was and is the basis for their existence as artists: in order to understand the surrounding environment as we perceive it, we must consider it from the perspective of its origin. within this process, myriads of questions emerge, the more we attempt to grasp the essential. asked differently, how is a particular sound generated? what does it result in and what does it mean? in order to recognize this, we must mentally traverse and experience a number of decades of music production in a broad range of styles. motto: 'one step back, two steps forward'.

while it was of great importance for boris and maurizio to walk their own individual path as musicians, klangstabil's music was subject to significant changes. the musical findings of their first decade were successfully turned from experimental sound collages into more accessible compositions which were nevertheless unmistakably a constructive extrapolation of the project's concept. then and now, klangstabil attempt to provide an audible answer to the question: what's next? the effort and challenge of a lifetime, which this project will continue to meet.

this compilation outlines boris' and maurizio's personal and artistic development during the last 20 years. klangstabil's entire œuvre was inspected closely for a diligent selection of the thirty tracks at hand, each one of them was elaborately remastered to achieve a more clear, transparent sound quality. 'one step back, two steps forward' provides a comprehensive overview of this project's legislating. besides well-established tracks from the releases 'taking nothing seriously', 'math & emotion' and 'shadowboy', there are many hidden treasures like long deleted compilation appearances and even unreleased works to be discovered. more than two and a half hours of music are compiled as an archive of two decades, presented in a deluxe 2 panel digipak.

'klangstabil has constituted us, defined our artistic and personal way, brought us together with people we feel connected with. klangstabil turned us into the individuals we are today.' (boris may & maurizio blanco)

1.01. previously released on: sieg der monochronisten. 12" (1998)
1.02. previously released on: v.a. daruma. cd (2003)
1.03. previously released on: taking nothing seriously. cd & 12" (2004)
1.04. previously released on: kantorka. 12" (2001)
1.05. previously released on: tsuba. 7" (2003)
1.06. previously released on: mp3 (2008)
1.07. previously released on: v.a. maschinenfest 2008. 2cd (2008)
1.08. previously released on: v.a. lambda. tape (2004)
1.09. previously unreleased (2013)
1.10. original by diorama / remixed by klangstabil. previously released on 'repale' cd. accession records (2005)
1.11. previously unreleased (2007)
1.12. previously released on: v.a. maschinenfest 2002. 2cd (2002)
1.13. previously released on: senden und empfangen. 12" (1995)
1.14. previously released on: shadowboy. cd (2013)
1.15. previously released on: böhm gott der elektrik. 12" (1997)

2.01. previously released on: mp3 (2008)
2.02. previously released on: taking nothing seriously. cd & 12" (2004)
2.03. previously released on: math & emotion. cd (2008)
2.04. previously released on: v.a. sonic seducer cold hands seduction vol.147. cd (2013)
2.05. previously released on: gioco bambino. cd (2000)
2.06. previously unreleased (2006)
2.07. previously released on: v.a. vynologica vol.1. cd (2005)
2.08. previously released on: v.a. maschinenfest 2013. 2cd (2013)
2.09. previously released on: vertraut. cd (2010)
2.10. previously released on: v.a. emerging organisms vol.3. 2cd. tympanik audio (2009)
2.11. previously released on: menschenhass. 10" (1999)
2.12. previously released on: straftat gegen das leben. cd & 12" (1997)
2.13. previously released on: taking nothing seriously. cd & 12" (2004)
2.14. previously released on: v.a. advanced electronics vol.7. 2cd (2008)
2.15. previously released on: v.a. teknoir. 2cd (1999)

also available:

klangstabil. i create - you destroy. t-shirt. ant-zen ikon141
black t-shirt w/ white frontprint and grey backprint.
sizes: S, M, L, XL, one-sized girlie-shirt

klangstabil discography 04.2015:
one step back, two steps forward. 2cd. ant-zen & mhz records. 2015
shadowboy. cd. ant-zen & mhz records. 2013
vertraut. cd. ant-zen & mhz records. 2010
math & emotion. cd. ant-zen & mhz records. 2008
taking nothing seriously. cd / 12". ant-zen & heckengäu. 2004
tsuba. 7". mhz records. 2003
kantorka. 12". pflichtkauf. 2001
gioco bambino. cd. mhz records & platelunch. 2000
sprite storage format. 12". ant-zen. 2000
menschenhass. 10". world war IV. 1999
fünf minuten klangstabil. 7". mhz records. 1998
sieg der monochronisten. 12". hymen records. 1998
aktiv. vhs. mhz records & david records. 1998
straftat gegen das leben. cd / 12". mhz records & david records. 1997
böhm gott der elektrik. 12". mhz records. 1997
senden und empfangen. 12". shokoy. 1995

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it's always great to achieve a milestone, and for klangstabil this certainly is one. it was a little bit more than twenty years ago that the duo of maurizio blanco and boris may fused together to create klanstabil, a group dedicated to musical exploration under their simple motto - and this compilation's title - one step back, two steps forward. it was also 20 years ago that the label ant-zen started. across a massive 30 track, 20-year-spanning compilation there is obviously a lot to get your teeth into, and the most noticeable thing to tell you is the amount of variety that is on offer here. thanks to the fact that this is an act unwilling to rest on their laurels, the amount of change in style and development of sound is truly breathtaking. some highlights: "kantorka" is a gorgeous track that provides a real 60:s futuristic vibe with its bleeping and echoing. it sounds like it's straight from the computers on space ships, where aliens live on mars and astronauts wear aluminium foil silver space suits. "gilb" shares a similar space, but is much more dream-like, an ambient synth lead with vocal samples weaving between the sonic gaps. "vertraut" builds from an ambient spoken-word track into a stomping hard techno bruiser (check out the renegade of noise remix by daniel myer too, which takes the same blueprint and runs with it). "pay with friendship (disco remix by sonic area)" deserves special praise too, as it simply kicks ass. across 2.5 hours of music there is much to like, of course. here we have an act that really have pushed themselves to the limits of their creativity, and present us with the cream of that in this compilation. there are hard tracks and ambient ones, fast tracks and slow, greatest hits, remixes and unreleased pieces - it is fair to say that if you like any form of electronic music, there is something for you here. with only a couple of tracks falling short of the mark ("bohmatron" being a track that seems to go nowhere for me, while "der menschenhasser" appears a bit thin). it is a body of work to be admired, and a compilation that you may as well call damn well essential - well done sirs. (mike whyte)

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