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morgenstern's dark music consists of strange, hypnotic loops, distorted power electronics and heavy death industrial tunes. deep drones with occasional samples are slowly transformed into a quiet wind tunnel groan with sporatic choes of thumps and bumps from far off objects in the background. the music flows into a rythmic tribal drum ceremony where various pitches of wind noise through a pipe are layered in while electrodes snap, a rythmic helicopter sounds and firecrackers pop. war torn screams and cries are blended way into the background. tribal powerelectronic-rhythms & dark ambient: from ceremonial processions to hypnosis and hysteria, being relaxed on the outside and at the same time restless on the inside. deleted

morgenstern was founded in '93 as the solo project of andrea bšrner, who was also a member of the legendary project 'ars moriendi' (1990-95). she's still a part of the ambient project 'templegardens'. the recording of 'zyklen' was actively supported by p. mŸnch (synapscape) and a. schramm (asche) and recorded / processed within the cycle of one year.

everything has a beginning and an ending and it starts once again.

tracklist:
anfang/ende, hymn, soar, ravished, not am sein, stormy battle ode, rake, rodion's dead souls, welt, ende/anfang

morgenstern discography:
1999: zyklen. cd. ant-zen
1998: morgenstern. c-90
1996: split with asche. lp. ant-zen. sold out
1994: split with mandelbrot. c-90, fich art.

additional information about synapscape, asche, ars moriendi &morgenstern:
synapscape webpage

reviews:

the new empire
darkness unfolds from an endless void. standing in a foggy corridor feeling the machine working underneath. zyklen by andrea bšrner was created in corporation with p. mŸnch (synapscape) and a. schramm (asche) and recorded within the cycle of one year. dark ambience fill with harsh and hypnotising loops. distorted speech. dark industrial soundscapes. one for your darkest days or simple relaxation after being home from a grand day out. (falstaff ). rating: coolness 8 / 10.

orkus, juli/august 1999
rituelle trommeln wummern aus den abgrŸndigsten tiefen der hšlle, finstere beschwšrungsgesŠnge schweben Ÿber einem meer aus dunkel grollenden soundscapes, und monstršse noises versuchen den letzten rest gesunden menschenverstandes aus dem gehirn zu schmirgeln. das cd-debut des projekts morgenstern ist wahrlich nichts fŸr schwache gemŸter oder warme, romantische sommernŠchte. andrea bšrner (ex-ars moriendi, templegardens), p. mŸnch (synapscape) und a. schramm (asche) zelebrieren hier wŸsten doom-industrial, dark ambient und ritual der besonders bšsen sorte, der sich problemlos sowohl in der allabendlichen endzeitmeditation als auch bei industriellen clubnŠchten bewŠhren sollte. durch ein gutes gespŸr fŸr intensive stimmungen und die komplexen soundstrukturen ist morgenstern auf alle fŠlle auch ein tip fŸr den ansspruchsvolleren industrial-hšrer,k der neben noisigen "dance"-rhythmen auch wert auf mystische stimmungen ˆ la raison d'entre oder puissance legt.

bad alchemy, nr. 34
ein eiskalter wind blŠst einem bei morgensterns zyklen ins gesicht. es ist ein wind, auf dem geisterstimmen reiten, eine wilde jagd, angepeitscht von verzerrten powerelectronic-schlŠgen. ein ršhrendes didgeridoo Ÿbertšnt das heulen der verdammten. noch ist diese infernalische dimension durch eine membran von unserer alltagswirklichkeit getrennt. aber hinter diesem vorhang schŸren immer drŠngernder und hypnotischer die stammestrommeln den blutrausch von nŠchtlichen kreaturen, die an ihren ketten und den riegeln zu unserer welt rŸtteln. immer hysterischer wird der chor der krŠchzenden lemuren auf der schwelle ins diesseits. die wŠchterin am hšllentor, die ungerŸhrt ins inferno lauscht, das allmŠhlich in sich zusammensinkt, wŠhrend die tribal-beats die dŠmonen-tŠnzer erneut in trance versetzen, hei§t andrea bšrner. von 1990 bis 1995 hat sie bei ars moriendi erfahrung mit der "anderen seite" gesammelt. heute streift sie mit templegardens durch die schattenzonen unserer dekadenten seelenlandschaften. schauerromantik und fantasy, eine "schwarze romantik mit alptrŠumen von grauenhaften ungeheuern, lebenden toten, bšsen magiern, schwarzer magie und unterirdischen labyrinthwelten" (b. kling) liefern die tapeten und mšbel fŸr die grŸfte unter und die fluchtburgen und ufos Ÿber den banalitŠt von aldi bis zdf, aus der sich miss venus & mr. lucifer hinaustrŠumen.

black, sommer 1999
nach mehreren split-tapes bzw. einer split-lp mit asche liegt mit "zyklen" endlich das lang erwartete debŸtalbum von morgenstern vor. morgenstern ist ja vor jahren ebenfalls wie synapscape, asche, m.o.a.t.a.-omen und templegarden's als vermŠchtnis der industrial-punk-band ars moriendi entstanden. das besondere an morgenstern ist, da§ hinter dem projekt eine frau steht und dies ist ja im industrial-bereich mehr als selten. der sound von andrea bšrner war in der anfangszeit sehr tribal orientiert, ging spŠter mehr in die dark ambient-richtung und mit der vermischung dieser elemente will sie beim hšrer eine art hypernoiden zustand erzeugen, was einen gleichzeitigen zustand von hypnose und hysterie bedeutet. und genau dieses gewŸnschte ergebnis wird an hand von grollenden loops, finsteren samples, verfremdeten blŠsern und treibenden drums bzw. percussions erreicht und als beispielgebenden track fŸr das ganze album mšchte ich "stormy battle ode" anfŸhren, wobei der titel viel Ÿber den gesamten sound aussagt! unterstŸtzt wird andrea bšrner auf dieser cd von andreas schramm alias asche und beim artwork bzw. dem lederoptik-booklet hat salt mal wieder ganze arbeit geleitet. fŸr leute, die apokalyptischen und atmosphŠrischen dark-tribal-death-industrial hšren wollen, ist somit "zyklen" ein pflichtkauf und den eher mystik-ambient orientierten hšrer empfehle ich das immer noch aktuelle templegarden's album "culture vs. nature". wer mehr Ÿber morgenstern bzw. die anderen genannten projekte erfahren mšchte, kann im black 12 und 13 bei der fortsetzungsgeschichte "das vermŠchtnis des doktor ars moriendi" nachschlagen.

flesh & wire, issue 3
this is morgenstern's first full-lenght solo release on germany's ant-zen label, although the project was originally formed in 1993 as the solo project of andrea bšrner, who previously released a split lp on ant-zen under this moniker with asche. she's no stranger to death industrial and dark ambient music, having previously been a member of cult project ars moriendi, and currently a member of ambient outfit templegardens. for the recording of zyklen she was actively supported by members of asche and synapscape. and god bless 'em, the results are pretty damn good. gritty ambient industrial ans subdued power electronics takes this album (as the press release informs us) "from ceremonial processions to hypnosis and hysteria, being relaxed on the outside and at the same time restless on the inside". not a bad summary, really. after "anfang/ende" opens the cd with drunken and distorted hogh-pitched ringings, "hymn" gets down and dirty with the excellent juxta-position of angelic vocal samples, and a menacingly slow and oh-so-tantalising ultra-deep deathindustrial beat heavy on the distortion. the tension in this track is incredible, and it's almost worth buying the whole cd just to hear it. "soar" starts with some beautiful low-end rumbles and subtle machinery beats, but they are spoiled by cliched and unnecessary scream samples. the rest of the track features very impressive crunchy tribal pwer electronic rhythms. "ravished" is pretty standard noisy industrial with buried distorted male vocals. "not am sein" is more experimental drone and "stormy battle ode" muffled and hypnotic tribal-sounding industrial with an interesting ritualistic chant sample. "rake" features 7 minutes of menacing lo-fi death industrial beats, very similar to megaptera side-project negru voda. the last three tracks are more subdued, but just as unnerving. "rodion's dead souls" is jarring experimental ambience with dramatic backward-playing horns, while "welt" is dominated by relaxing choir loops, and quietly swirling beats. the final track "ende/anfang" is a short outro of thick ambience with that funny little ritualistic chant again. i have been endlessly impressed with what material i have heard from ant-zen, and this cd is no exception. "zyklen" is a wonderfully effortless release, testament to morgenstern's experienced ear for rich death- and ambient-industrial. we can wait with bated breath for the next offering.

seven
after playing this cd again and again i have failed to find anything that captures my attention for long enough. music that can be classified as dark noisy ambient is too experiemental, disjointed and uninteresting. drony, dark, occasionally backed by heavy beat, it manages to become uninteresting amazingly fast. the tracks flow one after another and soon enough you can only entertain yourself by packaging (which is indeed wonderful) and keep wondering if those were russian samples that you just heard on the track. (maybe i shouldn't have played too much converter before listening to this release - this might have raised my tolerance level too much).

recycleyourears
"zyklen" is the debut cd of morgenstern, a solo-project founded in 1993 by andrea bšrner, member of templegarden and ars moriendi. this record has been done with this assistance of member of asche and synapscape. quite an unknown project inside the ant-zen stall, morgenstern had come to my ears with its track on the "ant-hology" sampler, which was a very death industrial minded track. this feeling has been confirmed by "zyklen", which differs from the present production of ant-zen, with his very slow track and dark minded tunes. morgenstern's sound on "zyklen"is very interesting, as it seems far more industrial than many other bands. the atmosphere is very monotonous and dark. many loops are in the background, and the distortion comes from the sound, not from its volume. many songs are rhythms-less, combining very laid-back dark melodies with many industrial drones. this could be compared, in a way, in a less rhythmic deutsch nepal, as the noises used here are very corrosive and original. some tracks are a bit faster, with the tribal "stormy battle ode" or the great (and maybe one day club-classic) "rake". the tracks are quite long, the listener drowing slowly inside morgenstern's atmosphere. it seems that there is no real hope nor joy here. everything goes by cycle, and with the end of each song, you can feel a new one taking you once again into a different landscape. contrary to many present industrial act, morgenstern's purpose is not to crash your ears. there is no rhythmic noise tempest here. this is far more intelligent and, perhaps, mean. this is a re-writing of death industrial with the noises and the visions of today. as the beautiful cover art of s. alt, morgenstern's music is soft and tempting, but full of sadness and thorns.

spectrum, issue 3
in regard to the cover i must say tha s.alt never fails to impress with his flair and eye for design, gaining darkly appropriate imagery out the most unlikely subject matter. in terms of sound, scrapping, throbbing, droning aurally piercing textures are used in a way which mixes both death industrial, dark ambient and subdued power electronic elements. for a ball park comparsion the most obvious would be stratvm terror and selected more low key elements of brighter death now (but having a cleaner sound production that the latter). "anfang/ende" encompasses sinister electronic noise manipulations running between low drone and mid ranged probing sounds being both confronting and relaxing. "hymn" is much more of a death industrial vibe that retains a distant pounding sound structure and haunting cavernous elements that includes a sewwping treated like choir vocals. noise looped elements open "soar" and distant (engulfed) human creaming give off a suitable apocalyptic vision of peeking into the feiry abyss of hell. after about the 3 minute mark the track morphs into a looped tribal/industrial pound fest that is spwpt in and out of many cryptic regions until the conclusion after the 10 minute mark. restless distorted beats and undercurrents are the flaour of "ravished" containing what seem to be vocals but are so beyond distorted they simly add to the clatter (which incidentally reminds me of mental destruction) with the following "not am sein" is heavily looped with subdued and relaxed distant factory clatter containing a hypnotic surrealistic edge. dreamy drones and atmospheres solidify early in "stormy battle ode" but from the title it is clear that this will soon be allot noisier. slipping into the background the dreamy elments sit below a gradually building structure of more corrosive drones, tortured vocal wails and mid paced industrial clatter (only to periodically float up to the surface). "rake" is a ceremony of distant rhythmic beats and intermixed vocals snippets that rise into a total distorted noise/power electronics cacaphony and would seem to suit the title of the preceding track. haunting and sweeping textures, choir vocals, bass riddled cavernous drones ensure that "rodion`s dead souls" is the darkest track an offer coming across as a highly cinematic piece of dark ambience/& death industrial. "welt" offers up a less dark but just a sorrowfully haunting cinematic piece interspread with distant chants and ritualistic beats. not that all of the darker elements are containted at the start of the album the corrosive textures and demonic vocals of the final track ("ende/anfang") give rise to the vision of passage out of hell being rendered unpassable as the angels above lament the soul`s damnation. very dark indeed.... morgenstern is credited to feature one andrea boerner who is also a part of templegardens and a previous member of ars moriendi (assistance is also provided from members of synapscape and asche) ultimately coming up with a solid and stunning offering. as a final note it great to see a female that can mix it with the best when it come to dark corrosive atmospheres.

ultime atome
profondeur insondable du pourpre, majestŽ presque animale de ces chardons dŽployant leurs Žpines au dessus du vide : le visuel rŽalisŽ une fois de plus par stefan alt est parmi les plus somptueux du label mme si l'on doit se contenter du traditionnel bo”tier plastique comme support. un design glacŽ pour la musique glaciale d'andrea bšrner dont c'est ici le premier vŽritable album, aprs quelques k7, un trs atmosphŽrique split lp en compagnie de asche (cf ua # 6) et surtout une participation dŽjˆ lointaine au combo ars moriendi, connu pour son electro indus jusqueboutiste. c'est clair, " zyklen " garde un sŽrieux penchant pour les sonoritŽs perturbŽes, voire plongŽes dans une tourmente incomprŽhensible. du coup, sa parution en ce dŽbut d'ŽtŽ 99 semble plut™t incongrue, tandis que nos platines prennent leurs premiers coups de soleil. ca ressemble un peu ˆ un de ces conflits saisonniers auxquels on ne s'attend jamais, comme une mauvaise blague de saint mŽdard, en quelques sortes. ne se laissant aucunement dŽstabiliser par quelque impondŽrable que ce soit, on range donc prŽcipitamment l'Žcran total pour se laisser porter soudainement au cþur du cþur de cet hiver imaginaire ; pour y dŽcouvrir, contre toute attente, le plaisir des gerures, craquelant corps et ‰mes, et gožter ˆ l'envožtement provoquŽ par ces rythmiques, semblables ˆ des bris de congres suramplifiŽs. car c'est bel et bien l'univers des permafrost tout entier qui s'ouvre sur dix morceaux, compltement dŽshumanisŽ ö les voix et chants ne sont que des songes ö mais captivant pour qui ose passer outre les premires engelures cŽrŽbrales. une prŽcision d'importance : malgrŽ le caractre supposŽ fŽminin de la dite andrea bšrner, il ne faut espŽrer ici aucune remontŽe de testostŽrone : les possibilitŽs d'ouverture avec la belle n'en sont que plus rŽduites. de quoi couper court aux fantasmes ˆ la mord-moi-le-nþud des opless et consort·remarquez, il n'est pas interdit de tenter la traversŽ de la sibŽrie septentrionale ˆ poil pour avoir une chance de l'impressionner !

bodystyler #30 juli/august 1999
morgenstern prŠsentiert nach lŠngerer pause mal wieder rhythmisierten noise-ambient, was, da aus dem hause ant-zen, auch nicht weiter verwundert. ãzyklen" reicht von statischem brummen, Ÿber verwaschenes kratzen bis zu verwehtem rattern im hintergrund, fast immer unterlegt mit einem harten hypnotischen beat und Ÿberdeckt von verfremdeten loops. ruhige unruhe und tanzfutter fŸr den kopf. (till)

surface
das industrial projekt "morgenstern" bietet auf der neuen cd "zyklen" eine wirklich angenehme mischung aus dunkel-bedrohlichen soundscapes und experimentellen electronischen klŠngen. statt das Ÿbliche industrial-geprŸgel wird hier von andrea bšrner, die hinter dem projekt steht, gute klŠnge mit dezenten rhythmen geboten, wie etwa bei dem stŸck "soar". lediglich bei "ravished" wird es etwas lauter und hier fŠllt auf, das die stŸcke im laufe der cd etwas krachiger werden, um letztlich wieder gemŠchlich auszuklingen, wirklich nettes konzept. natŸrlich schwirren hinter den ganzen sounds zerhackte sprach-sampler-fetzen, die dem ganzen in sachen bedrohlichkeit weiterhelfen. wer auf dŸster-industrial sounds der experimentellen art steht, wird hier richtig gut bedient, denn "zyklen" wei§ zu gefallen ohne aufdringlich zu wirken !

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