Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Ricardo Villalobos - Fizheuer Zieheuer (2006)

A discovery from one of those magical nights on YouTube, where each recommendation leads you somewhere new.  Think I was listening to some Steve Reich or Philip Glass odds & ends when I stumbled upon Fizheuer Zieheuer, and spent the next half hour plus just sitting in amazement of how such spare ingredients could make up a track this unique and addictive.

Villalobos, firstly, is a Chilean-born German DJ and electronic musician, working mainly in the minimal techno genre.  I haven't really taken to the main body of his work as yet, to be honest - might be in the zone for it at some point - but his work with kindred spirit Max Loderbauer has appealed to me, which includes an ECM remix project (will probably post that once I've got into it more deeply), and a solid studio-album collaboration from last year under the name Vilod.

Fizheuer Zieheuer, then, was released in 2006 as possibly the longest CD single in history - two tracks totalling 72 minutes.  The title track takes two samples from a Yugoslavian brass band track from 1980, and skilfully loops the main ostinato over and over into infinity.  The beats ensure that this never gets boring - like Manuel Göttsching's E2-E4, the background is constantly shifting in its texture, the loops sometimes taking a back seat before coming back into focus.  Track 2, Fizbeast, goes even more ultra-minimal by leaving out the brass altogether, putting the spotlight squarely on Villalobos' beat-shaping skills. I've listened to Fizbeast at work a few times, at low volume, if I need to concentrate on a repetitive task.  Music for spreadsheets.

Fizheuer Zieheuer

1 comment:

  1. This is the best thing I have heard possibly ever! Ever! Have you heard the strangulated beatoffs?..they do some things similar to this but somehow manage to be insulting on top of it!...Ilove this life. Thanks for the greatpost.