Paraphrases

by Christoph Berg

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Written and recorded over a period of more than two years, “Paraphrases” is a collection of chamber music compositions performed, recorded and layered through numerous recording sessions in a small room in northern Germany near the Baltic Sea.

Christoph Berg scores the history of eight narrow worlds, carved only from wood - violin, piano and double bass. The initial composition “Quiet times at the library” defines the tone, but the album also sees many shades; the solo piece “Poems written by an old (prepared) piano”, the crow haunted field recordings of “Interlude” and reverent remixes provided by Yasuhiko Fukuzono (aus) and P Jørgensen specially for the CD edition.

The direct intimacy of the material is a stark counterpoint to the sweeping cinematic grandeur and electronic sound manipulation of previous releases as Field Rotation, and is also the logical progression from 2011 releases ‘Acoustic Tales’ and ‘And Tomorrow I Will Sleep”; the former a tribute to literature, and the latter a paean to hibernation after exhaustion. Completed in the brief escapes allowed by gaps in graduate study, “Paraphrases” is a recontextualisation of the experience of exhaustion, written in other words.

Mastered with precise weight by Ian Hawgood, the 180gm vinyl is packaged inside heavy gatefold four panel sleeves, wrapped within an A1 double-sided poster. The package also includes a 12 x 12 hand numbered print and an embossed letter-pressed CD with a fold-out booklet featuring striking photography by Aëla Labbe. The album is a treasure of both talent and soul, and the extraordinary packaging from the label and considered art design by Ian Hazeldine reflects the classic nature of the material.

credits

released November 3, 2012

Written, recorded and produced by Christoph Berg, Kiel/Berlin
Interlude remixed by Yasuhiko Fukuzono at IMA Studio, Tokyo
Falling asleep remixed by Peter Jørgensen, Copenhagen
Mastered by Ian Hawgood, Tokyo
Art direction and letter press by Ian Hazeldine, Wales
Photography by Aëla Labbé, Nantes

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