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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Boomkat

‘Two heads are better than one’, I think that’s how the saying goes, and it’s never been more appropriate than here on this devastating collaborative effort from two of the most respected ‘heads’ in experimental music. Stephan Mathieu has been chiselling out a name for himself on the ‘laptop experimental’ scene for a good few […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by textura.org

The seeming incongruity between the child-like drawings adorning Leise and its abstract contents is reconciled when one learns that all of the release’s raw sound material was produced by Frans de Waard’s daughter Elise (her name an anagram of the recording title) when she was three years old. “Knippers” initiates the disc, de Waard’s third […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Etherreal

Stephan Mathieu et Janek Schaefer, deux artistes habitués de ces pages, mais que l’on aimerait aussi croiser un peu plus souvent, et cet album va d’ailleurs nous faire regretter de ne pas les voir plus régulièrement en concert. Histoire de les (re-)situer, Stephan Mathieu était un habitué du label Ritornell, plus récemment croisé chez Häpna, […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Signal to Noise

German Stephan Mathieu may work with computers and instruments while Englishman Janek Schaefer uses turntables and field recordings, but the two men hold common values that no doubt contributed to the seamless quality of this collaboration. Each man shows a respect and appreciation for the sound sources they transform, and each has crafted music whose […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Cracked

I prefer to listen to this CD with the windows wide open, fresh air streaming in and the noises of the outside world mixing with the soundscapes and noises on the CD. Somehow “Hidden Name” invites the wide open space of life and living nature or cities into its soundworld to fuse into a invisible […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Basebog

Piccole etichette crescono: la portoghese Cronica, con base a Porto, sfoggia nel suo catalogo il nuovo lavoro del sodalizio tra Stephan Mathieu e Janek Shaefer, una collaborazione navigata da anni di porformance (si ricorda la loro prima a Mutek 2002) e che ora si cristallizza in una produzione elegante e preziosa. ‘Hidden Name’ è stato […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Neural

Ulteriore progetto collaborativo di Stephan Mathieu & Janek Shaefer, dopo l’esperienza al Mutek in Canada, nel 2002, prima occasione nella quale i due artisti hanno avuto modo d’incontrarsi, presto seguita l’anno successivo dalle registrazioni con Radboud Mens e Timeblind e dalla performance del 2005 in Polonia al Musica Genera Festival. Produzione ideata e messa a […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by RockLab

Inizia così, alle frontiere dello spazio uditivo, in una intensità pervasiva che in qualsiasi modalità di ascolto interferisce e penetra lo spazio acustico che ci circonda, caratterizzando il paesaggio sonoro nella trasfigurazione semantico-strutturale ricalcata dalle suggestive atmosfere della campagna inglese. É senz’altro il field recording la matrice da cui Mathieu e Schaefer prendono il largo […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by GoMag

Comenzó titubeante y disperso, pero cada vez parece más claro que el sello portugués Crónica quiere ocupar el lugar que dejó vacante Ritornell, la añorada subdivisión ‘rara’ de Mille Plateaux. No es casual, por tanto, que sus dos últimas lanzamientos vengan firmados por artistas que pertenecieron a la plataforma alemana. (…) estimulante resulta “Hidden Name”, […]

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“Hidden Name” reviewed by Blow Up

Foto di una tenuta nella brughiera del sud dell’Inghilterra. È la Manor Farmhouse di Child Okeford, residenza di un compositore colto britannico non meglio identificato, il luogo dove Stephan Mathieu e Janek Schaefer hanno realizzato gran parte del materiale basico che va a costituire questa prima collaborazione vera e propria tra i due. Le registrazioni […]

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