Andi Stechers solo record “austreiben / antreiben” is a work about / personal take on mask traditions / pre christian alpine traditions which are widespread all over europe.
The main characters of these mostly in winter months practiced traditions are hybrid / antropomorphic figures, embodied through people behung with bells and wraped in natural Materials ( moss / animal skins / branches.. ). Stechers main interest does not lie in a direct tonal translation of these characters and their appearance. Rather, his focus is concentrated on certain characteristics and topics that these creatures embody and express / act out. Its motifs and themes like transformation, moments of transtion and passage ( eg. winter expulsion ), relation between human – nature but also crudeness and fury, coarseness, death, fertility which are appealing to Stecher and which he puts into tonal form. He works with a raw, undefined palette of sounds aswell as repetetive rhythm to create his compositions.
for a teaser of the whole album go to - soundcloud.com/andistecher/austreiben-antreiben-honed-03-album-teaser
released June 18, 2015
Andi Stecher - drums / percussion / objects / electronics / composition / mixing
Antti Virtaranta double bass on track 1
Otto Horvath vocals on track 3
Recorded at H 1-3 Studio Funkhaus Berlin by Cameron McMichael Mixed at Altes Finanzamt Studio and Star 1 Studio Funkhaus Berlin Mastered by The Norman Conquest
Cover Photo: Caretos de Vila Boa de Ousilhão
From the series “WILDER MANN”, 2010-2011
Thanks to: My Family for all their support, Heart of Noise Team, Charles Fréger, Altes Finanzamt, Andrea Belfi, Antony Hequet, Maria Sánchez Alonso, Norman Teale, Max Mühlbacher, Chris Koubek. Special thanks to Antti Virtaranta and Otto Horvath for additional performances.
© + ℗ 2015 Heart of Noise Edition 03 | Andi Stecher
This album has been officially commissioned for the Heart of Noise Festival 2015