It has taken Max Loderbauer and Tobias Freund three and a half years to prepare the sequel to their evocative “Non Standard Institute Plays Non Standards” (Sähkö, 2007), time spent by Loderbauer, at least in part, by modulating his analogue synthesisers to the service of Mortiz Von Oswald as part of his Trio. While that first album by Non Standard Institute (nsi.) included over twenty experiments with electronic manipulation in real time of musical phrases taken from a grand piano (“23 Piano Pieces” was the subtitle), this second effort presents itself as a collection of “pieces for drum machine and sequencer”. The record is called “sync”, and includes 24 tracks, more experimental sketches than actual songs, which resulted from squeezing the combined possibilities of a limited series of equipment. Each symbol that appears on the album tracklist corresponds to a machine with name and surname (a modular synthesiser of the brand Doepfer (+), a Korg MS 20 (•), an Eventide delay pedal (*), and a Roland CR 78 drum machine (>), among others), so that these titles are simply the instruments used on each track.
“sync” has just been released via Non Standard Productions, the twosome’s own label. If you don’t want to wait for the record to arrive at the store of your choice, you can pre-order it now via the Hard Wax online store.