Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek – rhein_strom von der rheinquelle bis hafen Karlsruhe
Documenting a surrealist walk is the busy atmospherics of Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek’s “rhein_strom von der rheinquelle bis hafen Karlsruhe”. Nicely merging the natural with the industrial tinged landscape the sound truly has love for its surroundings. The analysis of the sound works wonders as well for the duo utilizes light edits to further emphasize exactly how exactly the world interacts. Within the tapestry of sound there are found conversations, mechanical churns, and birdsong that is woven together. Rather than focus on any one of these the duo incorporates them altogether as a greater whole.
“vorderrheinquelle (region)” begins things on a spirited note with a loose liquid bubbling. Eventually this sound becomes all-consuming until it leaves sub-aquatic spaces for the latter half. Gentler in its approach is “rheinschlucht nähe versamer tobel” which incorporates the sound of nature paired alongside obvious industrialization. Harder to pin down is the mysterious “kanalrhein bei balzers”. Verging on outright noise is the cacophony of “rheinfall bei Schaffhausen” where the sound transforms into white noise. Subdued is the whisphering of “petit camarque d´alsace”. Embracing drone is “staustufe und schleusenanlage fessenheim”. Most of humanity’s presence is edited out of the soothing “ile de rhinau” where birds reign supreme. Nearly historical and with a sound that verges on melody is the surreal “ile de langgrund”. Embodying that came before it and ending the album on a high note is “karlsruhe hafen”.
With “rhein_strom von der rheinquelle bis hafen Karlsruhe” Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek chooses to explore those elements of a life that so often go unnoticed.