Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Einstürzende Neubauten: Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T. / Drawings of O.T. (1983)

Einstürzende Neubauten (which roughly translates to Collapsing New Buildings) is an industrial or experimental band from (West) Berlin. The O.T. in the title refers to Oswald Tschirtner, an schizophrenic artist from Austria. Wikipedia's description of the band is pretty good:

"One of their trademarks is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools, and noises, in addition to standard musical instruments. Their early albums were unremittingly harsh, with Bargeld's vocals shouted and screamed above a din of banging and scraping metal percussion. Subsequent recordings found the group's sound growing somewhat more conventional, yet still containing many unorthodox elements." [source]

The description from Allmusic is similar:

"Along with Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, Germany's Einstürzende Neubauten ("collapsing new buildings") helped pioneer industrial music with an avant-garde mix of white-noise guitar drones, vocals verging on the unlistenable at times, and a clanging, rhythmic din produced by a percussion section consisting of construction materials, power tools, and various metal objects." [source]

I'm lucky enough to own the very first pressing, which was done in the UK. This is a fantastic record, though clearly not everyone's cup of tea. Some might find the sounds to be harsh and challenging. I have always liked this kind of music, so it appeals to me.

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