By DJ Pangburn
The founder of Kompakt Records returns with a release built around the voices of a Kafka audiobook.
Wolfgang Voigt is a busy man. He’s released music in the guise of over two dozen names, though most famously and influential as GAS. He helped bring artists like the Field, Popnoname and Walls to the attention of electronic music fans through the record label Kompakt, which he created with Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape.
And to keep things interesting, Voigt has created a 12″ called “Kafkatrax 1” which is built almost entirely out of the sounds from a Kafka audiobook. No word yet on which one it was exactly, although one can’t help but imagine that it should be “The Castle.” The only other sound used was a bassdrum.
The tracks here are quite hypnotic and, as Voigt notes himself, vaguely “psychotic-paranoid” but in a fun and playful way. Although, if I spoke German and could decipher the voices bursting in and out of the field of sound created by Voigt, it might have a darker shade.