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'Guitar Sounds'   

-  Label: 'Bureau B Records'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '30th September 2013'

Our Rating:
Many will remember Schneider TM (aka Dick Dresselhaus) best for his idiosyncratic cover of The Smiths' 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' in 2000 entitled The Light 3000 which got a fair amount of airplay on John Peel.

Since then the German has played in a batch of different punk-pop bands as well as keeping himself busy on a number of solo projects.

For The Guitar Sounds, Dick is not seeking to display technical prowess or come over as some fledgling guitar hero. The emphasis is on atmosphere and spontaneity with all five tracks improvised to produce what he calls 'instant compositions'.

It is the second part of his 'Sounds' series after Construction Sounds from 2012 which used noise samples from a building site.

The extended drone of Teilhard takes its inspiration from a political drama by Berlin-based filmmaker Christoph Ischinger while parts of Überzahl (the full version is 18 minutes long) and Landslide were used for a TV movie by Carsten Ludwig.

Elefantenhaut is a shorter piece but also conjures up images of dark landscapes and sinister happenings.

The dreamy jangle of First Of May is lighter in tone and the best stand alone track.

So long as you don't expect any hard rock riffs or power chords, these sonic explorations are ideal as a moody soundtrack to whatever clandestine activities you feel like embarking on!

Schneider TM's website.
  author: Martin Raybould

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SCHNEIDER TM - Guitar Sounds