special TAL records evening
Düsseldorf label TAL is run by Stefan Schneider, who is known from To Rococo Rot & Kreidler (amongst others) and his work with the likes of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. The label originally mainly focused upon contemporary Kenyan folk (Ogoya Nengo And The Dodo Women's Group, amongst others), but didn’t limit itself to one region and soon started releasing other, unique artists too. In the years that followed, they released Japanese electronica, "sine wave compositions" from the ’60s, post-punk re-issues, and African & Venezuelan music.
We present 3 artists from the TAL stables in the AB Salon.
Under the alter ego Konrad Kraft – and inspired by musique concrète, the Berlin School, punk and industrial music… – Detlef Funder has been making electronic music with (semi-)modular synths since the late ’70s His tape ‘Arctica’, released in 1988 with 50 copies, was re-released in 2018 by TAL and finally received the attention that it deserved. Boomkat wrote: ‘Killer, overlooked proto-techno/kosmische from Düsseldorf’.
The work of this Tokyo-born, multidisciplinary artist (who operates from out of Düsseldorf) explores the grey area of our perception, between reality and fiction. She has already worked with Carl Stone’s Realistic Monk in the past, currently working for dance companies and exhibiting her visual work all over the world. In 2017, Yui played at the Meakusma Festival – where they wrote the following about the show: ‘Delicate signals, from a tiny hiss to a distant hum are crafted into pieces of music charged with narrative tension'.
Aside from being a label boss and his previous work with the above-mentioned bands, Stefan Schneider has also had his own experimental, electronic solo-project Mapstation since the ’90s. October 2019 saw the release of the album 'Present Unmetrics', on which Schneider searches for the links between African rhythms and German electronic minimalism. It contains collaborations with Thomas Klein (Kreidler), Michael Acher (The Notwist) and Japanese singer Haco (who was visited the Salon in November 2019).