Taken from Brief Conversations, the ninth album by German experimental ambient artist Markus Mehr. Thanks to Monika Harrer-Jalsovec at Schaezlerpalais, Kunstsammlungen & Museen Augsburg for their support. Special thanks to Dr. Christof Trepesch.
Brief Conversations is Markus Mehr’s ode to the acoustic properties of the spaces we listen within. High-resolution recordings of rooms acted as the source material, which Mehr then alchemically blended into mesmerising ambient environments, rich with reverberant details. As Mehr explains: “Rooms communicate with us, we can listen to them. Their vocabulary includes their interior, their architecture and their surroundings. The material and arrangement of the walls and their volume determine their resonances and the nature of their reverberation. Thus each room has its own articulation, its own acoustic fingerprint.” As the mediator between the sounds and their spatial containers, Mehr has exposed a level of granularity we so often ignore, re-shaping the raw materials into immersive new experiences. Despite its challenging conceptual nature, the album is undeniably sensuous and hypnotic, giving up its secrets slowly but surely with repeat listens.
“Mehr manages to evoke that tangling of present tense experience and retrospect… a beautifully made record” – ATTN:Magazine on Dyschronia