Advanced Environmental Control (Remastered and Complete Edition)

by Marc Behrens

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released September 20, 2014

Location Recordings (1993)

Basic material recorded on MiniDisc by J. Eberle and Marc Behrens, original version composed 1993 on 4-track tape, digital re-edit by Bernhard Günter and Marc Behrens, remastered 2014 by Marc Behrens.

“Location Recordings” consists exclusively of recordings that are made in interior (Inside) or exterior (Outside) spaces. Two groups, each containing 12 selections of the original 75 tracks on the disc were formed: one contains selected sounds with a ‘monochrome’ structure, the other contains sounds with a con­stant­ly changing, rather ‘expressive’ structure. These two groups are juxtaposed in different ways in the Supplement Programs to function as a catalogue for “Location Recordings”.

Advanced Environmental Control (1995)

Composed 1995 by Marc Behrens with assistance by Bernhard Günter.

The piece tries to investigate the relations between the real and the virtual inhabitants of a given environment. On one hand it is an acoustic de­scription of both the inhabitants and the en­vi­ron­ment, on the other it is determined in its function by the struc­ture implied by another environment and in­hab­itants: the com­po­si­tion. There is no primary composition in the basic ma­te­rial (masses of people and traffic signals for the blind), al­though it is taken from a larger con­tex­tu­al back­ground. Some of the struc­tures of this ma­te­rial, alternated with various meth­ods, are used for the over­lying mac­rostruc­ture.
The piece consists of three parts, the last part il­lus­trating what might be called ‘morphing’ of the ­control system into both: control system and con­trol­led system. The control system becomes ev­i­dent ­when thinking about traffic lights: will you stand there waiting in front of a red light with no traffic passing?
Defining traffic lights as a control system, one must also think about those signals for the blind, that can best be ­de­scribed as ‘traffic tones’. The ‘traffic tones’ are used in con­junc­tion with the traffic noise that is con­trol­led by those.

Originally released on CD 1995 by trente oiseaux (catalogue number TOC 952). Tracks 3 and 9 were not included in the CD edition. Availabel ala005.

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Marc Behrens

Born in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1970.
Behrens has performed and exhibited extensively across six continents, and developed international collaborations with other artists. He has released more than 30 music albums and EPs in various formats, written articles for various art-related publications and texts accompanying his own works, and produced works for radio. ... more

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