Hinterlandt & Andy Rantzen: Smoke & Mirrors EP

HL_Covers_Rantzenlandt_150Hinterlandt has engaged in a new collaborative project with Australian musician-thinker-poet Andy Rantzen, best known for his work in Itch-E and Scratch-E alongside Paul Mac. In this new duo, Andy is responsible for words and vocals, while Jochen produces sounds and music. The debut EP Smoke & Mirrors was just released on boutique netlabel Wood & Wire. Lyrically and musically it follows a strict “limitations” theme, including strict rules such as the decision to produce all tracks for an exact length of two minutes and the use of a two-string guitar.

For those who like to see things with their own two eyes, the EP is accompanied by two video clips.

Indonesia & Tasmania

Hinterlandt is playing in Jakarta/Indonesia in December and Hobart/Tasmania in January. This is exciting news as both places are “new territory” for Hinterlandt. The Mona Foma festival has an incredibly diverse international line-up, featuring everyone from Matmos via Sun Ra Arkestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Quartet to black metal icon Striborg. Hinterlandt is scheduled to play before the HIVE project by Tyondai Braxton (ex Battles).

Tue 17 Dec 2013 – Jakarta – Basement Cafe w/ Evi + Kibo & Fams + Paranoias + Vegas
Wed 18 Dec 2013 – Jakarta – Xabi Music Studio w/ Grasslite + Vanessa TM
Fri 17 Jan 2014 – Hobart – Mona Foma Festival w/ Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE

Sound Summit & More

Hinterlandt is looking forward to playing at Sound Summit as well as a few other shows:

Thu 10 Oct 2013 – Sydney – Free the Beats @ Venue 505 w/ Suede Merit + Jozz Scott + James Nichols + more
Thu 31 Oct 2013 – Sydney – Green Room Lounge w/ Andy Rantzen + Telafonica
Thu 07 Nov 2013 – Sydney – Sound Summit Festival w/ Oval + Heinz Riegler + Sky Needle + more
Sat 09 Nov 2013 – Canberra – National Film and Sound Archive w/ Oval + Spartak
Thu 14 Nov 2013 – Sydney  – Goethe-Institut w/ Oval
Sat 16 Nov 2013 – Sydney  – Alpha Art Gallery w/ Scattered Order + Fabels

Two Compilations

New Weird Australia compilation: Sixes and TwelvesThe year 2013 sees two new compilations featuring Hinterlandt contributions. Both tracks are very unusual by Hinterlandt standards, for example they feature some vocals. Rest assured, it’s only a phase.

One is on eclectic label New Weird Australia. It’s called Sixes and Twelves and focuses on experimental guitar music, featuring, among others, Mumble(Speak), Kris Keogh, St. Jambience, Afxjim, Pale Earth, and Julian Day. The other compilation is called I Hear You’re From Australia – My Name’s Bruce Too on Laughing Outlaw Records. As the title suggests it’s a Bruce Springsteen tribute album (yes it is) featuring label mates Mark Moldre, Piers Twomey, Jamie Hutchings, Bambino Koresh, Sam Shinazzi, Bryan Estepa and many others.

New Album: Cartography

Hinterlandt: CartographyBrand new Hinterlandt album “Cartography” is out now on Laughing Outlaw Records with distribution through Inertia. You may purchase the album directly from the label if you feel like it. Here’s some snippets of what the media had to say about it:

The Sydney Morning Herald says the album is “singular” and “without antecedents”.
Cyclic Defrost speaks of “an extremely inventive, intricate and restless release high on originality that sounds like little else at the moment”.
AU Review sees an “uncanny originality and a demonstration of multi-instrumental proficiency”.
Vital Weekly suggests that King Crimson’s “Robert Fripp would be jealous of some of the guitars”.
Drum Media hears “music born of an imaginative mind”.
2SER describe it as “a wildly curated expanse of sound”.
Echoes and Dust say this is “a record stripped of excess, that embraces variety, displays impeccable timing and great self-awareness”.
Tone Deaf compare it to “wandering through imagined cities complete with bustling plazas, epic skylines, meditative gardens, and dark and ominous alleyways”.
Mathrock.net hear “intricate rhythms leading into dramatic post-rock anthems that resonate to the heavens”.

Recent Hinterlandt interview in Echoes and Dust.
Recent Hinterlandt interview in Canberra Times.

Listen online:

02 Trick or Treat by Hinterlandt

03 Stadt Land Fluss by Hinterlandt

Cartography Tour

Hear the new album live on stage:

Thu 18 Oct 12 – Melbourne – The Gasometer w/ Glasfrosch + Roussemoff + Lunaire
Sun 21 Oct 12 – Sydney – The Vanguard w/ Jamie Hutchings
Wed 14 Nov 12 – Wollongong – Yours and Owls w/ Piers Twomey + The Mad Pride
Thu 15 Nov 12 – Sydney – Proper Music Social w/ Jamie Hutchings + Piers Twomey
Sat 17 Nov 12 – Canberra – The Phoenix w/ Cracked Actor + Reuben Ingall
Thu 22 Nov 12 – Brisbane – The Waiting Room w/ Anonymeye + Julian Knowles + Puzahki
Thu 29 Nov 12 – Sydney – Notes w/ Agnes Kain + Emma Davis
Sat 01 Dec 12 – Sydney – Laughing Outlaw Label Party

Reviews for Migration Motion Movement

The Sydney Morning Herald recently described Hinterlandt as “The United Nations of Music”. Here is what some others said about the latest album:

Hinterlandt "Migration Motion Movement"

“This is the work of a highly skilled, inquisitive, and highly erratic mind”- Cyclic Defrost (AUS) Full Review
“Pop? Definitely not. Great? Absolutely!”- Vital Weekly (NL) Full Review
“Mind-bending experimental soundscapes”- Sounds Better With Reverb (AUS) Full Review
“He is literally juggling with sounds, distorted, altered beats, patterns and rhythms”- Louder Than War (UK) Full Review
“The disk is a blur of ideas and captivating indulgence”- Foxy Digitalis (USA)
“Die Fusion von Song und Track, von Rechner und Gitarre”- Trust (GER)

Airplay on ABC RadioNational, TripleJ, FBi, 2SER, 3RRR, 2RRR, PBS, SBS Radio, VoiceFM Ballarat, and more.

Hinterlandt and Seaworthy at Vivid Festival

Hinterlandt + SeaworthyOn Thursday, the 7th of June 2012, please join Hinterlandt and Seaworthy as part of Vivid Festival. Listen to the live sets of these two dissimilar artists and engage in an informal talk about experimental music and sound. Ask questions, provide feedback, exchange your ideas. After the event, why don’t you stroll around Circular Quay and take in the sight of the illuminated Sydney Opera House.

6:00 pm SEAWORTHY live set
6:45 pm HINTERLANDT live set

Entry is free.

Remixing & Being Remixed

Hinterlandt: Other StuffOver the last 12 months, Hinterlandt engaged in a number of remixing activities and other stuff. The latest piece was done for Sydney math-rock kings Serious Beak. You can download the whole album for free. Hinterlandt also recently reconstructed a Goethe poem recorded by Emil Klotzsch, turned one of Telafonica‘s songs into a lullaby, injected additional noise into one of Simo Soo‘s electro-rap tracks, and treated underwater field recordings by US sound artist John Kannenberg.

Furthermore, the Hinterlandt track “Motion” from the 2011 album Migration Motion Movement was re-interpreted by Australian producers Seaworthy, Lawrence English, Telafonica, Broken Chip, Puzahki, AFXJIM, Godswounds, and Simo Soo. The results were released as a full album called Through the Motions on Feral Media. Godswounds even made a fancy video clip for their track.

While all of this was good fun, Hinterlandt is now back into writing, recording and producing new original material.