Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Federsel/Freudl: New Rock

We wanted to recreate one afternoon about twenty years ago, in which we started our friendship by recording an album, because we didnt have any good stuff to listen to. We improvised directly to the tape recorder, with only one keyboard and guitar.
Twenty years later we are equipped with more sofisticated gear, but we also wanted to keep the whole thing as simple as possible. But this time we used computer instead of tape recorder.
We used only prepared piano and prepared guitar, only one delay pedal and a guitar amp. Besides preparation both our instruments any possible way we were recording all the sounds around us, especially dripping water from thawing snow and wood burning in the oven. Distorted sound were recorded using just the tube amp running “to eleven”.


Key terms: countryside gamelan, broom&shovel beat, hobo serious music, Lusatian Gagaku

Federsel and Freudl are colleagues from Czech band B4, perhaps the only Czech krautrock band, in which they have been playing together for fifteen years.


Tags: free improv, percussive music, urban gamelan, home made experimental music


Federsel - prepared guitar
David Freudl - prepared piano


1. New Rock
2. Burning Amp Lament
3. Thaw
4. Perfect Baroque
5. A New Breed Of Improvisation
6. Lusatia Droning

Recorded 15.1. 2014 at Alpaca Farm, Líska, Czech Republic
Mixing and mastering: Federsel, CSN


Federsel&Mäkelä: FRESH AND WILD

Two years after their debut, Federsel&Mäkelä come out with second album, which was ment to explore far more into world of musical weirdness. Working with tape loops and certain elements of country and electronica, the result led into collection of sonic voodoo and refreshing music insanity which makes it maybe rather challenging listening for average music consumer but also must-hear for any strange music connoisseur.
Federsel&Mäkelä just came out with another " sadistically beautiful " album!

Key terms: Sleazy listening, anti-musick, kitchen psychedelia, sound cut-ups, nutty country, cabbagge rock, ready-made music, mumble spoken word, wooden jazz, temporary futurism, fragmented ambient, cacaphonic music, obsolete new age music, turntablism drunkyard, clumsy blues, extraterrestrial folk music, deep hypnosis dance music, zombie entertainment.

“Really crazy shit!”
                             John Zorn

Federsel&Mäkelä is Prague based duo, consisting of Finnish butoh dancer and kimchi maker and Czech pupetteer and outsider music curator.
Federsel&Mäkelä are also latin music DJs, well known for hot salsa and cumbia  parties.

tags: psychedelic, freak-out, country, cacophony, ready made music, lo-fi, home made music


1. Crusin’ with 313
2. The Mollusks
3. Musical Mind Control
4. Zombie Happy Hour
5. Süpermän
6. Bird Pepper Frequency
7. Real Vintage
8. Ballad for the Untitled
9. The Meeting II
10. Horizontal Overcomer
11. Jazz for Lobo

Pasi Mäkelä - vocal, guitar, bass, percussions, saxophone, clarinet, harmonica, Casio VL1, two string fretless bass, electric kantele

Federsel - vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussions, drum machine, flute, turntable, radio, Korg Poly 800, Arturia Minibrute, Sonivox Mellotron, Dr. Pad, piano, tape loops, harmonica, two string fretless bass, 1/2 guitar.

Mixing and mastering: Federsel, CSN
Photography: Pavel Matela


The second performance Urban Camping took place in Archa Theatre as a part of the festival Babel Prague in October 2012. We camped in the passage opposite the main entrance of the theater, next to DM drugstore. This time the program was considerably more introverted. Main goal was watching VHS tapes with recorded TV series, Chief-Inspector Navarro, which we found in a waste container. Other parts of the program were cooking and snacks, as well as making the souvenirs and house idols and (naturally) improvised recording. We again used four track tape recorder Fostex with damaged fast forward function and other technical maladies. In addition to guitar, microphone and other portable musical instruments, we also used some of the inventions of Jakub Hybler such as random loop player (nicknamed Parrot), ring modulator and bitcrusher made from found parts.


We record on tape Memorex Audio Chrome 90 and Emgeton Low Noise Compact Cassette C60, found in the trashbin.

Key terms: savage music, campfire avantguarde

Tags: free improv, urban ethno, music-on-location, lo-fi, durational performance music

URBAN CAMPING 2012 musicians:

Jan Dörner - guitar
Pasi Mäkelä - guitar
Tomáš Procházka - drum machine, half guitar, harp, Diddley Bow
Jakub Hybler - inventions
Martin Strakoš - clarinet
In the background  you can also hear the voice of Robert Smolík and
Chief-Inspector Navarro.

Sound treatment: Federsel 


Durational performance music from 24-hour camping experience on the National Theatre's 

piazzetta in Prague. Recorded June 20th, 2011.

Handa Gote performance ensemble spent 24 hours camping on the National Theatre's piazzetta in homemade ceremonial masks and clothing. Relaxation, conversation, and games; a further unspecified ceremony; the erection of a portable temple for further unspecified godheads; cooking food and whiling the time away by playing on homemade instruments, through song and dance, the creation of arrowheads and other practical tools using available materials (glass from bottles, replacing the more difficult-to-find obsidian or flintstone), and about two hours ritual of invocation of money.

Key terms: savage music, campfire avantguarde, non music

Tags: free improv, urban ethno, music-on-location, lo-fi, durational performance music

Handa Gote research & development and guests:
Tomáš Procházka
Robert Smolík
Martin Janíček
Miloš Šejn
Jan Dörner
Jakub Hybler

Recorded on location using Fostex X 15, 4track tape recorder.
Sound treatment: Federsel