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Live, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1: (77:01)
1. Ffurg (15:51)
2. Transit Ins Jenseits (18:50)
3. Sauerkirsch (5:54)
4. Myd (18:41)
5. Not Of ... (17:45)

CD2: (79:56)
1. Wet Cake (7:23)
2. Ortat (17:35)
3. Span 2 (13:57)
4. Hydrog (16:17)
5. Lake (11:21)
6. Mk (13:23)

Total Time: 156:57

Reissue LP: Vol 1:
A1) Ffurg (14:57)
A2) Sauerkirsch (6:38)
B) Transit Ins Jenseits (19:20)
C) Myd (19:29)
D1) Not Off (15:15)
D2) Wet Cake (5:44)

Reissue LP: Vol 2:
E1) Ortat (19:12)
F1) Span (10:58)
F2) Lake (11:12)
G) Hydrog (17:02)
H1) Quiet Party (9:02)
H2) Mk (11:50)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dirk Jan Müller / organ, synthesizer, sampler, tapes
- Dirk Bittner / guitar, synthesizer, vocoder, voice, sampler

Releases information

2CD self-released

2018 - Adansonia Records - Vol 1 (released October 12th 2018) - Ar029
2018 - Adansonia Records - Vol 2 (released November 26th 2018) - Ar030

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and to Aussie-Byrd-Brother for the last updates
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Electric Orange underwater ...

ELECTRIC ORANGE's masterminds Dirk Jan Müller and Dirk Bittner had been invited to perform two live sets during the 10th anniversary concert of the Manikin label in 2002. The event took place at the Toskana Therme - a thermal bath at Bad Sulza in Germany - and experienced 18 different performances of acts from all over the electronic scene. It was a 36 hour non-stop event with lightshow and over/underwater soundsystem. Due to this special happening with a relaxed and warm atmosphere ELECTRIC ORANGE was playing very floating, spacey performances managing the electronic side of krautrock here whilst people were drifting in the water or were lying around.

They picked up some themes from the former 2001 studio release 'Abgelaufen!' but also older and new tunes. Because the music happened spontaneously, improvised, one can only recognize basics of this tracks. Ffurg is starting the first two hour set in a Tangerine Dream mood with a monotonic slinking beat by sampled percussion. Some twittering synths which are typical for space rock bands are also integrated. The dreamy Transit ins Jenseits with guitar contributions similar to Ashra is an excellent more psych oriented groover - gripping - always leaving you curious how the track developes. Fading into the shorter Sauerkirsch with a weird creepy touch the excerpts of the first set are finished.

Not of ... is another psych monster mainly caused by Bittner's excellent guitar work and a dull electronic bass groove. Wet cake as a fascinating and somewhat confusing synth sample opens the door for Ortat the masterpiece of this set. Again a synthetically generated hypnotic bass is initiating this song which unites psychedelic and electronic elements in a special way. Drum samples are faded in after a while which cares for a killer groove, later followed by floydy organ and guitar - hard to overtop.

With Span 2 Ashra and early TD like floating sounds are following now once more wheras Hydrog later is characterized by a more Can resp. Kraftwerk vibe. Mk closes this quite varied performance with a melodic flow dominated by guitar and organ which were swirling around nicely supported by a tambourine simulated drive.

More than 150 minutes of groundbreaking trippy music. Take a seat - maybe in your bath if possible - with your headphones on and enjoy the voyage! Fans of electronic and spacey psychedelic sounds shouldn't miss this album.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
5 stars Getting a fresh release in two lavish and expanded separate double vinyl editions from Adansonia Records is a special live performance from modern German krautrockers Electric Orange, or at least the core line-up of two of its founding members in Dirk Bittner and Dirk Jan Müller. Recorded all the way back in April 2002 at the Manikan Records 10 year Anniversary Festival at a thermal bath/spa in Bad Sulza, Germany, the duo lugged in their collection of analogue synthesizers, Mellotron, guitars, organ, samplers and tapes and performed two fully improvised sets - one in the morning, one at night - running over two hours each. The results are a hypnotic drift of hazy electronics and dreamy psychedelic atmospheres, perfectly suited to the relaxed and warm atmosphere of the bath and those drifting in, around and under the water!

The side-long opener of the first LP, `Ffurg', offers many of the kind of sounds you can expect on the entire set, being a collage of incoherent vocoder ramblings, groaning electronics, fizzing synth spirals and a subdued pattering of lurching programmed beats all melting together into an unhurried and hypnotic aural stew.`Sauerkirsch' evolves from a cavernous drone into a swirling white-noise vacuum, and `Transit Ins Jenseits' sounds like a late Sixties jam from Pink Floyd at their most mellow, all dreamy guitar wisps, shimmering organ and stuttering bass (and throw in a pinch of Tangerine Dream's `Rubycon' while you're at it!).

`Myd' holds ebbing and seeping Cluster-like electronic drones flecked with unhinged spoken proclamations, stalking sequencer pulses and eastern-flavoured mantra-like ringing guitar reverberations to take on an eerie menace. `Not Off' is a meander of rising/falling grumbling distortion and twitching electronics with shambling guitar strums and tastily lethargic soloing, and `Wet Cake' is a shorter mix of bubbling electronica and loopy psychedelic ambling.

Volume Two's nineteen minute `Ortat' sounds like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind jamming in an alien nightclub before slinking into a grooving trance of the chilled dance sounds that used to pop up much more frequently on the earlier Electric Orange discs. Side F takes a darker turn with `Span' an unrelenting sequencer stalk and `Lake' a maddening tribal cult initiation (probably!). A relentless and punchy programmed beat charges the Neu!-like `Hydrog' stridently ahead amidst bleeding synth melts, there's plenty of fuzzed out guitars and electronics throughout `Quiet Party', and `Mk' is a final mellow Mellotron-seared come-down.

Every side of music on `Unterwasser' is a constantly floating, deeply spacey and endlessly trippy performance with that scuzzy trace of dirt and uneasy danger found in all the best `krautrock' works. Think Agitation Free, Cluster, `Alpha Centauri - Phaedra'-era of Tangerine Dream and early Floyd, and the sparse production of the analogue equipment makes it sound even more like a genuine lost Seventies relic. This might be a reissue, but it is one of the absolute standout releases of 2018, and a truly essential pick-up for Krautrock fans.

Five stars for an album you could keep disappearing into forever.

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