aus dem fotoalbum eines pinguins |cs073
[...] Sabine Vogel plays flute and electronics and on her CD there are four recordings made in at a concert in Stockholm, a piece for an exhibition and whole bunch of very short field recording pieces involving ice ('just another state of water, but it makes different sounds'). In her concert pieces, Vogel treats her instrument as an object: careful blowing, producing small sounds, but it's hard to think of this as a flute, at least most of the times. In the exhibition piece see uses a large dose of echo on her field recordings of water to create an atmosphere of walking around, along with her flute, which acts as a bird. It's altogether a pretty varied disc, quiet listening music, but full of tension. Frans de Waard (Vital)
Through different types of flute, electronics and field recordings Sabine Vogel affirms her strong compositional individuality in a truly splendid work, which uses air as a primary ingredient for a series of microscopic analyses of the sonic content of incorporeality. Vogel's phonetics are made of pretty simple elements that reveal multitudes of tiny facets; her pieces scan the no man's lands of sounds lacking the consistency of a proper body, bringing out forward-looking harmonics that render their effect similar to being caressed by marine winds or wandering through desertic desolations. Indeed the sea and the rain are an engrossing presence in "Wax and wane", possibly the finest moment of this conceptual link, a gorgeous piece where flute and bass flute seem to try and determine the geographic coordinates of a lost soul amidst a holy forest of timbral reliquiae and natural lonesomeness. One imagines Vogel with pursed lips and concentrated attitude, captured by her own thought-provoking contemplations while using her instruments for outlandish insufflations of consciousness. Quantifying the value of a record like this is not easy, but there's a definite quality in Sabine Vogel's work that's enough for me to collocate her very high in my recent preferences' scale. "Aus dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins" is a pleasing surprise from every point of view, a mature statement which effortlessly nails a few fundamental concepts right into our system. It's music that avoids collision but also disdains dialogue, fed by its very depth which could be difficult to understand completely. Not for everybody, then - yet approaching masterpiece status. Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)
dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins" to pierwsza solowa plyta Sabine Vogel.
Piszac to zdanie nie mialem na mysli omawianej plyty, lecz identycznie
zatytulowany, limitowany CDR wydany wlasnym sumptem przez niemiecka flecistke
przed dwoma laty. Tegoroczny "Fotoalbum" miesci w sobie caly
material zawarty w poprzednim, a dodatkowe dwadziescia minut muzyki sprawia,
ze to wlasnie wersja CD staje sie kanoniczna.
I may as well admit it: I'm suffering from Solo Wind Instrument Improv fatigue. Even if you're a dedicated fan of this kind of music there surely comes a point when you have to ask yourself how many albums of fffplschpllllkrrrschfff you need, not to mention how often you're likely to listen to them all (even discs I've very much enjoyed in recent times by David Gross, Stéphane Rives and Michel Doneda have sadly been gathering dust on the shelves here of late). I'm certainly not singling flautist Sabine Vogel out for particular attack, having very much enjoyed her work on Schwimmer with Bosetti, Griener and Thieke, and nor is this particular album "just another solo wind instrument improv outing", interleaving as it does Vogel's improvisations with (all too brief) field recordings of ice and an extended exploration of the city of Stockholm, but there's something about the music that leaves me cold. And it's not just the album title. Successful solo improvising is hard to pull off, and it's all too easy to fall back on simple (maybe not so simple technically but simple musically) extended techniques. One is impressed by the sounds – wow, is that really a flute? never mind penguins, a lot of this stuff sounds like hippos having fun in a mud bath – but ultimately longs for a note or two. But, as I say, it's the end of a long week listening to solo wind improv outings here at PTHQ (others include the latest outings by Jack Wright and Henry Kuntz). I'll come back to this one when I've thawed out. Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic)
Flute under the microscope. Various gestures are visible through amplification, while vocal techniques appear slow and relaxed. Electronics and instrumental materials, concrete sounds exploring the common ground embedded in silence by way of framing: preference for the meagre, hardly expressive, merely hinting. Pedro Lopez (Modisti)
If Beside The Cage brings forward some typical elements of impro-combos, Sabine Vogel can be better qualified as many solo performers on Creative Sources and on similar labels. Does what I wrote stands for "here’s you have you're average anonymous release"? Absolutely no, with those words I simply meant if there's a modus operandi with which you can distinguish the work of a band as much as that of a soloist like in this case. But given that the world is full of contradictions, let's say if we'd not consider this one as an only acoustic/instrument cd, this should be a big mistake since the fifty percent of this whole effort is made out of field recordings. Believe it or not, the fact is that miss Vogel mixed really well some solo performances with some silent/non intrusive field soundscapes and I dare you to recognize the different sections without the liner-notes accompanying every track. The recording is superb and Sabine mixed the different elements so well it all sounds as a unique continuative trip that passes from a soft half choked blowing to a silent audio-scape. This minimal work is brilliantly engineered and conceived well enough to offer a enjoyable listening even in terms of time length. Andrea Ferraris (Chain DLK)
other release I have listened to a couple of times this evening is Aus
dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins which I believe translates as From the photoalbum
of a penguin, which is of course a great title for an album, irrespective
of how good the music it accompanies may be! I have heard Vogel’s
music before on a few releases, the best of which is the phono_phono CD
alongside Magda Mayas and Michael Renkel on the Absinth label. She plays
flute, though on this release her solo improvisations are broken up by
seven tiny fragments of sound (the longest is thirteen seconds in length,
the shortest just four) scuplted from field recordings made around ice.
Water and ice seem to form something of a theme throughout the album.
The first four improvisations were recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on a
sunny day, but the fifth is all about the water that flows through and
around the city, and the short poetic notes included on the piece describe
the flute playing here as “like a waterbird, diving, breathing,
swimming, bathing in the water- or sometimes just flying above it”
Geräusch von gefrorenem Wasser. Wind, der über weite Schneeflächen
streicht, das leise Klirren gefrorenen Wellenschaums, Schritte auf brechendem
Eis. Die experimentelle Improvisatorin und Flötistin Sabine Vogel
hat das alles hörbar gemacht. Auf Einladung des Instituts für
Elektronische Musik (EMS) in Stockholm reiste sie in den Norden Schwedens,
sammelte Eisgeräusche und improvisierte mit ihrer Querflöte