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2010
KLIMEK
" MOVIES IS MAGIC "
LP (Anticipate, USA)
t.b.a.
2009
KLIMEK
" MOVIES IS MAGIC "
CD (Anticipate, USA)
"Klimek follows up his Dedications album with a return to Anticipate for another ambitious project. Movies is Magic deals both directly and peripherally with ideas of film music: its purpose, its meaning, its uses. Though the music is furthered by the concepts underpinning it, it stands on its own two sonic feet with swathes and swells of cinematic, expansive melodies: from the bold to the understated, the shades of grey to the brightly direct, the string-laden to the piano-driven - some with sprinkles of subtle percussion and others which run through the barest of themes in order to produce giant results. Movies is Magic renders itself as a comment on the idea of cinema sound, bringing it into a present-day home listening experience that is more concerned with conjuring new images than accompanying existing ones. Resonating in myriad directions, the traces of its musical, conceptual and visual inspirations remain, haunting the complete work. This confluence of cultural influences and sound productions is an indication of where Movies is Magic takes both the listener and the artist behind the experience."
[Ezekiel Honig / Anticipate, USA]
2007
KLIMEK
" DEDICATIONS "
CD (Anticipate, USA)
"On this new Klimek album Sebastian Meissner brings together a variety of personas, themes and influences. Meissner uses these dedications to communicate themes of spatial, geographical, historical or ideological distance, and the bridging of said distance. Meissner's compositions manage to subtly express these multi-faceted connections while also existing as discrete musical pieces that hold up in their own vacuum. Both expansive and miniature in its scope and presentation, the album retains a musical depth of field while distilling songs down to the traces of what is most resonant - shedding anything extraneous in favor of pure, textured musicality, which, through the use of digital techniques, feels physical and handmade. These dense, restrained compositions feel like the stand-alone score to a non-existent film, as they balance overtly melodic themes with crisply warm production and a measured sense of timing - leaving Meissner's already developed sonic thumbprint while continuing his world-view exploration with an emotional sense of immediacy.
This ability to unify abstractions of both collective and personal cultural figures, while allowing them to remain separate and different aspects of a longer view, is an example of the delicately balanced themes at the heart of Meissner's music, work and life. "
[Ezekiel Honig / Anticipate, USA]
2007
KLIMEK
" DEDICATIONS "
limited 4 track CD (Anticipate, USA)
"The wonderful Klimek album from the Anticipate label heads our digital selection this week, with Kompakt's widescreen operator here delivering his finest album to date and a real heart-stopper for followers of pop ambient and homespun, glacial electronics."
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"So called 'ambient albums' rarely reach the grandeur or expertise of Meissner's expansive productions, and it seems fitting that Anticipate should welcome him to the fold and it should be one of their most haunting releases to date. Highly recommended."
[Boomkat, UK]
2006
MEISSER / SLAVIN / SACHS
" INTO THE VOID "
CD (Sub Rosa, Belgium)
"As an intimate attempt at working out the meaning of changes now taking place at Kazimierz, Into The Void was successful and clearly outstanding among the wealthy of events offered by the 2003 edition of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow."
[Ireneusz Socha / Dembitzer, Poland]

"Perhaps his ultimate gesture is quoting the score to "Schindler´s List", referring to the fact that Spielberg´s film, felt by much of its audience to be such an authentic relic of the Nazi extermination of the Jews, has led to the place becoming a site of pilgrimage - again, "virtual reality" standing in for real reality."
[Stephen Fruitman / Sonomu]

"Meissner's "Into the Void" gives the CD its title and deserves it. It is the strongest piece of the set, a true 35-minute "cinema for the ear." An acute sense of spatial composition and narrative structure the work and draw the listener into a captivating aural tale. Into The Void is Meissner's most mature and accomplished work to date."
[ François Couture / All Music]
2006
KLIMEK
" MUSIC TO FALL ASLEEP "
CD (Kompakt, Germany)
"Like light traveling through ice."
[Other Music, USA]

"Music like this takes control of you, and the small shifts in sound and structure impact like tidal waves - making for an evocative, mesmerising listening experience."
[Boomkat, UK]

"Es ist teils brutal traurig klingende Musik, die hier wie ein langer, stiller grauer Fluss im ineinander laufenden Mix stoisch vor sich hinfließt. Nichts zum Nebenbeihören und Wegdrifften in süßen Schlaf, sondern Sounds, die an vergessene Orte am Rande der globalisierten Welt führen. (...) Gespenstermusik."
[Spex, Germany]

/// KLIMEK @ AUTOKONTRAST
2005
KLIMEK
" LISTEN, THE SNOW IS FALLING "
12´´ EP (Kompakt, Germany)
"One of the most ambitious and elegant pop ambient artist is back. The absolutely artistically precious Klimek seamlessly follows up his album masterpiece `Milk & Honey`"
[Forced Exposure, USA]

"This little icy gem of beauty from Klimek is a real breath of fresh air. Deliciously melodic guitar and harp based ambience with a delicate and fragile sound makes up most of the EP with a lovely, simple version of Sati's 'Gymnopedie #1' as a little treat at the end. Quality through and through and unmissable if you're into electronic minimalism."
[Small Fish, UK]

"Klimek ist eben einfach eine Welt für sich."
[Bleed, De:Bug, Germany]

/// KLIMEK @ AUTOKONTRAST
2004
BIZZ CIRCUITS
" ... play INTIFADA OFFSPRING "
CD & DVD
(Mille Plateaux Media, Germany)
"`Intifada Offspring` is another chapter in Meissner´s meditation on Israel and its political disputes."
[Grooves, USA]

"It is (Meissners) touch — the ability to transform otherwise mundane or divergent sounds into cohesive works of art that he demonstrated on his earlier works — that makes this one worth hearing. (...) These sounds create a sense of this fractured part of the world that is rarely (if ever) reported: the juxtaposition of everyday life (living, working, eating) and the fundamental unreality of life in a region torn apart by forty years of war.
This is a work of unusual timeliness that proclaims, loud and clear, that there are Israelis and Palestinians out there who hate the murderers on all sides and will continue to shout this until someone listens. So listen."
[Stylus Magazine, USA

/// www.INTIFADA-OFFSPRING.org
2004
KLIMEK
" MILK & HONEY "
CD+ & LP (Kompakt, Germany)



including a Quicktime video of:
Klimek.´s "(sun)fall"
by RAN SLAVIN
"Very, very beautiful, very delicate! Shimmering guitars in sophisticated
electronic scapes, incredibly expressive - poignantly moody music."
[Uzine, Belgium]

"If you were to pick highlights from Kompakt's last two Pop Ambient compilations, it's a good bet that Klimek's contributions would shoot to the top of the list."
[Ear Plug, USA]

"The story presented on Milk and Honey is sad and intense. It´s like each song is centered around pure feelings offering a new spacious, slow-motion sound that alternates between resonant acoustic and electric guitar strums. The sounds come and go in a tragic sequence. Lonelyness and despair occur listening to it."
[Phosphor Magazine, Netherlands]

/// KLIMEK @ AUTOKONTRAST
2003
EHLERS / MEISSNER / WILLEMS
" MUSIC for WILLIAM FORSYTHE "
CD (Whatness, Germany)
"They compose music for what is arguably the world's best ballet company, utterly devoid of all false conservatism. Time and again, Ballett Frankfurt has rolled back frontiers in the way we look at classical dance. This new slant of seeing ballet with a detached gaze corresponds directly to the music of Ekkehard Ehlers, Sebastian Meissner and Thom Wilhelms, which calls for a whole new way of listening. Dancers do not dance "to" the music they hear. Music guides the eye, hovering freely like dance, in an incorporeal perception that functions focus by focus, rather than note by note. Within this panorama, Willems, Meissner and Ehlers have created a vast musical range as broad and as deep as an "aural vision" of the world can be."
[Arnd Wesemann / Ballet Tanz, Germany]
2003
KLIMEK
" MILK & HONEY "
12´´ (Kompakt, Germany)
"Klimek´s sound is unlike any other, managing here to fuse an array of accoustic instruments with electronic soundscaping, while somehow willing itself to contain a guitar strum that immediately reminds you of Spandau Ballet´s "True" (it´s true!!) - without any irony or sense of reminiscance washing you away into an ambient pop land of fuzzy logic and hazy, flickering neon. This is majestic stuff, all double bass strums and accoustic guitars, melodic twinkles and low end reverberations - so so so summertime luscious, melting away..."
[Boomkat, UK]

"Superb deep ambient soundscapes!"
[Frankfurt Vinyl, Germany]

/// KLIMEK @ AUTOKONTRAST
2002
BIZZ CIRCUITS
" THE VERY BEST OF ... "
CD+ (Deluxe, USA)



including a Quicktime video of:
Random Inc.´s "losing touch"
by RAWIMAGE
"You can enjoy this album as a deconstruction of the music business as a whole, a way to show that in the end, serious and popular, rock and electronica, even old and new music all come down to the same thing once they have been sampled, altered, and reconstructed in the computer. Or you can ditch all the philosophical luggage and explore these intelligent shards of electronica, seductively well done."
[All-Music, USA]"

"Uneasy listening that knows how to satisfy."
[Flavorpill, USA]
2002
RANDOM INC
" WALKING IN JERUSALEM "
CD+ & DoLP (Mille Plateaux, Germany)



including a Quicktime video of:
"random jerusalem"
by TIM D. HUYS
"Poetic revelations of space that are confounding, terrifying, beautiful."
[Dusted Magazine, USA]

"Walking in Jerusalem is an unquestionably potent album. Crafted with precision and invested with time and effort, the album is a politically charged mixed bag, crammed with well-placed field recordings. music created from those well-placed field recordings."
[INK 19, USA]

"Like a modern-day Leopold Bloom traipsing through James Joyce's Dublin, Meissner's peregrinations take him across the city, moving in and out of its Israeli and Palestinian sections and absorbing them with his recording equipment and prodigious curiosity."
[Salon, USA]

"Moving, challenging, and reflective work."
[Stephen Fruitman / Sonomu]
2001
RANDOM INC
" JERUSALEM: Tales Outside The Framework Of Orthodoxy "
CD (Ritornell, Germany)
"Seeing as we seem to be in the mood for conceptual art at the moment, here is a brilliant work by Sebastian Meissner."
[Dis´N´Dat Records, USA]

"Random Inc's Jerusalem: Tales Outside the Framework of Orthodoxy is an exception beyond exceptions. This is one of the most moving, most intelligent, and most rewarding disks I've purchased in the past year. Absolutely full of life and energy, each sound shaped and reshaped in an infinite variety of ways."
[Michael Heumann / Electronic Music Reviews, USA]

"This very impressive work from Sebastian Meissner is an accomplished recording of great scope and unforgettable sound manipulation."
[Incursion, Canada]
2001
RANDOM INDUSTRIES
" SELECTED RANDOM WORKS "
CD (Ritornell, Germany)
"For ´Selected Random Works`, Meissner has constructed 99 very short digitally sharp pieces - mostly of crystalline glitches and stochastic / erratic rhythms, but also others have incidental melodies that inconsequentially pass through soap operas. (...) This is a fine collection of powerbook glitch fuckery."
[Aquarius Records, USA]
2000
AUTOPOIESES (with Ekkehard Ehlers)
" LIVE À NOIR "
CD (Ritornell, Germany)
"The mysterious Autopoieses project debuted with La Vie Á Noir, a similarly enigmatic work that processes and deconstructs jazzy film noir samples via blasts of abstract experimental programming. It's like an audio history of jazz - from swing all the way to free -- performed by a schizophrenic, frequently misfiring, CD player. Though the programming is inventive throughout, the experimentation never really serves any purpose than its own. Almost as innovative as it is adventurous."
[All-Music, USA]
1999
AUTOPOIESES (with Ekkehard Ehlers)
" LA VIE À NOIR "
CD (Mille Plateaux, Germany)
"Dieses Duo aus Frankfurt hat das kaum noch für möglich Gehaltene geschafft und nochmal den Bezugsrahmen erweitert : analoge und digitale Oberflächengeräusche, statische Aufladungen einerseits und Albert Ayler andererseits."
[Diedrich Diederichsen / Spex, Germany]