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Monday, July 30, 2018, 4:30 AM


Books out! Class work! Subject: Geometry. What do all these rectangles, circles, dots, andtriangles mean to you? It's not so old-school when Werner "Zappi" Diermaier presents hisgeometrical forms. But the question that bandmates and the audience at the California Instituteof the Arts were confronted with was a rather similar one: How would you transform the graphicscore, which is currently projected onto the screen, into acoustic signals? The result was a wildlymeandering, high-intensity, 23-second symphony, in which the onomatopoetic knot bursts. "It's asort of dadaist choir, a musique impressioniste," says faUSt founder Jean-Herv Pron. "Peopleparticipated right away." "Sounds like a sporting event! And the audience screams: Hurray!"says Zappi Diermaier. Two perspectives on one idea from faUSt. Very good! Sit down!Continue!But let's start from the beginning. faUSt has recorded a new album. It is entitled "Fresh Air" anddiffers in several respects from its predecessor "Just Us", from the year 2014. At the time, therecordings were made at Pron's rehearsal studio in Schiphorst in northern Germany, hypnoticpieces with the kind of noisemaking the band is known for. For the new album, Pron andDiermaier were looking for communication with musician friends and the audience. The trackswere recorded in changing ensembles at changing locations in the USA (during a 28-day tour inMarch/April 2016).In these community recordings, with friendly support from Pron's database of field recordings,a strongly shaded noise music emerged which extends its feelers to the remotest corners of thehere and now. Droning, swinging, lusting for freedom, here and there holding out quite stoicallyas machine-room blues. Or just phonetically along the geometry. On board are the freelyfabulous Barbara Manning in a live lecture, Jrgen Engler (Die Krupps) in overdub and YsanneSpevack as a wonderful wavemaker on the viola. The seven and a half minute title track, whichfaUSt deliberately placed at the beginning of the album ("so you can enjoy it for a long time,"says Zappi Diermaier), begins with the poem by a French school friend of Pron (translated andrecited in Polish) and ends in an industrial sound inferno. The singer cries for "Fresh Air" as if itis being taken away from him. Jean-Herv Pron offers a political reading: "Can you breathecalmly here, or are we being poisoned?""Engajouez vous!" Pron presents this franco-faUStian artificial word to the audience andrewrites the Marseillaise for the here and now in the track "Chlorophyl": "Allons enfants del'Anarchie, notre jour de jouir est arriv". The call results from wild horror at a collapsing world:"Artists, engage through your songs, L'art pour l'art is finished." Pron quotes with his voice,above the polyphonic undergrowth that colleague Zappi so nimbly unleashes, and BarbaraManning sneaks word sketches from her bag of tricks into the hymn. And finally, Zappi has hismini-dada performance with "Schnobs" and "Bia": a small dialect-based text piece, which startswith Chlorophyl, goes over the meadow past the cow and lands with the farmer who drinks abeer and a schnapps and suddenly sees two cows. "Is it from the chlorophyl?"Good question, but no answer comes. At the last moment, these texts also want to join in theshuffle. The words and music and noise fall together continuously, sometimes a track is createdcompletely from the free interplay of the forces that emerge when the musicians in the sessionapproach each other. "Enlightened dilettantism" is the term used by faUSt. The story of the bandcan tell that tale nicely.As Krautrockers, Faust (as the name was written before they later reformed) had a worldwidecareer. On their first three albums in the early 1970s, they inhabited the vastfield from improvisation to bricolage to rock'n'roll with the ease of rogues and the determinationof declared sonic renegades. They were big in Britain before the notion of Krautrock had madethe rounds in Germany. One can still feel

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