Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler are both well-known electroacoustic musicians from Cologne, but they come from very different backgrounds. Lehn is from the world of improvisation, while Schmickler’s previous work lies predominantly in the world of studio production. Lehn is best known for the CD projects Tom and Gerry (Erstwhile), Konk Pack-Big Deep (Grob), and e-rax-Live at the BIMhuis 1999 (X-Or), as well as for his consistently superb performances on the European festival circuit. Schmickler has been involved with numerous projects, including the seminal collective Kontakta (Odd Size). As a solo artist, Schmickler has created important works such as Wabi Sabi (A-Musik), as well as three CDs under the name Pluramon, all on Mille Plateaux, including the just released remix project Bit Sand Riders. He’s also worked extensively in the house and techno scenes, both on his own and with musicians such as Thomas Brinkmann and Cristian Vogel.
In December of 1998, Schmickler joined the MIMEO, of which Lehn was already a member, and the two began to collaborate occasionally within the band. This past summer, the duo recorded Bart over the course of two long studio sessions. A brilliant amalgam of the two musicians’ strengths, Bart utilizes both improvisation and studio postproduction techniques to create a lasting work, combining the feel of a classic INA-GRM record with the raw, crackling energy of a free improv session.
The unique look of the artwork was created by Cologne graphic designer Heike Sperling, in conjunction with the two musicians and Bianca Strauch.
“very cool cd!!! the real sound of cologne! cd of the year potential and all that.” — Pita