Recorded August 13th 2016 at Rauchhaus (Berlin), "Berliner Klassik" is an eight part live improvisation that blends electronics, found sounds, analogue tape-manipulations and field-recordings. Die Neuen IBM (= The New IBM / Les Nouveaux IBM) combine on their third full length record subtle electronic drones and loops with the voices of the cities of Marseille and Berlin and mix these with minimalistic synthesizer patterns, noise and accentuated tape-hiss. Calm and lo-fi in nature "Berliner Klassik" is a slow evolving improvisation with discreet shifts to tone and atmosphere. Recorded live to cassette during one afternoon.
Chemiefaserwerk – cassette recorders, Korg MS-20, effects
Aaron Yabrov – cassette recorders, Yamaha SY77, effects
"This is how instruments sound when they think all of the microphones are turned off." – ATTN Magazine
Review in Vital Weekly #1072:
Die Neuen IMBM are sometimes called The New IBM or Les Nouveaux IBM and is a duo of Chemiefaserwerk (cassette recorders, Korg MS-20, effects) and Aaron Yabrov (cassette recorders, Yamaha SY77, effects) and last year they recorded their 'Berliner Klassik', which is their third album, in a single day session and also it has eight pieces. It is very much along the lines of the music we just heard from Danny Clay and Greg Gorlen, working along similar lo-fi lines (re-read all of that room, attic, dust again), but here the music is not very much based in the world of noise, even when it is just from times to times, but it is all about the quietness of sounds and they emphasize the present of tape-hiss, along with some minimal touch of a taped down key on a keyboard in order to generate some longer sustaining sounds. On the cassette-input side Die Neuen IBM are not limited to piano sounds, but they can be anything, and usually a bit percussive, acoustic objects and voice based, but all of this is too alien to be recognized easily.
Review by Mike Haley (TabsOut):
The series of eight live improvisations on “Berliner Klassik” were recorded in Berlin last year and mingle the very familiar sound of tape hiss and scramble with a music box like delicacy from their Korg MS-20 and Yamaha SY77. The results are a C40 of no coffee / all tea plunges into deep chillness with moderately scratchy interference.