RELEASES


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CLUSTER

Konzerte 1972/1977. CD, LP, digital. Out May 19, 2017

The two authorized recordings presented here vividly conjure up the atmosphere, perhaps even the magic, of a Cluster performance back in the day. One took place in 1977 during a science fiction festival in Metz (France). The other dates back to an earlier show in Hamburg's Fabrik venue. The sound quality of these two documents is average. A successful performance was considered more important than a perfect recording thereof. We as listeners should accept that today. Our reward is a short journey into the nascent heart of Cluster's creative universe, just after the big bang.

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Picture: Cluster in Metz 1977

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CON-STRUCT

Conrad Schnitzler & Pole. CD, vinyl, digital. Out March 24th, 2017

The German pioneer of electronic music Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) amassed a vast archive of sounds for use in combination with each other in live performances. In 2011 the idea came up of con-structing new compositions, not remixes, from this material. The Con-Struct series was born. This release features con-structions by Pole.

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KREIDLER

European Songs. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), lim. golden vinyl, digital. Out April 7, 2017

It was originally intended to be an entirely different album. KREIDLER had already completed a new LP just prior to recording European Song. In their 23 years of existence, KREIDLER have often made music that might be described as "dystopian". And here we are today, faced with the much greater likelihood of all those nightmare scenarios becoming excruciatingly real. Suddenly KREIDLER'S previously intended new album felt wrong for this universe. The decision was made to make a NEW new record. Right away.

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JURRIAAN ANDRIESSEN

The Awakening Dream. CD, vinyl, digital. Out May 5, 2017

Jurriaan Andriessen (1925–1996) was a Dutch composer. Although he was actually at home in classical music, he recorded three synthesizer albums in the late 1970s, the first of which, "The Awakening Dream" (1977), is an outstanding excursion into experimental ambient and minimal music. Andriessen himself, 52 years of age at the time, called it a "a trance symphony". The music is less in the tradition of his peers such as Boulez or Stockhausen and more in tune with the electronic sounds of the likes of Cluster, early Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, in places echoing Conrad Schnitzler. On CD for the first time!

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

Filmmusik 2. CD, vinyl, digital. Out Feb. 10, 2017

In the year 1975 Conrad Schnitzler recorded various pieces of music to accompany films which had yet to be made. Fittingly, he labelled this collection of songs "Filmmusik". The music is extraordinarily accessible for Schnitzler: hypnotic bass lines, stoic drum rhythms, dark drones, crystalline shards of melody. "Filmmusik 2" features five tracks from the 1975 recordings plus one 23 minute track called "Lichtpunkte und schwarze Zeichen", recorded in 1978 for Schnitzler's film project of the same name.

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Picture: Conrad Schnitzler

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ULAN BATOR

Stereolith. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), digital. Out Feb. 24, 2017

In today's increasingly barren rock and roll landscape, Ulan Bator stand as beacons of explorative songwriting. Formed in Paris in 1993 by Amaury Cambuzat (vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Olivier Manchion (Bass), the band's atmospheric approach to composition has consistently yielded guitar-driven avant-rock at once hypnotic and untamed. And while their sound has developed in a variety of directions — often in relationship to changing line-ups and various collaborations, including with krautrock legends Faust and Swans' Michael Gira — Ulan Bator's resist simple categorization: kraut-y repetition, post-rock guitar flourishes, kosmische synth work, intimate whispering and pounding drums have all taken an audible lead throughout their now twenty-year career.

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Pictures: Picture 1 / Picture 2

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RICHARD PINHAS

Reverse. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), digital. Out Jan. 27, 2017

Richard Pinhas recorded seven influential albums as the leader of French space-rock pioneers Heldon in the 70s. He also released five solo records before his six-year break from music in 1982. Since returning to the form in the 90s he has been prolific, collaborating with such luminaries as Merzbow, Yoshida Tatsuya, Oren Ambarchi, Barry Cleveland, and Wolf Eyes. "Reverse" is his first album on Bureau B.

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Pictures: Richard Pinhas

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V. A.: MAGNETBAND

Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984–1989.
CD, vinyl, digital. Out Feb 10th, 2017

Inspired by Punk and Post Punk, vibrant scenes dedicated to independent self-actualisation by means of sound circulated on self-distributed cassettes, in the 80s the cheapest and fastest medium, were developing not only in the FRG but also in the GDR (=DDR). The artefacts from that era tell of a stance of refusal in practice, and of the possibility to charge up on a high level, in spite of everything. "Magnetband" features 14 exciting experimental-electronic pieces from the GDR that originally have been released between 1984 and 1989 on cassettes only.

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V. A.: SAMMLUNG

Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982–1989. CD, vinyl, digital
Out February 10th, 2017

Düsseldorf in the early 1980s. Punk was finished, but its pathos still drifted desolately through pubs and shared flats. At the same time, Synthesizers had become increasingly affordable due to digital electronics, allowing more and more people to make music. This music pushed ahead slightly in order to dock onto the electronic sounds of the 1970s Krautrock scene – no one called it "cosmic music" back in those days. But most chose the detour via records by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Eric Random, Human League or the more unfamiliar experimental sounds gathered on a somewhat morbid-looking compilation entitled "The Elephant Table Album". Cassette labels like Klar! 80 with their exciting yellow and black packaged tapes madie it easy to release them and shops like Heartbeat and Pure Freude served as an umbrella for the disparate strands of the electronic side of post punk. Almost all artists on this compilation could be seen frequently there. The cassette generation did not bother about crossing over to pop music. They were pioneers of a music which would later develop into Drone, Ambient or Hypnaogogic.

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XAO SEFFCHEQUE

Ja – Nein – Vielleicht / Kommt sehr gut

A selection of electronic beats 1980–82. CD, vinyl, digital
Out February 17th, 2017

Düsseldorf 1980: Xao Seffcheque was at the right place at the right time. The town was not only the nucleus of German punk but also enjoyed a fruitful symbiosis with the parallel development of a synthesizer-supported side-line. Together with Peter Hein he founded Family 5 and started recording solo albums. Bureau B releases a completely restored and remastered compilation of Xao's best songs from his electronic solo phase in the early 80s from both his albums "Sehr gut kommt sehr gut" (1980) and "Ja – Nein – Vielleicht" (1981) (plus unreleased tracks from 1982).

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MOEBIUS

Metropolis. CD, vinyl, digital. Out January 6th, 2017

In 2012 Dieter Moebius was invited to perform music to Fritz Lang's legendary silent film "Metropolis". For this purpose he produced pre-arranged tracks and samples to be treated with effects and combined during live improvisation according to the dramaturgical setting of the film. His impressive work reveals its full power and depth in combination with the images from the film.

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Picture: Picture 1

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