Piers Headley ‎– Music For Toilets

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Tresor ‎– TRESOR 21
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CD, Album
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1 Music For Toilets 47:41

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Notes

Composed and recorded at C. Red Studio, Berlin.
Tried and tested in Fisch Labor, Berlin.

For use in bathrooms constructed by qualified plumbers.
Caution!
Prolonged use may result in a red ring around the posterior.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 718750 174925
  • Barcode (Scanned): 718750174925
  • Matrix / Runout: BOD EFA 01749
  • Label Code: LC 7572

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March 17, 2006
edited 3 months ago
In 1998 I spent a week in Berlin staying at Markthalle in Mitte, a bar, restaurant and hostel run by Piers Headley and co-owned by Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann. A very fine establishment it was too. Good beer, good food, decent if not luxurious accommodation. After a few days of staying there my travelling companion and I were compelled to ask Piers, probably as he served us up a delicious cup of coffee and some breakfast pastries, what the origin was of the vaguely disturbing and otherworldly noises we heard echoing around us every time we left the bar to relieve ourselves in the toilets. Were they coming up through the drains, the occasional "whoop" being the triumphant cry of a subterranean troglodyte who'd chanced upon a particularly appetising turd in the sewers below? Or from a neighbouring building, floating in through the open window above our heads?

The truth was far less romantic. Piers explained that he'd run another bar previously, and to entertain himself while simultaneously freaking out his patrons he'd produce cassette tapes of ambient sounds that would play on auto-reverse in the toilets during opening hours. Later hooking up with Hegemann, some of these sounds were released on the legendary Tresor label, on a CD cheekily titled in reference to Brian Eno's "Music For Airports" and subsequent "Music For...." albums. It was this CD that was being piped on infinite repeat, and at low volume levels, into the toilets.

The music itself is sparse, spacious and unobtrusive. Like its partial namesakes this is true ambient music, designed to influence but not dominate the atmosphere into which it is broadcast. Random swooshes through lots of echo and reverb, and the aforementioned incoherent vocal noises form the bulk of this lengthy piece. It doesn't change much and is in fact fairly unremarkable in itself - not nearly as interesting as the story behind it and the experience of discovering that story.

My friend and I both left the hostel with complimentary copies of the CD, Piers kindly signing my friend's with the dedication: "I hope it moves you".