Thomas Köner ‎– Novaya Zemlya

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1 Novaya Zemlya 1 11:22
2 Novaya Zemlya 2 12:51
3 Novaya Zemlya 3 12:21

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Booklet contains the essay "Thomas Köner's Novaya Zemlya - Towards a metaphysical geography" by Thierry Charollais, Paris and Geneva, June-November 2011.

℗ & © Touch 2012

Made in England

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  • Barcode (Printed): 5 027803 148529
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5027803148529
  • Matrix / Runout: manufactured by optimal media GmbH AC74879-01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L573
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9723
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 13014

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DEN148 Thomas Köner Novaya Zemlya(12", Cle + 12", S/Sided, Cle + Album, Ltd) Denovali Records DEN148 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
DEN148 Thomas Köner Novaya Zemlya(12" + 12", S/Sided + Album, Ltd) Denovali Records DEN148 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
DEN148 Thomas Köner Novaya Zemlya(3xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Denovali Records DEN148 Germany 2012

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Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

August 11, 2012
To listen to Thomas Köner one must be equipped with a great pair of headphones or a system with a powerful bass. Novaya Zemlya means “New Land” in Russian, and the opening thunderous drops suggest at explorations of unknown territories where sound stands still, as if in a vacuum, barely escaping outside of its humid atmosphere. Yet Novaya Zemlya is not a synthetic or imaginary place – it does indeed exist. Just outside of north Russia, between the Barents and Kara seas, lies an archipelago of mountainous territories covered in snow. The sounds on the album paint an aural portrait of this abandoned land, full of frozen waters, glaciers and ice. The incredibly low rumbling drops among the signature Köner drones suggest an atmosphere of void, broken only by the collision of the colossal icebergs, at a slow relentless rate. On Novaya Zemlya Köner flexes his muscles once more, composing an environmental landscape “towards a metaphysical geography” with slight hints of dystopia and self-destruction: in 1961, during the Cold War years, Soviet Union has detonated Tsar Bomba on on Novaya Zemlya – the largest and most powerful nuclear weapon to date. Fans of minimalism, isolationism and indeed existentialism will be delighted with this next installment in Köner’s catalog, who has been creating dark ambient soundscapes since the early 90s. In fact, in 2010 John Wells’ Type Records has republished Köner’s earlier works in a three disk boxset: Nunatak • Teimo • Permafrost, which I proudly own, and suggest you pick up as well. Köner is known for his massive sound installations, combining visual and auditory experiences focused on physical listening, with a few live recordings on Mille Plateaux: Kaamos (1998), Daikan (2002), and Zyklop (2003). A spooky reminiscence of human demise and an enormous undertaking that could be only backed by Touch.
yendor73

yendor73

July 19, 2012

Imho, this is Koners weakest release. It is yet another winter/cold soundscape, but vastly inferior to his other works. Koner can still create some of the most amazing sounds in ambient music, this time they just aren't arranged as well.
Azol

Azol

July 10, 2012

One of the strongest releases to date! "Novaya Zemlya" continues in the vein of "Unerforschtes Gebiet", but Koner expands his sound palette even more, even including several "voice transmission" samples. This album is as close to visual art and actual travelling as possible, totally agree with Thierry [author of liner notes] here.
cristobalviel

cristobalviel

July 5, 2012
great album! so deep, close your eyes & imagine yourself under the ice cap at the north pole, looking up the ice cap cracking all over the place
mixture between ( darkness) , (bliss) & (paz)
plastikman5

plastikman5

June 20, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

...I had never been to the "New Land"...once I had listened to this CD...it was as though I had ...and I wanted to explore more with repeated plays...beautiful, haunting, deep and as cold as the winters from which the inspiration came...magnificent Koner indeed!
FLACmaniac

FLACmaniac

May 16, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

Amen