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The shown works touch a variety of fields and disciplines:
Art, Graphic Design, Music and Sound, but also a variety of production branches within those fields and beyond.

I work as a fulltime-lecturer at University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt. Alternatively you may spot me at my studio in Wien/Neubau – another buzzing spot in Vienna.

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Dark Water

Charmant Rouge


© Karate Joe Rec. 2010
Cat.No.: KJ026 (final KJ Records-release)
Type: CD (Digifile)

Charmant Rouge have created quite a music monster: wild walls of guitars, extremely precisely timed cascades of noise, surreal cut-ups, abrasive rock that couldn‘t be bettered by labels like SST, Thrill Jockey or Skin Graft. It fits the, let‘s call it “chequered“, history of the Austrian band that they have practically entirely reinvented themselves for their third album. It is the permanent plumbing of physical states that whirlpools into the depths in »Dark Water«.

Following the rock-infested album »Winzer«, »Post No Bill« climbed the editorial charts, with tracks like »Rosi Labouche«, which sounds like a lost track by pre-Kraftwerk-band »Die Organisation«, moving Charmant Rouge into the more familiar territory of Krautrock.

They could have been so comfortable there as they had more than proved that they were capable of producing catchy radio-compatible numbers with these two albums. Dark Water, the third album by Charmant Rouge, leaves nothing of this whatsoever, just perfidious breaks and tactical distractions between the ironic and the grim. Instead, Dark Water is a declaration of war on cosiness, nestling highly energetically between all conceivable genres: far more akin to noise improvisations à la Sonic Youth, The Flying Luttenbachers and varieties of jazz than to anything else. Which only represents a consistent extension of free-flowing cut-up-based rock music. The origins of the album lie up to fourteen years back, with material that has been completely rehashed and transferred into the here and now in completely new arrangements.

Vortex March of the Insects is probably one of the most emblematic tracks on Dark Waters. Repetitive minimal structures interlock increasingly deeply with abstractly phrased syllable singing: Charmant Rouge in a cosmic St. Vitus‘ dance with bands like Acid Mother Temple. Parody no longer serves the politics, as it did in the videos »Ziel 1« or »Fingerprints« (both 2001), the politics are laid deep into the music itself like on »Ordnung muss sein«. Placid guitar riffs and drum beats, from which painfully slow fragments of melody peel, Sticky Explosions in Cinemascope arrives like a gooey stream of lava, and is probably one of the finest Austrian contributions to drone rock to date.

Which brings us to a further exceptional quality of »Dark Water«: The album, conceived in passages, makes the cinema in one‘s mind rotate heavily as imaginary landscapes of disturbing beauty flicker past the listener in this brittle, grainy, fourteen minute, black-and-white soundtrack.

The ground under water is as dark as it is inviting.

3

Rhombold

Interior

3

Stadtoase Tulln

Stadtoase Tulln Errichtungs GmbH

Graphic Design

3

MIKRO

Interior

3

spolia.

Spolia. (Roland Hemedinger)

Interior

3

Mikro (Furniture)

Mikro – Adaptive Studio

Interior

5

Astrid Table

Interior

3

35 Jahre Cselley Mühle

Cselley Mühle Kultur- und Aktionszentrum

Contribution, Graphic Design

6

Dark Water

Artist, Graphic Design, Music, Music Label

2

IFK

Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften

Graphic Design

2

vor ort Ideenwerkstatt

nonconform architektur vor ort

Graphic Design

5

We went from Destruction

Pendler

Graphic Design, Music Label

3

Line of Beauty and Grace

Songs of Claire Madison

Artist, Graphic Design, Music, Music Label

2

See This Sound – Web-Archive

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut

Graphic Design

5

See This Sound – Keyvisuals

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Ludwig Boltzmann Institut

Graphic Design, Publications

6

See This Sound – Videoteaser

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Ludwig Boltzmann Institut

Graphic Design, Video

5

Glanz und Verderben

Kunstverein Medienturm; Hrsg. Vitus H. Weh

Contribution, Graphic Design, Publications

5

Canon to the Hammer of the Gods

Secession

Graphic Design, Publications

2

Liebe

Tanz Baby!

Graphic Design, Music Label

2

High Table

Interior

2

KJ Rec – Website

Karate Joe Rec.

Graphic Design

2

Multiplex Fiction

Secession

Graphic Design, Publications

3

Long Table

Interior

2

Samarium-Cobalt (…)

Lars Stigler

Music Label

2

Menora

Kutin

Graphic Design, Music Label

6

Annähernd Robert Schneider

Eveline Lehner

Contribution, Graphic Design

5

You come to me

Pendler

Graphic Design, Music Label

3

30 Jahre Cselley Mühle

Cselley Mühle

Publications

2

Aerial View of Model

Glim

Music Label

2

Naila

Mimi Secue

Graphic Design, Music Label

2

Quietude

Takuma Itoi

Graphic Design, Music Label

5

Game Music

Robert Pinzolits

Artist, Video

2

Safe in its place

Pelzig

Music Label

2

Forst

Mimi Secue

Graphic Design, Music Label

6

Post No Bill

Le Charmant Rouge

Artist, Music, Music Label

2

Glear

ELAK Vienna

Music Label

2

Ground/Lift

Ground/Lift

Music Label

2

Horizons (realized on photographs)

Contour

Graphic Design, Music Label

2

Mon rideau noir

Lars Stigler

Music Label

5

Music for Fieldrecordings

Glim

Music Label

2

Tanzcafé der Nationen

The Beautiful Kantine Band

Music Label

2

Dean Roberts – Be Mine Tonight

Kranky Rec.

Graphic Design

5

Winzer

Le Charmant Rouge

Artist, Graphic Design, Music, Music Label

2

Delay makes me nervous

ELAK Vienna

Music Label

2

Blüte

Various Artists

Artist, Music, Music Label

5

Amocco

Songs of Suspects

Artist, Graphic Design, Music, Music Label

2

Tanzcafé der Nationen (7-inch)

The Beautiful Kantine Band

Music Label

2

Mimi Secue (s/t)

Mimi Secue

Music Label

2

25 Jahre Cselley Mühle

Cselley Mühle

Graphic Design, Publications

2

Das Gasthaus zum fröhlichen Arbeiter

Artist

5

Fingerprints

EU-Art-Network

Artist, Video

2

Don't Say Maybe (DSM#4)

Artist, Contribution

2

Synart 3

Charmant Rouge

Artist