artist: Stephane Leonard
cover art: Moritz Tredup
general: naivsuper NASU 003
written.produced.performed.recorded by Stephane Leonard between 2002 - 2004 in Berlin and Bremen, Germany
released by naivsuper
p + c 2004 naivsuper & Stephane Leonard
all rights reserved
sorry, sold out
01. komisch kosmisch 4:09 // 02. wanna be 4:32 // 03. M über Wolken 4:30 // 04. Schonung 11:03 // 05. Teil 2 4:45 // 06. MondsuchtSterne 8:40 // 07. oben auf rmx 3:31 // 08. mini people 4:37 // 09. venti 4:19 // 10. vorwärts 4:23
full-length: 54:33 min
saxophon on 4.6.8 by Lars Trimborn // bass overtones on 4 by Moritz Tredup // violin on 2 by Claudio Pfeifer
Hörtheater is Stephane Leonard´s second official solo release (first: Schmalfilmer RMX 2003, NASU 001).
Hörtheater is a quiet ambient record gaining its strength from the number of sound layers and the developed thickness as a result. Long stretched tones, loops and shy harmonic drones come together to create a mystic atmosphere. The tracks are like scenes of a play full of small gestures, unspoken and undone things partly inspired by the japanese NOH theater.
Hörtheater is minimal ambient, is music, is experiment, is a foreign soundscape...
The Black and White Magazine
Welcome to Stephane Leonard´s world of abstract, deconstructed, post-ambient, electro music. Hörtheater seems to be birthed in a place where neither space or time exist. Like the complete score to the Star Trek series, only minus all hooks, this 10 track recording slowly drips its way from one piece to the next. It´s difficult to find the right term here, as "post-rock" has some shape and form. This music is kind of like humans without bones. And as strange as that sounds, it´s as strange as the music that is contained in Hörtheater... and I use the word "music" loosely. It´s not suprising that Leonard is well versed in other forms of artistic expression, such as large scale drawings, illustrations for CD covers (many of which are used for the naivsuper label), numerous short & experimental films and music videos, ect. His laptop based formula is a beatless array of textured layers, synthetic in nature, and sometimes offset by saxophone and violin. After 54 minutes of experimentalism, I´ve about had enough of it for the day, but Hörtheater is definitely a refreshing backdrop for the white noise at the office. This is new age music for the post-modern man.
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