PBK is Phillip B. Klingler - perhaps best known for his prolific run of noise tapes since the 1980s. He recorded the original album Thinking Of Eternity in 1998 in tribute to German electronic trailblazers, Cluster. The music was made using a whole host of Yamaha, Roland and Korg synths and sequencers. The project was shelved until recently in lieu of his Dreams In Moving Space collaboration with Russian composer, Artemiev. It was finally brought out of hiding and mastered by Martin Bowes in 2017.
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Fans of forgotten and difficult to find experimental music, do I have a label for you. Table Sports are the Lisbon and Brussels based label who brought us that 'Achwghâ Ney Wodei' reissue, by the Parisian absurdists. At the same time they also reissued PBK’s 1998 Cluster tribute ‘Thinking of Eternity’, another great record with a similarly liberated spirit.
I won’t pretend to be an expert on Cluster. Sure I’ve heard ‘Zuckerzeit’ but that’s probably the extent of it. Which is to say, I’m not the best person to ask how effective ‘Thinking of Eternity’ works as a tribute. But, at the very least, I’m pretty sure they were quite krautrock? Because PBK isn’t really. Well, that’s probably a bit simplistic. The music here feels like the more experimental moments on ‘Tago Mago’; the sense of artistic freedom is present, but there’s never a single groove.
That’s likely down to PBK’s background in the noise scene, and moments of it are very noisy. ‘Untitled #02’ opens with reverby shuffling before making way for discordant ringing. The midpoint of ‘Untitled #04’ sounds like dolphins singing over something rattling, which it turns out is surprisingly charming.
The highlight however is ‘Untitled #01’ (confusingly the last track here). It’s built around a plucked three note melody that is bathed in all manner of bass and noise. But it’s never submerged. It rides out the storm before gently fading out all mournful and resolute.
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