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Netlabel Autoplate welcomes the debut release of Fern to its roster. Fern is 
the combined efforts of the German duo Johannes Rix and Jürgen Krause. Inspired 
by Aphex Twin and Nonplace Urban Field, both artists began to make electronic 
music independently in 1996. In 1997 they started working together using 
synthesizers, electronic bass, personal computer, drum computer, Boss digital 
delay, and multi-track tape recorder as their primary tools. 

The end of 2004 saw the formation of Fern, and in November the first Fern track 
titled "Abends" was created which appears as the final track on this first day. 
During the course of 2005, with their favorite samples and virtual synthesizers 
at hand, the other nine tracks on this first day were composed. The spring of 
2006 was spent mixing and finalizing the tracks on this first day. 

According to Johannes, the inspiration behind this first day was twofold. 
Monday, being the first day of the work week for many people, can be filled 
with a "strange kind of emptiness." So this album is dedicated to this first 
day "when ideas emerge out of the void that are worth working for. 

"this first day is both a personal reflection of the melancholy associated 
with that vacuity and a means to fill this empty space with their own 
cinematic blend of electronic sounds and samples. There is also the aim to 
capture a naive wonder similar to that which arises when a child makes a new 
discovery, or as Johannes describes it: "It's our intention to find sounds 
that surprise time after time anew. Listening out with ears wide open for 
something in between sounds. Like a child that – for the first time in life – 
moves a big stone on the meadow and discovers and admires the creeping worms 
and woodlouses. We would like to capture this fascinating moment of discovery 
and make it last." 

The source material for the ten compositions included on this first day are 
derived from the artists' record collection and include samples of children's 
songs, classical music, progressive and psychedelic rock, folk, and jazz. 
Sampled sounds and fragments of melodies are blended with electronics to 
create an amalgam of mind affecting ambience. As a whole, this first day 
exudes a naive playfulness and allure that will gently draw the listener into 
a beguiling world of mostly beatless ambient sounds and melodies. To summarize 
the album in three words - beautiful, surprising, and reflective. 

The album begins with the atmospheric and space-filling "Morgen'' - a track 
that is both a lament in anticipation of that first day of the week and an 
initial expression of the pervading atmosphere of the album described by 
Johannes as "the melancholic feeling that the magic of the first moment is 
transient." The smooth ambience of "Morgen" is interrupted by the choppy drum 
programming, discordant sounds and toy-like noises of "Nachtschattenweg" which 
are complemented by resonant chords and a catchy bass riff. "Wolkental" follows 
with a blend classical nuances, wavering chords, light beats, and a rich bass 
melody. The noisy "Sie Kamen und... " is next with an initial frenzied collage 
of watery sounds, railroad crossing warning bells, voices, deep chimes, and 
sampled orchestra that eventually settle into the background as strummed 
chords, deep bass lines, and faint melodies arrive. A hazy ambience returns as 
the brooding "Zerinnung" delivers distorted electronics, sad droning chords, a 
forlorn melody, and low-end bass. The looped melody, sparse bass, and 
effervescent electronics on "Geysire" rise above a steady stream of minimal 
percussive sounds. A familiar rhythmic shuffle and improvised bass evokes a 
nostalgic jazzy atmosphere on the grainy "In Vitro". The hesitant metallic 
electronics on the beatless and dub-tinged "Stratos" orbit above a pondering 
flow of minor-keyed chords and bass. "Nebellauf" greets the listener with a 
tangled blend of muted guitar notes and odd fragments of percussive noises 
before an ethereal melody and reverberating sounds mark the arrival of a 
space-like ambience. In the end, "Abends" takes the listener back to the 
album's melancholic origins with beautiful choral samples, sad melodies, 
lush chords, and warm ambient crackle. 

Larry Johnson

:: 07 tracks :: 43min 40sec :: 61.508 MB ::

01: Segue - Glass, Reflection
02: Segue - Anon
03: Segue - g n t
04: Segue - Critters
05: Segue - Vista
06: Segue - The Faithful
07: Segue - Wind Through Trees



APL001 VA - "Bauhaus"
APL002 Andrey Kirichenko - "00.00"
APL003 Danny Kreutzfeldt - "Furtherspace"
APL004 833-45 - "Solar Cycle"
APL005 Affective Disorder w/ Undacova - "Study Of A Ladybug On A Rope"
APL006 VA - "Constructions for Andrey Kirichenko"
APL007 Taavi Tulev - "Televiisor On Tuksis"
APL008 Vultrapia - "Autopianotationalismasoschism"
APL009 Dighom - "Vibrating Colours - Coloured Vibrations"
APL010 Sable - "Dusk"
APL011 Randomajestiq - "UnclassifiEP"
APL012 Gultskra Artikler - "Gruppa Turistov"
APL013 The Moglass w/ Andrey Kirichenko
APL014 Off The Sky - "Studies of Lifeform In Transit"
APL015 Johan Wieslander - "Gas"
APL016 Fernando Lagreca - "Suave"
APL017 Marsen Jules - "Lazy Sunday Funerals"
APL018 tlon - "acoustic lazy dolls"
APL019 Gultskra Artikler - "Gololed"
APL020 VA - "Many Things Worth Living For"
APL021 Konrad Bayer - "Shall We Go To The Park?"
APL022 Normal Music - "Let's Do Really Strange Things And Call Them Normal"
APL023 Marsen Jules - "Yara"
APL024 Konrad Bayer - "Songs For Sunhi (Summerrain)"
APL025 Kenneth Kirschner - "May 3, 1997"
APL026 Arrial - "this is my beauty, show me yours"
APL027 color by numbers - "The Transitions"
APL028 lomov - "Holzwege"
APL029 Fernando Lagreca - "Nadador"
APL030 tlon - "from elsewhere to nowhere"
APL031 Lou Teti - "Night Pieces"
APL032 you dee - "Nur die Harten kommen in den Garten"
APL033 Off the Sky - "Caustic Light"
APL034 Motionfield - "Music for Pictures"
APL035 Move D - "Johanniskirche Live"
APL036 Emil Klotzsch - "Tiefe Berge"
APL037 Protogroup - "Love Gives Strength To My Soul"
APL038 Arrial - "For The Love"
APL039 Segue - "Forest Refrations"
APL040 Fern - "This First Day"


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