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Walk 1 03:07
Walk 2 05:52
Walk 3 09:01
Walk 4 01:16
Walk 5 07:41
Walk 6 09:36
Walk 7 01:47
Walk 8 01:55
Walk 9 04:09
Walk 10 06:05
Walk 11 04:24


Intakt CD 136

Music is an art of the moment, improvised music in particular, nonetheless it can make history as is the case with Doppelmoppel. The first record of this highly unusual quartet consisting of two guitars and two trombones is 25 years old. Who would have thought, upon its release in 1982, that this line-up would last for so long? That the ad hoc band, that gets together whenever it feels like it, would even outlive the state from which it originated.
This third CD of Doppelmoppel was recorded 2007 in the East-Berlin Sound Studio of the German Filmorchester Babelberg: Outside This Area with eleven marvelous walks outdoors. With Doppelmoppel so much has happened and continues to happen against all expectations, that the listener can rely only on the music as dependable factor. And how nice that is! When Art transcends the Moment, reminding the future of its existence, beyond any questions of system or territory, Now just as Then.


The German free-improvisation quartet Doppelmoppel has completely bizarre instrumentation for any genre: two trombones, one acoustic guitar, one electric guitar. It has survived for more than 25 years, very intermittently, because all four members have the sort of working lives that free improvisers do, with one far-flung project after another. But on “Outside This Area” (Intakt), its new record, Doppelmoppel sounds in easy, familiar agreement. The trombone-playing Bauer brothers, Conny and Johannes, set up opposing long tones and melodic figures or fill in each other’s spaces while the two guitarists play games of opposites: Uwe Kropinski uses swing rhythm and graceful chords, whereas Joe Sachse loves the rumble and clank of electric noise. They all take turns making up for the lack of a rhythm section. It’s an unorthodox, funny and coordinated record, free from a unified genre language.
Ben Ratliff, New York Times, April 13, 2008


released January 1, 2008

Conny Bauer: Trombone
Johannes Bauer: Trombone
Uwe Kropinski: Guitar
Joe Sachse: Guitar

All compositions by Conny Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Uwe Kropinski, Joe Sachse Recorded May, 6, 7, 2007 Studio des deutschen Filmorchesters Babelsberg. Engineer: Falco Duczmal, Mixed and mastered May and September 2007 by Falco Duczmal.
Liner notes: Ulrich Stock, Cover art: Marion Stille. Photo: THEO. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced and published by Intakt Records. Executive production: Patrik Landolt


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