5863 - NSP 14

by NSI.

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Realm 02:37
Bubble Sort 02:24
Now-Memories 02:40
A Denial 02:07
Boring Truth 05:42
Gaslighting 03:28
4-144 01:03
Mind Shadows 01:26
Creationists 02:00
Nothing 01:09
Yes 03:01
Gothpel 03:49
Et Cetera 03:02


Non Standard Institute - 5863

Music by:
Max Loderbauer & Tobias Freund
Recorded at Non Standard Studios, Berlin 2014-2017
Published by Flow Publishing / Copyright Control, Gema
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Manufactured by handlewithcare.de
Distributed worldwide physical via wordandsound.net /
digital via nsp-music.bandcamp.com
Cover Art by D E S I R E H | Desiree Sauter, desireh.de

Non Standard Productions / NSP 14 © February 2018


released February 28, 2018

A decade has passed since Tobias Freund and Max Loderbauer aka Non Standard Institute (NSI.) released their enigmatic collection of ‘non-standards’. Playing with mystery is the name of the game here as well. The new CD, entitled with the code ‘5863’, is the result of collecting creative moments over years and stringing together twenty short pieces that jointly amount to almost an hour of playtime. Meditative, reflective, introspective, but also occasionally exhilarated... All these descriptions come to mind. But there’s more to the story line which emerges in patient increments as the album unfolds. Music comes mostly in the form of sparse but evocative piano improvisations, layering personal expression and subtle references anchored within the depth of the musicians’ experience. As the cryptic title suggests, the scope of examined experience can be symbolized through dates or years. But what counts for much more here is the sonic narrative itself with all its openness to interpretation. Some of these concise tracks can swiftly transport the listener to iconic harmonies of other musical contexts as they seamlessly relink the piano avant-gardism of Erik Satie with echoes of modern psychedelia and futuristic soundtracks. As a whole, however, the minimal instrumentalism of NSI. is as much about the notes and emotions that punctuate the electronic soundscapes generated by Tobias’ unerring use of studio as it is about the space created between them. This method brings to mind the Japanese concept of Ma which emphasizes the fundamental meaning of interval or space for any structure. It is the in-between that matters. The non-being. The non-standard.
Dominik Bartmanski, Berlin, February 2018


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NSP Berlin, Germany

Non Standard Productions is the label of Tobias Freund founded in 2006. The releases are collaborations between Tobias and colleges. As the name itself suggests the idea of the label is to be a platform in witch anything non standard can be released.

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