Originally, all they wanted was record one mutual track for the Japan tour in spring 2014. On this tour, Springintgut and F.S. Blumm would present their recent solo records in nine cities in Japan, and one duo track couldn't hurt for an encore.
These duo compositions came off surprisingly easy, and in a breath there were seventeen tracks instead of one. Keeping in mind that both solo albums have been six years in the making, the recording of “The Bird And White Noise“ within two months is extraordinary.
It's a proof of the compatibility of Springintgut's cello and F.S. Blumm's acoustic guitar, both played through their individual electronic systems. They create dense structures filled with their particular sounds of acoustic instrument processing. The melodic sessions are woven with numerous field recordings from the artists' concert tours to India, Japan, and Italy. The record's fundament are slow, powerful beats which hold everything together
Springintgut has been responsible for the studio production at most times while F.S. Blumm, experienced for years in making radio plays, has handled the mixing and collaging of the parts. “The Bird And White Noise“ invites to join the travels, and in its long arches and bridges it can easily be listened to as a whole.
While the opener or “Eskimono“ feature the rather lyrical side of the duo, tracks like “Land Ab Neu“ or “Chitin“ set more punchy priorities to a heavy bass and 808 drums. “Chitin“ is a late climax of the album, building up for minutes to a massive groove in an insect-like, abstract sound world, leaving just enough space for romantic cello lines to break through in the middle.
The record has been released exclusively in Japan for the duo's tour in April 2014 via Pingipung's partner label “nightcruising“ in Kyoto. Pingipung now releases the LP version and the CD worldwide.
“'The Bird And White Noise'... The Kamogawa river is dammed up every 300m to small waterfalls, faced by white heron birds staring at the noise of the water, waiting for fish. This image is a meditative one in Kyoto, the city of Zen temples. Contemplation in front of the chaos, the noise... And the Japanese like to go to “Pachinko“ parlors after work, in which they find slot machines which are fed with metal balls from the top. A deafening, roaring noise, yet a relaxing workout for the people. I was staggered, went there quite often, didn't get it, but I recorded the sound. It can be heard on our record in the transition to the last track, 'Leben Läuft'. We like the paradox of chaos and relief which both of these images hold.“ (Springintgut)