Zanstones fûr Berlin is copied onto a white chrome cassette. Duration 30 minutes. Price 6€ ex.shipping
The package is cardboard, hand painted, illustrated by one of the characters that together spell out the title. The first edition has 18 copies. The inlay is a picture which shows the several recording stages of the composition.
Zanstones für Berlin was recorded and mixed on one single day in Berlin by Zan Hoffman. Not only the city of Berlin was used to provide background noises, also various objects, voices and musical effects got entangled in the overall process.
Zanstones für Berlin is a sometimes surrealist journey narrated by Hoffman’s captivating voice and vocals.
Phillip Klingler says on his Killing Birds Reviews: “Excellent and recommended!”
Metamkine dit:”Un projet de Zan Hoffman, artiste sonore méconnu et grand amateur de cassettes. Un travail réalisé à Berlin en une journée où la ville devient source sonore + quelques objets, des effets et de la voix. Shamanisme urbain ou carnet de route sonore. Objet unique et artisanal.”
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Zan Hoffman from Louisville, USA started his sound works in the early 1980′s. Unknown to many, he has left an everlasting impression on his peers.
Jeff Surak: “The man is all energy, and bits of it flake off and manifest itself into releases. He is a tsunami of creativity that’s highly infectious.”
Phillip B. Klingler: “Zan is a both a wonder and curiosity, a fringe artist whose work is as underground as it gets, yet after 26 years of extremely prolific creativity his music has been basically ignored by the underground music press and record labels. I never understood that.”
Maybe for this reason his close friend Francisco Lopez remixed the recordings of their 1995 Spain tour into “Concert for 300 Magnetic Tapes” , released by tapeworm.
The Dutch national radio “concertzender” dedicated one hour to his works. Listen to ithere.
You may want to read more about the part he had and still has in the cassette culture in this interview.
The Second Edition: