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Avant la lettre

by Sascha Rosemarie Höfer

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System 1 05:50
17 x 24 17:00
System 2 06:30


“Avant la lettre” aka “56 minutes” is a continuation of my project “28 Tage” (28 days) that I had worked on in 2011. Back then, some of the things I had done were more of an ephemeral nature. “28 Tage” is a re-ignition of my creative work from that time. I had it printed as a diary with notions, photographs and musical imprints, but in the end it was merely a one-time event in 2014, a multimedia live performance never to be staged again.

I rediscovered the diary in 2021 when I moved from a small town back into the city. I had made 100 copies of it but had never officially released it. Now I needed to decide whether to keep all these booklets and bring them with me. Although it was quite a difficult time 11 years before, the diary kept some beautiful memories which led me to my decision about what was going to happen with it next.
“28 Tage” became a notion of creating something spontaneously every day 28 days in a row. Whether it would be writing something down that I had on mind at that very moment or recording some musical fragments, and ultimately dissecting an image of
everyday life and all its necessities whenever possible. It was my first experience with ‘awareness’ long before I even knew what that meant. I was in my 30's, stuck in a strange routine of an adult life. I had lost my youth without ever getting to the next phase. It was confusing for a long time and in some way it still is to be honest.

After my project “Bar-Do”, Andreas Voss and Fiona McKenzie from the post-rock band “Halma” joined me for the live performance of “28 Tage”. It also included video works of found footage material.
Now, 11 years later, I have decided to give this whole project another go. I took the 11 pieces of the previous recordings, unravelled and deconstructed them completely and gave them a whole new acoustic face: 5 pieces together 56 minutes long that I was happy with enough to release after all these years. I used the same mixing tools and added fragments from some of my rehearsals with Andreas and Fiona back at the time. The only new material for this album was recorded during a walk in the Lüneburger Heide with my wife and youngest son which took exactly 56 minutes. Each track includes some elements of this field recording. I wanted to add an acoustic notion of my current life without mixing up old material with new ideas. Current influences that are going through my mind right now reveal themselves in the editing and mixing process and create – once more – a dialog instead of revelling in the past or invoking it. It was really important for me to reduce the technical aspects to a minimum and work with the material as if it was still 2011.


released December 29, 2022

RTE028- Avant la lettre.
All Tracks by Sascha Rosemarie Höfer


Art Cover by Meneh Peh
Mastered by Lee Yi

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