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Jan St. Werner / Glottal Wolpertinger (Fiepblatter Catalogue #6)
Album:Glottal Wolpertinger (Fiepblatter Catalogue #6) Collection:General
Artist:Jan St. Werner Added:05/2019
Label:Thrill Jockey Records 

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Add Date:2019-05-21 Pull Date:2019-07-23 
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Album Review
DeVoss
Reviewed 2019-05-14 
– General Description: Critically acclaimed and internationally recognized sound innovator Jan St. Werner is also a producer, a lecturer at MIT, and a professor of Dynamic Acoustic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany. Glottal Wolpertinger was initially conceived as a radio installation and consists of microtonally tuned feedback, also modulated and filtered multispectral drones.

Harsh-sounding (guttural) intonations produced in the throat are called ‘glottal’ being produced by the glottis (the part of the larynx that has the vocal chords and the slitlike opening between them) — in opera singing, a gulping sound before tone delivery is often called a ‘glottal attack’. A ‘wolpertinger’ is a creature of German folklore myth which is said to have a body comprised of various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, tails and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal (e.g. head of a rabbit, body of a squirrel, antlers of a deer, and wings — and occasionally the legs — of a pheasant). Werner has described wolpertingers as “bastards, collaged freaks who exist in the grey zone of nature’s perfect plan”.

Compare this work with, especially, ‘Faust’ (Else Marie Pade, 1962) and also ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ (Morton Subotnick, 1967) — both available on YouTube.

– Musicians:
Jan St. Werner with contributions from guitarists Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National

– FCC Compliant: YES
– Recommended Tracks: 2, 8
– Track Reviews:
1. (3:02) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 1 - 285 Hz; 382 Hz; 764 Hz; 11.6 kHz; 22.3 kHz all modulated
2. ***(6:49) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 2 - 339 Hz; 10.14 kHz; 1.38 kHz; 1.66 kHz; 4.85 kHz all modulated
3. (5:51) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 3 A - vocal reading of title then feedback
4. (6:21) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 3 B - voices, feedback, guitar and animal-like sounds; NOTE: almost no sound starting 5:26 then audience clapping starts 5:40 until end
5. (6:28) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 4 - 390 Hz; 550 Hz; 1.14 kHz; 1.86 kHz; 1.95 kHz; 2.25 kHz; 2.65 kHz; 4.85 kHz; 5.6 klHz; 13.6 kHz all modulated
6. (1:23) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 5 - 250 Hz; 485 Hz; 2.1 kHz; 3.5 kHz; 7.5 kHz; 15 kHz all modulated; piercing
7. (9:11) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 6 A - 330 Hz; 540 Hz; 1.48 kHz; 2.25 kHz; 2.55 kHz; 4.85 kHz; 7 kHz all modulated
8. ***(4:39) Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 6 B - insect-like, warped voices, guitar and animal-like sounds

Track Listing
1.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 1 5.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 4
2.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 2 6.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 5
3.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 3 A 7.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 6 A
4.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 3 B 8.Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 6 B