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Burnt Friedman
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Some More Crime: Ohnmacht , 5/10
Some More Crime: Code OperaH, 5/10
Some More Crime: Another Domestic Drama , 5/10
Some More Crime: Fuzzy Sets , 5/10
Drome: Anachronism , 5/10
Drome: Final Corporate Colonization Of The Unconscious , 6/10
Drome: Dromed , 5/10
Nonplace Urban Field: Nonplace Urban Field , 5/10
Nonplace Urban Field: NUF Said , 5/10
Nonplace Urban Field: Raum Fuer Notizen , 7/10
Nonplace Urban Field: Golden Star , 6/10
Bernd Friedmann: Leisure Zones , 6/10
Nu-Dub Players: Just Landed , 6/10
Burnt Friedman: Con Ritmo , 6/10
Burnt Friedman: Plays Love Songs , 5/10
Burnt Friedman: Secret Rhythms , 6/10
Burnt Friedman: First Night Forever (2007), 6/10
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Keyboardist and vibraphonist from Koeln (Germany), Burnt Friedman (real name Bernd Friedmann) is known by a number of aliases, having recorded as Drome, Flanger (with Atom Heart), Non Place Urban Field and Bernie The Bolt.

Friedman debuted with the moniker Some More Crime that released a few albums: Ohnmacht (ZZO, 1990), Code Opera (ZZO, 1991), Another Domestic Drama (ZZO, 1993), Fuzzy Sets (ZZO, 1995).

Drome was an ambient "chill-out" project. Anachronism (Silent, 1992), Final Corporate Colonization Of The Unconscious (Wigwam, 1993 - Ninja Tune, 1994), one of the first recordings to incorporate hip-hip breaks into chill-out grooves, and Dromed (Kiff, 1995) are works of manic assemblage that often match the complexity of Edgar Varese's avantgarde piece.

Nonplace Urban Field's music has been dubbed "ghost-town electronica". The albums Nonplace Urban Field (Wigwam, 1993) and NUF Said (Incoming, 1994) toyed with dance music, gothic music and jazz. The idea matured with the mini-album Raum Fuer Notizen (Incoming, 1996) and the album Golden Star (Incoming, 1996). The latter alternates Squarepusher-style incursions in jazz (Plane Spotting, Plusminus 30) and old-fashioned tracks of minimalist techno (Platikthai, Whimp).

In between came the solo Bernd Friedmann Leisure Zones (Ash, 1996), that expands on his Drome-period ambient texturing.

Then Friedmann worked in Chile with Uwe Schmidt under the moniker Flanger.

Friedman had already founded the Nu-Dub Players in 1996 during a vacation in New Zealand (precisely, the Great Barrier Island off the coast of Auckland). The album Just Landed (Scape, 1999), released years later, was the product of a painful process of cut up. While the sounds as heard on record were assembled in studio, the source was a set of live group performances. Therefore, Friedman's "nu dub" is true to the original live sound of Perry and Tuwby and sounds very unlike the digital dub collages of modern pursuers of the genre like Bill Laswell. Hut Selector, Just Landed, Cassock Attack, Worldwide Watchdog Peepshow, The Big Black Other, Railway Palace, Melbourne, Hohoura Head Far North, I Shot The Fashion Victim, It's Thunder, Dub To The Music (Note: the tracklist on the CD is wrong as it omits The Big Black Other).

Always fascinated by majestic nature, Friedman recorded Con Ritmo (Nonplace, 2000) in Argentina. Again, the album is the outcome of jam sessions with a group of real musicians, the Disposable Rhythm Section. This time it is jazz (a latin-tinged jazz, needless to say) that Friedman deconstructs, not dub. Horns, vibe and percussions embellish Octrahedal Spherical Caffufle, Demolition Derby, Los Corraleros , Destination Unknown. But the highlights are probably the tracks that leasu stick to the dogma: the ambient dub/funk of Platin Tundra and the surreal world-music of Escape the Night (somewhat reminiscent of Herbie Hancock). Friedman's cyber-jazz is a descendent of Weather Report's jazz-rock, as proven by the eleven-minute Das Wesen aus der Milchstrasse (with Uwe Schmidt on synth).

Plays Love Songs (Nonplace, 2000) is an eclectic divertissment, that was four years in the making. Friedman, aided by guitarist Joseph Suchy, alternates between swing, funk and ambient. The singing rules: Fucking Long Time, It hurts, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. A piano figure in Conjoined or a jazzy rhythm in I Go With You do the rest.

Secret Rhythms (Nonplace, 2002) and Secret Rhythms 2 (2005), two collaborations with Can legend Jaki Liebezeit, yielded mildly entertaining, but not too innovative, jazz-rock jams for drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vibraphones. The psychedelic dub of Shades of Soddin Orion and the lengthy psycho-ambient suite Obscured by 5 are the highlights of the former.

Nu-Dub Players' second album, Can't Cool (2003) is another intellectual divertissment.

Condensed (Nonplace, 2003) collects material from 1995-2002.

Nine Horses was a collaboration with David Sylvian, Stina Nordentsam and Arve Henriksson.

First Night Forever (2007) employs a cast of guest vocalists to sing Friedman's skeletal dub scores.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

Burnt Friedman (il vero nome e’ Bernd Friedmann) e’ un tastierista e vibrafonista proveniente da Colonia(Germania), e’ conosciuto attraverso con un discreto numero di moniker, avendo registrato sotto Drome, Flanger (con Atom Heart), Non Place Urban Field e Bernie The Bolt.

Friedman debutto’ con il moniker Some More Crime, con cui pubblico’ alcuni album: Ohnmacht (ZZO, 1990), Code Opera (ZZO, 1991), Another Domestic Drama (ZZO, 1993), Fuzzy Sets (ZZO, 1995).

Drome fu un progetto di ambient chill-out. Anachronism (Silent, 1992), Final Corporate Colonization Of The Unconscious (Wigwam, 1993 - Ninja Tune, 1994), uno dei primi lavori ad incorporare le irregolarita’ dell’hip hop nei groove della chill-out, e Dromed (Kiff, 1995) sono lavori dall’assemblaggio maniacale che spesso rivaleggiano con la complessita’ dei brani d’avanguardia di Edgar Varese.

La musica dei Nonplace Urban Field denominata " ghost-town electronica". Gli album Nonplace Urban Field (Wigwam, 1993) and NUF Said (Incoming, 1994) giocavano con la musica dance, il gotico e il jazz. L’idea maturo’ con il mini album Raum Fuer Notizen (Incoming, 1996) e l’album Golden Star (Incoming, 1996). Il secondo alterna le incursioni nel jazz nello stile degli Squarepusher (Plane Spotting, Plusminus 30) e brani alla vecchia maniera di techno minimalista.

Intanto viene pubblicato il primo album solista Leisure Zones (Ash, 1996), che espande la struttura ambient del suo periodo Drome.

Poi Friedmann lavoro’ in Cile con Uwe Schmidt con il moniker Flanger.

Friedman aveva anche fondato il Nu-Dub Players nel 1996 durante una vacanza in Nuova Zelanda (precisamente , l’isola della Grande Barriera al largo della costa di Auckland). L’album Just Landed (Scape, 1999), pubblicato un anno dopo, fu il prodotto di un doloroso processo di sminuzzamento. Mentre i suoni come si sentono sul supporto audio furono assemblati in uno studio di registrazione, la fonte fu messa in piedi da una serie di performance live da parte di gruppi. Dunque, il nu-dub di Friedman e’ conforme all’originale ai collage dub di moderni seguaci del genere come Bill Laswell. Hut Selector, Just Landed, Cassock Attack, Worldwide Watchdog Peepshow, The Big Black Other, Railway Palace, Melbourne, Hohoura Head Far North, I Shot The Fashion Victim, It's Thunder, Dub To The Music (Nota: la tracklist presente sul CD e’ errata in quanto viene omesso il brano The Big Black Other).

Da sempre affascinato dalla natura maestosa, Friedman registrò Con Ritmo (Nonplace, 2000) in Argentina. Di nuovo , l’album e’ il risultato di sessioni jam con un gruppo di veri musicisti, i Disposable Rhythm Section. Questa volta tocca al jazz,( una sorta di latin-jazz, manco a dirlo) che Friedman decostruisce, non al dub. Corni, vibe e percussioni abbelliscono Octrahedal Spherical Caffufle, Demolition Derby, Los Corraleros , Destination Unknown. Ma i vertici del disco sono probabilmente i brani che sono vicini al dogma: l’ambient dub/funk di Platin Tundra e la world-music surreale di Escape the Night ( avvolte reminiscente di Herbie Hancock). Il cyber-jazz di Friedman e’ un discendente del jazz-rock di Weather Report, come provato dagli 11 minuti di Das Wesen aus der Milchstrasse ( con Uwe Schmidt al synth).

Plays Love Songs (Nonplace, 2000) e’ una eclettica distrazione che rimase per 4 anni in cantiere. Friedman, aiutato dal chitarrista Joseph Suchy, si alterna tra lo swing, il funk e l’ambient. Il cantato domina: Fucking Long Time, It hurts, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. Una figura per pianoforte in Conjoined o il ritmo jazzy di I Go With You fanno il resto.

Secret Rhythms (Nonplace, 2002) e Secret Rhythms 2 (2005), due collaborazioni con il leggendario batterista dei Can Jaki Liebezeit, reso leggermente divertente, ma rimane comunque non molto innovativo, jams jazz-rock per batteria, basso, chitarra, tastiere e vibrafoni. Il dub psichedelico di Shades of Soddin Orion e la lunga suite psico-ambient di Obscured by 5 sono i vertici di quest’ultimo.

Il secondo album dei Nu-Dub Players, Can't Cool (2003) e’ un altra

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Condensed (Nonplace, 2003) raccoglie materiale del periodo 1995-2002.

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