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Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa (better known as HNAS) were formed in 1983 in Germany by Christoph Heemann, Achim Flaam (aka Li Khan) and Andreas Martin.

The split album Abwassermusik (Psychout, 1985) introduced their savage experiments at the border between industrial, psychedelic and progressive rock. Im Schatten Der Mohre (1987) succeeded in coining a dadaistic collage of random sounds and noises. Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound ) guested on Melchior (United Diaries, 1986). Subsequent albums refined the concept: Kuettel im Frost (DOM, 1986), Bitte Werfen Sie Ihren Muell Aus Dem Fenster (Freedom in a Vacuum, 1987), Im Schatten Der Moehre (DOM, 1987), Ach Dieser Bart! (Electrip, 1988), The Book of Dingenskirchen (DOM, 1988), Musik fuer Schuhgeschaefte (Dragnet, 1991), Willkuer Nach Noten (Dragnet, 1992), Gegenstaende Fallen Zu Boden (DOM, 1994).

While HNAS was languishing, Heeman began his collaboration with Merzbow with the double album Mimir (Flabbergast, 1989), followed by Mimyriad (Streamline, 1993) and Mimir (Streamline, 1999), both credited to Mimir.

Heeman launched his solo career with the EP Ueber Den Umgang Mit Umgebung und Andere Versuche (Robot, 1992). The albums Unsichtbare Barriere/ Invisibile Barrier (Extreme, 1993), Aftersolstice (Barooni, 1994), Days of the Eclipse (Barooni, 1997) and the EP Magnetic Tape Splicing (Robot, 1997) are no less adventurous than HNAS. Heeman also collaborated with Current 93, Jim O'Rourke, Legendary Pink Dots, Organum, etc.

Heeman formed Mirror with Andrew Chalk in 1999 to play a quieter, ambient-like kind of electronic music. Unfortunately, the duo has been prolific to the point of releasing any idea they toyed with. The resulting albums, Eye of the Storm (Streamline, 1999), Ringstones (Some Fine Legacy, 1999), The View (Three Poplars, 2000), Front Row Center (Die Stadt, 2000), Nightwalkers (Nightwalkers, 2000), Visiting Star (Nightwalkers, 2000), Islands (Die Stadt, 2001), I Paint For Love Of Color (Idea, 2001), Die Spiegelmanufaktur (Die Stadt, 2002), Under the Sun (Durtro, 2002), are mediocre at best.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

Gli Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa (meglio conosciuti come HNAS) vennero formati nel 1983 in Germania da Christoph Heemann, Achim Flaam (aka Li Khan) e Andreas Martin.

Lo split album Abwassermusik (Psychout, 1985) introdusse i loro selvaggi esperimenti al confine tra industriale, psychedelica e prog-rock. Im Schatten Der Mohre (1987) propose di coniare un collage dadaista di suoni e rumori irregolari. Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound ) fu chiamato come "ospite" su Melchior (United Diaries, 1986). Diversi album successivi ridefinirono il loro concetto: Kuettel im Frost (DOM, 1986), Bitte Werfen Sie Ihren Muell Aus Dem Fenster (Freedom in a Vacuum, 1987), Im Schatten Der Moehre (DOM, 1987), Ach Dieser Bart! (Electrip, 1988), The Book of Dingenskirchen (DOM, 1988), Musik fuer Schuhgeschaefte (Dragnet, 1991), Willkuer Nach Noten (Dragnet, 1992), Gegenstaende Fallen Zu Boden (DOM, 1994).

Mentre gli HNAS erano in una fase di stallo,Heeman comincio’ la sua collaborazione con Merzbow con il doppio album Mimir (Flabbergast, 1989), a cui fara’ seguito Mimyriad (Streamline, 1993) e Mimir (Streamline, 1999),entrambi accreditati a Mimir.

Heeman lancio’ la sua carriera solista con l’EP Ueber Den Umgang Mit Umgebung und Andere Versuche (Robot, 1992). Gli album Unsichtbare Barriere/ Invisibile Barrier (Extreme, 1993), Aftersolstice (Barooni, 1994), Days of the Eclipse (Barooni, 1997) e l’EP Magnetic Tape Splicing (Robot, 1997) sono meno avventurosi rispetto ai lavori degli HNAS. Heeman ha collaborato anche con gente del calibro di Current 93, Jim O’Rourke, Legendary Pink Dots, Organum, ecc.

Heeman mette in piedi i Mirror con Andrei Chalk nel 1999 per suonare una sorta di musica elettronica simile all’ambient molto piu’ calma rispetto ai suoi lavori del passato. Purtroppo, il duo è stato molto prolifico nel senso che, pubblicavano ogni idea che balenava loro in mente. Gli album sono: Eye of the Storm (Streamline, 1999), Ringstones (Some Fine Legacy, 1999), The View (Three Poplars, 2000), Front Row Center (Die Stadt, 2000), Nightwalkers (Nightwalkers, 2000), Visiting Star (Nightwalkers, 2000), Islands (Die Stadt, 2001), I Paint For Love Of Color (Idea, 2001), Die Spiegelmanufaktur (Die Stadt, 2002), Under the Sun (Durtro, 2002), sono tutti lavori al massimo mediocri.

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