German composer Pluramon (Marcus Schmickler) first came to prominence as
a member of POL, the project formed by
Carsten Schulz (C-Schulz) that released
Transomuba (1994), that mixes field recordings, world and techno music,
Baby I Will Make You Sweat (1995), the (vastly inferior) soundtrack to a movie.
Schmickler then recorded
Wabi Sabi (1996), an avantgarde work of computer-generated drones
that updated Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music to the digital age.
Onea Gako (Odd Size, 1994) was credited to Marcus Schmickler, and it
was co-arranged and produced by C-Schulz.
The Pluramon project debuted with Pickup Canyon (1996), a collaboration
with Can's drummer Jaki Leibezeit. Pluramon
operated on a reconstructionist agenda: he meticuously rebuilt in studio the
sound of an instrumental prog-rock band by layering live and computer-generated sounds one on top of the other (and on top of Leibezeit's rhythms).
Render Bandits (Mille Plateaux, 1998) does the same with a larger
cast of musicians
(Frank Demerit, Jochen Rueckert, Anouk Azar, Steve Bohn, and Jaki Liebezeit)
and a broader palette of styles.
Bit Sand Riders (Mille Plateaux, 2000)
is a remix album of tracks from Pluramon's first two albums.
The Pluramon project was interrupted by two more ambitious works.
Sator Rotas (a-Musik, 2000) continued the semi-concrete experiment of
Wabi Sabi, while,
under his own last name, Schmickler released the
chamber electroacoustic compositions of Param (A-Musik, 2001), ranging
from neoclassical orchestral music to Karlheinz Stockhausen's reorganiziaton
Pluramon delved into vocal music with
Dreams Top Rock (Karaoke Kalk, 2003), whose vocals are provided by
Angelo Badalamenti's chanteuse Julee Cruise.
From dense hypnotic dream-pop (Time For a Lie) to
more conventional trip-hop (Have You Seen Jill)
from languid lounge-jazz (Flagolea)
to the shoegazing tidal waves of Noise Academy and Log (the
standouts), the album is less adventurous than the previous two. It is, by
those standards, a mere diversion.
Amazing Daze (Hapna, 2008) is a collaboration of droning minimalism a` la Phill Niblock between Pluramon's Marcus Schmickler and New Zealand's saxophonist Hayden Chisholm on bagpipes and sho.
After a long hiatus, Markus Scmickler resurrected Pluramon for
The Monstrous Surplus (Karaoke Kalk, 2007), that featured again some
shoegazing ballads with Julee Cruise on vocals.
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