carbon & chairs ist the second release of Vienna-based musicians and sound artists Andreas Trobollowitsch and Johannes Tröndle, and their first one on MonotypeRec.
Trobollowitsch and Tröndle started collaborating back in 2006 with a series of sound compositions and experimental radio plays, mainly using and manipulating field recordings.
At the same time, the idea of giving their activities a more “direct“ shift additionally resulted in forming a live-project: nörz.
This electro-acoustic duo, founded in 2007 and still run by the two, focuses on spontaneous interaction, while at the same time trying to shape and structure in a conscious way – more real-time-composition than “pure improvisation“. With restricted set-up and minimalistic approach (set-up usually consists of cello and live-electronics, and, respectively, no-input-mixer, tapes and prepared objects), nörz performed about 40 concerts in several European countries up to now, and released in 2009 a critically acclaimed Debut on Berlin label schraum, entitled (also known as) acker velvet.
For carbon & chairs, compositional work and recordings started in 2010. The present album ties in with the last one, nevertheless it follows a slightly different, more “open“ direction, extending the duo-project in respect of instrumentation, structural complexity and, maybe also, accesibility. So, up from a certain point in production process, it made sense to separate the album from nörz, and to turn it into something new. The album originated from the duo-project, but went beyond - therefore another artist name, acker velvet, which, still, relates the two albums, turning the first albums´ title into an anticipation of the next.
The 12 tracks on carbon & chairs are based on a series of improvisations, separately performed and recorded, which then were used .......