Reissue of Nitsch's very first release, originally published in 1972 by Edition Galerie Klewan in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Produced and recorded at the WDR Radio in Cologne, Germany, the Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel (Aktion 38b) is “neither a radioplay nor a work of music. It merely portrays the acoustic part of an ‘Abreaktionsspiel’ (a play of abreaction). The special and specific usage of the acoustic possibilities are in the foreground, while the visual part of the play is communicated by a narrator”. A prime example of the intense & noisy wildness of Nitsch's early actions, employing scream-choirs, beating, whistles, chaotic austrian folklore juxtapositions, a pretty rough brass section and dissonant strings.
Edition of 200 copies.
Also available on vinyl
One of the founding members of the Wiener Aktionismus (Viennese Actionism)
art movement, Hermann Nitsch (1938-2022) was also one of the most prolific members of the group. Nitsch was particularly interested in expressionism and religious art, following his academic training. Noted as a master of Austrian performance
, he has presented a total art with sensuality: limitless, Dionysian and demonic. His mastery of many media (visual arts, theater, music, etc.) expressed his system of values, at once spiritual, philosophic, aesthetic, and social, all taking part in his larger artwork.
See also Selten Gehörte Musik
, Hermann Nitsch, Dieter Roth
, Gerhard Rühm
, Oswald Wiener