Vulva String Quartett is the solo house project of drummer and electronic musician Hanno Leichtmann. Better known as Static, producer of clicky, avant-pop for City Centre Offices and others, he is also one third of Jan Jelinek’s Groupshow, and plays drums in the Pole
band. For Vulva String Quartett, Leichtmann pulls out deep basslines topped with off-key synths; blissful pop-house that is deceptively expansive. Each track functions as a framework; aural spaces that work (often) as soundtracks, fleshed out with classic electronic sounds.
The first Vulva String Quartett 12 inch was the (also) oddly titled Death Cab For Bootsy
(As Played By), released in 2005 on the Carhartt sponsored Düsseldorf label, Combination Records. Death Cab’s glittering basslines and moody meandering later found their way into the 2005 German movie "Liebeskind". Out of Sight
, the second 12”, was released in 2006 on the same label, the burbling bass and off-beat tunes continue to elaborate on the Static project: drum-loop driven, analogue pop. The record comes with a rare remix from Jan Jelinek
under his revered Farben moniker.
Leichtmann has founded several different projects in Berlin: Ich schwitze nie (trikont rec.), Paloma (mehrwert rec.), dj Attaché, vs. the Beige Oscillator (charhizma rec), and White Hole (kyo-rec.de), but until recently has been mainly active with Static. In 2006 Leichtmann realised his first full-length under his own name, Nuit Du Plomb
, released on Karaoke Kalk, an ambient soundtrack originally made for a scenic lecture of Hans Henny Jahnn's novel The Night of Lead
Last year also saw the christening of yet another pseudonym, Forest Jackson, with a CD on the Austrian label Mosz. Titled Cymbalism
, it is a noisy, barely melodic album with subtle funk; a drum and percussion bonanza mastered by Stefen Betke.
Leichtmann originally comes from a (free) jazz background and has performed with many international free improvisers as well as electronic musicians, including: Connie and Johannes Bauer, Lars Rudolph, Tony Buck, John Zorn, Toshi Nakamura, The European String Quintet, Hannes Strobl, Sam Auinger, Rupert Huber, Christof Kurzmann, Ronald Lippok, Stefan Schneider. He has also worked for theatre (sasha waltz and guests dance company) and radio (Deutschlandradio, WDR, ORF)
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