HOLGER HILLER
HOLGER HILLER
ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE: AUGUST 21, 2000 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 18, 2000

Middle-aged German experimentalist Holger Hiller has been musically active since the days of the Neue Deutsche Welle in the beginning of the 80's, when he was a member of Palais Scaumburg. Having been busy with various art projects, this new, self-titled solo album is the first since the remix album "Demixed" in 1992.
"Holger Hiller" is a messed up net of cut ups, samplemania and an occasional dance beat or two. It's mostly a very fragmented, irregular music, based more upon fitting a series of samples together than writing songs. It feels like Hiller has a sort of old school musique concrete approach to music making. He makes attempts at contemporarity, by adding a few spurts of drum'n'bass here and there. But, as many have explained before me, that is simply not enough to make music sound modern anymore.
Although refreshingly unpredictable and a less academic exercise than most related albums, "Holger Hiller" doesn't have very much to offer when it comes to repeated listening. The only thing I find really worthwhile for real is (predictably) the chopped up orchestral samples of "Wenn der Lwe nicht fressen kann...".

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