Galerie Schallschutz – Teddybear

Galerie Schallschutz and Eternal Soul originally planned to release this music on vinyl format. The 10″ sleeves were already manufactured. But then a problem arose: no vinyl pressing plant could press the record, because of the ‘frequency range and sound characteristics’. Finally it has been released as a mini cd, stuck to the 10″ sleeve. “Teddybear” can be considered as a supplement to the album “HAARP” (released by Tesco), which I have not heard though. HAARP stands for ‘High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program’. a secret US military project near Alaska. HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.

“Teddybear” deals with a mysterious phenomenon closer to home. Apparently there is a secret military project at airport Berlin Tempelhof, with strange low frequency noises coming from some sort of antenna. Many people in the surroundings of the airtport are disturbed by an incessant humming which penetrates their houses. An independent investigation team beleives there’s a connection between the humming and the military installations at Berlin Tempelhof. “Teddybear” is the codename for the U.S. military base at Berlin Tempelhof.

The five tracks deal with various manifestations of frequencies and microwaves. The low frequency noises make up for interesting sound source material. The last track contains a minute of the original hum recorded at Berlin Tempelhof, which is quite fascinating to hear. The other tracks of the ‘record’, which lasts for 24 minutes, are rather interesting multi-layered sound collages of ambient/noise music and many samples. Sometimes dense and ritual, often dark and chilling. It will be appreciated by people who like dark ambient acts on labels like Loki or Tesco. The ‘scientific’ background gives the music an extra dimension.

artist: Galerie Schallschutz
label: Eternal Soul Records
details: mcd [ES 13]