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Zeus B. Held \ Logic of Coincidence [TWI 1166 CD]


Crépuscule presents a brand new studio album by Zeus B. Held, the pioneering German electronic music writer/producer who first made his name as one half of Gina X Performance, followed by collaborations with artists such as John Foxx, Fashion and Nina Hagen.

Of his ambitious new solo album Logic of Coincidence Zeus explains: "I have always been fascinated by the mathematical and philosophical aspects of coincidence. For me, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart is an all-time favourite book. It tells the story of a psychiatrist who begins making life decisions based on the casting of dice, and I was lucky enough to find a recording of Rhinehart himself reading from it. These are soundtracks for imaginary, usually abstract scenes - film, theatre or performance - all of which involve philosophers, thinkers and writers who dealt with issues of chance and coincidence."

Recorded chiefly in Japan and Germany, Logic of Coincidence is an experimental yet highly melodic album. Luke Rhinehart provides the spoken narrative on two tracks, The Glass Bead Dice Man and Surrender Your Soul. The 66 minute album closes with pulsing bonus remix Kant Can Dance by Dream Control, the duo formed by Zeus with former Tangerine Dream member Steve Schroyder.

Tracklist:

1. The Glass Bead Dice Man (feat. Luke Rhinehart)
2. Being and Time in Todtnauberg
3. Sho Pen How Air
4. Who's Happy Here?
5. Stay Epicure
6. Wittgenstein's Balaclava
7. Seven Answers by Robert M. Pirsig
8. Kepos Garden
9. Five Beats on Tyche
10. Chaos in Sisyphus
11. Kant Can't Dance
12. Surrender Your Soul (feat. Luke Rhinehart)
13. Descartes' Dream of Lully
14. Kan Can Dance (Dream Control Remix)

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Logic of Coincidence [TWI 1166 CD] - Zeus B. Held
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Reviews:

"An artier Giorgio Moroder. The noirish synth-wave textures of enigmatic producer Zeus B. Held provide an icily futuristic backdrop for Gina's haughty Eurodisco cabaret" (Uncut, 2005)

"An intelligent and adventurous album from a key presence in the development of electronic pop music. What's striking about the first third of Logic of Coincidence is that it is experimental yet highly melodic. The beautiful Being & Time In Todtnauberg plays with Alpine Volksmusik, crossing it with a reversing shuffle beat; it could be Ohm Sweet Ohm for the 21st Century. A bizarre rhythm section comprised of mouth pops holds the jazzier Sho Pen How Air together with vocoder flourishes, while Who's Happy Here? is a sumptuous piece in a modern style. Imagine Johan Strauss reimagined by a William Orbit versus Tomita collaboration with added dubdrops for good measure. Stay Epicure is more futuristic, recalling John Foxx when the distorted vocaloid kicks in. While the album is perhaps not wholly representative of Held's past pop exploits, his 'artier Moroder' template notably appears on Kant Can't Dance. Its disco friendly outlook sounds strangely out of place on Logic of Coincidence, but it is a fabulous track all the same. A bit on the long side at 70 minutes, but this is a well-crafted musical journey from Held, with a good number of enjoyable and accessible highlights" (The Electricity Club, 06/2015)

"The hugely prolific German electronic producer and artist returns with an ambitious new solo album, based upon the dice games of Luke Rhinehart's classic Dice Man novel. Experimental yet highly melodic, Logic of Coincidence ranges from introspective to all-out pulsing, and features spoken word from Rhinehart himself on two tracks, alongside a bonus remix from Dream Control (with Tangerine Dream's Steve Schroyder)" (Resident, 08/2015)