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Christoph de Babalon – Traumspiel



Christoph de Babalon – Traumspiel

Longtime Tigerbeat6 brother Christoph de Babalon (he appeared on our first AND third release over a decade ago!!) graces us with this haunting single from his upcoming album on TB6, “A Bond with Sorrow”.

CDB is a peerless musician able to effortlessly combine the high art worlds of his sound installations, dance and film soundtracks, with the low end dark realms of his more sinister work on labels like Alec Empire’s Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR), Fat cat, Zhark, Lowres and his own [CFET]. It’s no question why he has been championed by tastemakers as diverse as John Peel, Thom Yorke, and Alec Empire.

The title track “Traumspiel” opens like a classic Dario Argento soundtrack with spine tingling strings and a romantic arpeggiating bass line. Things seem almost peaceful until the drop of the timeless shuffling Jungle breakbeats CDB has made a signature part of his sound. “Hell’s Harps” is a dark juxtaposition of chaotic live instrumentation and discordant drum programming like a soundclash between Sonic Youth and Aphex Twin at their scariest. “Black Moon Rising” is am ominous percussive meditation on tension and release which rewards the listener with a powerful sonic resolution.

The cover artwork just as on Christoph’s previous releases “Scylla & Charybdis” and “A World of My Own” is by British visual artist Ian Liddle.

1997 If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It LP/CD, Digital Hardcore Recordings
1999 The Peel Sessions Live, Royal Festival Hall, London
2000 Split EP with Kid606 12” Vinyl, Fat Cat
2001 Untitled with Hanayo for ‘Mutations’ group exhibition in Tokyo,
curated by Rem Kolhaas
2001 Opened for Radiohead on Southern european tour.
2005 Atomkrieg sound installation for group exhibition at Kunsthaus Dresden
2008 ‘Scylla & Charybdis’ LP, Cross Fade Enter Tainment [CFET]
2010 Film Score for ‘Sun in the Mist’ by Werner Schumann