HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS, the electronic project by Stefan Schwander (aka Antonelli), combines the reduced serial structures of American minimalist music with African rhythms and European sequencing. Without any ideological agenda, the Düsseldorf-based musician blends gripping harmonic and rhythmic patterns to create an entirely new kind of club music. He conjures up hypnotic voodoo atmospheres – danceable, challenging, and melodically playful – crossing Throbbing Gristle with the djembé. The 2010 album “Talking” conquered new rhythmic worlds with Afro-Industrial music fueled by dizzying sequencer patterns, garnering much praise for its global mixture of sound.
On his second album, “Listen”, the harsh combination of the reduced pattern structures of American minimalist music with African-inspired rhythms heard on “Talking” has now given way to a bright, vivid harmony that seems much more direct, within which sometimes rages the rhythmic fever of South America.
As an electronic musician, Schwander has always seen himself as a kind of human filter who gathers his listening experiences into something previously unheard. Yet strange new sounds and melodies are not merely used as decorative ornaments, but work as unified elements in a fearless balancing act between the pulse of Africa and the electronic groove of Europe.
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