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Andreas Usenbenz - Bells Breath album

Andreas Usenbenz - Bells Breath album
  • Performer Andreas Usenbenz
  • Title Bells Breath
  • Date of release 2017
  • Country Germany
  • Style Experimental, Abstract, Ambient, Drone
  • Other formats AHX MP4 MP3 MP1 MIDI VQF MP2
  • Genre Electronic
  • Size MP3 1203 mb
  • Size FLAC 1132 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 760

Andreas Usenbenz - Bells Breath (Live @ Nikolauskapelle). Нежная музыка для души и ЖИЗНИ, а Пение птиц Успокаивает нервную систему.

We’ve been waiting on Bells Breath for quite some time, ever since the sleep version appeared on Klanggold last April. And what a lovely sound it makes. Those who live around the Ulm Minster are certainly familiar with the sound of the bells, but they’ve never heard them like this. The clear 12" comes inside a Transparent PVC bag with flap. Inside you´ll find 4 (3. x 3. )Prints on heavy weight nature paper with architectural photos made inside the church after the field recording session for the album. Includes unlimited streaming of Bells Breath (LP) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 2 days.

Información de contacto: klanggold c/o Andreas Usenbenz Von-Hünefeld-Weg 16 89075 Ulm Germany touch(@)klanggold. net phone:00491702836551. Sympathy For The Donkey ‎(CDr, Album).

Kathryn was at a gig Saturday night, in town - I took the opportunity to record the show this week at Creao Studio, Harrogate.

The album highlights the 13 bells of the Ulm Minster tower. And it’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Fun Years, so their new album comes as a welcome surprise. Vinyl static, melodic guitars and a sense of belonging converge on Heroes of the Second Story Walkup, due early in the year on vinyl ~ yes, vinyl ~ from Spring Break Tapes. And the specialty release of the season is Andreas O Hirsch ‘s aptly-titled ROW, which highlights the rhythmic sounds of the Dutch rowing team and their coxswain (makiphon, February 17). Modern Composition. Rich’s Pick: Max Richter ~ Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon, January 27) Max Richter won our Album of the Year honors in 2015, so it’s no surprise that his latest opus is our pick of the season in Modern Composition.

Andreas Usenbenz & Christoph Lammers 2019. Bells Breath (Sleep Version). Study, Pt. 2. Bells Breath 2017. 3. 4. Musiken für Tanztheater 2014.


A Study III 20:38
B1 Study IV 13:00
B2 Study II 7:00

Companies, etc.

  • Mastered At – Schwebung Mastering
  • Distributed By – A-Musik
  • Lacquer Cut At – Dubplates & Mastering
  • Mixed At – Klangmanufaktur


  • Artwork By – Chris Corrado
  • Design [Bells Logo Design] – Dorothee Köhl
  • Mastered By – Stephan Mathieu
  • Recorded By [Field Recordings], Sound Designer, Composed By, Mixed By – Andreas Usenbenz


The music is based on field recordings of 10 different church bells installed in the Minster of Ulm. Usenbenz recorded the bells using a wide spaced A - B pair with omni-directional DPA microphones, a Sennheiser ORTF setup, and contact microphones mounted directly to the bells or their direct environment. The bells were rung by the Sacristan. Additionally, Usenbenz played them with different props to tease very specific sounds out of the bells. No additional sounds were used in these compositions.

Realised via Kickstarter.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4050486963814

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
kg021 Andreas Usenbenz Bells Breath ‎(12", Album, Ltd, TP) klanggold kg021 Germany 2017
kg021 Andreas Usenbenz Bells Breath ‎(4xFile, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, Album, com) klanggold kg021 Germany 2017

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REVIEW: SIGIL OF BRASS: Bell’s Breath transforms the tolling of the bells in the Ulm Minster into a work of sound art. This project by Andreas Usenbenz was created for the 125th anniversary of the minster spire’s completion and was presented in the form of an audio installation inside the minster in the fall of 2015. Andreas Usenbenz is self-taught. Since 2000, he is working in sound-art between field recording, composition and improvisation. For his work Usenbenz primarily uses sounds from his immediate surroundings. These sounds can be sampled directly from the environment. They serve as starting material for his compositions. Drone Music or musique concrète, Ambient are genres which are heavily connected to Andreas work. Andreas Usenbenz has taken a raw recording of the tolling of the minster bells at Ulm and created a piece that is disassociated with the emotion extolled by the original master. But this is no remix. The peal of the minster bells are welcome to most, but grate to others. With Bells Breath, Usenbenz re-frames a sound and emotion that is pan-European in to a work that is refreshingly astute and modern. Using layer upon layer of process sound, Usenbenz forms an ambient piece where artwork and location become an inseparable one. What the audience experiences is an amplified perception of itself. Very minimal and, dare I say it, very cool – “Bells Breath” references the minimalist artworks that came out of the late 1960’s. A new understanding of art was being developed in contrast to abstract painting. Part of it was an abandonment of categories that had been considered essential until then, like the aesthetic experience or the artists signature style. Industrially produced materials were now being used, every day objects were stripped bare of their function. Experiencing art turned into an experience of self-awareness on behalf of the audience. If you are familiar with the genre of minimal music – this album, ‘Bells Breath’ is a stand out example of the genre. Not too clever, not too flat: just right.