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Catalog No: FLX3
Artist: Frank Rothkamm
Title: Mystery of the Leaping Fish
Label: Flux Records
Length: 23:51
Composed: 1984-1993
Release Date: 12/17/1997
Edition Size: 300
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"It is a historical fact that in 1967 Australian Prime Minister Holt dived into the ocean off a beach near Melbourne and vanished without a trace.

It has been speculated that he did not drown but was initiated into the Grand Lodge Of The Deep while under water. It is said that this legendary Lodge still presides in an underwater geodesic dome, occasionally mistaken for Atlantis. Although not much is known about the Lodge's rites, communication took place that enabled me to receive the recordings found on this disc.

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish dates back far in time, before, one is inclined to say, there was time at all. I have therefore faithfully mastered these sound manifestations to the standards set in the Mmakthor Alchemie.

It is clear while listening that much remains unexplained. Here I can only testify to the authentic ritual nature of these recordings, drawn from personal experience about secrets revealed to me recently."

© Frank Rothkamm - Williamsburgh NYC - MCMXCVII



Tracklisting: year opus
[01] New York Ela 1993 221 9:16
[02] Vancouver B.C. Living under water 1989 115 8:06
[03] Moers Dux Vitae 1984 108 6:29




Reviews:

VITAL WEEKLY  NETHERLANDS
 
"It is a historical fact that in 1967 Australian Prime Minister
dived into the ocean off a beach near Melbourne and vanished without a
trace.  It has been speculated that he did not drown but was initiated
into the Grand Lodge of the Deep while under water.  It is said that
this legendary Lodge still presides in a underwater geodesic dome,
occasionally mistaken for Atlantis.  Although not much is known about
the Lodge's rites, communication took place the enabled me to receive
the recordings found on this disc."

A certain amount of speaking through water happens on this
recording.  The sounds gesticulate from afar, trying to make themselves
be heard clearly.  It is as if the ambient murk obscures the mouth so
that not even the lips are heard.  And there is a flow to it all - past
this eel of sound and that fish of tune.  There goes a stingray, chased
by a manta ray.  Oo wah oo wah.  The singing of the monkfish pervades.
A bell and the chittering of water.  Where did our esteemed Prime
Minister go?  What bends in the road did the journey take?  There is the
distinct falling feeling in the sounds.  And, of course, there are
whales.  Killer.  A warble of sound gazes up to the destroyed world as
it descends, past the pieces of chorale, ripples bottoming up and
fading...
 
David Cotner VITAL WEEKLY

LAST SIGH 
 
    "It is a historical fact that in 1967 Australian Prime Minister Holt dived into the ocean off a beach near Melbourne and vanished without a trace. It has been speculated that he did not drown but was initiated into the Grand Lodge Of The Deep while under water. It is said that this legendary Lodge still presides in an underwater dome, occaisionally mistaken for Atlantis."
          Rothkamm's music on The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish is based on recordings made directly from the rituals in the Lodge, where Frank makes comment that: "...I can only testify to the authentic ritual nature of these recordings, drawn from personal experience about secrets revealed..."   --Rothkamm, 1997.

          This work by Frank Rothkamm begins with eerie expansive drones coupled with an exotic female voice, winding around a back ground of harmonics and slow manipulated reverberation -- quite fantasy-like. Continuing on with what reminds me of a very large wasp flying uncomfortably close to my ears and integrating the airborne aspect of nature, a woman's voice again breaks in with gothic-classical for a few moments -- enveloped in the same type of long drawn out ambient drones that began the piece, bringing the listener to an aural waterscape with a foreground of what sounds like tubular bells being tapped gently in slow motion.
         Surprisingly, the next segment is that of a whale song I believe, coupled with whispy electronics which fade out leaving behind only the haunting singing of the water creature, but yet continues with interjections of electronic wizardry as the cries remain throughout. This is definately a unique piece of experimental electronica integrating natural sound and those manipulated by man and machines -- a beautiful and interesting contrast.
          The final selection on this work has male and female vocals of classical choral -- gothic again in nature. It sounds as if these voices could have been recorded in a dark cathedral in Europe in conjunction with some type of  myterious ritual or prayer for water, wind, earth and fire. This is a superb work of aural art.
 
Kim Alexander LAST SIGH

AMBITRANCE 
 
A uniquely packaged Limited Edition CDEP, Mystery of the Leaping Fish is an immersive undersea excursion "based" on the oceanic disappearance of Australia's Prime Minister in 1967. The three tracks here artfully blend droning electronics with other sound effects, i.e. operatic vocals, water sounds, variously un/identifiable instrumentation, (real or artificial?) dolphin cries, and more.

For a truly oblique web journey, stop by the Flux website.

 
David J Opdyke AMBITRANCE

LE VESTIBULE  CANADA
 
Miss, Mister, I would like to sincerely thank you for having sent me the limited edition CD "Mystery Of The Leaping Fish" from Frank Rothkamm.

I have to admit that I had never heard before of Mister Rothkamm nor his work, and let me tell you that I was greatly impressed. The 3 pieces found on this disc reveal a wide range of creativity, from the very ambient and floating "Ela" to the oceanic soundscape "Living Under Water" to the classically influenced "Dux Vitae", each track provides us with great atmospheres that are built from various electronic and organic sounds that blend together perfectly to create a journey through the depth of an imaginary realm that lays somehow inside of each of us.

The work of Mister Rothkamm is very inspiring, it wraps our senses and captures the mind to free the soul... I felt like I was in a suspension, and that I was travelling across mysterious lands, but I was completely still, it's the landscape that was moving towards me... it was an unique experience.

So once again let me thank you so very much for having offered me the chance to discover this wonderful artist, and you can be assured that I will include him on my playlists...

I was wondering if it would maybe be possible for you to send me a CD compilation or sampler from your lable so I could play your artists more regularly on my radio show Le Vestibule... this is an innocent request, if you are unable to answer it, I will perfectly understand. So until I will hear from you again, I wish you all the best.

Take care.
 
Jean-Francois Fecteau LE VESTIBULE

COMATONSE 
 
frank,

have you been in touch with bill laswell? your release (and short little text) seem somewhat in line with his better ambient releases. i am supposed to meet with him around the middle of february and would be happy to pass him a copy of your cd...

old school - i like it! :)
 
terre thaemlitz COMATONSE

SPENDID 
 
Frank Rothkamm presents an EP of ambient-based music, with exotic sonic interjections (consonant to Future Sounds of London) that manage to break through the carefully crafted surface of seemingly impervious sound. What's most intriguing about this CD is its ability to manipulate the human auditory channels. A powerfully relaxing and mentally stimulating assemblage of synthesized sound waves demands attention, yet does not overpower the senses or intrude excessively into personal mind-space. "Living Underwater" prods the senses as water surges from your speakers, yet it never forces you under the surface, demanding a successful re-emergence for a fresh gasp of air in order to proceed. Even the packaging is spectacularly simple -- a plastic sheath and folded pentagon -- yet it evokes curiosity. There are so many ambient records these days that lack the soul and intelligence that Mystery of the Leaping Fish possesses. I highly recommend that you check out the Flux website and purchase one of these CDs online. The only disappointment you'll find here is that it's only 19 minutes in length.
 
Andrew Magilow SPENDID