The Wonderful World of Male Intuition Carl Michael von Hausswolff

… perhaps even the best Hausswolff I ever heard… Vital, Netherlands

The Wonderful World of Male Intuition is the first Canadian release from Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Constructed as a one single piece, mostly using a large variation of sine wave oscillators interacting with sounds from the sea, land and outer space, its parts deals with the human phenomena called “intuition”. The various stream-like pulse flows continues through the piece and inserts manipulated voices of different male person important to von Hausswolffs life are frequently heard. The persons are, according to the artist, important as “positive energies in a world that obviously is feasting on itself without knowing how to go to the toilet.”

The voices heard in some tracks are from artists, thinkers and prominents like The Dalai Lama, John Lilly, Albert Hofman and Alvin Lucier… while other tracks are dedicated to fellow artists like Mika Vainio, Erkki Kurenniemi, Jim Thirlwell and Navin Rawanchaikul.

This is the first part of two CDs dealing with the concept of Intuition.

  • Oral
  • ORAL 10 / 2006
  • Total duration: 43:02

The Wonderful World of Male Intuition

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

In the press

  • Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 534, July 12, 2006
    … perhaps even the best Hausswolff I ever heard…

Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 534, July 12, 2006

Probably the name Carl Michael von Hausswolff doesn’t need much introduction. His conceptually edged releases on labels as Sub Rosa, Touch and Raster Noton deal with such subjects as architecture and voices from beyond. Here The Wonderful World of Male Intuition is the subject. To shed some light on it, he uses sine wave oscillators, field recordings (sea, land, outer space) but also the voices of persons important as ‘positive energies in a world that obviously is feasting on itself without knowing how to go to the toilet’, being the Dalai Lama, Willem de Ridder, Gregory Bateson, Alvin Lucier, John C Lilly, Albert Hofmann, Friedrich Jürgenson and Brion Gysin. Many of these voices are processed through the use of the sine waves, in some way or another, which makes the voices hard to understand, but of course that is not the intent anyway. Throughout the forty some minutes, I learned nothing much about the male intuition (if that exists at all), but purely as a work of sine waves and field recordings I must say that this is a particular strong work by Hausswolff. Not too overtly minimal, leaning on his sine waves, but it’s the combination of all three components works quite well, the sine waves, field recordings and voices. It might perhaps even the best Hausswolff I ever heard (despite not having heard all, he admitted straight away).

… perhaps even the best Hausswolff I ever heard…

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