Wolfgang Tillmans: 2016 / 1986 EP

Music by Wolfgang Tillmans

A1 Make It Up As You Go Along
A2 Triangle / Gong / What
B1 Fascinating This Time
B2 Stranger
B3 Time Flows All Over

How to introduce the first record by Wolfgang Tillmans? Now considered one of the most significant visual artists working today, his very first passion in life lay with music. This record features on its B-side three songs recorded in 1986 in his home town of Remscheid. The A-side features two pieces recorded in 2015/2016. The 29-year gap in between were marked by Tillmans exploring music, pop, and club culture from many different angles.

‘Make It Up As You Go Along’ is a pulsing dance track based on the recordings of a book printing press in a factory in Stuttgart. Morphed through various production stages, the press’s syncopations and Tillmans’s serendipitouspenditous vocals merge into an intoxicating track that could become a summer festival early a.m. favorite. ‘Triangle / Gong / What’ is an experimental offering, which combines the sounds of playing a special alloy triangle, a 999 fine gold gong, and a vocal, fused through a particular gain manipulation during the recording process. 

The 1986 side features three songs which Tillmans wrote and recorded with collaborator Bert Leßmann. A single channel recording from the rehearsal room was all he had from back in the day. With the help of Tim and Klaus Knapp the recordings were filtered and equalized, and then supported with precise reconstructions of the original instruments. Out of this production process spanning 30 years, a unique time capsule emerged, which portrays a small-town teenager with some ambition. ‘Time Flows All Over’ is a haunting reminiscence of the angst and energy of the mid-1980s, infused with surprising contemporary relevance.


Publisher: Label: Fragile

Artists: Wolfgang Tillmans

Designer: Wolfgang Tillmans

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: 12-inch EP

ISBN: 4260038313695

Retail: $14

Status: Available

Wolfgang Tillmans

Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

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