Mach Ruhe

theAdelaidean (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formSound Composition


Slow, spacious, and resonant, “mach ruhe” is an elegiac meditation on the circular nature of conflict, created using editing techniques little different to the ones I learned in the days of magnetic tape.

This album evolved over several months from the recording of a single note played on a piano in the early 1990s. It’s hard to say what I was looking for, exactly, when I started playing with that sound. A proof of principle, perhaps: that the old saw about worlds in a drop of water applied to music as well. The recordings I made as a much younger musician and composer weren’t terribly polished or accomplished, but I always felt that there was something of value in there, if I only I looked deep enough . . . or built up enough layers. And here you have it. Layers upon layers, all the way down.

In German, “mach ruhe” means something like “make peace” or “chill out”. The title came only when the tracks were largely formed, drawn out of what seemed at times to be a tense and restrained series of soundscapes from which anything might emerge (much like that drop of water). There was something of the grave’s stillness in here. The quiet before the storm. The held breath as a whistle sounds and soldiers swarm out of the trenches. Mud to mud.

If you listen hard, you too might be surprised by what you’ll hear in this single note.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAerozine 50
Media of outputOnline
Size61 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2020


  • Music
  • Album
  • make peace
  • electronic
  • ambient
  • beat tape
  • dark ambient
  • experimental
  • lofi
  • lowercase


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