Christoph Limbach ‘begin _if_ (3)’ (12)


begin _if_ (3) is the third installment in an ongoing series of sound works by Berlin-based sound artist Christoph Limbach. Previous editions have been released on Richard Garet’s Contour Editions (begin _if_ (1), 2009) and Modisti (begin _if_ (2), 2010). The series was first conceived in 2005 in Madrid and finally brought to life in 2009 in Berlin, combining both field recordings and studio work, embracing cutting techniques that are common in visual design and audio post-production for film, fusing concrete sounds and improvisation. The series is following a wider lose concept that comes after different practices and approaches to sound that interacts with each release’s different and distinct physical or nonphysical medium. Inspired by Hidden Variable Theories and following a concept that ultimately remains hidden to the listener, begin _if_ (3) sees Limbach delve into the tape as sound carrier and celebrate tape hiss and saturation as compositional materials. Created in studio, the work includes field recordings made in Tokyo and Berlin, vinyl and tape manipulations, unprocessed instrumental sounds and bits and pieces from different locations and practices of sound work.

1st edition of 60 copies (June 2014): pro-duplicated cassettes in plastic case.



Christoph Limbach is a sound artist based in Berlin. His focus has always been on sound but his background in applied physics and film projects has an outstanding influence on his current sound works, using film editing techniques and film sound aesthetics for his sound pieces and live performances. He has released his works on labels such as Contour Editions, Staaltape, Modisti, Framework Radio and more. He does sound engineering and installation for John Bock in addition to production and mastering work at Emitter19 Studios. Together with Pierce Warnecke he curates the Emitter Micro festival and label.