If you’ve kept a keen ear to the underground, you may have noticed a trance revival creeping into the dance floors and darkrooms of late: a post ironic return to the 64 bar breakdowns and peak time key changes of your serotonin drenched youth. So what’s this then? Has Growing Bin gone from groundbreaker to copycat? Dig a little deeper folks, for the Trance in question is Jürgen Petersen, a forgotten cosmic kingpin in tune with true electronic excellence.
When Danielle Baldelli wanted to show off his eclectic tastes, which record did he reach for? Petersen’s 1980 LP, ‘Here And Now’ of course. And when John Schaefer put together his essential exploration of New Sounds, who did he describe as Germany’s answer to Eno? Trance, damn right! After blessing the world with a trio of essential electronic LPs between 1979 and 1983, Petersen moved out of the limelight and lived off the grid, collecting his mind-expanding music on a series of self-recorded, self-released cassettes, known only to the inner circle of elite European diggers. The sounds found within were unusual, experimental and ecstatic.
Fusing the organic tones of piano, 12 string guitar and sitar with soothing sine waves and hypnotic synthesis, Petersen harnessed the healing frequencies out there in the cosmos and transfixed the listener with pure otherworldly beauty – ambient music for a new age. Unravelling these rare cassettes for music lovers everywhere, Growing Bin treats us to ‘Tapes’, a five-track vision quest for the horizontal travellers and fourth world nomads.
– Patrick Ryder