It was a rainy day in October when the mail man knocked on Max Würden’s door. He had ordered an album from El Muelle Records in Malaga, Spain, but when he opened the package it didn’t contain only PEPO GALAN’s album STRANDED, he found a bunch of CDs in there, published by the same label. What a pleasant surprise, and it turned out to be a true cultural survival kit just in time for the following grey weekend full of rain. Having never actually met in person they came to realize that they already followed each others musical projects online for years, a vivid exchange ensued peaking with a question if they shouldn’t work together on an album. 30 minutes later Pepo had sent his first idea, and Max started working on it right away. Musically the two artists had found each other. They immersed themselves so deep into the tracks that at the end neither one of them was able to tell who exactly contributed which sounds to their album ALL OF A SUDDEN.
They also found commonalities in their work processes. Both like to incorporate cassette tapes (like Max’s album RETOUR, Kompakt 2016), and they also like to experiment with guitars and other string instruments which form the musical spine for ALL OF A SUDDEN.
UPDATE: The track STAY by Pepo Galán & Max Würden was released on the POP AMBIENT 2020 compilation by KOMPAKT RECORDS COLOGNE
*CD Includes two prints from artist CHRISTINE NGUYEN taken from her show „Cyanotypes: The Cosmic Long Return“ Images from her solo exhibition at Baik Art, Los Angeles
released May 30, 2018
All Sound + Production Pepo Galán & Max Würden
Album Cover | Tree of Life (2016) salt crystals, graphite, cyanotype on stretch muslin by CHRISTINE NGUYEN / www.lephant.com
Mastering by Südblock Studios, (Berlin, Germany) P & C 2018 Unknown Tone Records
After both of us- THORE PFEIFFER and MAX WÜRDEN – had a track on the POP AMBIENT COMPILATION 2015 from KOMPAKT RECORDS, we thought it was a nice idea to exchange a few ideas. Since then we exchange samples, sounds, arrangements, melodies and sometimes we even talk. We produce FEINHERBEN POP AMBIENT and this is our debut album!
Released December 1, 2017
C + P 2017 Würden & Pfeiffer / Headtractive Production Produced and Mixed by Max Würden & Thore Pfeiffer Mastering by Maximilian Wendling Graphic Design by Finna Leibenguth / www.eaudecollage.de
„…Würden really persuades here in taking his time to build a patient yet atmospheric record of crystalline, hypnotic pop reveries.“ OTHER MUSIC / NYC
„delicately crafted ambient house anchored by steady dub bass…“ BOOMKAT.com
TRANSIT is an intense ambient trip through lush sonic felds as well as dark sound tunnels. Atmospheric feld recordings invite their listeners to stay a while – right before the dub beats reliably push the tempo. So get in, take a seat and let yourself go. Your journey begins here.
released March 11, 2016
(c) 2016 BineMusic Music written & produced by Max Würden Distributed by Kompakt / A-Musik Design by Ordner www.binemusic.de
Album von RoN Schmidt & Max Würden Signierte, nummerierte und limitierte Digipack Auflage von 55 Stück.
Diesmal haben sich RoN Schmidt und Max Würden nicht 10 Jahre Zeit gelassen, wie bei ihrer vorigen Produktion „wir haben die welt schon gerettet!“, dafür enthält die CD einen durchgehenden, langen Track (55:55), der es in sich hat.
Das Ergebnis ihrer Zusammenarbeit ist eine spannende, musikalische Grenzerfahrung. Schwebende, weiträumige Momente geraten in dramatische, akustische Verwirrungen, um sich wieder zu klären und dann in neue Dimensionen aufzubrechen. Für den aufmerksamen Hörer eine unvergleichliche, abenteuerliche Innenraumfahrt mit bewusstseinserweiternder Wirkung.
The album RETOUR is based on 4-track tape recordings that Max Würden originally made in the 90s. Luckily, he kept these analog treasures hidden behind his studio sofa for all those years – to unearth them now, brush the dust off and rework them with modern means, making them sound like they were only 3 weeks old. The result is an album as if made from one piece that knows how to satisfy the aspiration and wit requested by this kind of music – and how to function as pure, immersive ambient listening experience. RETOUR is the second release in the EXPONATE CD series curated by WOLFGANG VOIGT / KOMPAKT RECORDS
released November 6, 2015
(c) 2015 Kompakt Records / Exponate Music produced and mixed by Max Würden Mastering by Jörg Burger Image editing inlaycard by Finna Leibenguth / www.eaudecollage.de Portrait photo by Sibylle Mall
All tracks composed with sounds taken from 4-track tapes recorded between 1995 and 1999.