M. Ostermeier  |  Chance Reconstruction  |  TCH01  |  Aug 2010  |  digipak

m. ostermeier : piano - electronics - acoustics - guitar
recorded : baltimore md usa
photography : james luckett - consumptive.org

M. Ostermeier already has two CDs in 2010 — both in mini-album form. Percolate ([ parvo art ] 2010) featured his acoustic and Rhodes piano mixed with Labradford-esque guitars over minimal electronic beats. On Lakefront (Hibernate, 2010) the beats had evaporated and the infusion of electronic textures and field recordings yielded something more organic, more haunting. Throughout, the fragmented piano established a melancholic and reflective mood but more through style than through melody.

Here on Chance Reconstruction, his first full-length release, both mood and melody come into focus. The acoustic piano provides a warmth and familiarity that offsets the abstract electronics and field recordings that decorate the periphery. Unlike the thick melancholy that filled every corner of Lakefront, Chance Reconstruction at times displays a wistful playfulness and at others a peaceful contentment that comes from accepting and enjoying the world as it is. But even as the form shifts from meandering tone poems to miniature Goldmund-esque piano pieces, there is no doubt that the operating word still is 'melancholy.' The hesitant piano melodies take on an almost conversational form, but from someone repeating and rephrasing his thoughts as he talks to himself, imagining different outcomes of some unfortunate event. This inward reflective stillness permeates this debut digipak release for Tench.

last (3.52)
chance reconstruction (4.07)
suspended (2.40)
harp (3.50)
beacon adrift (3.22)
chasing ghosts (4.31)
deepr (4.07)
october in september (1.44)
hedge game (4.50)
no. 14 (2.00)


A top 10 Improv and Avant-Garde Album of the Year for 2010. — Exclaim

"One thing is certain: Ostermeier is a compositional master." — The Silent Ballet

"The unfathomable depth of these seemingly simple pieces lends them an unexpectedly epic air. Yes, this is small, quiet and fragile music. But it is also the biggest small, loudest quiet and most incisively fragile music you'll hear for quite a while." — Tokafi

"One of the finest examples of neo classical experimentation I've heard in a while. Thoroughly excellent." — Norman Records

"M.Ostermeier's Chance Reconstruction on Tench Records is a stunner!" — Deer Diary

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  Percolate (Parvoart, 2010; Tench, 2019)
  Lakefront (Hibernate, 2010)
  Chance Reconstruction (Tench, 2010)
  The Rules of Another Small World (Tench, 2011)
  Still (Tench, 2015)
  Tiny Birds (Home Normal, 2016)
  Tuesday, She Stayed Away (w/ T. Maus) (Tench, 2019)