Jo Zimmermann's Schlammpeitziger project has been a unique fixture on Cologne's electronic scene since the early '90s. Zimmermann's simple, unassuming music is constructed almost entirely using the factory presets of his trusty Casio CZ-230S keyboard, with spare use of samples and a drum machine added for seasoning. Always present on his records are Zimmermann's wry sense of humor and fondness for wordplay. The word "schlammpeitziger" is a slight modification of the German name for a species of mud-dwelling fish, and many of Schlammpeitziger's lengthy titles use similar linguistic trickery. With his unashamedly retro sound sources and flair for na+»ve melody, Schlammpeitziger incorporates the textures of early German electronic pioneers like Kraftwerk and Cluster into a distinctly lo-fi, indie pop context.
The first Schlammpeitziger recordings were compiled on the Erdrauchharnschleck cassette in 1993 by Entenpfuhl, a label founded by Frank Dommert (later of Gefriem and Sonig). A remixed and remastered version of Erdrauchharnschleck eventually surfaced on vinyl. After the eminently tongue-twisting but seldom heard Freundlichbaracudamelodieliedgut appeared in 1996, 1998's more upbeat Spacerockmountainrutschquatier brought Schlammpeitziger a wider audience, and the further refined Augenwischwaldmoppgefloete followed in 2000. The exceptional compilation Collected Simplesongs of My Temporary Past, which contained selected tracks from all of his full-length releases along with some odds and ends, appeared in 2001. Zimmermann also collaborates with F.X. Randomiz as Holosud. ~ Mark Richardson
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