It seems that noise is the answer to Joseph Beuys ideas about music, especially when he states that everybody is a musician and need to explore is creative potential just by playing. I totally agree with this. The only thing that puzzles me is the impulse pushing nowadays noise/improv artists to release everything they record. It's like we're in an era where archiving moments of pure creation stands as an opposition to consumerism. Then again, who but the noise fans are the best customers, buying every record there is, I'm always impressed by the merch tables at these shows.... By doing so, we have to acknowledge early krautrock bands in the 70's for paving the way, allowing contemporary noise artists to be considered hip. I assume the three gentlemen forming Du Hexen Hase know about this, that's why they list bands like Neu! and Kraftwerk as influences on their myspace page. More than that, one track on this release is called “Werekrautwolf”. Get some electronic devices, a bit of steady percussions, add some flute in the mix for an unstructured jam session and , voilà! You have it: early krautrock...but I guess a little of musicianship can sometimes help.
The music on this release is assembled from two live tracks previously released on tape , for the Eugene Noise Fest in Eugene, Oregon, and another one (Werekrautwolf) recorded in studio, settling nicely in the middle of Concert for the People of Eugene pt.1 and 2. First track consists of flute sounds fluttering on top of some electronic rumble, backed by a primitive percussion, as if someone is trying to keep the beat banging on pots and pans. That's when the flutes (here it comes, prog reference), just like little space elves, meet with some kind of ogre, anxious to feed on the little elves marching steadily to their sure death. Regardless of how fun elves and ogres are, I found the studio track to be more interesting, using a drum kit adds colors to the percussive aspects of this song and the players appear to be more focused. On Concert for the People of Eugene pt.2 , I'm not sure if it's the phaser effect or the short repetitive guitar slabs, but up to some point it's like a Stan Brakhage movie; walking in a blizzard, facing the wind and the striking cold, repeating the same steps over and over again, seen from different camera angles, following the pulse of the music. Someone just walking, continuously until he falls in the snow waiting to die. Hmmm, it looks like Du Hexen Hase have this capacity of summoning images of death in my mind. Interesting. This is really dark music. 6/10 -- Frédérick Galbrun (17 February, 2010)