Troum

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Stefan Knappe in 2014

Troum is a German project of drone music, ambient music, noise music, and experimental music. It was founded in the late 1990s by Stefan Knappe (aka Baraka[H]) and Martin Gitschel (aka Glit[S]ch). It is sometimes considered to be the follow-up project to Maeror Tri. Stefan Knappe is also the founder and owner of Drone Records.

History[edit]

TROUM is a duo located in Bremen, Germany, established in early 1997. The two members "Glit[S]ch" and "Baraka[H]" were active before in the influential ambient/industrial group MAËROR TRI (which existed from 1988 to 1996). TROUM is the old German word for "DREAM". The dream is seen as a central manifestation of the unconscious, and symbolizes the aim of TROUM to lead the listener into a hypnotizing dream-state of mind, a pre-verbal and primal consciousness sphere. TROUM uses music as the direct path to the Unconscious, pointing to the archaic "essence" of the humans inner psyche. TROUM tries to create music that works like a direct transformation of unconscious matter.

TROUM's creations are influenced by post-industrial, minimal and drone-music. Both members use guitar, bass, voice, accordion, balalaika, flute, mouth-organ, melodica, gong, field recordings, pre-recorded-tapes and a diversity of sound-objects to build a kind of multi-layered and highly atmospheric dreaming-muzak. Their sound could be described as “dark atmospheric ambient industrial”, "transcendental noise" or just “Tiefenmusik”. TROUM doesn't work with samplers or computer-soundsources, the sounds are created "by hand" to reach a broader sensibility. TROUM uses a spiral as their logo, expressing the trance-inducing potential of the music and the wish to reach inner, deeper spheres of the mind with it. Music as a door to unknown & alien dimensions. Music as an expression of the mystery of existence itself.

Discography[edit]

LPs, EPs, singles[edit]

Year Title Format Label Notes
1997 Troumings MC No label
1998 Daur 10" Cohort Records Limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl; 24 copies in special cover
1998 Dreaming Muzak MC Cling Film - Records 7 Limited to 100 copies, handmade pillow-cover
1998 Ryna CD Myotis Records First edition of 500 copies came in large cover
2000 Framapeis / Var 12" Moloko+ First edition 200 copies; second edition 100 copies
2000 Mort Aux Vaches: Sen CD Staalplaat Limited to 600 copies
2001 Kapotte Muziek By... 7" Korm Plastics Limited to 300 copies
2001 Tjukurrpa (Part One: Harmonies) CD Transgredient Records First 2,000 copies in special cover
2001 Tjukurrpa (Part Two: Drones) CD Transgredient Records First 2,000 copies in special cover
2002 Mnemonic Induction CD Malignant Records Collaboration with Yen Pox
2002 Symbiosis MCD Transgredient Records First 200 copies in special cover
2003 Darvê Sh 10" Beta-Lactam Ring Records Limited to 500 copies; first 100 copies came in red-white vinyl
2003 Kasha-Pâshâna CD Old Europa Cafe Limited to 500 copies, together with Tam Quam Tabula Rasa and Kallabris
2003 Ljubimaya 10" Waystyx Records Limited to 455 copies; all in special cover
2003 Sigqan CD Desolation House Limited to 1,000 copies
2003 Tjukurrpa (Part Three: Rhythms And Pulsations) CD Transgredient Records First 2,000 copies in special cover
2004 Autopoiesis Pic-LP Small Voices Limited to 567 copies
2004 Un/Mahts Pic-7" Equation Records Limited to 444 copies
2005 Ajin Pic-12" Equation Records Limited to 500 copies
2005 Dissolution CD Fario Split/Collaboration with Christian Renou
2005 Nahtscato 12" Paranoise Records Limited to 300 copies on red vinyl
2005 Objectlessness CD-R Mystery Sea Limited to 100 copies
2006 Seeing-Ear Gods CD-R Discorporeality Records Live, limited to 200 copies
2006 Shutûn CD Old Europa Cafe Collaboration with All Sides, Limited to 1,000 copies
2006 To A Child Dancing In The Wind CD Transgredient Records Collaboration with Martyn Bates
2006 Dreaming Muzak CD-R Taalem/Kokeshidisk Reissue, first 100 in special cover
2007 AIWS CD Transgredient Records
2007 Ignis Sacer LP Welt Am Draht Live
2007 Nargis 7" Viva Hate Records Limited to 500 copies; 100 violett, 400 red, first 50 with T-Shirt
2007 Ryna CD Transgredient Records Reissue
2007 Symballein CD SmallVoices
2008 Darvê Sh / Ajin CD Nefryt Reissue, limited to 404 copies
2008 Sen 2x12" Equation Records Reissue, limited to 217 picture discs, 147 clear tan with black/white halo, 97 clear milky white with sepia haze
2009 Eald-Ge-Stréon CD Beta-Lactam Ring Records
2009 Eald-Ge-Stréon/Abhijñâ 2xCD Beta-Lactam Ring Records Limited to 500 copies
2009 Sigqan CD Transgredient Records Reissue
2009 Ljubimaya / Daur CD Abgurd Records Reissue, limited to 500 copies
2010 Mare Idiophonika CD Tourette Records limited to 500 copies

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Track title Appears on/Compilation name Format Label Notes
1998 "Stredan" Ambient Intimacy CD-R EE Tapes Limited to 169 copies, two editions
1998 "Krêt" Circles of Infinity 2MC Myotis Records Limited to 150 copies
1999 "Untitled 15 Min. Extract" 11th Festival for Independent Music & Arts Video (VHS) EE Tapes Limited to 100 copies
1999 "Luaid" Paraphilia Worship CD-R Maintenance Limited to 150 copies
1999 "Exic" Vorely Relay CD Noctovision Remix of an Ultra Milmmaids track
1999 "Brinnan" Lagrimas Die Miedo CD Fear Drop No. 6 magazine Limited to 1,000 copies
2000 "Lumen" A Bell Is Just a Bowl Till It's Struck CD-R Beta lactam Ring Records Limited to 100 copies, all in special covers
2000 "Rigor Vitreus" Audio Odditions #2 CD Influx Communications
2000 "Navis" Ten Years of Madness. Behind The Iron Curtain 2CD Achtung Baby/Indiestate Limited to 1,000 copies
2000 "Untitled Loop" lockERS LP ERS
2000 "Thumus" Cling Film Compilation CD-R Cling Film Festival Limited to 200 copies
2001 "Ganymed" Automation 2LP Laub Records
2002 "Eugh [Cunabula]" ThisConnected CD Thisco Limited to 500 copies
2002 "Part II (edit) of Sigqan" A Slight Touch of Grace CD Release Entertainment Promotional release
2002 "Wit Wists Fra-Qistjan" Fear Drop No. 9 CD Fear Drop No. 9 magazine
2002 "Khan-Arachnid" Infernal Proteus 4CD/Book The Ajna Offensive
2002 "Ater" Painted Black CD Tumult Records
2003 "Magischer Moment" DHY 050 LP Dhyana Records
2003 "Untitled" Lactamase Bonus Compilation 10" Beta-Lactam Ring Records
2003 "Makaria" The Walls Are Whispering CD EE Tapes Limited to 525 copies
2003 "Ananke" Evolved As One CD Evolved As One
2004 "Uswena" Shadows of Records Infinite CD Crucialblast
2005 "When You Scream..." Aidan Baker - Remixes CD Arcolepsy Limited to 250 copies, remix of an Aidan Baker track
2006 "Dhanu-h" Breaking Down the Barriers 1995-2005. Ten Years of Afe MP3 Contributed to free online compilation
2006 "Drüsian" Brainwaves 3XCD Limited to 500 copies
2006 "Giascei" cryosphere CD Glacial Movements

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