Thomas Wydler and Toby Dammit, longtime close friends searching for a project together, combined their tastes, talent and humor on these 11 sketches. In 2002 Dammit arrived in Berlin somewhat empty handed and dazed at what to contribute, as Wydler had already designed much of the drumming and percussion landscapes. With considerable thought a radical chance had to be taken. Armed with a rare Buchla synthesizer, a vocal microphone and tape echo, Dammit asked Wydler to give him a chance to explore some strange ideas. Recording engineer Ingo Krauss kept the creative waters flowing without question and what resulted surprised them all. Large phonetic vocal choirs were built, sometimes beautiful, mysterious or a horrific nightmare. Each piece gained unique characters and themes. Thus a strange and visual musical world slowly appeared before them; the cinema of MORPHOSA HARMONIA.
Later that week, Wydler and Dammit attended a dinner at the home of German artist Martin Eder. As they explained their strange new project, Eder expressed interest in contributing the artwork. At that time Eder had completed a parallel series of beautiful watercolor portraits of both cats and women. Combining both side by side displayed varieties of a possible morphosis from feline to feminine, (or vice versa) and a mysterious yet complimentary layer came to their musical characters. It appeared to complete the cinematic world they had designed; thus a true harmonic morphosis exposed, balanced in music and painting, the strange characters of MORPHOSA HARMONIA.
released November 19, 2021
Produced and Recorded by Thomas Wydler 2003
Toby Dammit recorded by Ingo Krauss at Lost In Space Studios, Berlin 2003
Mixed by Ingo Krauss at Lost In Space Studios, Berlin 2004
Remastered from the original session recordings by Tom Meyer at Master & Servant, Hamburg 2021
Re-issue Executive Producers: Guido Randzio and Carsten Hess
All paintings by Martin Eder
Photographs of Mr. Wydler & Mr. Dammit by Dana Schechter in Bavois, Switzerland 2003
Graphic layout production by Sven Grot, Hamburg 2021
GRAND CHESS is a word play on the names of the two company founders, Guido Randzio and Carsten Hess. Friends, businessmen
and fellow connoisseurs of art and music for many decades, we have created a music company that offers services and products we would actually buy ourselves. We gladly leave chasing after short-lived trends and appealing to the uncritical masses to others....more