Archive for March, 2012

Resident Advisor announces Cancerboy

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

You can read the article here.

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Glitterbug will release an album entitled Cancerboy on his c.sides label in May.

Having co-founded the Cologne-based imprint in 2008, Glitterbug, AKA Till Rohmann, has used it as an outlet for the majority of his production. His prior work has moved between midtempo dance floor rhythms to more ambient and experimental material. Glitterbug scatters these styles throughout Cancerboy, with heavy ambient passages giving way to lighter and more melodic 4/4 production. On a conceptual level, Glitterbug’s third album is an autobiographical expression and its title refers to Rohmann’s childhood struggle with cancer.

Clubbingspain announces Cancerboy!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Our dear friends of Clubbingspain announced my upcoming album… you can read the article here.

Publicado el 29.03.2012

El productor de Colonia Till Rohmann aka Gllitterbug tiene un nuevo álbum preparado para su publicación. De título, Cancerboy, éste será su tercer disco y saldrá a la venta el próximo 7 de mayo a través del sello c.sides. Hasta aquí todo como es habitual, pero Cancerboy no es un disco normal, es un intimo viaje autobiográfico a una de las mayores experiencias de su vida: la lucha de Glitterbug durante su infancia contra la maldita enfermedad. Una crónica privada de batallas, a veces ganadas, a veces perdidas. Tal vez por esto el sonido del disco se mantiene en el filo de la consciencia, con multitud de ecos y reverberaciones, además de la crudeza de lo analógico. “Pasé la mayor parte de mi infancia en hospitales, viajando a través del extraño mundo de la radiación y la quimioterápia, suspendido en una dimensión desconocida entre la esperanza y la muerte, según los médicos con esperanzas de vida cercanas a cero. Esas experiencias me marcaron profundamente a mi y el modo en el que me relaciono con el mundo. Y a través de los años he sentido la necesidad de acercarme a este tema a través de la música. Y así vino Cancerboy, un disco sobre el cáncer, la amarga lucha, la desesperación, la esperanza, el enfado, la enfermedad, y al mismo tiempo, un amor fervoroso y una apreciación profunda de la vida.” Cancerboy saldrá a la venta vía c.sides el día 7 de mayo.

Glitterbug’s Bandcamp site in place!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

If you were wondering how to find those Glitterbug tracks in lossless quality or how to order vinyl while still getting the files in any format you ever wanted, incl. all those wonderful audiophile HQ, lossless files, look no further! My Bandcamp site is up and running, and you can order directly from there, both the digital and the physical goods.

If you want your money to go to the artist directly, I believe that there’s no better way on the web at the moment.

Here’s my latest release:

Wonderful Egress review on Chain D.L.K.!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I am really touched by this review. Somebody actually made the effort to listen and found great ways to describe my music and my intentions with this piece. Thank you J. Simpson and Chain DLK for being so understanding and good to me! You can read the review also here.

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“An egress is the act of coming or going out of a place. On Glitterbug’s Egress EP, the seventh release from German producer/sound artist Till Rohmann, the four original tracks evoke images of departure, of emptiness, venturing out into the unknown.

Egress is a work for string ensemble and electronics; it is at times soothing, at times foreboding. The strings give a sense of tension, like an old Orson Welles shadow noir. Many comparisons have been made to film music to describe Egress. If this were to score a movie, it would be by Ridley Scott or maybe Tarkovsky; it implies the void, the cold emptiness of outer space.

Egress starts out minimally on ‘Vacuity': the sound of wind, flittering dusty percussion dancing around yr head, before bell tones emerge from the depths, with a tintinnabulum dream logic of their own that sounds like being underwater. The strings kick in about 3/4 of the way through ‘Vacuity’ and linger for the rest of the album; there is a sense that SOMETHING’S GOING ON, but its not clear what. Its like the haunted visitors in Solaris, hidden behind closed doors, leaving you guessing. ‘Span’ sounds like a mid ’70s Klaus Schulze outtak, with its rich colorful amniotic synth pads, a moment of optimist, the euphoria of leaving, before settling into the paranoid dripping dread of ‘Appraise’, all sustained string dissonance and insectile flourishes bouncing willy-nilly around the stereo field. ‘Stagger’, the last of the album’s four originals, sounds like finding a pulsating brain at the center of a meteor belt, or perhaps stepping into the rusting carcass of a mechanical beast, before discovering that it still lives.

The remixes of ‘Span’ and ‘Vacuity’ by Tilman Ehrhorn and The Sight Below are less cold and introspective than the original source material, and will probably get more mileage on the dancefloors. The Sight Below’s 11-minute re-imagining of Vacuity’s windy desolation into a club friendly mnml tech-house voyage is a real treat and an album high-light, bearing Rafael Anton Irisarri’s usual hallmark of excellence and the smoothest, roundest bass tones conceivable.

Egress gives us something to dream about while we wait for Glitterbug’s newest full-length, Cancerboy, is due in May, and its a pleasant lull for the late winter months. Fans of out of body experiences and Lustmord will dig this, and anybody with ears can hear the stunning production quality. The strings add a nice human, emotional touch, and give it a real sense of class, of sophistication. Till Rohmann recommends giving this a spin on a decent hi-fi or a good pair of headphones, and i would have to agree. Go big or go home, this music works best when it is appreciated. I look forward to hearing more from this talented artist.”