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I. 06:37
II. 08:17
III. 04:30
IV. 09:07
V. 04:06
VI. 15:20


»Numen« by Berlin-based vocalist and soundpoet Martin Lau launches a remapping of the oral cavity. Energetic improviser Lau stammers, stutters, stirrs, staunches and stabs the human voice. »Numen« is a pioneering album that has been recorded live as a live impro-performance. Between the realms of pre- and postlingual utopia, »Numen« extrapolates a new benchmark for vocal soundpoetry.

Martin Lau (*1984) is a berlin-based vocalist, soundpoet & improviser who digs deep in the acoustics of the mouth. After having studied literature & performance studies he published a volume of poetry in 2010, soon to focus on the performative & sonic side of poetry. In his energetic and uncompromising live-performances he explores the variety and boundaries of human articulation and its conditions. His activities include solo and collaborative performances and recordings in the fields of soundpoetry, noise, free improv & dance.

All tracks on »Numen« are recorded live in front of an audience. In its archaic and anarchical impact these recordings yield a fever made on pure lingual crisis. Engaging glottis, clusters of breath, throat, oral mucosa and the muscle of his tongue, Martin Lau explores the outer limits of a vocal soundpoetry that doesn't shy away from tabooed sounds. The recordings have been mastered by Martyn Schmidt at Hörbrot Studio Augsburg.

»Numen« comes as an Digital-Album via www.atemwerft.de. Download includes complete CD-artwork, interview with Martin Lau (english, pdf) and special pics.

First 33 copies of the CD-Version (hand numbered) come signed by Martin Lau. Every CD is hand-stamped and comes in cardboard-fold-out cover with folder including sleevenotes and artwork by Martin Lau. Black CD in vinyl-look with haptic grooves.

Interview with Martin Lau: atemwerft.wordpress.com.

Artist's homepage:


released July 12, 2015

All compositions improvised and performed by Martin Lau.
Cover art by Martin Lau. Layout by Martyn Schmidt

Recorded live and mixed by Flemming Borby in Berlin @ Divine Records, November 2013.

Mastering by Martyn Schmidt @ Hörbrot Studio Augsburg 2014.

// Cat. No. AW 005


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Atemwerft releases Vocal Arts & Sound Poetry, Scat / Impro / Loop Singing, Throatism, Breathmusic, Tonguetango.
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