Staublau-gallery, Oldenburg (Germany) during the solo-exhibition 'Modulierte Materialität' (May/June 2019)
The earliest musical experiments since 1981 involved reel-to-reel recordings of short-waves and acoustic noises that were arranged in the stereo-field to complete compositions of musique-concrète. After various activities within the worldwide tape-scene from 1985-1993 Siegmar Fricke concentrated on his solo-works and also on collaborations with important figures of the experimental scene who are specialized in idiosyncratic sound-architecture, decomposition and innovation: CONRAD SCHNITZLER, MAURIZIO BIANCHI from Milano, GIANCARLO TONIUTTI from Udine, EBERHARD KRANEMANN (ex-Pissoff) from Germany, BRENT GUTZEIT from USA. PHARMAKUSTIK is related to medical subjects because the working-methods on sound have similarities to surgical procedures: cutting acoustic particles, decomposing, involving granular-synthesis and complex parameters for complete dissection and re-implantation of electronic fragments. Beside many CDs and net-releases worldwide there are various vinyl-records by PHARMAKUSTIK so far: "Neurochemie" (2010 on www.rotorelief.com), the limited private transparent vinyl-edition of the "Cryosection"-EP (2013) plus collaboration LPs with Conrad Schnitzler and Le Syndicat. Since 2014 Pharmakustik regularly releases material on 'NO', the innovative label run by ATOM™ and MATERIAL OBJECT.
Forthcoming vinyl-releases in 2020: 1. CONRAD SCHNITZLER + PHARMAKUSTIK 'Schubkraft' (www.rotorelief.com, France). 2. KRANEMANN + PHARMAKUSTIK (www.rotorelief.com). 3. BESTATTUNGSINSTITUT 'Glandular Formations' (Verlagsystem, Spain).
Beside all musical activities Siegmar Fricke has been working on mixed-media collages and paintings since 1984; his current decomposed mixed-media-collages involve fleece-material, combined with colours, paper, cardboard, filling compound etc. to form complex organic textures. 41 mixed-media-collages were shown during his solo-exhibition 'Modulierte Materialität' at Staublau-gallery Germany between May and June 2019. Siegmar Fricke recently started a series of collages with 'high-dosed political impact', consisting of overpainted / chemically treated newspapers which are later re-scanned for a blown-up digital print on canvas.