The ten-track LP comes via the German producer's Nonplace Records this May.
Musical Traditions In Central Europe: Explorer Series Vol. 4 takes the form of an ethnological compilation, but includes only Friedman's music and fits into an "Explorer Series" that never previously existed. As with much of his body of work, the Berlin-based artist uses the conceptual angle to rail against dominant Western musical traditions.
"The system of scales, and also the fact that the western central Europeans rely on recorded or written script in order to conserve the themes of their music, could lead us to look upon it as a form of art music," reads the press release. "Remarkably enough, traditional house or techno which existed 30 years ago, still flourishes today. Moreover, all the time new forms and musical styles are being discovered, tried out and eventually overlooked."
The label describes it as a "modest sampling of extinct splendors, political or individual sufferings, gloomy sadness, love, resentment, exquisite delicacy, laughter and delectable wisdom of rural and urban central European music." The forthcoming full-length features the Brazilian artist Lucas Santtana and saxophonist Hayden Chisholm.
Listen to last year's RA Exchange interview with Friedman.
01. Supreme Self Dub
03. Schwebende Himmelsbrücke
04. Unbehagen In Der Natur
05. Semio - Blitz
06. Berlin, A Cidade Que Não Morreu feat. Lucas Santtana
08. Sensation Des Normalen
10. Sky Speech feat. Hayden Chisholm
Nonplace Records will release Musical Traditions In Central Europe: Explorer Series Vol. 4 in May 2019.