Roberta Settels – Isolation! (Meinhof in Memoriam) LP



Roberta Settels (1929-2014) first released the LP Isolation! Meinhof in Memoriam in 1985. The record remains even today as one of the most personal records with electroacoustic music ever produced in Sweden, and remains Settels’ only published recordings.

The work is dedicated to Ulrike Meinhof, and should be seen both politically and as a study in the isolation and silence which Meinhof experienced during her imprisonment.

The music, all generated by pure analog means, contains elements of extreme minimalism and splicing-techniques derived from the tape-music tradition. Even though the work, making clever use of sine-waves and white noise, it is very minimal in it’s expression, and very clearly communicates the emotional states of lonliness and isolation which are it’s conceptual aim.

The LP cover is made so that the convolute is folded in a plastic sleeve, screenprinted by hand, with a blood-like red stain partly covering the picture of Settels´ face.

Roberta Settels was born in New York, studied at the Juilliard School of Music and later moved to Europe. She worked during the 70s and 80s at EMS in Stockholm, and was also active at Fylkingen during this period. Roberta Settels has also resided partly in France and was during the 80s active at IRCAM in Paris. In the 90s she got a scholarship to work with Iannis Xenakis and she also built her own studio.

This re-release comes in a limited edition with a custom-made plastic sleeve, with the original cover and cover-notes in Swedish, English, German and French, written and designed by the composer.