2002. Shifts is a solo project by the
omnipresent Frans de Waard, founder of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, & Goem. Shifts started
life in 1995 with the purpose of producing ambient music by means of the guitar. Shifts
has performed four times in concert (1998, 1999 and 2002) and once in a live collaboration--
as yet still unreleased--with :zoviet*france: (1998). The music of Shifts consists of finely
interwoven patterns of guitars played by motor driven devices, with added studio effects and
extensive use of special recording techniques. This project is the first collaboration in a
studio for Shifts.
Simultaneously (and separately) Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana had
proposed to Frans de Waard to do a collaborative release where they would reprocess
recordings by Shifts. Frans had known Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana since the mid-eighties,
from the days when cassette culture was a vital form of musical expression. Since Tietchens
and Vidna Obmana worked together before, it seemed more than appropriate then to combine
these two efforts. The sound material supplied to each artist was the same, a decision made
because they were curious about comparing the final results.