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Trader Reveal

by Johannes Buff

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Uptown 18:37 video
Downtown 17:43


Recorded on foot throughout New York City and assembled in Bayonne, France, the 40-minute composition marks the first record in over a decade from one of Europe's preeminent sound engineers.

Last fall, Buff spent one week collecting audio across the five boroughs and mapping a loose path that would turn into the continuous “Uptown” (side A) / “Downtown” (side B) sequence. Returning home to his own End Note studio, he composed the journey from memory, applying the sweeping soundscapes and lush choirs of texture that have become his signature.

The result is a collection that captures both momentum and immediacy. Working from instinct, Buff collapses linear structure into ambient noise and ghostly melodic exploration by following the song, as they say. It’s a patience rarely seen in experimental detours of this kind. Cerebral and thoughtful, each movement in Trader Reveal functions like an aperture, from a photographer in masterful control of his craft. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for any artist, especially one working to help others do the same. Above all, Trader Reveal represents a love of craft and one simple truth: It takes years of listening to produce a voice this singular.

Trader Reveal is available in all digital formats, with 30 extremely limited edition vinyl pieces coming soon courtesy of Berlin’s Disc Archive.


released October 8, 2019

Written, recorded and produced by Johannes Buff featuring Mike Mare on guitar and Edorta Izarzugaza on amplifier.

Cover picture © Charles Siaux
Cover design by Brian Case


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Johannes Buff Bayonne, France

For the past 15 years, French Basque recording engineer and sound artist Johannes Buff has built a steady clientele of international collaborators working from professional studios in Lyon, Hannover and New York while managing live sound for Thurston Moore, Dälek, The Drones, Lee Ranaldo, Zombie Zombie, Matias Aguayo, Botibol, Disappears, FACS, The Internet, The Make Up, and many more. ... more

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