Born in Rome, Italy in 1945 to German parents, Johannes
attended Deutsche Schule Rom (the German School of Rome).
Later, Johannes had an internship in Germany with the electronics
manufacturer SABA and studied industrial design at
Folkwangschule di Essen. Since 1987 he's lived in Tuscania
(Tuscany), Italy. Johannes is a self-taught musician using only
instruments and sound sculptures that he designed and built.
Sounds from nature are also utilized in the making of some of his
For the first time ever, the work of this little known reclusive artist
is being released to the world on CD. Johannes was first brought
to public attention in the USA with an interview published by ND
magazine in 1999. Before then, his work was mostly known by a
close circle of friends and students in Italy and Germany. That
being the case, the ND interview was a bit of an anomaly,
especially since he didn't really have a release to his credit apart
from a very rare self-published cassette which was not even
mentioned in the article. After the interview was published, no
other release of his work has surfaced until now.
Sometime around 2007 or 2008, Michael Northam sent and/OAR
a DVDR of Johannes' music along with photographs of his home,
studio, instruments, sculptures and paintings. Michael had
originally planned to publish a CD of Johannes' work via the
Soundmirror label in Switzerland, but the label ceased operations
before that took place. It would take another six years before the
DVDR containing Johannes' work would be re-discovered in a pile
of other discs, and plans were finally made to release the work.
The tracks on this CD were recorded between 2005 and 2006, yet
the music seems to have surfaced from another time - completely
isolated from influences of the current era. Dimpflmeier also
seems to be an "assistant" to the unique and arcane instruments
that he helped manifest. As he has stated, his instruments seem
to be "autonomous - their own masters"... However, that is not to
say that it doesn't require a form of mastery to successfully
"collaborate" with such strange instruments (with names like
"Erede", "Onkel Kranius", "Bicordo Meditar", "Rotellie",
For those in need of references to compare this otherwise
idiosyncratic artist's music with, it can be said that those who
enjoy so-called "koschmische musik", BBC Radiophonic Workshop
or Laurie Spiegel, would also find this music fascinating as well.
02. Scala Ouspenskij*
07. Oder In China
08. I Grill Concert
09. II Grillo Viola
10. III Grill Concert
11. Kleinere Geschichte
*Based on music theory by G. Gurdjieff.
catalog number: either/11
artist: JOHANNES DIMPFLMEIER
status: available (few copies remaining)