The brothers Sebastian and Daniel grew up during critical times – back in the 1980s when the former GDR was slowly starting to dissolve – in the far east of Berlin-Hellersdorf. The newly built prefab estates that marked this area were named with different types. Q3A was short for “Querwandtyp Nr. 3, Variante A” (Cross-Wall Construction Type No. 3, Version A). The two photographs – one of which can already be seen through the window in the record’s cover and a second other one on the inside – show a view from the balcony to the street where two children are playing in the courtyard. Both images were taken by their parents Harald and Gabriele Selke. Here Sebastian and Daniel learned cello and piano from an early age:
“Q3A EP is a first in more than one sense: with “An Daniel” (to Daniel), the A-side marks Sebastian’s first solo piece ever to be released under his own name. Apart from his Klingenthal cello, which he only recently added to his setup, he for the first time uses handmade analogue kick and bass synthesisers from Erlbach. The never-ending repeats of the hard left and right panned ping-pong delay, which runs in triplets and through a synced analogue filter – once more expresses the joy that Sebastian finds in experimenting with dualism. On the other hand, I play the restored childhood upright in my debut “For Sebastian”, combining it with a heavily altered, organic drone synthesiser. The piece was designed by a radio engineer and musician from the Ukraine.” – Daniel Selke
“The simple but intense tonality of my intro recalls Johann Sebastian Bach‘s cello suites merge with Daniel’s seemingly observant conversation between piano and synthesizer. This ultimately allows for a dialogue between our original instruments cello and piano, coming together in a volute to reveal something utterly moving and beautiful
– a third piece is revealed when the two tracks are layered.” – Sebastian Selke
Q3A was written, performed and recorded in form of a live-mix by Sebastian and Daniel Selke at their very own Klingenthal Studio. Again, Martyn Heyne mastered the ep at his beautiful Lichte Studio. The accompanying photographs by their parents were taken with original cameras from the GDR era.
The ep was released in the form of a limited handnumbered 7inch Vinyl and Digital on March 29, 2019 via german boutique label Oscarson.