Robert Fesler – μP RPF78

DateApril 2024

Robert Fesler: “μP RPF78”
4LP box – Metaphon 017 – 2024
Hardboard linen LP box with silkscreened titles, 12 page booklet with notes by Robert Fesler and Baudouin Oosterlynck + A5 card with reproduction of oil on wood self-portrait by Robert Fesler.
Edition of 300 copies with download code.

Physical copies available through the La Scie Dorée webshop:μp-rpf78-4lp-box/

An anthology of the intensely arresting work of Robert Fesler (1936-2023), revealing many of his compositions (1975 -1987) created with his self-built synthesizers, with as pinnacle the μP RPF78.
Except one, all tracks are previously unreleased.

With profound simplicity and devotion, Fesler paints a hermetic inner world with strong emotions of confronting solitude, sensual alienation and traumatic angst. His music was as much a therapeutic treatment as an artistic expression. Fesler quotes, “Building my synthesizers and working with them enabled me to sublimate my anxieties”.
Most tracks were played and recorded real time, often with two synthesizers (the Synthese 756 and the μP RPF78), capturing the heat of the moment in one take, without multitracking. The austere and reductionist approach reinforces the overall spirit of his work, resulting in an engaging, mysterious solitary journey.
It’s quite incredible how one person can put so much technical cerebral content in the development of a machine and use it in such an emotional way.

The music of Robert Fesler might be considered as very Belgian.
To situate it within a close entourage, one can say it has:
the endurance of Baudouin Oosterlynck
the purity of Dominique Lawalree
the mysticism of Arsène Souffriau