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Asymmetric Conflict

by Volker Lankow

Trauma 16:45


Between 2000 an 2014 I worked as aid worker mainly in comflict zones, like Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia... The sound of this album is based on the rough experiences in these conflict regions. The skies were mostly deep blue and promisingly positive during those years.... At the same time the same blue skies were dangerous, with the appearance of war planes, drones, gunships, and on the ground suffering people, full of fear. The days with a deep blue sky were the most dangerous in these conflict zones.
I created the sounds I felt like in a time machine, I went back to these regions, remembered the people there, had memories of my fellow colleagues, national and international, heard the sound of distant shelling in the night or day or the humming of a drone circling over the region again, remembered the stories of people who were in the war zones, suffered from bombing, night raids, being trapped between warring parties and lost their beloved ones. I dedicate this album to all people who are suffering in these terrible conflict zones, from Syria to Iraq from Somalia to Yemen to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Tigray/Ethiopia, and now Ukraine.... I dedicate this album also to all who are supporting with all their heart the suffering victims in such terrifying times of war. It seems these wars will never end.....


released March 5, 2021

Constructed and produced by Volker Lankow
Electronics, soundscapes and Percussions by Volker Lankow
Cover photo of a helicopter over Helmand, shooting flares, also by Volker Lankow.


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Volker Lankow Berlin, Germany

Percussionist since the late seventies, Volker Lankow lives in Berlin, plays and collaborates in many diverse projects, such as together with Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Wolfgang Spahn, David Rothenberg, to name a few.
Volker works on many Solo projects, using percussion instruments and electronics, to develop his own vison of experimental sounds, drones and world music.
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