zweitonegoismus

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zweitonegoismus

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Also known as BAM #50
Release date 2008-12-16
Genre(s) Ambient, Electronica, House, IDM (Intelligent Dance Music)
Total running time 41:04
Available on Bandcamp Name your price

zweitonegoismus is German for "two-toned egoism" and was C418's first venture into making a serious, full-length album.

Official descriptions

My most experimental album yet.
—C418, Bandcamp
zweitonegoismus is probably the most concise and least eclectic album I created. If you scrub through it, you probably notice that it generally sounds brooding and depressing. I created this album to describe my mood, being a worker bee in an assembly line factory. zweiton egoismus translates to “two tone egoism”. If I remember correctly, I was trying to imply that I wanted to make an album purely for myself and nobody else. I was ashamed of being too repetitive and not being varied enough. So here’s an album that has about two different kind of changes of tones. And a lot of “egoistic” minimalism.
[...]
zweitonegoismus is a short album, but I think it’s good that it doesn’t waste anyone’s time. When I showed it to a coworker, they asked why the hell I am still working there. That kinda stuck with me. Years later I quit that job to be a full time composer. Thank you, coworker friend.
—C418, C418.org
My most personal work. And the most experimental too!
I don’t exactly know my intentions of doing something like that anymore. I think it happened very naturally due to my dull and melancholic life at that time. I was just putting notes on what I’ve seen. There are two collaborations on this album, both including the voice of smn and once a “horribly out of tune” guitar by a very good friend of mine. As every free album I have done, it has flaws. When I put this out on the net, I felt a big depression because of my so called flaws. Today I think everything needs some kind of flaw to be sort of predictable, and maybe more friendly…
—C418, This is C418
This album is weird. And I can't recall what state of mind I was in when producing in. However I think it's a lovely accomplishement. If I still had the original files of the album, which got lost due to HDD cancer, I'd probably merely remaster it and be done with it. Because I think it's the most original thing I've ever done. It's also free. What are you waiting for?

All official translations are from This is C418, C418's blog at the time zweitonegoismus was released.

Tracks

zweiton

zweiton
Length 2:29
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
intro of zweitonegoismus
—C418, Bandcamp

Trivia

  • Officially translated as "twotone".
  • Dreiton references this track and Daniel has described it as a tribute to "the times when [he] wrote albums like Zweitonegoismus". Vierton, a remix of Dreiton, continues this naming scheme.

egoismus

egoismus
Length 8:42
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
the only track I'm not entirely happy with
—C418, Bandcamp
“egoismus” was my attempt at making minimalistic house music, at the time. I was always kind of jealous of composers that were able to accomplish so much with so little. It was also really hard for me to do as little as possible when composing. I feel like if I repeat a phrase too often, it looks like I’m lazy. I think that’s why I named the track “egoism”.
—C418, c418.org

Connections

einfallslos

einfallslos
Length 4:55
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
I have no idea
—C418, Bandcamp

Trivia

  • Officially translated as "shiftless".

kopfmusik

kopfmusik
Length 4:41
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
You can probably hear that the most in “kopfmusic,” which is a song that essentially describes an average workday. From waking up, to having the grueling walk to work, the dull work day itself and finally the walk back home.
—C418, c418.org

Trivia

  • Officially translated as "headmusic".
  • A similar style of mixing environmental sound effects with a changing melody was used in Höre and In Berlin people act differently.
  • The only track on zweitonegoismus not to have a description on Bandcamp.

phlips

phlips
Length 2:34
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
If you don't enjoy it, try to listen to it till the end.
—C418, Bandcamp
“phlips” was a challenge a friend I hold very dear gave to me. He gave me a set of samples and I had to create a song with it. This is the result. I still like it to this date.
—C418, c418.org

krank

krank
Length 3:21
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
I wasn't in the best state of mind when I created this track.
—C418, Bandcamp

Trivia

phleps

phleps
Length 1:46
Additional artist(s) smn, flip
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
a collaborative effort
—C418, Bandcamp
Similarly in “phleps” [flip] recorded a simple guitar strum, and I made a song based on that with another old friend, “sohnemann”. He’s responsible for all the lyrics on this album. Contrary to popular belief I didn’t sing on this album. At least I think I didn’t, haha.
—C418, c418.org
This little thing was made after a good friend tried out his new mics. Trough his guitar playing test, another good friend thought it would be a great idea to add lyrics. After that was made, I thought it would be a good idea to add anything that comes to my mind. and here we have Phleps ... I wanted something different. The drums are probably not everyones taste because they even get a little weird.
—C418, Newgrounds

Lyrics

Note that these lyrics were transcribed by a fan and may not be accurate.

The weeks have been passing by quite slowly
But now it is time
to let go of all the bitterness
Time to get by
Time to get by

I've cost myself all things I couldn't influence
Shed bitter tears over nothing at all
But now it's finally time to get my life back
Stop thinking of you and leave it all

Trivia

  • Sohnemann (also known as smn) previously did vocals for BAM #33 and jacke.
    • Although smn performed the vocals to both phleps and plastik, C418's voice was previously heard in BAM #23. The vocals in Thank and Will / Pink are also believed to be his, albeit with heavy editing.

sand

sand
Length 3:32
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
yes, sand is a joke
—C418, Bandcamp

Trivia

anthem

anthem
Length 2:59
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
something I never tried before. quite weird, isn't it?
—C418, Bandcamp

plastik

plastik
Length 2:57
Additional artist(s) smn
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
sohnemann helped a lot.
—C418, Bandcamp
Again with “plastik,” sohnemann provided the lyrics, while I created a song based around it. He didn’t even sing the notes. I completely modified his vocals, haha. Probably the first time I tinkered around with melodyne.
—C418, c418.org

Lyrics

Note that these lyrics were transcribed by a fan and may not be accurate.

Yep. [clears throat]
[clears throat]

Hey you
Do I know you from somewhere?
I'm not quite sure but I think
I have seen you before

It's just a feeling
You look so familiar to me
Maybe, maybe we have met in some strange place
in my head
But you don't seem to recognise me
which makes me wonder
Where does this memory come from?
I just don't know
Maybe if you'd like
we could introduce ourselves

So we wouldn't be strangers
Anymore

Trivia

  • Officially translated as "plastic".

ritalin

ritalin
Length 3:28
Available on Bandcamp $1 or more
Dunno what to say about this. It's some random recordings, made more weird than they are.
—C418, Newgrounds
this is the end of this album. goodbye and thiank [sic.] you.
—C418, Bandcamp

Trivia

  • No official translation was given for this track, so it may have been added later.
  • There is a very quiet song hidden at the end of this track which can be heard if the volume is turned up.

Album trivia

  • The penultimate BAM release.

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