On \"Observing Systems\" invisible, cosmic waves form into distant, eerie sounds, the ghost of the mighty Albert Ayler appears in an old and dust-infested hotel room and a short visit leads us to the \"Vienna Cycle\", a group of intellectuals and philosophers in the 1920\'s; all these are signals of yet unexplored times and spaces which \"Observing Systems\" integrates in the sound aesthetics of the \"Here and Now\". The term \"observing systems\" was established in the early 1970\'s by the cybernetic and system theorist Heinz von Foerster whose research on the principles of self-organization founded the Cybernetics Of Second Order. According to Foerster, the \"observing system\" in its relation to the \"observed system\" always remains in the shadow of its own cognition. Therefore the observation of the observation (the process) leads to a new understanding of the term \"reality\". The \"observing system\", which observes actively, but at the same time always remains a part of the subjective observation either, ist the perfect metaphor for the modus operandi of the Tied & Tickled Trio. The collective`s self-reflectivity is essential for the transformative modifications of their highly focussed improvisations.
\"Organic\" is the magical word which serves \"Observing Systems\" as a theme. Similar to their live album \"Electric Avenue Tapes\" the Tied & Tickled Trio persues the idea of an \"organic\" processing. Pieces as \"The Long Tomorrow\", \"Freakmachine\" and \"3.4.e\" were recorded in the studio with a complete big band line-up - and without any digital post-production. This creates a solid groove which gives the album an almost conceptual and Dub-like depth. \"Observing Systems\" sounds much rawer and more natural; same with the electronically-produced tracks. The three \"Radio Sun\" interludes refer not only by its title to Sun Ra`s obscure and intuitive Spacejazz experiments (\"Radio Sun\" is also a scientific project which transforms solar radio waves into music; \"Sun Music\" so to speak). The song \"Radio Jovian\" even sounds like the primordial soup of analogue synthesizer music itself, before piano and sax elevate from the buzzing and brooding drone with subtle poignancy.
\"Observing Systems\" is music without a center. As in the architectural concepts of \"Tensegrity\" by Buckminster Fuller each track represents one component in this self-suspending, durable construction, a structure whose strength increases with lightness rather than the heaviness of its components: the album as a whole.