AIX EM KLEMM Is the moniker of the ambient music project consisting of Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid / A Winged Victory for the Sullen) & Robert Donne (Labradford / Anjou). As Adam Wiltzie told Sadness Is In The Sky fanzine, his collaboration with Bobby Donne began when "We all met during a Texas swing of a Labradford tour that Stars of the Lid opened for back in 1996. They stayed at my house for a few days and we became close.”
A year later Wiltzie was asked to join Labradford for their Mi Media Naranja European tour of 1997 as
the sound technician. This tour also included Bruce Gilbert of the legendary band Wire who was the
opening act and joined them in the van for the entire tour. With Bruce’s nightly improvisations of minidisc
field recording explosions running through a Sherman Filter Bank, it left a profound effect on Adam &
Bobby, and led to inspiring internal philosophical discussions on the importance of improvisation.
After concluding six weeks in the van the idea of creating a unique collaboration separate from our other
projects was realized. The duo exchanged tapes over the course of a year and then Donne ventured to
Austin, TX for a week to record at Wiltzie's home studio in 1999. The in-person collaboration moved
much more quickly than the exchange of tracks by mail. One track on the Aix Em Klemm album,
"Sparkwood and Twenty-One," was written and recorded in one day. The duo took the mysterious name
Aix Em Klemm and the self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2000.
As of late, Wiltzie lives in Brussels, and Donne joined Stars of the Lid on their last tour of Europe in 2016
playing modular synth. They still collaborate musically so new Aix Em Klemm recordings remain a
This album captures my mind and soul so powerfully I'm left numb, speechless, tears welling in my eyes. It's as if the ghosts of my grandparents just appeared before me to say "I love you" one last time. I adore every second of this album but the title track at the end took me to a whole different level. Clara is an absolute masterpiece of art. dreaminez