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Hauschka And The Modified Instrument


By: Spacelab Research Staff
The new Hauschka album will be titled Room To Expand and will available on FatCat Records imprint label 130701 on February 19th. It will be available in digital and download formats.

An experimentalist to the core, Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, sees the playing of the piano as just too undemanding. Volker deconstructs the sonic quality of his music by changing the piano, i.e. modifying to his liking. He calls it the prepared piano.

Volker Bertelmann works in the spirit of John Cage or Henry Cowell to deconstruct the music on a wholistic level in order to create something entirely new sounding. Remember how Pink Floyd used to deconstruct pianos to tug at their strings in the studio? It's the same sort of vibe... poking around in an instrument to make it sound like sounds it wasn't intended to make. Proton Proton and Sonic Youth love this sort of thing too, instrument modification.

FatCat Records describes his process as, "Clamping wedges of leather, felt or rubber between the strings; preparing the hammers with aluminium paper or rough films; placing crown corks on the strings, weaving guitar strings around the piano's guts, or pasting them down with gaffa tape."

You can also check out the Hauschka show this winter and Spring at the Open Circuit Festival and Unsound Festival in Europe.

 MP3: Hauschka

Hauschuka: Room To Expand Track List
01 La Dilettante
02 Paddington
03 One Wish
04 Chicago Morning
05 Kleine Dinge
06 Belgrade
07 Sweet Spring Come
08 Femme Assise
09 Watercolour Milk
10 Zahnluecke
11 Fjorde
12 Old Man Playing Boules


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