By: Spacelab Research Staff
The now vaunted indie staple of the remix album will make it's way into Hauschka's catalog with the release of a remix version of the 2005 album The Prepared Piano. It features restyled tracks by the likes of Nobokatsu Takemura, Tarwater, Eglantine Gouzy, Mira Calix, Frank Brettschneider, Wechsel Garland, Takeo Toyama, Barbara Morgenstern, TG Mauss, Vert, Chica and the Folder, and Hauschka. The album will be released on German label Karaoke Kalk on May 4th.
An experimentalist to the core, Volker Bertelmann, known better as Hauschka, signed to the 130701 imprint of the U.K.'s FatCat Records in 2006. Volker deconstructs the sonic quality of his music by changing the piano, i.e. modifying to his liking. He 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.
FatCat Records describes his recording / writing process this way, "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."
Hauschka: The Prepared Piano Track List 01 Eglantine Gouzy - Mr Spoon
02 Barbara Morgenstern - Im Schlaf
03 Nobukazu Takemura - Assembler's Mix
04 Wechsel Garland - Es Waren Einmal
05 Takeo Toyama - Kotoba Naku
06 TG Mauss - Things
07 Vert - Rocket Man
08 Frank Bretschneider - Stumm
09 Mira Calix - Without Morning
10 Chica And The Folder - Para Bien
11 Hauschka - Flying Horses
12 Tarwater - World Of Things To Touch