90% of the things you will hear on this album is a grand piano. But it is not piano music. The piano was played using several playing techniques, mostly without using the keys. The sounds were sampled and then played using algorithmic, generative computer programs which are fed with my piano playing. So most of this music is no music at all. It just pretends to be music. It follows some rules that make you think that it’s music, but it isn’t. Or is it?
Last week my friend Markus Hücking died unexpectedly. I met Markus a few months ago for the first time in 30 years. We spent an afternoon with vibraphone-player Thomas Klecha-Faure and bassist Ralf Wißdorf at THE LAB full of intuitive music and fun and joy of life. In the evening I had dinner with him. We talked for hours and made up for the 30 years. Now he is no longer in this world.
“Hello & Goodbye” covers the music of this last session. You can download it for free, but you can also buy it for any amount you want. Just click on “Buy Digital Album”, download for free or name your price. The proceeds on release day will go 100% to Markus’ girlfriend. Thank you!
As you might know, BandCamp today tries to raise more awareness around the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere. They are waiving their revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
I would like to jump on this train and add an extension to this deal. For each of my digital releases you purchase using BandCamp today, I will immediately invest the complete money into buying releases from other artists.
Here are the release notes: I had the idea for the „Deceleration – Deep Loops“ a long time ago. I wanted to make a tape-loop-like record with very long, breathing chords, dense orchestration, fragmented loops, though slowest possible changes. A homage to minimalist symphonic composers and orchestras.
The result is these two tracks, in my opinion, they are perfectly suited for meditation usage. Therefore I mixed them especially to be used with a pair of good quality headphones. No binaural beats are involved whatsoever, just pure acoustic sounds in healing 432 Hz, heavily mangled with mostly analogue effects.
I hope this helps to bring some deceleration in these crazy times, something we all need so much. Relax, enjoy, and stay healthy.
I have been busy with exploring new concepts, mainly trying to link intuitive improvisation with generative music approaches. In this track, there are several things coming together. This is piano music, synth music, prepared piano, strange scales, intuitive music and a huge piece of experimental generative craziness.
I released it as a subscriber only track on BandCamp.
The „Sea of Voices“ was created to dive deep into meditation with many layers of voices, like acoustic waves in an ocean.
We used the frequency of 136.10 Hz as the root of this sound cluster as it is resonating with the cosmic „OM“. It is also related to the heart chakra and is called frequency of the „Earth Year“. It has a high potential for healing powers in the body and the soul. Its pure power of the human voice was created to achieve a very deep level of relaxation during your meditation and can help you access your subconscious mind or support your visualisation.
Best to listen to with good quality headphones or earplugs, right after or before sleep.
A while ago a photographer friend of mine, Hajo Müller, started a new project. He calls it “AIR Musicians” based on the concept of the air guitar. His basic idea is the question of what it looks like when it is not amateurs who play the air guitar but professionals. And the results are hilarious.
When I first saw pictures of this project – photos of Nick Beggs, Craig Blundell and Adam Holzman – I wrote Hajo a message and congratulated him on the great concept and the wonderful photos. A few weeks later we met, and I took the other side of the lens. I was not a photographer anymore, but Hajos target for the next AIR musician shooting. It as a crazy lot of fun, I tried to play air piano and brought my piano stool for it. Now here is the result for you:
But the session with Hajo didn’t stop at that point. He went on, shooting some portraits of me, and what can I say? I LOVE the results. He mastered it to put me in a natural mood and cached moments where I just look as I am, and where I am comfortable with it.
Thanks, Hajo for including me in AIR musicians and for the nice evening. I feel deeply honoured.