ECHO CHAMBER Episode 8 – Klaus Kürvers

 

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One of the last interviews I’ve made is with the double bassist and architect Klaus Kürvers, in Berlin. We spent a fine afternoon in his garden house while he told me all about his musical career, the exciting experimental music scenes in ’60’s Germany, and his particular sensitivity to the mental spaces created by musical improvisation with regards to his deep knowledge and experiences as an architect.

At a moment near the end, I’ve introduced some sounds from my neighbourhood in Marseille, I couldn’t resist when Klaus brings up sonic environments. Also, a softly ticking clock can be heard pretty much throughout this recording, an eery reminder of linear perception of time despite our trying to break out of it through conversation.

Klaus Kürvers, born 1950 in Essen (Germany), doublebass studies 1964-68 among others with Peter Trunk. During the late sixties member of the Essen Youth Symphony Orchestra and also at the same time of different amateur Jazz groups (“Free Jazz” since 1967); 1969-71 in Cologne with the Jazz-Rock-Group “Eiliff” (w/Rainer Brüninghaus). Interupted 1971-2006 his public music activities for his studies and professional scientific career as an architect and cultural historian in Berlin. Since 2006 resumption of his musical activities as part of the Berlin improvisers’ scene. Performing bassist again since 2009.

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Klaus has released many albums in collaboration with many of the movers and shakers of Berlin’s improvised music scene, which can be found here.

The music featured in this episode is taken a recording session between Klaus and Madrid-based drummer Sam Hall.

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 7 – Daniel Williams

 

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My guest this time is composer and sound-designer Daniel Williams. As a composer, he works mostly in the theatre, writing, playing and mixing live soundtracks with a variety of companies including DEREVO, Freaks und Fremde, Theatre Subversion, Das Gegenteil (Valentin Tszin), JuWie Dance Company, as well as with a variety of other dancers.

In addition his music has appeared in an installation at Tonlagen (Hellerau, Dresden 2010), in concerts at CYNETART (Dresden 2015), DAVE (Dresden 2014 and 2015), Tapei Soul (Taiwan 2016), and many other venues and events in Dresden and Berlin. His soundtrack for DEREVO’s ’Mephisto Walz’ won a special technicians prize (Broadway Baby) at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. As a translator he made the English version of two catalogues for the OSTRALE Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2016 and 2017.

His music, as ghostradio, has been released by phonocake.org and Lockertmatik Records.

The music featured in this episode is taken from various soundtracks composed by Daniel for theatre works:

  1. Mephisto Waltz
  2. Craving (Lockertmatik Edit)
  3. ‘The Return Of The Black Swan’ from Schizophrenie

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 6 – Stepha Schweiger

 

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This time I was with singer/songwriter and experimental composer Stepha Schweiger from Berlin. One of her most recent works, called The Mark On The Wall, is a music theatre work based on a text by Virginia Woolf, and deals with a lot of the themes that we discuss, such as the overarching importance of memory in music and the arts, her place in the world as a female composer, and the important roles played by the people that influence us throughout our lives, especially those who have died.

In 1993 Stepha Schweiger created her first experimental music theatre commissioned by the Berlin Senate. Amongst other experiences, she completed a one year course at the Ircam in Paris and at the Institute of Sonology, Conservatory of the Hague. In 2017 her 100-minutes-long music theatre work “The Mark On The Wall”, based on the story of the same name by Virginia Woolf from 1917, was created in London and Berlin, followed by a performance in Ulm in April 2018. With her band “Girl On Catfish” studio recordings were done in 2018.

Like the previous episode, this interview was recorded in the corner of a large, empty gallery room, so there’s a lot of echo but it creates a somewhat fitting sonic environment.

The music you’ll hear throughout this episode comes from various releases of Stepha’s and shows the large variety of genres and sounds that this composer enjoys exploring:

1) Frango Phragmon ExtendedKlangereignis Pur (Stepha Schweiger komponiert visionmusique)

2) Dissolve Into – Dissolve Into

3) Ver-blich 5 – Klangereignis Pur (Stepha Schweiger komponiert visionmusique)

4) Wooden Leg – upcoming release. (Stepha Schweiger:  voc and piano, Hanno Leichtmann: electronics,  Katherine Mansfield: lyrics)

You can find out more about this genre-defying composer at stepha.net.

If you’ve enjoyed this discussion, you can find more on my website, where I’ll be regularly uploading new episodes. You can also download the episodes on iTunes by searching Echo Chamber.

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 5 – Adam Goodwin

 

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My guest this time is double bassist, composer and visual artist Adam Goodwin, from Texas. I had a lot of fun chatting with him about the Berlin scene, where’s he’s based now, and Classical music training, hallucinations and really delving into what it is to make music.

Having completed music degrees in both classical and contemporary double bass performance, Goodwin moved to Berlin to delve fully into the world of experimental and improvised music. He is also active within the Turkish and Arab music scene there. Find out more here.

Like the previous episode, this interview was recorded in the corner of a large, empty gallery room, so there’s a lot of echo but it creates a somewhat fitting sonic environment. The music you’ll hear throughout this episode comes from various releases of Adam’s and you can listen to and buy them online here and here.

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 4 – Audrey Chen

 

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My guest for this episode, the fourth, is improviser Audrey Chen, whose work with voice, cello and analog electronics has been described by David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet as “possessing something extremely vital and vivid….”. Recent projects include duos with artists such as Phil Minton, Maria Chavez, Jean-Yves Evrard, Richard Scott, Flandrew Fleisenberg, John Bock, as well as duos BEAM SPLITTER and AFTERBURNER.

Like the previous episode, this interview was recorded in the corner of a large, empty gallery room, so there’s a lot of echo but it creates an intimate, somewhat fitting sonic environment.

The music you’ll hear throughout this episode comes exclusively from Audrey’s most recent collaboration with Richard Scott, their album Hiss and Viscera which is out now on the Sound Anatomy label.

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 4 update

! ATTENTION ! My greatest apologies as I won’t be uploading the newest episode of ECHO CHAMBER this week. This is due to terrible bandwidth where I’m currently hiding out in the woods and means that I have to push the release of the next episode to next Wednesday – April 25. Sorry.

Episode 4 features the one and only Audrey Chen. Look  out for it next Wednesday.

In the meantime check out Audrey’s stuff here: audreychen.com

ECHO CHAMBER Episode 3 – Hannes Buder

 

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My guest for this third episode is improviser and composer Hannes Buder, whose work concentrates on issues of movement, authenticity, intuition, minimalism, density and slowness.

Buder’s current projects include the bands ‘Zug Zug’ with Todd Capp and Andrew Lafkas, ‘Gravity’ with Hannes Lingens and Andrew Lafkas, the duo with Luc Houtkamp, the dance company “one:third”, and his solo project. Having performed across Europe, Australia and in the USA, Buder has also composed, improvised and recorded music for different dance, theater and film projects, as well as given workshops at festivals, music schools and prisons.

This interview was recorded at the Lite-Haus gallery in Berlin, while I was working on my sound installation Echo Organ. We talked in the corner of the room, lit only by a low-level lamp, which created all at once an acoustically cavernous yet visually intimate environment.

The music featured throughout this episode can be streamed and downloaded here:

  1. Gravity, Gravity

Hannes Buder – cello, composition
Andrew Lafkas – doublebass
Hannes Lingens – drums

hannesbuder.bandcamp.com/album/gravity

2. Pain, openyoureyescloseyoureyes

hannesbuder.bandcamp.com/album/openyoureyescloseyoureyes

3. Requiem for Alexander Litvinenko, Changes II

hannesbuder.bandcamp.com/album/changes-ii-2

4. 4th movement, [ro]

Hannes Lingens – snare drum and objects
Hannes Buder – prepared guitar

hannesbuder.bandcamp.com/album/ro

All titles are equally available to buy on woodenshiprecords.webnode.com