Review : HAUSCHKA - Room To Expand
CokeMachineGlowSometimes experimentation only requires a piece of rubber. Or a few of them, squeezed and shoved between the strings of Volker Bertelmann’s piano. The German composer, who goes by the moniker Hauschka, isn’t the first to delve into the prepared piano, but he explores its possibilities with intricacy and beauty. Playing on a piano with materials including leather, felt and aluminum hissing between its strings and under its hammers, his compositions on Room to Expand range from meandering melodic explorations to cluttered, thickly rhythmic songs....full text
TinyMixTapesDüsseldorf native Volker Bertelmann has been active in a number of side-projects with a broad diversity of artists working in conjunction with the German experimental electronic scene. Bertelmann’s work under the pseudonym Hauschka, however, focuses on prepared piano and the composition of modern chamber and solo piano music. Room to Expand, Hauschka’s third full-length release (and the artist’s first on FatCat Records), is a rousing and accessible work of avant-garde classical that is an exercise in understated beauty. ...full text
TrebleHauschka, a.k.a. Volker Bertelmann, is known for extensively using the "prepared piano" in his compositions. The idea of a "prepared piano" is enough to draw people to the music, just to hear what a piano with aluminum wrapped around the hammers would sound like, or how it is possible to orchestrate music with piano strings that are choked with bands of leather. Because of this immediate appeal, likened to a freak show or outsider art, many people dealing with a prepared piano might ride out an album based on that one gimmick, but this is not the case with Hauschka. ...full text
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