Friday, September 05, 2008

Haus' music


HAUSCHKA, real name Volker Bertelmann, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of rising star and labelmate Max Richter with his new release Ferndorf.
And this LP, inspired by the German-born contemporary classical composer and pianist's relationship with his hometown of Ferndorf in western Germany, has a lot going for it.
The work is led by Bertelmann's prepared piano - a version of the instrument with innards modified in a variety of inventive ways by Hauschka, such as wedging cork between strings or covering hammers with aluminium - as are his previous three releases.
However where before Hauschka was experimenting, here there is a depth to his work, with strings and electronica backings used to great effect.
As a result, Ferndorf is a place I'd recommend you to visit.

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