Raumpunkte

by ZANDER/FIEBIG

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Raumpunkte 32:20

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Location:
Rehearsal room (1-11)
H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst (12)

Date:
7 May, 2011 (1-11), 21 May, 2011 (12)

Concept:
Using Buddha Machines to mark acoustic points in the room and improvising along with them. In concert, the acoustics of the museum function like an echo chamber to process the sounds.

Sources:
Buddha Machines, kalimba, electronics, samples, prepared electric guitar

Commissioned by Dr. Thomas Elsen for H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst

www.geraldfiebig.net

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as JESUS JACKSON UND DIE GRENZLANDREITER:
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as DER BAYER:
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credits

released June 21, 2014

Commissioned to play an extremely resonant museum hall in a converted textile factory, electroacoustic improv duo Gerhard Zander and Gerald Fiebig develop a set of slowly interweaving loops and textures. While the performers play as softly as possible using Buddha Machines, a kalimba, a prepared electric guitar, and samplers, the echoes and ambient sounds of the room add a grainy yet meditative, Rolf Julius-like quality to their small sounds.

For the concert at H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst (Centre for Contemporary Art) in Augsburg, Germany, Zander/Fiebig set up several Buddha Machines around the performance space and then played along with the loops from these acoustic landmarks reflected in the title “Raumpunkte” (‘space points’). The full 30-minute performance is documented on track 12. Tracks 1 to 11 feature excerpts from the preparatory stages of the performance. Captured in the intimate acoustics of a rehearsal room with the same sound sources, these recordings display a more motoric, slightly noisier character than the more static, almost installation-like concert. Comparison between ‘Raumpunkte’ and the eleven tracks of “Modellversuch 1:100” (‘Small-Scale Tests 1:100’) makes for an earwitness account of how acoustics can shape the music improvised inside the room.

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BAD ALCHEMY

Auf Raumpunkte (ACC 1002, CD-R) hört man als Titelstück die halbstündige Performance des elektroakustischen Improduos ZANDER /FIEBIG. Dem schicken Gerhard Zander und Gerald Fiebig aber noch als 'Modellversuch 1:100' ihre vorbereitenden Versuche voraus, das H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst in Augsburg effektiv als Echokammer auszureizen. Die 'Raumpunkte' werden durch Buddha Machines markiert, zu deren jeweiligen Loops sie mit fingerspitz gepickter präparierter Gitarre oder Kalimba und mit Sampler vorsichtig interagierten. Loops und Drones verweben sich erst in elf kurzen Versionen, um schließlich sich der Sache sicher zu sein, dass schon leises Georgel und meditative Handgriffe der Aufmerksamkeit ein raumakustisch reizvolles Erlebnis bieten, wobei sich der Hall und die Nebengeräusche - Schritte etwa, Stimmen und schla- gende Türen - tatsächlich vermitteln. Eine rumpelige und durch Feedback und monotone Schläge akzentuierte Passage lässt auch die Größe des Raums spürbar werden.

badalchemy.de

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THE SOUND PROJECTOR

Further abundance from the Attenuation Circuit label in Augsburg, whose bundle of four items reached us on 16 January 2012. I pulled out the Raumpunkte (ACC 1002) CDR in its long DVD case to be greeted by a beautiful set of droning musical utterances, half music and half process. The duo of Gerhard Zander and Gerald Fiebig did this at an art centre in Augsburg, intent mostly on exploring the acoustics of this enormous space – it was a converted factory, and hopefully yielded up the sort of echoey resonances which cause paroxysms of delight for all followers of Alvin Lucier. While the improvised music that emerges is rich and full, it seems our two German friends were playing their instruments (guitars, kalimba, samplers, and something called a Buddha Machine) as quietly as they possibly could, letting the natural echo of the room do all the work in terms of providing volume and massive scale. Loops, drones, and gentle pluckings characterise the musical portions of the show, but the conceptual intention is to plot the space of the room using the Buddha Machines (1) which were situated at strategic points, providing what was I suppose the architectural blueprint for the musical performances. Hence the term Raumpunkte, quite literally “points in a room”. The disc gives us the full 32-minute show, preceded by a number of short rehearsal workouts; all equally enchanting and mysterious in their rather eerie, muffled and blended sound.

(1) The Buddha Machine turns out to be a simple loop-playing device first invented in 2005 by two Chinese electronic musicians.

Ed Pinsent
www.thesoundprojector.com/2012/07/05/water-dragons/

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