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Quelle und Echo: Banaszyk

Here goes a lovely video edit by Her­man Koekkoek who filmed our gig at City Art Rot­ter­dam in April 2016. The song is about the dark fate of a home­less man. The synth was entirely built out of sam­ples blow­ing empty bot­tles, those items that he had once tried to make a liv­ing of.

 

Fremde Heimatfunde — Foreign Findings

Dur­ing the res­i­dency pro­gram Ortung in Stuhlfelden, Aus­tria, I devel­oped a solo set, reflect­ing on the music and the sto­ries in the vil­lage. On the musi­cal level every­day objects were rein­ter­preted as rough instru­ments and recorded sounds were turned into vir­tual instru­ments in order to invent tra­di­tional music. Two ana­log instru­ments werde built dur­ing that period: the ”Paz­i­fis­ten­bo­gen“, a plucked bow for archery put on a res­onat­ing bucket, and the ”Uschin­del“, a sort of marimba of shin­gles which were lined up accord­ing to the Ara­bic scale.

Here go some snip­pets of the solo set “Fremde Heimatfunde”.

Localizing A Village

Between August and Sep­tem­ber 2016 I had the plea­sure to par­tic­i­pate in the site-specific art project ”Ortung” in the Aus­trian Alps. Liv­ing between old sta­ples, long­ing for moun­tain tops, watch­ing tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship and last but not least shar­ing sto­ries with the locals of Stuhlfelden led to pro­duc­tive weeks.

The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions with chore­o­g­ra­phers Toshiko Oka and Karl Bau­mann, media-artists Maria Morschitzky and Thomas Hörl, plus painter Diala Brisly were fruit­ful and always warm-hearted.

The sec­tion “pieces” pro­vides more infor­ma­tion on the solo set which I devel­oped along­side. Here go some snip­pets of ”Fremde Heimatfunde“.

https://youtu.be/WBIOViG7Ul8

Siberian Shopping Terror

Irkutsk Ulitsa Uritskogo

Toy ani­mals and toy sol­diers crawl­ing on the pave­ment, posh Siber­ian high heels, mega­phones announc­ing the best deals in town, music and all other signs of a con­sumers’  mess. Ulitsa Urit­skogo in Irkutsk, from one end to the other, bin­au­ral recording.

This record­ing is part of a larger series about the sound of Siberia.

Review of Kemo Listening Stethoscope

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Elec­tronic kits can be worth­while for us as field record­ing geeks. This time I bought the Kemo kit for a Lis­ten­ing Stetho­scope since I was inter­ested in ampli­fy­ing the soft­est of sounds, such as wind blow­ing through the trees. For the price of 11.80 €, I was skep­ti­cal at first but with a lit­tle sol­der­ing the board works just fine. The offi­cial prod­uct descrip­tion is quite shady when they say that their device enables you to lis­ten through walls, etc. Appar­ently some­body lacked the fan­tasy of doing some­thing legal with the stethoscope.

How­ever, if you look for a quick and dirty record­ing of soft sounds, the Kemo Lis­ten­ing Stetho­scope is a good choice, since the IC’s triple op amp enhances ordi­nary sounds very well. But still, don’t expect crys­tal clear one-to-one real­is­tic record­ings, you need to be able to either fil­ter out or ignore the high fre­quency noise. Another chal­lenge is to keep the right dis­tance between mic and head­phones because the device is so sen­si­tive that it is prone to feed­back. Need­less to say, you’ll only get a mono recording.

For you to get an impres­sion, I made a very dirty record­ing out of the win­dow with some­body prac­tic­ing the vio­lin next door. I con­nected the head­phone out­put with a male mini jack that went into the line in  of my old Tas­cam DR-07.

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Quelle und Echo Live at Madame Claude

10712888_726657840743003_243258571031463777_nAfter their first half-official gigs, Quelle und Echo really go pub­lic. Let’s see which worlds will come to life this time, escap­ing those knobs and faders, voices and string instruments.

Feel free to come around on Decem­ber 13, in Berlin. This is an event you can also find on Face­book.

Demo 2014 — Quelle und Echo

cd sleeveAs a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ekke­hard Win­drich, Sonoscoop started an avantgarde-pop project fid­dling with field record­ings. To find out what’s inside, you can lis­ten to all tracks of the demo on Band­camp.