Inspired by innovators from John Cage to Aphex Twin, Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is known for compelling live performances that re-imagine the possibilities of the piano by carrying out an array of imaginative 'preparations to reveal its internal mechanisms.
Recorded in a ten day burst of creative energy following the birth of his first son, his newly released album Abandoned City evokes the ghostly romance of the ruin via his trademark piano preparations and – for the first time –electronic processing. An array of delays, reverbs and pitch-shifting effects bend to his will to create a shimmering world of layers that emanate from the piano.
“Satie feather-drops, gorgeous string plucks, transfixing rattles. Stillness is the move.” Rolling Stone
“The sounds that Volker Bertelmann creates with(in) a piano are nothing short of astonishing… a triumph” Mojo ****
“A rapturous exercise in acoustic ‘electronica’” Uncut ****
“ingenious and exquisite” New York Times
Support: Ashley Paul
"Paul folds such urgent, primitive sounds and phrases into her
Compositions, in a way that alludes to songwriting, but
feels somehow simpler". The Wire
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