Hauschka’s Volker Bertleman’s odd piano mods

Posted December 12th, 2008 by Eric Greenwood · No Comments

Wired has posted an interview with Volker Bertleman on how he mods his piano with “tacks, tape, felt, plastic wrap and other materials to alter its sound for his compositions.” The Listening Post blog also has the full story behind his experimental piano work. Appealing to fans of both modern composition and those of a more underground aesthetic, Bertleman’s music doesn’t sound quite as bizarre as it reads on paper, though it is engaging, often mournful, and clearly experimental. His biggest frustration while touring these methods is that his materials often get thrown away with the trash. The German composer’s latest record under the name Hauschka, entitled Ferndorf, is out now on Fat Cat records. [via KFL]

Here’s the video for Hauschka’s “Memory” via Pitchfork.tv:

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