Sustained Development: Music for Bass Guitar 2010-2013

Music for Bass Guitar

Sounds improvised on the bass are used in the construction of the final pieces. The degree of cutting up and processing applied to the improvisations varies from piece to piece, but the compositional decisions made during the final edit always take precedence over the “live” element: “When cutting the prayer call in with hog grunts it doesn’t pay to be walking around the market place with a portable tape recorder.” (William S. Burroughs, Electronic Revolution)

01. Bass Determines Superstructure (for bass guitar) 02. Magnetic Tape (for bass guitar, electronics, voice, and samples) 03. We Are Here Because You Were There (for bass guitar, electronics, and samples) 04. Drone Blues (for bass guitar and electronics)


Gerald Fiebig: Piano Decay

Piano Decay

While staying in the Berlin apartment of Jürgen Schlöh Lehmann and Michael Herbst in early December 2012, I played a series of isolated notes on the defunct piano I found in the living room and recorded them with what equipment was at hand. The four pieces on this release were constructed from these recordings. A live version was performed at Quiet Cue, Berlin, on December 8, 2012. Thanks are due to Michael Herbst, Jürgen Schlöh Lehmann; and Nicolas Wiese, who commissioned me to play at Quiet Cue and thus inspired the creation of the live version. The photograph (copyright Michael Herbst) shows a detail of the actual piano.

Während meines Aufenthalts in der Wohnung von Jürgen Schlöh Lehmann und Michael Herbst in Berlin im Dezember 2012, spielte ich eine Reihe einzelner Noten auf dem kaputten Klavier, das ich dort im Wohnzimmer fand, und nahm sie mit dem Equipment auf, das ich gerade zur Hand hatte. Die hier veröffentlichten vier Stücke wurden aus diesen Aufnahmen konstruiert. Eine Livefassung wurde am 8. Dezember im Quiet Cue in Berlin aufgeführt. Mein Dank gilt Michael Herbst, Jürgen Schlöh Lehmann und Nicolas Wiese, der mich zu dem Auftritt im Quiet Cue eingeladen und damit die Livefassung angeregt hatte. Das Foto (Copyright Michael Herbst) zeigt ein Detail des bewussten Klaviers.