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2013, Thu, Feb 21

Unmenschliche Musik - Opening

Moderation: Björn Gottstein

19h: Robot Concert: Kolja Kugler, Sir Elton Junk and Afreakin Bassplayer

While the smaller of the two robots plays the electric bass, Sir Elton Junk, a strange mix of centaur and shopping car, generates sounds “from within”—entirely without eyeglasses or piano. The music-making compressed air robots are creations of Kolja Kugler, who has already specialized in installations made of industrial junk and mobile sculptures in cooperation with Mutoid Waste Company and Alien Pulse Agency. Recycling rocks!


19:15h: Tool concert I: Tamer Fahri Özgönenc: Cluster 100. Drill Installation

Composer and sound designer Özgönenc drills through the wall separating music and sound: the number 160 stands for an orchestra consisting of 160 identical home tools divided into four groups all tuned to a certain pitch. The installation is an interactive sonic formation: the movements of the visitors in the space create acoustic interference which the ensemble of drill clusters responds to.


19:30h: Tool concert II: Alexander Hacke: Lockstep

Here, the soullessness of the chart-breakers is generated in a fully automated fashion. Using software, in Alexander Hacke’s installation subjects music of all kinds—played by hand, polyrhythmic, or freely improvised, primitive or complex—to the “totalitarian pattern” of modern hit production. Everything is set to four/four time at 120 beats per minute, everything played in C major. Hacke has been attacking totalitarian patterns ever as a member of Einstürzende Neubauten since 1980: here he mercilessly exposes them.


19:45h: Tool concert III: Andrew Pekler:Prepaid Piano

Berlin musician Andrew Pekler short-circuits John Cage’s “prepared piano” with modern mobile telephones. The installation is not only cutting edge in terms of media, it also invites visitors to participate: several prepaid mobile phones are placed on the piano that vibrate when called and make the instrument sound. The concert conditions also correspond to late-capitalist consumerism: The sounds last as long as the balance allows.


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