Experimental German pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) will release a new live album later this month. As shown in his Artist Tips feature, Bertelmann increases the sonic range and variation of his instrument by placing objects on or between the strings, hammers, and dampers—a technique highlighted on his 2014 studio album, Abandoned City. The two, nearly 20-minute improvisations found on his latest effort, 2.11.14, are based on material from that album, and were recorded late last year at the Artegio music museum in Yufuin, a remote town on the Japanese island of Kyushu. A press release describes the LP as "a captivating, energetic stream of consciousness set to music, in parts akin to a DJ/live dance music set."
"It [was] a great experience to drive for several hours to a remote and modest place in the mountains of Kyushu, only to find the ideal setting to record a piece of music so touching yet rough and spontaneous," Bertelmann is quoted as saying.
A Part 1
B Part 2