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Schiller, Christoph / Eric Ruffing: Trance (Creative Sources)

Finding common ground between the acoustic past and the electronic present, the duo of Christoph Schiller on spinet and Eric Ruffing on analogue synthesizer present two extended improvisations of tempered interaction, exploring periods of extended sound, timbre and decay, scrabbling inside playing, restrained electronic whines, and active pointillistic playing.
 

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UPC: 5609063405149

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs514
Squidco Product Code: 25794

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Atleier Klingenstrasse, in Basel, Switzerland, on June 24th, 2017, by Eric Ruffing.


Personnel:

Christoph Schiller-spinet

Eric Ruffing-analogue synthesizer

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track listing:


1. 1 21:02

2. 2 19:16

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Finding common ground between the acoustic past and the electronic present, the duo of Christoph Schiller on spinet and Eric Ruffing on analogue synthesizer present two extended improvisations of tempered interaction, exploring periods of extended sound, timbre and decay, scrabbling inside playing, restrained electronic whines, and active pointillistic playing. Their dialog is perfectly paced, never frenetic yet interesting in the level of activity each brings to the conversation, entrancing the listener not through repetition but through constant change at a maintained momentum.

Schiller's background is in both active free improv on labels like Matchless and Red Toucan, and in avant minimalism on labels like Another Timbre and Creative Sources. Ruffing is part of the magnificently restrained Insub Meta Orchestra, a large scale improvising ensemble with work on Another Timbre. Together the listener gets the best of both worlds, with the sense of minimalism balanced by active sections of curious and inexplicable sound. Really fine work.


Artist Biographies:

"Christoph Schiller was born in 1963 in Stuttgart. He studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and HfBK Hamburg. He later studied piano with Daniel Cholette and music theory in Basel. He has been playing concerts of improvised music on piano since 1987. In recent years the piano has been abandoned in favour of the lighter spinet, for which he has developed specific playing techniques which are influenced by inside piano techniques. Besides keyboard instruments his work with the voice has become increasingly important. He lives in Weil am Rhein and Basel."

-Christoph Schiller Website (http://www.christophschiller.net/)
8/15/2018

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"Born in 1960 in Frankfurt am Main. Student in the improvisation class with Albert Mangesdorff in Frankfurt Dr. Hoch's Conservatory. After lessons on trumpet and cello, autodidactic study of percussion and electronic sound synthesis in analogue technology. Focus of artistic work with electronics (modular synthesizer EMS Synthi 'A', also in combination with EMS keyboard controller DK-1, the theremin and other voltage controlling devises) or acoustic setup (selected percussion & objects) is on experimental, electronic and contemporary improvised music. Interdisciplinary projects with dancers, performance artists, visual artists, sound poets and reciters. Lives and works as a special educator/music therapist in Basel. Member of the committee in the Forum für Improvisierte Musik + Tanz - Performance - Multimedia (FIM) Basel."

-Eric Ruffing Website (http://ericruffing.ch/)
8/15/2018

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