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Various Artists: INstruments (List)

A 2004 collection of commissioned compositions exploring the relations between acoustic instruments and digital process including Dafeldecker/Siewert, Janek Shaefer, Steinbruchel, Gunter Miller, &c.

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Cover design by Taylor Deupree.

Label: List
Catalog ID: L5
Squidco Product Code: 16069

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: France
Packaging: Cardstock foldover


Werner Dafeldecker-doublebass, bass

Martin Siewert-electronics, synthesizer

Janek Schaefer

Ralph Steinbruchel

Herve Boghossian-guitar, computer, electric guitar

Andrea Gabriele-piano, doublebass, bass, percussion

Jara Queeto-trumpet

Sebastien Roux-electric guitar, computer

Matthieu Saladin-bass clarinet

Ivan Solano-bass clarinet

Gunter Muller-cymbal, computer

Mitchell Akiyama-piano, acoustic guitar, viola, melodica, computer

Julien Tardieu-cymbal

Benoit Courribet-computer


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Artist Biographies:

"Werner Dafeldecker was born in Vienna in 1964 and studied the double bass which he plays with passion. As a musician, composer and sound artist he takes advantage of the manifold possibilities offered by electro-acoustics. His musical projects are often inspired and deduced by outside influences such as architecture, science, photography and film - partially resulting in the creation of graphical scores for various ensembles and instrumental performers. Werner also focuses on site specific projects, field recording and opposing natural and environmental sounds with synthetic variants. He has built up an extensive sound archive and created several electroacoustic pieces for radio and film. Around ninety sound-recordings are documenting his artistic framework. He held lectures and workshops presenting his work i.a. at University Bellas Artes-Madrid, Hochschule für Gestaltung-Karlsruhe, RMIT University-Melbourne and Edith Cowan University-Perth.

Commissions / Exhibitions / Performances:

Kammermusiktage Witten; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Berliner Festspiele Maerz Musik Festival; Sound field Festival, Chicago; Festival Wien Modern; Festival Hörgänge, Wien; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; What is Music Festival, Australia; International Music Festival, Vancouver; LMC Festival, London; Dundee Media Festival; Ultraschall Festival, Berlin; SWR; ORF; Salzburger Festspiele; Liquid Architecture Festival, Australia; Darmstädter Ferienkurse; Serralves Festival, Porto, ZKM, Karlsruhe; Museum of Contemprary Art, Zagreb; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Gronland Kammermusikk Festival, Oslo; Festival Mikromusik, Berlin; Borealis Festival, Oslo; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Klangspuren Schwaz, Tirol; Transmediale Festival, Berlin"

-Werner Dafeldecker Website (

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"Born München, Germany, 1954; drums and electronics. Though born in Germany, Günter Müller has lived in Switzerland since 1966. From 1981 he has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-up and microphone system of his own invention which allows hand-generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated electronically. Since 1998 minidiscs, and since 2002 an ipod, have been included in his electronic set. Nowadays he often plays ipod and electronics only.

Müller was a founding member of the trio Nachtluft, with Andres Bosshard and Jacques Widmer, a group that have created sound-installations and sound-architecture, and of the electronic quartet POIRE_Z with Erik M and Voice Crack. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts: solo; in ad-hoc groupings; and often in duo with, among others, Taku Sugimoto, Jason Kahn, Steinbrüchel, Norbert Möslang, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomas Korber, Lê Quan Ninh, Keith Rowe, Erikm, Carlos Zingaro, Sachiko M, Michel Doneda and Fabrice Charles. Günter Müller runs the record label For 4 Ears.

-European Free Improv (EFI) (

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track listing:

1. Werner Daffeldecker & Martin Siewert / Stendec 6:29

2. Janek Schaefer / Sans La Vue 7:00

3. Steinbrüchel / Tint/E 6:06

4. Mou, Lips! / Che Ti Amerà Per Sempre 4:05

5. Sébastien Roux / Farnsworth House 5:59

6. Matthieu Saladin & Ivan Solano / Syn 7:31

7. Hervé Boghossian / Points D'Orgue 4:25

8. Günter Müller / Momentary Cymbalized 10:06

9. Mitchell Akiyama / Capsized Sigh And A Highjacked Smile 6:18

10. Julien Tardieu & Cylens / Retilh 6:01

11. Colleen / Slow Flower 5:59
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

A collection of commissioned compositions exploring the relations between acoustic instruments and digital process.

Track listing

1. composed by werner dafeldecker & martin siewertdouble & electric bass performed by dafeldecker electronics & synthetizers

2. composed by janek schaefermethod : record player for the blind, mixer, pedals and on screen collage

3. composed by ralph steinbrüchelcomputer performed by steinbrüchel guitar as a source composed andperformed by hervé boghossian

4. composed by andrea gabrielepiano, double & electric bass, percussions by gabrieletrumpet by jara queeto

5. composed by sébastien rouxelectric guitar and computer performed by roux

6. composed by matthieu saladin & ivan solanobass clarinet duo performed, edited, mixed and mastered by saladin & solano

7. composed by hervé boghossianelectric guitar and computer performed by boghossian

8. composed by günter müllercymballs with bow, hands, a headphone & computer performed by müller

9. composed by mitchell akiyamapiano, acoustic guitar, viola, melodica & computer performed by akiyama

10. composed by julien tardieu & benoît courribetcymbal performed by tardieu & computer as signal processing by courribet

11. composed by cécile schottcello performed, mixed and produced by schott

"The small French label List maybe be small but their releases so far fill me with you. Their second compilation explores 'the relations between acoustic instruments and digital process'. It features a wide range of musicians and composers, with different backgrounds. Janek Schaefer for instance uses a 'record player for the blind, mixer, pedals and on screen collage', so that hardly sounds like an instrument. At the other end we find Matthieu Saladin and Ivan Soland who do a blass clarinet duo. However most others play instruments (or have them played) and process them digitally. Steinbruchel for instance process guitar playing by Herve Boghossian (label head honcho). In many of the eleven pieces here there is some careful playing and processing going on. Each piece takes a fair amount of time and the acoustic element is never lost whilst the digital element is always present somewhere. Take Andrea Gabriele's piano, double and electric bass and percussion piece: sounding glitchy and ambient, the real instrumental touch is not lost. Lastly the combination of somewhat more known and unknown players make this into a fine introduction aswell something to recognize and be surprised of. Mitchell Akiyama (nice violin piece!), Gunter Muller, Werner Dafeldecker, martin Siewert and Sebastian Roux may sell the CD but Julien Tardieu, Colleen or Herve Boghossian are certainly names to watch out. A very nice compilation."-FdW, Vital List

Cover design by Taylor Deupree.

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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