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Moss, David / Hannes Strobl: At The Beach (Monotype)

Merging Hannes Strobl's electric bass and effects with David Moss' unusual vocal approach into stream of consciousness observations and rich music of momentum and mood that are evocative, mysterious and fully engaging.

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Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono078
Squidco Product Code: 18997

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2013 by David Moss and Hannes Strobl.


David Moss-voice, lyrics

Hannes Strobl-electric bass guitar, electric upright bass

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"David Moss: Drumming and singing have shaped his musical life.First, his father's drum-set, Bertoia sound sculptures, duos with dancer Steve Paxton.

Later, singing: at Berlin Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival.

2018/19: received the German Music Authors Prize for experimental voice; sang in Olga Neuwirth's opera, Lost Highway (Yuval Sharon, director); sang Frank Zappa's music at the Venice Biennale; visited Taipei, Seattle and Bogota with Heiner Goebbels' Surrogate Cities; worked with video artist Lillevan.

Moss received Guggenheim and DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellowships. He directs the Institute for Living Voice (and teaches).

In 2019 he made his debut at the ElbPhilharmonie, Hamburg as the baritone soloist in Xenakis ÄIS; with the Rundfunk-SymphonieOrchester Berlin under Peter Rundel

Moss has sung works by Luciano Berio, Carla Bley, Uri Caine, Johann & Richard Strauss, Gershwin, Neuwirth, Oehring, Bach and Coltrane. He is currently touring with the groove-trio Denseland, and with a solo program, Vox Paradiso.

Moss lives in Berlin, Germany."

-David Moss Website (

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"Born 1966; bass player and composer; studied upright bass at Innsbruck Conservatory and Graz University in Austria. Developed a new musical language on the bass; numerous concerts and perfomances all around Europe and USA; works for radio, dance, theater, film and sound-installations among others with Sam Auinger, Isabella Bordoni, Markus Binder, Hans Platzgummer, Toshi Nakamura, Rupert Huber, D.Offenhuber, Bruce Odland, Chris Kondek and many others; cooperation with Sam Auinger under the name "Tamtamclub"; has found the group "Paloma" with Hanno Leichtmann; solo recordings under bassmann; lives in Berlin."

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track listing:

1. Shoebox No 4 Open 6:44

2. Placing Reeds 10:05

3. Critical Band 3:33

4. Just About To Fall 5:11

5. Shoebox No 4 Closed 6:57

6. At The Beach 4:40

7. Hinterhof 6:48
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"We enjoy the interplay of our two musical positions tremendously. I really feel this has to do with a "storytelling" or an "intuition for the narrative" that we both have. And I mean it even in the most general, abstract sense says David Moss. Together with Hannes Strobl, they've found rhythmic and even philosophic connection that made the duo work, as a natural extension of their earlier project, the band Denseland, created with Hanno Leichtmann. I was working on a collection of pieces for electric bass, where I wanted to explore some of the different musical and sonic possibilities of the instrument, that usually can't be heard very often says Hannes Strobl. When Hannes told me he had developed a number of solo bass pieces and songframeworks that might be interesting for my voice, we easily and fruitfully created this album explains David.At the Beach - Music for Voice and Electric Bass is a story told in music. It starts with the specific sound of the electric bass, an instrument played mostly in pop, rock or jazz, but rarely found in contemporary, experimental music. Most of the time the instrument is played in a very traditional way, where it has to fulfill its function within the arrangement. So the player is not only playing on the instrument but the instrument is also playing on him, the tradition of the instrument. David broke with that kind of tradition as a singer and found his own unique way to use his voice, so I felt a strong connection with him right away says Hannes Strobl. Strobl created a special way of playing the electric bass and combines his two instruments - one of them an electric upright bass - with various electronic devices. Each piece on this album brings together particular advanced playing techniques and preparations with particular electronic setups.Together, the pieces make the impression of being a single cohesive work with an intimate quality, sometimes moving forward with a steady drive, sometimes rotating around themselves. In some places, the music is very physical and microscopic, one can hear how the strings are scraped or how the vocal sounds start. In other places it keeps the secret of its genesis, playing with the possibilities of psychoacoustics. David Moss brings the sounds, texts, stories, narratives and 'mystery geschichten' out of his mind in a stream of consciousness. He uses points within the rhythmic patterns to connect to or to jump from, to dive off to new words or new sounds. The connection that the words and sounds have to meaning switches on and off.When Hannes developed those bass based pieces and played them for me, I started singing immediately. The first take was always as if we were playing live together, so I did not listen to the piece before I jumped into his "worlds" with my voice says David Moss. After those live acts, David sometimes did other takes of vocals, either completely different approaches, or trying to amplify the idea of the first take. At the end, the perfect version of the voice, the one which fit the mood, atmosphere and energy of composition exactly, was chosen.David MossConsidered one of the most innovative singers in contemporary music, David Moss has performed solo and theater works from New York (Lincoln Center) to Venice (Theatro La Fenice) to Brisbane (Festival). In 1991 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship; in 1992, a DAAD Fellowship (Berlin). Moss sang with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra, and was twice a featured soloist at the Salzburg Festival. He is vocal soloist in orchestral works by Heiner Goebbels and Helmut Oehring. He is artistic director of the MADE Festival in Umeå, Sweden and the cofounder/artistic director of the Institute for Living Voice which has conducted master classes, workshops and seminars internationally since 2001. Moss performs with the electronic trio Denseland, and the audio performance group Technologies."-Monotype Records
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