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Détails sur le produit

  • Album vinyle (17 mars 2014)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • Autres versions : CD  |  Album vinyle
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  1. Elizabeth bay
  2. Pripyat
  3. Thames town
  4. Who lived here?
  5. Agdam
  6. Sanzhi pod city
  7. Craco
  8. Barkerville
  9. Stromness

Descriptions du produit

Abandoned City was recorded in Hauschka s home studio in a burst of creative energy following the birth of his first son. With the exception of Elisabeth Bay, which is based on a piece of music I wrote for a reinvention of Wagner's Flying Dutchman, the music was composed and recorded in ten days, says Hauschka. After the baby, I had to concentrate to find time to work, so the process was very intense. The songs were recorded using nine microphones. Six recorded the sounds coming from the piano strings through an analogue console feeding directly into a computer to preserve the instrument s full, warm sound. Three others passed the tones through a mixer full of effects delay, distortion, echo that can be triggered separately or used simultaneously. Hauschka creates the music and the arrangements as he goes, trusting the music to take him in the proper direction. Most of the songs were played on one piano; I was mixing as I played. If I needed more piano, I overdubbed with another twiddling of effects. All the sounds harp, balafon, Melodica, drums - are produced by the keyboard, he explains.

The compositions on Abandoned City awaken the loneliness and unattainable romance of timeless, unfamiliar places, with cinematic melodies full of resonant overtones, bright cheerful keyboard patterns and dark percussive touches. The tracks all bear the names of actual vacant cities. Hauschka chose Abandoned City as the title of the album to convey the sense of hope and sadness that consumes him when he s sitting alone at the keyboard. I was interested in finding a metaphor for the inner tension I feel when I'm composing music, a state of mind where I'm lonely and happy at the same time, he explains. When I saw photos of abandoned cities, I felt it was perfect. People once lived there, but they left in a rush and now nature has taken over in a beautiful way, things are growing up from the sidewalk and the seasons are changing colors. The music is dark, but in a quiet, uplifting way. The piano is singing the melody but, because of the effects, you can't hear it directly. It s like the sound of a choir under the earth, something you feel without realizing it.

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4.5 stars... Hauschka's best album to date? 2 avril 2014
Par Paul Allaer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I recently saw Hauschka in concert (more on that later). Hauschka, the one-man 'band' of German pianist Volker Bertelmann, is the master of the so-called "prepared piano" movement (where a piano gets 'prepared' with all sorts of sound-changing items, from duct tape to ping pong balls to tweezers, just to name those). This is Hauschka's newest studio album.

"Abandoned City" (9 tracks; 44 min.) starts off with a brooding "Elizabeth Bay", heavy on bass-like sounds. "Pripyat" is, at close to 8 min., by far the longest piece on the album, sounding impressionist-like. "Thames Town" is minimalism at its best. The first half of the album concludes with a very somber "Who Lived Here?". The album's second half feels lighter, and more relaxed in a way, starting with a jazzy "Agdam". Later on in "Craco", we hear an intricate interplay within the piano, so that it sounds like piano-cum-synthesizer (which of course is an illusion). The album concludes with "Stromness", another impressionist-like track. In all, this is quite the album! It might even be Hauschka's best album to date, although "The Prepared Piano" (from 2005) remains another close favorite.

I saw Hauschka in concert a few months ago here in Cincinnati, where he brought a fantastic set in a intimate setting (around 250 people in attendance) at a sold-out Contemporary Arts Center. His set focused on longer pieces, and he also played a couple of tunes from the new album, including "Elizabeth Bay" and "Pripyat". It is impossible to overstate what the concert experience is like with Hauschka. Truly a memorable evening, so if you have a chance to see him live, do not miss him! Meanwhile, "Abandoned City" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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deep & happy, busy & calming sounds 19 juin 2014
Par Charlie Quaker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
8th release from German musician known for his “prepared” piano arrangements; this time he
rests pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings to obtain a fascinatingly clean electronic feel
that sparkles with the vibrant, creative clarity of a playful, exploratory spirit. The sounds are
both deep & happy, busy & calming, with a textured austerity that’s strangely enchanting. Recalls
artists like John Cage, Harry Partch, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Terry Riley.
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"Prepared Piano" not computer synth! 24 mars 2014
Par John S. Socha - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was fortunate to find this musician interviewed on public radio. He began tampering with pianos at an early age. Today, he attaches all kinds of items to the hammers and strings to (a) change the sound and (b) use some keys as percussion instruments.

I think it helps to understand this in order to better appreciate the effort made in producing these tracks that sometimes remind me of sitar and other times harpsichord.

Listen to the samples and get drawn in to the moods!

PS: I produce a one-hour weekly radio show for a Catholic network and found some cuts to be eerily appropriate for intros into the Stations of The Cross.
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Different and enjoyable! 30 mai 2014
Par JK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
I heard about this recording on an NPR broadcast and was intrigued enough to purchase it; I have not been disappointed. I thoroughly enjoy listening to this repeatedly. The 'found" instruments make for fascinating sounds.
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Brilliant 25 mars 2014
Par doarte - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Hauschka is brilliant and this collection of 'ghost towns' is astonishing...I highly recommend it and all of the other works he has created.
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