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burkhard schlothauer
more chamber events

order reference:   
EWR 1701/02
Burkhard Schlothauer
Antoine Beuger (flute), Christoph Nicolaus (stone harp)

burkhard schlothauer (1957)
more chamber events

events in five parts can be heard as one piece in five parts.
it opens with flöten, for solo flute . tracks 2, 4 and 5 are combining flöten (1998), stein reiben (2008) for stone harp and hauchen (2016) for trumpet (three solo pieces from the event series) into 3 possible versions of events #2 and events #3. in the middle (center) section of the piece stands variable densities in space for 8 bass drums and 2 trumpets.

the eight bass drums are spatially divided and all play the same slow beat, though never all of them at the same time, letting the sound wander through the space. Sometimes only one drum sounds, sometimes a few of them together. In the latter case one can hear low frequency beatings. The 2 trumpets, one to the left, one to the very right, are playing a very slow pulse with noisy sounds, independent and dissociated from the beat of the drums

events #2 flute and stone harp
in this version of events #2 the two solo pieces flöten, for flute, and stein reiben, for stone harp are superimposed in various ways.

CD 1
events in 5 parts

CD 2
events # 2 flute and stone harp 

antoine beuger (flute), christoph nicolaus (stone harp), burkhard schlothauer (trumpet, bass drum)

audio excerpts:
    ►  events # 3 (12:29)
    ►  variable densities in space (11:48)
    ►  events # 2 flute and stone harp (0:00 - 12:11)

events in 5 parts

before starting the event series in 1995, I had been occupying myself with nonrepresentational mini- malist painting, in which, rather than representing anything from the objective world, the artwork itself becomes an entity, an object of the world.

would it be possible to realize such a degree of abstraction in music?

in this series of compositions for solo instruments each sound by itself is conceived of as a mono- chrome painting on a white wall of silence. the flow of time moves listeners from one sound tableau to another. pitches were taken from the inexhaustible variety of possible frequencies within the range of audibility. tones were understood as complex sounds, as a sum of partials and noises going along with their production.

as the pieces were to be realized by instrumentalists, the durations of the sounds were based on their physical possibilities - a breath, a bow - or on the physics of the instrument - the resonance of a piano string.

in these pieces, contrary to academic musical practice, the player is encouraged to focus on unlok- king the manifold sonic possibilities of his instrument.

each sound in these pieces is obtained through a highly disciplined act, eked out by the musician with a tranquil power. born to live briefly, each sound soon returns into silence.

eternal wandering of stars
not making sense
great joy

a few years later (1998) the idea evolved to let these solo pieces come together in various combi- nations, thus allowing events to emerge and take place. In the event series the initial idea of single monochrome sounds is thwarted. Acoustic coincidences occur, manifesting themselves as complex wave structures, ever new amalgamations of sound materials and shapes.

flöten - to antoine beuger
stein reiben - to christoph nicolaus    
variable densities in space - to craig shepard