[NS​-​R 01] Martin Mallaun and Karlheinz Essl - Ruderals (v 1​.​2)

by Martin Mallaun and Karlheinz Essl

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Karlheinz Essl - born 1960 in Vienna, Austria

Austrian composer, performer, improviser, media artist and composition teacher. He studied composition in Vienna with Friedrich Cerha and completed his studies in musicology with a doctoral thesis on Anton Webern. As a double bassist, he played in chamber ensembles and experimental jazz bands.
Essl was composer-in-residence at the Darmstadt Summer School (1990-94) and at IRCAM in Paris (1991-93). Between 1995-2006 he taught Algorithmic Composition at the Bruckner University in Linz. Since 2007, he has been professor of composition and electro-acoustic music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
His work with computers and a long-term preoccupation with the poetics of serial music have been formative influences on his compositional thinking. During the 1990s he carried out various projects for the Internet and became increasingly involved with improvisation. In 1997, Karlheinz Essl was a featured composer at the Salzburg Festival. His compositions are now played all over the world.
Besides writing instrumental music, Karlheinz Essl also works in the areas of electronic music, interactive real-time compositions and sound installations. He develops software environments for algorithmic composition and live electronics. As a performer and improviser, he plays his own computer-based real-time composition environment m@ze°2 and also instruments such as electric guitar, toy piano and music box.

www.essl.at

Martin Mallaun - born 1975 in Kitzbühel, Austria

Martin Mallaun studied zither and botany in Innsbruck. Currently he works as a freelance musician and botanist and as a music teacher. He addresses a wide spectrum of musical genres – “whether dealing with improvisation, electronics, baroque lute music, alpine folk music or contemporary new music, the native Tyrolean is always looking for new tonal and stylistic forms of expression with the zither. In doing so, he strolls unperturbed along the edges of the aesthetic intersections of various musical genres” (Music Information Center Austria, www.mica.at).
For his solo debut, “zwischen steinen”, Martin Mallaun was awarded the “Pasticcio-Preis” by the radio station Ö1. For 2012/2013, he holds a scholarship from the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s NASOM (New Austrian Sound of Music) programme.
He gives concerts in countless countries from France to Israel and as far as Japan, and has been guest artist at international festivals (including the Edinburgh International Festival/United Kingdom, the Munich Biennale in Germany and the Klangspuren in Austria). In addition, he is a member of the research project GLORIA, which investigates the effects of climate change on the vegetation of the Alpine ecological systems (www.gloria.ac.at).

www.martinmallaun.com

[NS-R 01 ]Karlheinz Essl & Martin Mallaun - ruderals

free improvisations for zither and electronics
Nachtstück Records 2014

Dumps, waysides, industrial waste lands — lush vegetation issues forth everywhere in the wake of human retreat. Plants come in with the wind, with the birds, creep out of the earth itself. The emerging landscape is haphazard, rich in species, in constant flux. Spontaneous structures come and go. Planning is not necessary for this unfolding of events, the protagonists themselves determine the outcome.
ruderals [wild vegetation] is a product of the first musical encounter between two singular musicians — Karlheinz Essl, prominent exponent of the European improvisational scene, with his self-developed computer instrument m@ze°2, and Martin Mallaun, eminent sound researcher and innovator on the zither, a traditional instrument of the Alps. Far from the well-trodden paths of computer and zither "music" they break new ground, gaining unaccustomed musical perspectives, yielding a surprisingly rich world of sounds.

Recorded live at Die Bäckerei, Innsbruck (Tyrol) on May 18th, 2011
Mixed and edited by Karlheinz Essl at Studio kHz, Dec 2013
Mastered by Tiago Morais Morgado

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Martin Mallaun und Karlheinz Essl: Ruderals
Nun, es sind nicht unbedingt die gängigen musikalischen Entwürfe, die Martin Mallaun und Karlheinz Essl auf ihrem gemeinsam eingespielten Album „Ruderals“ Nachtstück Records) zu Gehör bringen. Was aber im Grunde genommen eigentlich auch wenig überraschen sollte, ist man mit dem bisherigen Schaffen der beiden vertraut. Hier sind zwei Musiker am Werken, die sich bekanntermaßen schon vor langer Zeit von den üblichen Formen des Musik-Produzierens verabschiedet haben, um sich ihrer ganz eigenen Art der Klang- und Sounderzeugung widmen zu können. Der Tiroler auf seiner Zither und der Wiener mit seinem selbst entwickelten m@ze°2 – Computer zeigen sich als überaus experimentierfreudige Tonkünstler, die auf einem Terrain weit abseits der traditionellen musikalischen Konventionen und stilistischen Fragestellungen agieren und alleine die hohe Kunst der Improvisation zu ihrem Ausdrucksmittel erkoren haben.

Eigenen Angaben nach verzichten Martin Mallaun und Karlheinz Essl auf jegliche vorgefassten Konzepte. Nahezu alles, was von den beiden auf „Ruderals“ dargeboten wird, folgt seinem ganz eigenen Regelwerk. Nach musikalischen Strukturen, Melodien und Harmonien im herkömmlichen Sinn sucht man vergeblich, vielmehr entwickelt sich die ganze Geschichte aus einem steten Prozess heraus, aus einem von spontanen Einwürfen bestimmten Dialog, der wirklich alle künstlerischen Freiheiten gewährt und in jede Richtungen führen kann.

Die Stücke des Duos leben von stetigen Steigerungen und entwickeln ihre Spannungsbögen über den immer wiederkehrenden Wechsel zwischen langgezogenen und eher reduziert gehaltenen Passagen und die stringente Linie brechende und manchmal auch fast schon noisig anmutende Sounderuptionen. Es ist die Auslotung der Möglichkeiten ihrer Instrumente, welche der Tiroler und Wiener im Geiste der Innovation an die Spitze zu treiben versuchen, das Spiel mit Andeutungen und dem unter der wahrnehmbaren Oberfläche Stattfindenden. Die Töne, Sounds und Geräusche verweben die beiden gekonnt zu permanenten Klangzuständen einer starken bildhaften Note, welche die Vorstellungskraft und Fantasie der HörerInnen animieren soll.

„Ruderals“ ist ein Album geworden, das musikalisch eindeutig avantgardistischen Prinzipien folgt, es ist ein sehr stimmungsvolles und abwechslungsreiches, aber auch eines, dem man Zeit geben muss. Tut man dies aber, eröffnet sich letztlich ein wirklich spannendes und unvorhersehbares, weil eben auch nicht alltägliches Hörerlebnis. (mt)

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Die CD ist kostenlos! Wer allerdings für diese Musik etwas geben will: 90% der Einnahmen kommen karitativen Zwecken zugute, 10% gehen an den Betreiber des Labes „Nachtstück Records“.

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released January 5, 2014

Martin Mallaun - zither
Karlheinz Essl - M@ze 2

Recorded live at Die Bäckerei, Innsbruck (Tyrol) on May 18th, 2011
Mixed and edited by Karlheinz Essl at Studio kHz, Dec 2013
Mastered by Tiago Morais Morgado

translator: Joan Marie Bloderer

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