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Christoph Schiller, Lee Danzeisen – 47°13′N7°E

March 27, 2013

Creative Sources CD One of who knows how many releases on the Creative Sources label sat awaiting my eventual attention here right now, Christoph Schiller and Lee Danzeisen’s 47°13′N7°E might just be the only improvised spinett duo I’m ever likely to hear. In truth, before I first heard Schiller’s music a few years back I don’t […]

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Sebastian Lexer, Christoph Schiller – Luftwurzeln

October 5, 2012

CD Matchless Old and new. This new CD on Matchless by Sebastian Lexer and Christoph Schiller keeps bringing these opposite ends of a spectrum to mind. If Schiller has taken an old instrument, a spinet, and approached it in new ways, then so has Lexer, whose Piano+ digital enhancements of a standard grand piano are […]

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Monday 5th April

April 5, 2010

So I spent today listening to Luigi Nono’s music for much of the journey, though initially I had tried to listen to Regen, the disc I am to write about tonight, another Creative Sources release, this one some four years old and by the duo of Christoph Schiller (spinet) and Harald Kimmig (violin). Although its a somewhat dated release now I only bought my copy earlier this year at a concert involving Schiller that particularly impressed me. It was one of two discs I purchased, on Simon Reynell’s recommendation, the other I reviewed here, and I promised that once I had spent time with both I would let him know which I preferred. So here we are.

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Wednesday 3rd March

March 4, 2010

So, a day late, here are my thoughts on Savagnieres, the duo disc released a few years back by Cristoph Schiller and Peter Baumgartner on the Creative Sources label. Apologies for writing about something that has been available for a while now, but it is certainly still available, and as it passed me by when it first came out I have no problem writing about it now. Savagnieres is one of two discs involving the Spinett player (spinettist?) Schiller that I purchased from him when I saw his live duo with Sebastian Lexer a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed his live performance a lot, and that coupled with the enthusiastic recommendations of Simon Reynell encouraged me to pick up the two discs, Savagnieres being the first of the two I have listened to.

I have written many times before that my natural taste in improvised music tends to lean towards a blend of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, and this CD is quite an extreme example of that musical configuaration. For those unaware of what a spinett is, it is best described as a small harpsichord, with Schiller’s personal instrument also modified slightly to allow additional preparations. Baumgartner on the other hand plays here using a laptop, but in a manner that is decidedly artificial and about as far away from the plucked strings and acoustic resonances of the spinett as is possible. While Schiller’s sound changes frequently, full of rattles, clatter, chiming strings and resounding hollow notes, so Baumgartner’s contributions to the five tracks on Savagnieres tend to be deep, semi-rhythmic pulses and drones that change only slightly over time and tend to add a colour and atmosphere to the duo, that Schiller than paints into with his smaller, incidental sounds.

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