FEED AT KW 021915

Thursday February 19th, 2015
Kunstwerke, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Doors: 19h, Concert: 20h, Tickets: 10€
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Frequencies 021915 Cover Image Courtesy Michael Tan

'Minimal Studies'

Minimal Studies Text: Reinhold Friedl

“Under the unassuming title of „Minimal Studies“, electronic musician Hanno Leichtmann investigates the remnants of the minimal music movement of the 1970s and catches some of its still audible echoes. The CD begins with the pulse of an organ, a deep, low bass slides in, layer-by-layer the piece builds. The American music psychologist Diana Deutsch proved that any sound becomes a melody if it is repeated often enough. This is exactly the phenomenon we encounter here; we suddenly hear melodies and are not sure if they were there before, if they are there now or where they came from.

And yet Leichtmann’s music is not based on gushing euphony or psychoacoustic effects. Instead it restricts itself to basics by combining the repetitive structures of minimal music with elements of once groundbreaking Berlin club music.

Rhythmic impulses taken from soundtracks and contemporary music samples, a John Carpenter bass, are accompanied by acoustic instruments (violin, organ, clarinet, trumpet) that play melodic patterns, which disappear in the flow of sound, becoming ever harder to discern.

"Beautifully simple. No rhetorical grand gestures, just curious sonic enjoyment." The Wire (UK)

Pop-minimal music; meandering chord/rhythm loops, experimental turntable manipulation basslines, it’s all there: Steve Reichs asynchronous patterns, Pole’s minimal dub, Nic Collins’and Yasunao Tone’s broken CD players, Terry Riley’s organs, Oval’s systemische clicks’n’cuts, LaMonte Young’s drones, Michael Nyman’s early film scores... Vast monotone landscapes emerge, subliminal disco bass, idling synthesizers, barely-there electronic percussion, and occasional instrumental melodies.

"Hyper-minimalism on display." -Reinhold Friedl

What can be done with this material after it’s been reduced to it’s universal forms? Suddenly, sound patterns like landscapes from Tarkowski’s films emerge: a strangely nebulous unreality consisting all that is farmiliar, but all newly mixed together (including a monolithic guitar riff as an obituary for Sonic Youth) until the sound of bells and a few scant piano melodies take over and finally fade away. Music about music.

Hanno Leichtmann’s recurrent hymns to repetition leave the listener oddly liberated.”



Tobias Purfürst

Tobias Purfürst, born 1983, is a musician and sound artist living and working in Berlin. After studying architecture at UdK Berlin and an exchange year in Iceland, including an internship at Greenhouse Music Studios (Valgeir Siru∂sson), he started to focus on sound design, experimental and film music composition.

As a former member of lem-studios, he contributed sound designs for several commercial productions, including the Urban Planet Pavilion (EXPO Shanghai 2010, TRIAD).

From 2011-14 he studied at the department 'Kunst und Medien' (UdK) in the class for computational arts (Prof. Alberto de Campo), mainly working on generative sound installations and performances. During this time, his pieces were exhibited in several group exhibitions and festivals (Ars Electronica (2012); EMAF (2013); Transmediale(2013); Addicted to Random Festival, Halle (2013), amongst others).

Beside several collaborations, his abstract solo work led him to perform at the Crescendo Music Festival, Berlin, next_generation 4.0 festival, ZKM (Karlsruhe) and other various sound venues for experimental music in Berlin, such as FEED, LEAP and ZKU.

"Un_/Prepared” navigates an authentic course through the depths and details of Tobias' newly-crafted immersive landscape, whose result is to be part of an audience leveled with an exhilarating and satisfied experience. " - FEED, Berlin