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rainer eric One of my favorite tracks is "Yufuin 2". It's not on the tracklist here. Must be one of two bonus tracks. However, all tracks are very good. You won't hear this kind of music often.
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LWFZ Very carefully prepared Piano! Favorite track: North Brother Island.
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ProgHog231 Take the time to absorb this music and its storytelling, particularly since the download comes with a forty-minute bonus recording of a live recording. Pretty amazing music. Favorite track: Hashima Island.
Olga Kivius
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Olga Kivius This is one of the most remarkable example of the modern ambient neoclassical prepared piano and the continuation of the theme which Hauschka began in his absolutely outstanding album Abandoned City. Nice music )
It's important to add that this release contains 2 hidden tracks - the live recording made in Yufuin, Japan in 2014. And this is the really brilliant 20-minutes improvisational variations of the Abandoned City, that are highly recommended to listen. Favorite track: Hashima Island.
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John Cratchley Volker is an astonishing musician...try to get to see him perform live (his 'prepared' piano is a sight to behold - he usually has a camera set up to show the inside of the piano which is projected as he plays;it works surprisingly well)...he is John Cage,Philip Glass,Steve Reich and Keith Jarrett rolled in to one,for me...'Abandoned City' was a very special album and I expect these new pieces to be no less riveting (the bonus of the live Japanese improvisations are very welcome).
No one plays the piano like Hauschka and any new work marks a red letter day in my listening calendar.
**Album released today...expectations exceeded!

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Varosha 04:17


Last year Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) released Abandoned City, an album of stately prepared piano pieces inspired by forgotten locales that have been left to retreat back into nature. It was a gorgeous, uniquely evocative album that drew universal acclaim and elevated Hauschka's reputation as an elite modern composer.

A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B, experimental folk icon Devendra Banhart distills Abandoned City standout, "Agdam", to barely-there, fractured clusters of solitary piano strikes and swelling synths. By comparison, Eluvium's transformation of "Stromness" sounds almost shockingly euphoric, all cascading waves of distortion washed over a plethora of plucked piano pings.

Included as a special bonus download is a stunning live album recorded in Yufuin, Japan in late 2014. The 40-minute performance is split into two 20-minute improvisations built on themes from Abandoned City. It's a gorgeous glimpse of live Hauschka, a world where songs you think you know become entirely new works of art at the mercy of Bertelmann's whims.


released August 7, 2015


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Volker Bertelmann – aka Hauschka – is a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music.


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