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Snowflakes & Carwrecks

by Hauschka

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Rob O.
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Rob O. Hauschka falls somewhere between prepared piano, electronic and classical, with each project leaning more towards one of these aspects. He's no newbie and I'm happy that his latest album "A Different Forest" February 2019 was released on Sony Classical. Finally getting the recognition he deserves from one of the major labels!
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Ginsterweg 03:57
Eisblume 06:53
Wonder 03:57
Tanz 09:13
Kindelsberg 03:02
Hauberg 08:59
Tagtraum 03:38


On the heels of October 2012's ‘Ferndorf’ album, Düsseldorf-based pianist / composer Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) kicked of the new year with a beautiful extended EP of previously unreleased material, all of which was recorded during the ‘Ferndorf’ sessions. Featuring seven new tracks (five on the vinyl edition), the EP is a great follow-up to an album which has continued to draw widespread critical acclaim.

Where previous albums comprised mostly solo recordings of Hauschka’s ‘prepared’ piano (with a few electronic and instrumental overdubs), ‘Ferndorf’ was a far more expansive and fully-realised album, with many of the tracks also featuring a string duo, enabling an increased solidity and an expanded, rousing dynamism. Still retaining the shivers and tics (as by-products of) of the modified internal workings of the piano - alongside some sweet electronic touches – these are less central and instead what’s foregrounded is the melodic / rhythmic push and pull, and a development towards more orchestrated music and notated compositions.

Having studied classical piano for ten years, Dusseldorf-based pianist / composer Volker Bertelmann’s work as Hauschka is largely based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the 'prepared' piano – an adventurous intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument simply waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it. His resulting tracks are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm.


released February 23, 2009


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


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