Instead of letting the sound material develop in a constant flow of events, they therefore chose silence, in which the material was placed, as a point of departure. This lead to a more deliberate way of dealing with the material. In particular the beginning, end, duration, dynamic, intensity and quality of each sound event were critically assessed, together with their relation to other sound events (contrast, layering, overlapping/eclipsing etc) and their significance in relation to the structure and form of a whole piece. In addition there was a tendency to work mainly with very quiet material, thereby opening a microscopic dynamic spectrum with a large potential for differentiation.
Although the musical spectrum has since opened out in many different directions, this 'reductionist' phase of clarification may still be clearly heard in the real-time compositions of the ensemble. Solistic passages continue to be restrained in favour of a complex interlocking group structure, and even the densest passages are still marked by transparency. Burkhard Beins : percussion, objects Axel Dörner : trumpet, laptop Robin Hayward : tuba Annette Krebs : electro-acoustic guitar Andrea Neumann : inside piano, mixing desk Michael Renkel : acoustic guitar, laptop Ignaz Schick : turntables, electronics Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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