Various ‘Sound Sculptures’

01 Siegfried Fink ‘Metallophonie’ (9:15)
02 Hans-Karsten Raecke ‘Das Mecklenburger Pferd’ (9:50)
03 Wolfgang Roscher ‘Phonetische Etüde’ (7:40)
04 Klaus Hinrich Stahmer ‘Soundscape’ (16:05)
05 Wilfried Jentzsch ‘Lithophonie’ (10:40)
06 Klaus Ager ‘Alinkonie II’ (13:25)
07 Herbert Försch-Tenge ‘Tri-Cello II’ (9:18)
08 Anestis Logothetis ‘Klangagglomeration’ (10:40)
09 Christoph Wünsch ‘Kaleidoskop’ (9:50)
10 Peter Vogel ‘Kleines Fünfstimmiges Minimal Music Object’ (6:30)

Total time: 1h44
Double-LP released 1985, Wergo Schallplatten Gmbh.

Published by Wergo in 1985, Sound Sculptures is a gorgeous, state-of-the-art overview of Austria and West Germany’s instrument builders and sculptors curated by composer and music critic Klaus Hinrich Stahmer. A German equivalent to Bart Hopkins’ Experimental Musical Instruments compilation CDs, though the concept here being that composers/interprets will use someone else’s sculpture or sound construction to create their soundwork. The title’s double-entendre is perfectly maintained throughout the album: sound producing actual sculptures and soundcrafting as an artform. Particularly striking is the variety of sonorities emited, from angklung-like metallophones to interactive electronic sensors, from industrial bleak soundscapes to subtle microtonal nuances, from improvised free music to drone-a-thon. This is rather un-classifiable music only occasionaly sounding like Stockhausen or Boulez solo percussion pieces. Apart from the sculptures, additionnal instruments include: strings, bowed metals, metal chimes, saxophone, sea shells, wood, processed vocals, voice, electronic effetcs, etc. While some composers/improvisors are instrument builders themselves, like Hans-Karsten Raecke (cf website), others are avantgarde music composers, like Greek-born Austrian Anestis Logothetis (1921-1994), whose enchanting and nuanced minimal music – one of the highlights of the set – blends electronic and acoustic sounds, and have a visual dimension often based on graphic scores (see Dmtls Merzbau’s post). Wilfried Jentzsch studied with Xenakis in Paris (1976-1981) and is now an electroacoustic music composer living in Dresden. His piece Lithophonie is based on electronically processed sounds from a stone sculpture, with a decidedly stochastic touch in its clouds of high pitched notes. Herbert Försch-Tenge‘sTri-Cello II sounds like a Zoviet-France live recording, complete with bass string instrument hit with mallet, ethnic flute and long reverb effect. Too many good tracks here to mention, but this is a major addition to the sound art pantheon that can even help widen the definition of it. Thanks to Vespucci for this masterpiece.

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9 Responses to “Various ‘Sound Sculptures’”

  1. 1 Margot October 3, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I’m a big fan of sound sculptures…so I cannot resist taking this :)


  2. 2 continuo October 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    It is wise not to resist to this monster, Margot!

  3. 3 H.C.Earwicker October 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Bloody out-standing! Thanks a lot.

  4. 4 enborRa October 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Aupa continuo.
    Un regalo para los amantes de Sebastian Gandera / A gift for the lovers of Sebastian Gandera.

  5. 5 continuo October 5, 2008 at 9:55 am

    HCE, thanks for your comment.
    And Ra: thanks for your Gandera cassette: very nice.

  6. 7 sopa d'osso July 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    great attempt! maybe the archives in mp3 for fast download!

  7. 8 Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    It’s possible a Re-up? Thanks!

  1. 1 MG Blog » Sculture Sonore Trackback on April 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

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