Martin Fischer-Schwarzenlander is an Austrian composer, born 1955, Seewalchen, Austria. He studied double-bass and composition in Salzburg and Essen in the 1970s, where he was already composing electroacoustic and electronic music. He was the editor of ‘KompAkt 23, Wiener Zeitschrift für neue musik’, a Vienna music journal. In 1987, he married feminist writer and journalist Erica Fischer and took her surname as a composer – they were apparently married for only one year. Schwarzenlander’s last known composition is Pas Rien, recorded at INA-GRM studios, Paris, 1988. Since this date, Schwarzenlander ceased composing, putting an end to a 10-year career.
Warum sollte ich wohl? was recorded in the studios of G.M.E.B. in Bourges, France, 1987. Like the two other works included in this LP, the piece is based on readings of quotations and excerpts from literature or newspapers (Brecht, Schopenhauer, Peter Handke, Nazi officials, a French nuclear plant’s technical blurb). Texts are read by male and female voices alternatively, with various sound treatments creating a kaleidoscopic tapestry of vocies. The music matches the variety of vocals with an assortment of synthesizer, found sounds, sound collage and studio treatments, all conducted by Fischer in his peculiar way, as he did not allow the professional studio equipment influence his music. The idiosincrasy and uniqueness is only comparable (though not similar to) that of Steve Moore or Roger Doyle, for instance. Nicht ein Wassertropfen (Not a drop of water is missing from the sea) and Das Unrecht in meinem Bad (Injustice in my tub) were recorded at Institut für Psychoakustik und Elektronische Musik, Gent, 1984 and 1980, respectively.
Warum sollte ich wohl?
Ein Elektroakustisches Manifest Gegen Die Phallokratie
- Warum sollte ich wohl? (21:35)
Erica Fischer, Miriam Ender, Martin Fischer: voices
- Nicht ein Wassertropfen fehlt dem Meer (13:32)
Edith Hollenstein: voice
- Das Unrecht in meinem Bad (11:12)
Georg Batik, Arno Fischbacher: voices
Total time 46:19
LP released by Arcana, Wien, Austria, 1987