Bird Saw Buchla

by Rothenberg/Hein/Tammen



Rothenberg/Hein/Tammen create a meeting point of different aesthetic languages, processes of thought and approaches to sound.

On Bird Saw Buchla these three voices come together to form a trialogue within a field of differential forces, which brings forth creative confusions and aesthetic dissent as well as mutual agreement upon discursive sonic objects. The music wanders in between driving rhythmical structures, flowing layers, melodic elements and a myriad of other musical topographies.

The guitarist, soundartist, philosopher and composer Nicola L. Hein is one of the busiest players on the German scene of improvised music. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of different objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary. The result is his very own world of sounds, which is using the rich potential of the guitar as a creator of sounds. The manual creation is a very important character of this sound world, which never gets distorted by the use of electronic effects.

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg wrote Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, Survival of the Beautiful and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. He has 16 CDs out, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House which came out on ECM, and most recently Berlin Bülbul and Cool Spring. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliot Sharp, Markus Reuter, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. Rothenberg is Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion, and then sitting back to watch the movements unfold. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as primary elements, his music is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear. Whether richly processed guitar sounds from his hybrid interactive guitar/software instrument Endangered Guitar, traditionally notated material for his Third Eye Chamber Orchestra, or graphically notated elements for the all-electronic Dark Circuits Orchestra, his music flows like clockwork, “transforming a sequence of instrumental gestures into a wide territory of semi-hostile discontinuity; percussive, droning, intricately colorful, or simply blowing your socks off” (Touching Extremes).


released September 14, 2018

Performed by David Rothenberg on clarinet, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet and iPad, Nicola L. Hein on guitar and circular saw, and Hans Tammen on Buchla music easel

Composed by David Rothenberg (Mysterious Mountain Music, BMI), Nicola L. Hein (GEMA) and Hans Tammen (GEMA)

Cover art by Jaanika Peerna
Photo by Peter Gannushkin/


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