A performance set of improvised electronic music, recorded at May 18, 2021, in Berlin, Germany.
Composed, programmed, and recorded in real-time by a crazy mind and his laptop. No prepared sequences, patterns, or melodies used.
The artwork is based on medieval drawings as with the previous releases THF Experience Show 20210424 – Part 1 and Part 2. Probably the artwork is meant to illustrate that like these animals shown the music is made in a similar immediate and instinctive manner.
Live-Performance and -Arrangement by Bernhard Wöstheinrich Mastering: Markus Reuter Artwork by Christine Kriegerowski (duckwoman.de)
Pianist Tobias Schößler and electronic musician Bernhard Wöstheinrich both come from the Gütersloh region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, but their artistic collaboration only came about after Bernhard moved to Berlin. On the seventh and eighth of February 2020, the two rehearsed intensively together and invited friends to Tobias’ house in Harsewinkel for the final concert.
Schößler and Wöstheinrich take us and their guests on an extensive improvised journey against the backdrop of a wall of books and a view of the wintry garden. The 12 pieces we hear are excerpts from this concert. These pieces document the improvisation of the two musicians, the room, the space, and the close, intimate sound of piano and electronics recorded by four microphones. We can perceive how the tones of the synthesizer make the strings of the grand piano resonate, and we even hear the creaking of the piano chair. Bernhard plays on an electric piano with weighted keys and dynamic touch. His portable setup — the laptop with several virtual synthesizers — he uses simultaneously, alternating, interweaving and crossfading via his mixing console. He brings in samples of abstract natural sounds, creating subtle loops. He refrains from setting the rhythm and responds to the pianist like a live film musician supporting and accompanying the action, emphasizing the mood or letting it tilt, interpreting, leaving space. Tobias develops harmonic and melodic motifs on the piano very dynamically, from light lovely phrases to dramatically powerful climaxes, but he also leaves room for the thoughts and moods of the audience.
On the eighth of February 2020, the name COVID-19 had not yet been given, curfews were just being put in place in China, and the first Germans returning from there had to go into quarantine. During this year of isolation, the album was mixed, and journeys like this in living rooms have become a popular practice. Suggestions for imaginary journeys are given by the piece’s titles, which literally interpret the concert in all directions from a meeting at the hippies‘ bus stop on their way to Afghanistan to the floating of submarine flora. “Der Ort” (“The Place”) is a wonderful soundtrack for that. The German titles underline how much this music is influenced by its place of origin and how big the difference is from being here to getting there.
releases June 11, 2021
Tobias Schößler: Piano Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboard, Sampler & Synthesizer Recording Engineer: Florian Thoene Editing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich Mixing and Mastering: Markus Reuter Cover Photo: Telemach Wiesinger
Live recording of a private concert performance at Castle Studios on March 8, 2021.
Using the capabilities of the amazing Castle Studios, Magnet was recorded by mic’ing and re-amping all the electronic signals, turning them into “real” acoustic vibration. An actual reverb room, metal reverb plates and rotary speakers, plus the resonating strings of nearby grand piano have been picked up by microphones. These signals were used exclusively for this mix.
Magnet is not only about being a showcase of how vintage gear and current electronic sound production technologies can merge. It is an epic musical statement with a physical presence.
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Synthesizers, Keyboards, Live-Arrangement
Recording Engineer: Arno Jordan Mixing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich Mastering: Markus Reuter