Die Schrauber (USA/Ger)
On the Alternativa 2011 festival will performe:
Hans Tammen – endangered guitar, live sound processing
Joker Nies – omnichord, circuit bent instruments
Joker Nies (Cologne) modifies or builds his instruments to his needs.
Apart from other techniques, he acts as a connector of circuits not intentionally related. He touches and combines the circuitry of the instruments through skin-resistence, creating spontaneous and delicate music with subtle control.
Hans Tammen (New York) works with a wide collection of mechanical devices on his “endangered” guitars, and uses an interactive software of his own design to rework his sounds in realtime. His music has been described as a journey through the land of unending sonic operations, his playing as reverse engineering of the guitar.
Hailed by their critics as “fiercely intrepid improvisers”, who would “win any title fight against the bastard sons of onkyo”, the trio DIE SCHRAUBER produces a wide variety of dense musical textures and high-energy interaction. With veteran circuit bender Joker Nies (Cologne), sampling artist Mario deVega (Berlin) and Hans Tammen (New York) on Endangered Guitar and live sound processing, the trio exerts extreme control over their bizarre instruments. As “Signal To Noise” observed: “They exploit their remarkable control and on-the-fly flexibility on this caffeinated exchange of pointillist fractals, oscillations, whirrs, drones, whizzes, buzzes, slurps, whoops, pops and clacks that bombard and scorch the ears with a heat-seeking intensity.”