Dec 14, 2011

Have you ever been...

Listen to Have you ever been... on Soundcloud.
"Have You Ever Been" is based on the melody of "Have You Ever Been (to Electric Lady Land)".
It is an homage to Jimi Hendrix, premiered on his 69th birthday on November 27 2011.
On the basis of auxiliary sounds from Jimi Hendrix' recordings (mainly noise and hums) and the notes of the melody of "Have you ever been (to Electric Lady Land)" the cello explores the regions between noise and feedback.
This solo piece for prepared cello and electronics is dedicated to my friend and older brother Christof Hartmann.
This piece contains samples from the following Jimi Hendrix recordings:
Red House
Have You Ever Been (to Electric Lady Land)
Purple Haze
Are You Experienced
Can You See Me
Stone Free
Voodoo Child
Rainy Day, Dream Away
This is a live recording of the premier in Reiffenhausen, Germany on November 27 2011

Dec 11, 2011

Lulu - Lou Reed & Metallica

LULU (the album by Lou Reed & Metallica you all probably heard about) is out now since over a month. Sadly, a pretty bad typo has not been corrected in time: Ulrich Maas plays the cello on two of the titles. Well, there is no cellist by that name - it is me, Ulrich Maiss who performs on that CD.

Maybe future editions will be corrected, so this here is just for the record…

Also, I did not play any string arrangements. I was in the studio with Lou in March recording improvisations. Call it "instant composing" if you like. It was a very creative and intimate process which led to the music for the play "LULU" directed by Robert Wilson.
The material on "Little Dog" and "Frustration" comes from these sessions.

Postscript | December 19, 2011
So, finally, after almost 2 months the spelling of my name has been corrected online…wow!