Installation: Sat/Sun, Oct 20/21, 4 -7pm
Reception and live performance: Friday, Oct 19, 7 – 9pm
596 Broadway, #602
New York, NY 10012
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
“Well, Karlheinz, I advise you to leave the sounds alone; don’t push them; because they’re very much like human beings.”
Inspired by this quote from Morton Feldman to Stockhausen and studies of dramaturgic developments of different human and natural soundscapes, Leave the Bass Alone is a collection of sound installations, field recordings and performances exploring the depths of the double bass’ spectral world.
In “5 basses”, five double basses are amplified and feedbacked with each other. The strings and the bodies of the basses resonate with their ambient surroundings, thus creating an interactive drone in which the basses are controlled both by their acoustic vibrations and their environment. Seemingly simple acoustic/physical principles take on the complex role of the composer, creating forms and structures surprisingly similar to those we find in our everyday life.
Over the course of the Installation, there will be sections showcasing a more detailed view on the basses’ vibrations and their nature through Arduino and Max/MSP processing.
The reception (Friday 7pm-9pm) will also feature a short live set in which Bernd Klug will present some of the possibilities of this installation in a performance context. Additionally, there will be two guest performances by Sabisha Friedberg and Valerie Kuehne playing in and with this drone on Saturday/Sunday (details soon).