13.07.2020

Neue U Musik - New spaces for new sounds

»The division of music into "U-Musik" and "E-Musik", serious music and light music, is a classification scheme for evaluating musical phenomena. « (Wikipedia)
 
The culture and music scene is facing an unparalleled crisis. Since the beginning of this year, hardly anything has been the way it used to be. The way in which music can be created, performed and conveyed has fundamentally changed. At the same time it becomes apparent that creativity knows no crisis. All over the world, artists are looking for new ways to express themselves and reach their audience. In this contect, ACT is also breaking new ound - in two ways.
 
On July 31st, 2020, the album "Playing Probabilities" will be released, exclusively digital. It is the result of the musical meeting of pianist Joachim Kühn and sound engineer and electronica experimentalist Klaus Scheuermann. At the same time, this publication marks the start of the new ACT imprint "Neue U Musik".
What connects the album and the idea behind "Neue U Musik": They open new spaces for new sounds.
 
If we are part and product of chance, should we play with it?
 
Having worked together for many years as musician and sound engineer, two improvisers break out of their comfort zones. Piano icon Joachim Kühn and electronica experimentalist Klaus Scheuermann alias „Trummerschlunk“ explore the potential of the unlikely: a collaboration across generations, genre boundaries, and long established professional roles.
 
Arriving at Kühn’s balearic hide-away, Scheuermann tapes a contact microphone onto the Steinway piano frame. Initial irritation gives way to fascination as the first feedback loop between the traditional instrument and the custom-made modular synthesizer hits Kühn’s headphones.
 
After three days of improvisation, they find themselves with over six hours of recorded music that engages but never confines itself to free jazz, techno, ambient, and the kind of cinematographic soundscapes that animate your favorite David Lynch film. This record condenses their meditations on the theme of chance and probability into five songs, to which bass player Tom Berkmann later adds low end gravity.
 
“Playing Probabilities” is an invitation to venture beyond our comfort zones and counter crisis paralysis, especially now, in this moment of all-encompassing change.
 
Joachim Kühn & Trummerschlunk "Playing Probabilities" will be available from July 31st on all major streaming- and download services.

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