The pioneering German composer and experimental musician Hauschka is pleased to announce a five date AU tour for November, 2015 in support of his breathtaking new album Abandoned City. Volker Bertelmann – known best these days as HAUSCHKA – is one of the most recognisable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano (one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers).
HAUSCHKA studied classical piano from the age of nine and despite nine years of classical training, his interests were never as pure as the tutelage he received. With early public forays in the major label hip hop act “God’s Favourite Dog” and the Drum ‘n Bass quintet called Nonex, HAUSCHKA has always been both instinctive and fuelled by a love of rhythm.
At the turn of the century, HAUSCHAK’s interests moved from increasingly minimal electronic music to wanting to achieve a similar effect without the use of electricity at all. He discovered that placing material within a piano opened the doors to a whole new sonic world in which he could transform his instrument.
Ever prolific, over the last decade HAUSCHKA has continued to work on solo albums, collaborations with the likes of Samuli Kosminen (from Iceland’s Múm), Calexico’s Joey Burns & John Convertino, as well as numerous other projects in the fields of film, theatre, dance, and film soundtracks. He has also toured the world playing some of the great concert halls and festivals; The Barbican, Decibel Festival, Constella, Elita and the P Festival in Taipei to name a few.
The combination of HAUSCHKA’s classicist training, chamber music sensibilities and pop-cultural interests ensures that the often playful – but never disposable – results are far more than an academic exercise in experimentalism.
The new Amy Winehouse doco is getting a lot of good reviews; some more substantive than others. One particular perspective stood out to me, and it’s gripping title; Patriarchy, male entitlement, & capitalist greed killed Amy Winehouse, not boozing by Meghan Murphy definitely caught my eye..
Meghan states>> (sic)
“As I watched her very public and publicized downfall, as she was abandoned to her addictions, depression, now-apparent eating disorder, and struggles with the pressures of fame, I noticed the different treatment she received in the media.
Male substance abusers are often afforded a certain level of respect no matter how much they drink or use drugs — women, less so. Framed as “trainwrecks,” unfeminine and embarrassing, both pitied and mocked — women are meant to maintain composure and class in a way men aren’t expected to. Generally, drunkenness in men is viewed as normal and acceptable whereas women who party are portrayed as messy, trashy, slutty, and deserving of any “punishment” they receive (see: the victim blaming of rape victims who were under the influence when assaulted) for their unladylike behaviour.
As pointed out by Molly Beauchemin in Pitchfork, “Men who grapple with issues that coincide with art and fame are canonized in death.” Indeed, male addicts are romanticized as troubled artists while women who struggle with addiction or mental illness or both, as the two often go hand in hand, are seen as disasters. Kurt Cobain is one example Beauchemin offers who has most certainly been painted as tragic and as having suffered, but also as a universally-respected genius. (Conveniently, many have blamed Courtney Love for his heroin addiction and his death.) Amy, in comparison, hasn’t been treated with anywhere near the respect Cobain was and her death was seen by many as expected and deserved.
I watched Amy on Sunday night, prepared to feel sadness and loss, but less prepared for the level of anger I felt as I left the theatre. She didn’t die, as the media told us, because she was a lost cause who cared only for boozing and nothing else. Amy died because the men in her life were selfish, careless, capitalists who faked compassion for cameras when it was convenient, but only in order to boost their own “careers,” fill their bank accounts, and satisfy their own needs. More broadly, she died because of a culture built on greed, misogyny, and individualism”.
Goldenvoice announced this week that Coachella 2016 will close out with a bang next year, as a revolutionary new hologram of GG Allin will chuck his feces directly into the crowd.
Citing the huge success and rabid press coverage of the Tupac hologram in 2012, the festival promoters decided to top themselves with another legend gone too soon.
“We’re psyched that GG will be a part of Coachella 2016. It should really mix things up to have him up there. Plus the abundance of human feces flowing from the inadequate bathroom facilities should provide plenty of ammo.”
Engineers were still working out the kinks as to whether said feces would also be a hologram, or in fact be “real human doo-doo [sic].” “We don’t know exactly what he’ll be working with. We’re developing a new hybrid technology that would allow a hologram to interface the real, tangible world,” said Cal Tech engineer Bev Trill, Ph.D. “Obviously the real thing would create a more exciting, visceral experience for all involved.”