Michael J. Schumacher/
“beet5 takes Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto as its starting
point. The slow movement was recorded using a special turntable
for the blind that plays back records at quarter speed. I had an
old recording of the piece lying around; I forget who the pianist
was. The slowed down version was very striking, recognisable as
Beethoven’s music but much sadder, more fragile. I developed
a piece around this, using my usual array of synthesized sounds,
field recordings, ‘borrowed’ and improvised stuff, etc., and
performed this one direct to disk, which is the version presented
here. I tried to continue refining the piece, working it towards
true ‘installation’ status, but it didn’t really come together.
Eventually I abandoned the project.” — MJS
MJS: composer, synthesist, recordist and performer
Michael Moser, cello; Shelley Burgon, harp
Serge Baghdassarians and Boris Baltschun: incidental percussion
Thanks to Barbara Geyer and Martin Walch for the record player.
Mastered by Themistoklis Pantelopoulos.
The trio of Jérôme Noetinger (electroacoustic devices), eRikm
(CD-J and electronics) and Michel Doneda (soprano and sopranino
saxophones) first convened in 2006 at the Mulhouse Jazz Festival
in France. A tour followed a year later, and then a CD on the
Ronda label. Nervures was recorded in 2007 and mixed for this
release by eRikm in 2010. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
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