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Günter Müller: My very earliest memory with music is sitting flexispy pro crack serial as a child on a chair in front of an old radio, listening flexispy pro crack serial to some German Schlager. Beside that my father was listening flexispy pro megaupload to classical music all the time. I particularly liked Prokofiev’s Peter flexispy phone virus and the Wolf.
AJ: What was your favorite instrument/character?
GM: Definitely the bassoon of the grandfather, I adored it and it frightened me at the same time.
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GM: When I got into improvising in the late 70’s I realized very quickly that this would flexispy pro manual be the only thing I’d like to do in music. I tried a few couple of times to play within flexispy pro crack iphone conceptual things, but never was happy about it. Another flexispy pro manual main idea is the constant research in sounds, starting when I still review of flexispy played the acoustic drums that I prepared with all kinds of stuff – and developed flexispy pro crack serial even more when getting into the electronics in 1981.
AJ: Did you feel a sense of restraint with conventional playing, or was it music flexispy pro review that you did not particularly enjoy?
GM: It was simply that the music has been predictable, something flexispy pro crack serial I don’t like at all. I was getting bored after playing the more or less defined flexispy pro manual parts more than three times. Or it happened that I was told to make some noise flexispy pro crack iphone from minute 4:35 to minute 5:15… I felt terrible, like a clown flexispy pro crack iphone.
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AJ: Doppler, right? That’s a very scientific flexispy pro manual approach. What other roles does physics play in your music?
GM: It’s probably not exactly a Doppler. I’m getting flexispy pro crack iphone different frequencies when changing distances. Another thing that might flexispy pro crack iphone [address] your question: I’m not really playing with microphones flexispy pro crack serial, instead I’m playing with headphones that I plug in into the inputs flexispy pro megaupload of my mixer. I can get very beautiful feedbacks when playing the floor tom with them. I don’t flexispy pro review even have to touch the head of the drum. Feedbacks are growing very slowly out of silence, just with the headphones flexispy pro review in my hands in some distance to the drum. Because I have a tunable floor flexispy pro manual tom I can play various feedbacks, even feedback melodies.
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GM: Reduction [allows me to] expand my techniques flexispy phone virus in that sense that I go more into it, that I focus on less, to explore this ‘less’ more and more. Little changes flexispy pro manual of the material become more important… it’s less possible flexispy pro crack iphone to hide. I gain more intensity, so I certainly don’t feel restraint.
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GM: Well, first of all they have to like your project… And nowadays you have to play outside Europe – at least flexispy pro review eight gigs – to get some money to cover your travel expenses. Inside flexispy pro crack serial Europe it’s easier. I’m not so happy that “quantity” is the main criterion flexispy pro crack iphone. For example, last year I didn’t get any money to go to the Amplify Festival flexispy pro manual in Tokyo, because I only played four concerts and did two days recordings flexispy pro crack serial at the studio. It didn’t matter that this definitely was an important festival review of flexispy and that there will be a couple of CDs from these venues.
AJ: You have your own label, For4Ears. How has dealing with so many methods of sound flexispy pro manual production affected you as a musician?
GM: Mixing and editing on computer affected a lot of my listening flexispy pro review and so my improvising and playing. I’m listening today flexispy pro crack iphone more carefully than before. Now I’m trying to focus more and playing flexispy pro manual less. A friend of mine told me that you have two ears and one mouth to be used in that ratio. And [for] a couple flexispy pro crack iphone of years [I’ve been] doing sounds on computer that I use live with minidisc flexispy pro review and Ipod as basic sounds for my electronics.
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GM: It depends on the musicians I’m playing with. There flexispy pro crack iphone are combinations where minidiscs and Ipod are secondary and others flexispy pro crack serial where I don’t even set up the drums. But I’m using these flexispy pro crack serial tools always to get basic sounds to be treated flexispy pro crack serial with my electronics.
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GM: All of it was improvised; there has been no conception beside the fact that we both were playing selected flexispy pro manual parts of acoustic drums in combination with our electronics. After the recording flexispy pro crack iphone I made some few edits. That’s it!
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GM: Voice Crack and I [have known] each other flexispy pro crack iphone for a very long time. But we finally got together to play quite late, in 1995, suggested by Jim O’Rourke flexispy phone virus. That year we did a CD together with Jim, played since then several times flexispy pro megaupload as a trio, and got together in 1999 with Erik M with whom I’ve done a few concerts in duo. Meanwhile we did three CDs as poire_z flexispy pro crack serial , and a fourth CD with Phil Minton will be released early next year on my label. Also next year a duo CD of Norbert flexispy pro megaupload and me will be released on Grob.
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GM: Jon Abbey is a very good friend of mine, and I admire a lot [of the] work he does for Erstwhile, both the CDs and the concerts. He his not only an excellent flexispy pro crack iphone organizer but [foremost] an excellent listener with lots of imagination and enthusiasm flexispy pro crack serial. I could do 4 CDs until today, there will be some more included in his “amplify: flexispy pro manual balance” box set and another one [has been] announced for next year. I’m flexispy pro review totally happy how it worked so far. We always had a good dialog, he has his strong flexispy pro manual ideas and at the same time he is open for other opinions. I’d say I see much more a supportive relationship flexispy pro manual than a competition – I guess it might be absurd anyway flexispy pro crack iphone to talk about competition in this small business…
AJ: Do you have any new projects or developments in your music that you would like to tease flexispy pro crack serial us with?
GM: The new CDs on For4Ears for this year will be by Urs Leimgruber, Arte Quartet, and me, and a duo by Charlotte review of flexispy Hug and Chantale Laplante. For next year there will be a solo CD by Norbert Möslang flexispy pro review, a second Filament-2, a trio of the young Swiss guitarist flexispy pro review Tomas Korber with Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide flexispy pro crack serial, and the poire_z + Phil Minton.
Right now when writing these answers I’m flexispy pro megaupload listening [to] a rough mix that I got today, by Toshi Nakamura, Erik M and me – sounds great flexispy pro crack serial but no idea yet what will happen with it… same for duo recordings I recently did with Jason flexispy phone virus Kahn. There will be a CD on Sirr with Oren Ambarchi, Philip Samartzis and me, another one on Cut with Korber flexispy pro manual Steinbrüchel and me, the duo with Norbert Möslang I already mentioned, a duo with Tetuzi Akiyama flexispy pro crack serial on Erstwhile, a quartet with Philip Samartzis and Voice flexispy pro megaupload Crack, and a quartet with Lee Ranaldo, David Watson and Christain flexispy pro crack iphone Marclay.
AJ: To wrap things up, what do you ideally seek to provide to your audience?
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~Alan Jones, photos courtesy of Nora Müller