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SAT 12/09



10 pm, p.m.k., Viaduktbogen 19-20, Innsbruck


Nodal Excitation
for „Excited String Bass“ solo
Spedition, Fast in Place, Odd Shuffle, Sustain, Name Game
for four musicians („The Orchestra of Excited Strings“)


Arnold Dreyblatt „Excited String Bass“ / electronics
Konrad Sprenger (Jörg Hiller) percussion / computer-controlled multi-channel electric guitar
Joachim Schütz modified e-guitar
Robin Hayward microtonal tuba


Battle-ax viola music performance

With its self-developed instruments and extended playing techniques, the crossover ensemble The Orchestra of Excited Strings, founded by the American Arnold Dreyblatt, a long-time resident of Berlin, moves between minimal music, krautrock and experimental electronics. Arnold Dreyblatt studied with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier. He began constructing and modifying instruments and developing special playing techniques in the late 1970s. The “band”, which began in its current formation in 2009, uses a 20-tone system of pure tuning based on the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th overtone. Arnold Dreyblatt himself plays his excited strings bass: a double bass which is half bowed and half strummed; changes in pitch are not produced by fingering the strings, but take place merely within the overtone structure through a technique called nodal excitation. Jörg Hiller plays his digitally controlled motor-guitar, Joachim Schütz plays a modified electric guitar and Robin Hayward his unique microtonal tuba. New and early experimental solo and ensemble pieces are also performed. Kick-Off Battle-ax: a historical weapon of war, a label for offensive feministic activists and wordplay on a name – that is her musical nom de guerre: Beatrix Curran, an Australian living in Vienna, moves effortlessly between music performances using viola, voice, gestures, body and electronics, and visual-photographic works (her photo-text series 4VS is exhibited at the Gallery of the City of Schwaz – the title is a coded abbreviation for the “Fourth Viennese School”, among which Curran counts Vienna’s current club scene).