Thomas Kessler - ...said the shotgun to the head, Utopia II
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Label: Neos Music
Cat No: NEOS11511
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th February 2016
ArtistsSaul Williams (speaker)
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
His music follows the word cascades of the slam-poet Saul Williams in great detail. It is strengthened by a rap choir that is to be cast for each individual performance, made up of schoolchildren in Cologne: seven voices sitting in the orchestra and – in the closest contact with the classical musicians – propelling the event.
Kessler goes still further eight years later in Utopia II. His idea of live electronics is central here, reflecting decades of studio experience. Each musician has a microphone, loudspeaker and laptop at his disposal alongside his instrument, and can individually control and alter the sound. The whole, therefore, is not regulated by a “god at the control desk” but by musicians who listen attentively to each other.
The result is a multi-layered, hardly foreseeable orchestral sound containing, alongside instrumental tones, countless sounds, remote voices and noises, as well as fragments of news channels.
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