When Hauschka fills his piano with table-tennis balls or ads clothes pegs, he creates a unique rhythmic hybrid of techno and minimal music, musique concrète and pop.
With Hauschka (DE)
The prepared piano, the undisputed domain of Volker Bertelmann, has always been a means to an end for the Düsseldorf-based pianist and composer. When Hauschka fills his grand pianos with table-tennis balls or vibrators, with clothes pegs and sticky tape, and then plays the keys with repetitive phrases, he creates a unique rhythmic hybrid of techno and minimal music, musique concrète and, yes, pop. Most recently, the Oscar-nominated artist has been devoting his attention to the future: “What If”, Hauschka’s eighth studio album, tells of the inability to fulfil basic needs such as housing and food. That Hauschka has never performed in Austria during his career is a mystery – and it’s high time to put an end to this sad phase!