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Open_Music: Layers #4

by Open_Music Ensemble

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This fourth set is the longest in the LAYERS series to date, featuring four fairly dense ensemble numbers (of 4-7 layers) and four alternate mixes for three of the movements. As was the case in the first two sets (Layers 1 & 2), the alternate versions present simpler, more concise chamber versions of the first tracks, revealing the origins of the musical “threads” which later grew in complexity as musicians added lines. Another difference is that this set include synthesizers on all four principle tracks, whereas the alternatives are entirely played by traditional acoustic instruments. For more precise information on how these studio improvisations come about, please see the notes to the first sets.

As was the case on Layers 1, three of these titles (“No. 3, No. 4 & No. 5”) originated as solo tracks recorded mid-May by Felix Behringer on clarinet/bass clarinet. Michael Kiedaisch then added vibraphone to No. 3 and two percussion (bass/string drum) tracks to No. 4, to which Roderik Vanderstraeten later played synthesizer on both pieces. Yet later, Felix Borel added a violin track to Behringer’s bass clarinet in No. 5 and swarm of violin lines to No. 3. Finally, Scott Roller contributed a synthesizer sequence and two cello tracks to “No. 5.” “Stream 9” originated as an electronic track by Roller in late April, to which Borel soon added three violin tracks and Scott completed the process with three celli in June.


released June 12, 2020

Felix Behringer, clarinet/bass clarinet | Felix Borel, violin | Scott Roller, cello/electronics | Michael Kiedaisch, vibraphone/percussion | Roderik Vanderstraeten: electronics, mix & mastering

LAYERS is a project of Open_Music Stuttgart, a non-profit organization for musical improvisation, arts and education. More information: www.openmusic.de | www.facebook.com/OM.Stuttgart

Producer: Scott Roller | scott@open-music.eu


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Open_Music e.V. is a non-profit organization in Stuttgart, Germany, founded in 2005. It is a platform for musical improvisation, creative collaborations between all art forms and education. Open_Music has been awarded a wide range of prizes/distinctions and has been institutionally supported by the City of Stuttgart since 2012 ... more

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