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Gunnar Geisse – “The Wannsee Recordings” (NEOS, 2018)

“The Wannsee Recordings” was released on February 22 by “NEOS Music”. Album compositions were written by Gunnar Geiss. Gunnar Geiss is a composer, which Music is based on synthesis between many different music elements and styles. Academic avant-garde jazz, acoustic and electronic instruments, the sounds of computer devices, experimental playing techniques, free improvisations, spectral, concrete and experimental music, avant-garde jazz, various modern and innovative techniques of orchestration and the will to expand the ordinary abilities of the instruments – all these elements are just the part of Gunar Geiss compositions. He masterfully combines together different music elemtns and styles. Expressive, warm and live acoustic instruments solos are organically combined together and illustrated by huge range of computer music, electronic, spectral and concrete music. Various timbres, strange noises, weird sounds, specific and innovative playing manners, evocative musical decisions are the main keys of his composing style. His music is based on huge variety of forms – the traditional forms are synthesized together with free improvisation. The spontaneous, evocative, expressive and free solos by various instruments or instrument’s groups are very frequently heard in Gunnar Geiss improvisations. The elements of academic avant-garde, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and various forms of electronic music contain the main basic of Gunnar Geiss compositions. This music is unpredictable and filled with sudden twists and colorful turns – after expressive and evocative melodies, vivacious and striking solos there comes the episodes which are based on free improvisation and spontaneous solos, or abstract and specific electronic music experiments. Composer is using all kinds of different instruments – improvised, acoutic and electronic instruments are very important to him. Along with academic avant-garde, avant-garde jazz, experimental and electronic music there’s also heard some intonations of rock and other similar music styles. Huge variety of composing techniques is synthesuzed together – puantilism, the elements of dodecaphony, serialism, main composing techniques of concrete, spectral and computer music are combined together with free improvisation and fascinating musical experiments. All these elements are masterfully synthesized together and usually bring fascinating, colorful and innovative sound to Gunnar Geiss compositions.

The music of the newest album is based on academic avant-garde, computer music, electronic music and free improvisation. Abstract and free music form, colorful and dissonance harmony, innovative and evocative orchestration, various special effects and sounds – all these elements form rich and modern musical language. The compositions of this album have very contrasting and evocative sound – many different episodes are joined together. After loud and powerful acoutic instruments solos, expressive and vivacious melodies, striking and evocative sound there comes the episodes which are totally based on electronic music. This music has many patterns, which are individual and separate from each other, but are masterfully and organically fused together. Acoustic pattern is filled with evocative, expressive, powerful ,loud and dynamic solos, free improvisations, spontaneous solos, inventive and innovative musical decisions and astonishing musical experiments. All different kinds of modern orchestration are used here – experimental playing techniques are combined with traditional playing techniques. The orchestration is especially gorgeous, interesting and full of extravagant and interesting musical decisions. The pattern of electronic music also is very rich and makes an effort to whole sound of the album. It’s as much important as acoustic instruments pattern. These two patterns are used silmunateously or – all together in one time. Sonic system experiments, various sounds of computer devices, experimental ways of playing, original and interesting ways of playing, the imitations of various sounds, spectral and concrete music elements, field recordings, tape recordings are gently combined together and contain independent and abstract musical pattern. This music has especially rich variety of sounds and music styles. All kinds of different music language elements, expressions, playing techniques, scales, harmony chords and other elements are mixed in one place. The composer masterfully fuses together expressive, lengthy, playful, vivacious, vivid and strking melodies with harsh, aggressive, dark, depressive, provocative or dramatic sound. Silent, subtle and abstract episodes are connected together with live and energetic solos which finally lead to dramatic and turbulent culminations. This music has modern, extravagant and innovative sound.



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