Reinhold Friedl & Dirk Dresselhaus
The two protagonists are coming from really different backgrounds: Dirk Dresselhaus released since the late 90’s several experimental-electronic Freak-Pop recordings as Schneider TM. He startet in the late 80’s Independent Rock/Pop-Postpunk and developed his personal approach to sound and structures as an autodidact, starting with guitar effect devices and 4-track home recording. Reinhold Friedl studied mathematics and music, got scholarships and international commissions, and built up the ensemble zeitkratzer, disrespecting all musical frontiers. It is not astonishing, that both met for the first time, when zeitkratzer performed Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music: Dirk Dresselhaus was restless enthusiastic about this unrestrained contemporary music group, succeeding to devote itself to the instrumentation of purely tuned guitar feedback.
Dresselhaus and Friedl started their cooperation, that happened over years in studios only: what happen’s if you put those strange inside-piano sounds - another domain where Friedl set standards - or those powerful hupe piano-drones into Schneider TM’s electronic devices, modulating them with an incredible complex feedback system and recursive effect settings? Sometimes violent, sometimes subtile, mostly large-scale sound fields, which always work out only one sound or noise, developing an overwhelming impact.
Reinhold Friedl plays pianoforte, harmonics, horse hair, metal sheet, fishing line, metal tube: inside-piano, extended piano; Dirk Dresselhaus plays oscillator, spring reverb, isolator, memory man, digital delay, mixing desk, lfo, noise generator, vibrator / time machine, pitch shifter, ring modulator.