The Cologne-based artist will release his next full-length on Profan.
The next full-length on Wolfgang Voigt's Profan label will be Freiland Klaviermusik, a collection of avant-garde minimal compositions.
The album follows Voigt's 2008 EP of the same name, which translates to "Wild Piano Music." Even for Voigt, who has released loads of experimental music under guises like Studio 1, Mike Inc, and Gas, the first Freiland Klaviermusik was notably challenging, consisting of little more than dissonant piano and simple bass kicks. In his RA review of the record, Jon Dale described Freiland Klaviermusik as "admirably confusing–and, one suspects, confused."
In addition to sharing a title, both records were inspired by the work of Conlon Nancarrow, a 20th century composer who wrote music for player pianos. Much of Nancarrow's work was too fast and difficult for any human musician to perform, and eventually earned the title "impossible music." Voigt finds his compositions highly inspiring, both for their innovative use of machinery and their feeling of unpredictability.
The packaging for Freiland Klaviermusik features a painting by Voigt, which he terms a "tetrapakpainting" (which, if you're curious, "covers, combines and confronts a predetermined mechanical structure... with a more or less a free, progressive, and rhythmic painting technique.") The new full-length will be the second release on Profan since Voigt revived it earlier this year.
05. Schweres Wasser
09. Dunkler Weg
Profan will release Freiland Klaviermusik on June 8th, 2010.