Hauschka is the alias of Düsseldorf-based pianist and composer, Volker Bertelmann.
Bertelmann's work is based upon an exploration of the possibilities of the prepared piano - a playfully disruptive intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument. Bertelmann explores and influences the outcome of his music by modifying parts of the instrument, attaching various objects to the strings to create a sound described as "a delicate, sometimes haunting form of experimental piano music". Hauschka's sound borrows as much from John Cage's same-titled prepared piano works and the historic predecessors of Les Six – namely Erik Satie.
In 2004 his first full album for FatCat Room to Expand was released to critical praise.
When preparing for performances on stage, it would take Bertelmann two hours to set up his instruments, but he has since brought the preparation time down to 10 minutes due to constraints of the venues he has performed at.
In November 2008, Hauschka toured the East Coast with Icelandic band, múm, selling all of his merchandise in one day for the first time.
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