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Tomas Korber & Ralf Wehowsky

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This three year-long collaboration begun in 2006 when Korber and Wehowsky embarked on intense recording sessions in Eggenstein, where the latter resides, lasting several days. The output from these sessions forms the basis of this work, augmented by additional field recordings and various electronic manipulations. Korber and Wehowsky used the same software which allowed them to exchange the pieces at any stage of the compositional process, so that every detail of the music could be shaped in a truly collaborative manner. The result obliterates the borders between improvisation and composition, spontaneity and careful planning.

Tomas Korber (Zurich, 1979) received a basic training in clarinet and music theory alongside guitar lessons. He discontinued these studies after five years, shortly thereafter teaching himself to play electric guitar and use the computer and other electronic devices for music making. Korber has written compositions and played improvised music since the early 1990s. He is a prolific solo artist and performer; his work includes film scores and music for dance and theatre, as well as numerous collaborations. In 2009 he was awarded an artist residency in New York City by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Zurich.

Ralf Wehowsky founded the group P.D. (later renamed P16.D4) in 1981 and the label Wahrnehmungen in 1980, which was renamed Selektion in 1982. P16.D4 was a highly influential and experimental group. Their concept of materialaustausch (material exchange) was developed long before the term ‘remix’ was coined. They performed at punk and No Wave festivals as well as at the bastions of academic avant garde such as Ferientage Neuer Musik in Darmstadt.

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