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VON HAUSSWOLFF, C.M. (CARL MICHAEL) - Perhaps I Arrive - music for Atatrk Airport, Istanbul

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Auf Abwegen aatp25
Release Year: 2008
Note: the un-released original version of the neglected sound-installation created 1997 for the Atatrk Airport in Istanbul; ed. of 500 with artwork by Akifumi Nakajima (AUBE); also contains the changed "accepted music" versions on the second CD
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"This double disc set includes some of the most unusual sounds you will have heard from Carl Michael von Hausswolff. The story goes like this. Von Hausswolff was chosen by the 1997 Istanbul Biennal to create a sound installation for Atatrk Airport. His classic sound combining low frequency rumblings, very monotonous oscillations and hissy non-narrative sequences was deemed too confusing for the commutors. It was feared, von Hausswolffs sound installation might be mistaken for an alarm and would be capable of causing serious panic at the airport. Hence the original soundtrack for Perhaps I Arrive was neglected. This music can now be heard for the first time on disc 1. Carl Michael von Hausswolffs response to the artistic restrictions was to produce the four tracks you hear on the second disc. These only make use of the very basic pre-set industry sounds included in the Yamaha QY22 and show a new side to the von Hausswolff sound. Very simple, post-nuclear lounge music. These four tracks you guessed it! were happily used in the context of the Biennal exhibition. Art is a three-letter word (William S Burroughs)" [label info]

"Nothing is for a musician more annoying than a response like: whatever you are doing, it sounds like a test tone, alarm signal, hiss or worse: I think your equipment is broken. So when Carl Micheal von Hauswolff was asked by the Istanbul Biennale to make a site specific work at their airport, he was probably very annoyed when they turned down his piece of low rumbling, because it could have caused alarm. So instead he created something else, on a Yamaha QY22, using preset sounds only - probably to annoy the organizers. Now both versions are released as part of this double CD - the rejected piece on one CD, and the accepted on the other. The rejected piece is indeed a piece of low rumbling, a bit of hiss sounds (long waves picked up from the ether I think) which may not have worked at the airport - depends of course on how things are presented - but for home listening I must say this is quite nice. Perfect Hauswolff styled hiss music. And what a difference indeed with the accepted version. Four pieces there of lounge like music, but with a more forceful rhythm underneath, so it wouldn't entirely work in lounge bar. But you can imagine people at an airport, hastily walking along Hauswolff march like beats and bittersweet keyboards with a vague trace of arab-like sounds. This is a side that we haven't heard from him before, and it's not something he should do a lot (or in fact never did again, as far as I can recall), but it's surely a curious album. " [FdW / Vital Weekly]



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