SUBSHRUBS

katharina klement – piano, electronics, composition
maja osojnik – paetzold, voice, electronics, composition
angelica castello – paetzold, electronics, composition
tamara wilhelm – electronics, composition

subshrubs ©rania moslam

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“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” Einstein would have been happy: Subshrubs’ equipment, a seemingly disordered accumulation of cheap and high electronics, piano, recorders of various sizes, preparations, devices, ancient to medieval turntables, a TV set as source of sounds, computer, cables, microphones, mixer – a low/high-tech supra-organizational electro-acoustic structure, whose apparent chaos simply leads to new musical connotations – for when the desk isn’t empty and the things aren’t put away, everything can mingle, or – put in a more modern way – contextualize in new ways; subshrubs – in the singular, this would mean something like “Busch”, “Gesträuch” (shrubbery) in German – doesn’t worry about the question “how?”. Musical activity, research, experimentation, rehearsing, working with the material – they all stand for self-determined ordering, dis-ordering, re-organizing and re-locating. The first public performance of the quartet took place as part of the Amann Studios’ concert series in September of 2006. What could be heard was most striking: The sometimes delicate, sometimes aggressively eccentric amalgamation of the musicians’ different backgrounds into a consistent electro-acoustic aggregate, a single voice with – similar to some languages – four different “pitches”, molds and characteristics. For all the closeness, an elegant distance to the subject can be felt, an aura of remoteness; subshrubs, a gang of four with no mission, whose pieces are composed, who use chance – but always with deliberation. The sound and specifics of the individual artists are considered, as is the subshrubs’ collective sound as an ensemble. (Burkhard Stangl)