BILL WELLS & STEFAN SCHNEIDER: Pianotapes (Karaoke Kalk)

themilkman on Nov 22nd 2010 01:10 am

Bill Wells & Stefan Schneider: Pianotapes

Karaoka Kalk 2010
08 Tapes. 46mins43secs

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It is not the first time that Scottish pianist, bassist and guitarist Bill Wells and German musician Stefan Schneider, best known as one third of To Rococo Rot, have collaborated. In 2003, the pair recorded an album, Pick Up Sticks (Leaf), with Annie Whitehead and Barbara Morgenstern, a collaboration which was followed by a second, Paper Of Pins, published last year on Karaoke Kalk. Pianotapes marks however the first time the two of them have worked on a record.

Pianotapes is the result of an intensely organic recording process. While Wells played delicate piano motifs, Schneider recorded them on old reel-to-reels tape machines and played them back at varied speeds, in turn impacting on Wells’s performance. Continue Reading »

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