On 22.01.2020 I improvised four continuous streams of evolving sound, all based on a single, very beautifully complex arpeggiator (Gianni’Arp) spinning out my input on a Behringer DeepMind 12. It was like painting on a very long canvas – where I could let things run on as long as I liked and then shape subtly or radically. On 02.02.2020 I edited the developments into a contiguous playlist with the aim of isolating the various stages, where “new states” are reached in the course of the whole proliferations (for further use).
Playlist appears in chronological sequence in which it was recorded. Each stream is produced 1:1 without any multitracking since I did not only want to make recordings but train for live performance…
The last piece “The FiveFold Field” was improvised 22.02.2020 in five passes with a Korg Minilogue using the factory patch 006 “FilterMotion.”
Yesterday, Scott Roller’s personal label, rollermusic went online with the first release: Music for & with Christine Brunel (2006-2013), a collection of six pieces for cello taken from two different shows that Scott developed with the French dancer Christine Brunel, who passed on 27 April 2017. This album is dedicated to her.
A wide variety of tracks and albums are in preparation for release on rollermusic in the coming months.
On January 10/11, the Open_Music Quartet (Felix Borel, violin; Scott Roller, cello; Jürgen Kruse, piano; Michael Kiedaish, percussion) had the pleasure of participating in Listen [Miyagi Haikus] in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin – a two-day event in which several international ensembles presented their versions of this fascinating open composition by Sandeep Bhagwati and collaborated to create a new version for large ensemble. This 2-CD set with five versions of the piece was released on January 11th and since March 15 has been made available on all of the usual international marketplaces online.
In September 2018, the guitarist/composer Scott Fields and three other of us colleagues got together and recorded the third CD in his series of CDs based on works of Samuel Beckett. The quartet also played several concerts in Bonn, Münster and Dortmund to promote the release of the new recording on 01 December 2018 on Ayler Records.
Over the past five years, the musical collective HARMONIE59 (produced by Roderik Vanderstraten) has produced music for several theater productions, videos and films, mostly as studio improvisations in collaboration with Scott Roller and a team of colleagues– which are available as albums on Bandcamp. H59 sessions have encompassed two to twelve musicians in a focused atmosphere of free exchange.
Late in 2014, Gary Verkade recorded two of my (older) pieces for organ: FLUX (1987) and the six-movement composition FIELDS & PLANES (1990), both written for him during the time we both lived in Essen, Germany. The recordings were made on a fantastic organ in Luleå Sweden at the Luleå Technical University. These recordings have never been released before.
The two tracks are as I “finished” mixing them today. The are the result of two recordings sessions: one 21 Jan 2017 in Ludwigsburg with Luis Schöffend (_reFUSEmix_) and the other 1 March 2017 in Stuttgart with Philip Kannicht (Love’s Pendulum). More information on SoundCloud.
When 9/11 happened, I was writing a chorale framework as a sort of prayer for peace for variable instrumentation – and we used it in various contexts. In this world between Obama and Trump, I thought this might be a good time to share it.
In its most basic form, the outside voices enter as far apart as they can be and in 24 steps approach one another to finally meet. And again – and again – and again.
In December 2010 several mutual friends brought Scott together with the multi-faceted brilliant German Spoken-word artist and poet Timo Brunke as EmCees for an awards event at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and they have since collaborated intensely on a variety of projects – most notably two full-length two-man shows: Der Übergang des Abendlandes, 2011 (The Transition of the Western World – a commission from the Theaterhaus, Stuttgart) and Ein Abend mit dem Herrn Sensenmann, 2013 (An Evening with the Grim Reaper – a commission of the Palliative Care Network).
Now there is FJUTSCHERDEUTSCH – Timo Brunkes Texte treffen auf Scott Rollers iOS-Musik.
These are single-pass realtime improvisations playing an iPad 4 runningthe App Gestrument 1.2.4 (by Jester Nordin/Jonatan Lihedahl, see www.gestrument.com ) to create music with a virtual orchestra with whom I had had quite good and rewarding rehearsal and preparation time… Look forward to working with the ensemble in the future!
Several entries from “Gestrumental Moments” improvised in real time 31 July 2013 starting around noon Islandic time and rather near there, flying at about 10 km altitude between Frankfurt and Dallas. Good headphones and hardly anyone noticed a thing.
Thanks to Jester and Jonatan (and to Apple, alas) for making such a cool instrumental interface!