TAL 19 / Release: 16.05.2020 / BRIAN PARKS PHILLIP SCHULZE


BRIAN PARKS • PHILLIP SCHULZE
TASTATURSTUECKE VOL1

TAL 19
Album /LP/CD/DL

Worldwide distribution: MORR/BOOMKAT/FORCED EXPOSURE
Release: 16 May 2020

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1 A Way To Deal With „Heart And Soul“ 0:21
2 Partials Chorale No.1 6:52
3 Ranking Study mvt 2 (3 Voices, 5 Chairs) 1:46
4 Grades And Terraces 7:39
5 Reliefs For Ecclesial Space 1:46
6 Ranking Study mvt 1 (2 Voices, 3 Chairs) 0:43
7 Ranking Study mvt 3 (4 Voices, 5 Chairs) 0:52
8 Persistent Adjustment with Phase Ostinato (Formant Version) 5:31
9 Mensuration Canon For 8 Voices 8:41
10 Activated Progression No.1 5:42


TASTATURSTUECKE VOL 1 introduces 9 outstanding new compositions for church organ,
harpsichord and self programmed software. The album comprises the first collaborational
recordings of Brian Parks (Atlanta) and Phillip Schulze (Düsseldorf). The two musicians first met
in the early 2000s at the famous Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where they regularly attended
seminars of their teachers Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton.

Through extended preparations for a series of live performances in Europe in 2019 (e.g. at the
APPROXIMATION Festival, Düsseldorf) Parks and Schulze developed and refined a unique
approach towards composition, highlighting their interest in the correlation of the invariable
flawlessness of a computer versus the human performer on church organ or harpsichord.
Largely written for church organ and harpsichord all pieces also correspond perfectly with the
physical spaces the recordings have taken place at. The album was recorded in three different
churches in Düsseldorf which have been chosen for the different qualities of their specific room
acoustics.

Treating slight differences in pitch, phasing, overtones and rhythm all compositions on
TASTATURSTUECKE VOL 1 offer an evocative density and flexibility that imbue the music with an
organic feel.

The nine pieces range in shape and form from concise and sharp clarity such as Ranking Studies
1-3 to the extended, exquisitely paced radiance of the 8 minutes of Partials Chrorale. Mensuring
Canon for 8 voices is obsessively restated in constantly changing permutations whereas the
metronomic Reliefs for Ecclesial Space sounds urgent, deep and explosive.
The last piece, Activated Progression, in particular reverses the roles between computer and the
human musician. The software never messes up the phase. The human would do his best to
gradually change from one state to another. Once decisions are made regarding registration and
finger assignment, the human should behave like a well-fabricated wind-up toy. The two hands
remain offset the entire time, and at the fastest possible speed, enact patterns of three notes (left
hand) and four notes (right hand)