INTERVIEW: FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER: SINTESI FESTIVAL (2005)
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER :
SINTESI RESTIVAL DELLE ARTI ELETTRONICHE
Was born and raised up in East Germany... after childhood and school in Karl-M a r x-Stadt (now Chemnitz), graphic and painting studies... started his first electronic music experiments in 1984 with a strong inte rest in the interaction between graphic and music... in 1996 co - founding the label Rastermusik (now raster-noton with Carsten Nicolai)... lives as freelance musician and composer in Berlin. He was always tried to explore the possibilities of an exchange between visual art and music by various means such as computer graphics, video or graphic composition. To add another dimension he creates visualizations which he shows during his live performances.
At Sintesi mainly he´ll play parts of his latest CD, released last year as "Looping I - VI (and other assorted love songs)" on the New York based label 12k. "Looping I-VI" shows a bit a change in direction from his rhythmic minimalism. Its more sparse built with slowly evolving loops and subtle changes over time. Taking inspiration from his current immersion in science fiction novels "Looping I-VI" plays out very much like a story, unfolding over around 30 minutes. A kind of sonic fiction through the world of clean tonal elements and loop architecture. The music flows seamlessly, slowly, and creates three distinct "chapters" marked by breaks and brief moments of silence. Finally, for the last 10 minutes, he will go back to rhythm and play some new, yet unreleased music.
For the visual part of his live performance he will show a movie. Actually it isn´t a film or music video, but a visual realization of the frequency- and amplitude behaviour of the music. As always he tried to create complexity from simplicity. So he built the visuals just from horizontal and vertical lines, which - driven by and synchronized to the music - produce graphic patterns, looking like moving testcards.