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Mode 282: Ulrich Krieger | ...as above, so below... (for PN)

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Published on May 9, 2015

Ulrich Krieger, sopranino saxophone

This survey of saxophonist Ulrich Krieger’s chamber music illuminates his ongoing penchant, as a composer, improviser, and interpreter, for probing the affinities between the rock and classical avant-gardes. Krieger says of his music: “At the moment my interest is mixing band-type instrumentation with classical instruments (think Doom Metal meets Scelsi).”

A classically trained saxophonist, Krieger gained notoriety for his transcription of Metal Machine Music, which orchestrated rock legend Lou Reed’s notorious hour-long guitar feedback extravaganza via an expanded lexicon of acoustic textures. This was a project very much related to his own composing (it was completed in 2002, just after most of the pieces here). It also led to the forming of Lou Reed’s avant-garde trio which included Krieger.

...as above, so below... (for PN) was originally a semi-improvised sopranino sax solo that employed circular breathing and centered around only two basic multiphonics and a few variations thereof. The multiphonics produce very low, but well audible, difference tones. The combination of all these elements (multiphonics, circular breathing, difference tones) make for another example of a very electronic-sounding acoustic piece.

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