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Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who found his creativity excelling when he began putting foreign objects on the strings of his grand piano. Although unfamiliar with the centuries-old technique of a prepared piano, Hauschka found himself tinkering with the instrument at a friend’s studio after feeling frustrated with the sounds he was achieving thus far.
A major love of Hauschka’s is rhythm, which is why he began exploring the opportunity to achieve percussive elements through his piano. Unique rhythmic patterns and and overall pulse run through all his compositions. His love for beats found himself performing as part of the hip-hop group God’s Favourite Dog and drum and bass quintet Nonex. A man of many talents, it’s through rapping in God’s Favourite Dog where he’s had a 20 year career.
Over more than the past decade, Bertelmann has released a multitude of albums as Hauschka, championing his prepared piano methods and experimental electronics whilst collaborating with many prestigious artists. In 2011, Hauschka was particularly inspired by his hometown Düsseldorf’s club music scene, and thus produced an album in collaboration with many talents dedicated to the highly regarded Salons Des Amateurs. The success of this album was celebrated in 2012 with remixes from Ricardo Vollalobos and the founder of Kompakt, Michael Mayer.
With a fascinating musical mind and having just released his latest full-length What If in March this year (purchase here), we invited Bertelmann in to share with us some of the music that has influenced him over the years. Here, Hauschka reveals four mind altering tracks that have changed his outlook on life and music.
Catch Hauschka’s fascinating live performance over the coming months by checking where his next gig is here.