Staged solo concert for percussion and electronics.
Since the mid-1980s, Josef Klammer (born 1958) has been continuously working as a musician and media musician on the tonal enhancement of his instrumentarium, and on the exploration and transformation of media-immanent music potentials.
His first full-length solo program, Drumming is an Elastic Concept, is an anthology of his intensive efforts and their realization. The project’s title is based on the Kunstradio broadcast MEMBRAN that Klammer, together with Seppo Gründler, created live on the Austrian national radio station Ö1 in 2008. Instead of the usual plastic drumheads, Klammer used latex skins here. As a result, the drumbeats were slowed down and stretched, until only the “breathing” of the drum was audible. Thus, the title not only stands for the visual illustration of a process, but also as a metaphor for the adaptation and enhancement of the instruments using analog and digital aids.
The piece was honoured with the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in 2015.
concept, music, controller, percussion: Josef Klammer
scenic design: Ernst M. Binder
lighting design and sound engineering: Geari Schreilechner
photographer: Miran Kramar
A co-production with dramagraz; supported by the Styrian State Government, the City of Graz, SKE Fund.
Thanks to: ZKM, Liquid Music, Werkstadt Graz and StockwerkJazz.