Carl Ludwig Hübsch - Christoph Schiller

Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba
Christoph Schiller - spinet

"Research - Play - Expression

Spinet und tuba seem to be a strange combination of instruments. The spinet, built as a handy version of the cembalo for house concerts, is considered to be fine and subtile instrument. The tuba, invented to enrich the low brass in orchestras, enbodies the glumsyness of an elefant. While the first mentioned has a long tradition in European music the second is a rather new invention. Both instruments are typically connected with accompagning functions. The tuba was actually invented at a time when the spinet hardly occured on the music scenery. Later, with the development of new music the spinet found it«s way back into actual music. Still the combination of tuba and spinet has never been obvious in musical history.

Christoph«s and mine work together started when I had(passed) a residency in Basel, in 2008/9. From the first meeting on we had been a strong intermediate contact in our play. So we took the oppurtunity to meet every now and then to play, not only with our instruments, but also with our voices. (Christoph Schiller leads an ensemble for improvised voice art, MILLEFLEURS. I have always integrated the voice into my playing, like e.g. on my first solo CD). After a time of exploring the variety of our possibilities we finally decided to record a CD.

We both use our instrument in a totally personalised way, beyond the traditional typical sound of our instruments. Over the years each developed his own extended techniques, worked on and altered the instruments to make each his proper sound real.

I consider my tuba to be a modulator for breath, for air. Actually it is something like a megaphone. The brass material of the tuba implies also percussive treatment. Maybe this is a link to Christoph«s playing, who also altered his instrument through bricolage attachments into a partial percussion set. But the he uses strings. Christoph found a unique way of using harmony, of extending the typical plucked note«s short sustain into sound layers. Here aigain we meet, me using circular breath for something that I would call mechanical generated electronic music.

And here is another link between Christoph Schiller and myself. We share a profound interest in actual electronic and composed music. We also share this connection of music and art, music as sound art. Restructuring our listening experience in actual play, letting form grow out of the moment, risk expression where it is needed but never using it, take the intimate regard of close research and let the music grow, organically, still with a compository will, right from being there, that«s what we call play."

sleevenotes by Carl Ludwig Hübsch