Beyond the world famous and spectacular Vegetable Orchestra there is a myriad side projects and solo outings. Orchestra members Nikolaus Gansterer & Jörg Piringer are part of another Austrian collective known as Institut für Transakustische Forschung (or Institute for Transacoustic Research), a quartet formed in 1998. Behind the Transacoustic concept is a mix of interactive installations, self-build instruments, audience participation and DIY electronics, with the occasional hint of literature or board game design – a multidisciplinary approach which, in my view, is typically Viennese and recalling the short-lived Wiener Gruppe, or The Vienna Group (1954–1960).
Composed by the duo of Gansterer & Piringer alone, Kassasturz is a monumental collage of traditional, Austrian folk music, dialects, political rants, TV idents and commercials, etc, not so much as a deconstruction of cultural memes, but rather as an ironical assault on nationalism – what the duo calls “Kleptoacoustic exploration of the Austrian nation”. Granted, we’ve heard this before in The Tape Beatles' Grand Delusion (1993), for instance, but Kassasturz is still a wonderful collage of old vinyl rips and electronic manipulations.
Fernando Ramallo and David Kanaga – Proteus Live mix, October 2012 (60:00)
Spiritual jazz, classical music and electronic sounds form the backbone of this soundtrack mix to a demonstration of the Proteus game by original designers Ramallo and Kanaga during GameCity 7, 2012 edition, Nottingham, UK (see video here). Click on image above for tracklisting.
Active in Bremen between 2007 and 2010, German Neo-Dadaist dilettanten music project Föten Mit Flöten, consisted of Wido Schneider and Tausendschoen (aka ex-Maeror Tri member Helge Siehl). They bewildered local audiences with obscure, handmade CD releases and inept live shows – see YouTube. Some of their recordings and archive material are now available online, like this Surrealist sound collage in the cut-up vein, guaranteed to go absolutely nowhere, but generating a lot of fun along the way.
This fine SoundCloud setlist collects original tracks by Australian composer Andrew Bishop (AnBis), which I previously knew from some excellent Australian only, experimental music mixes. His conspicuous influences here (Harry Bertoia, Allan Lamb, Stuart Dempster, sound ecology, …) tick all the right boxes and this compilation is pure aural bliss, verging on the ambient, meditative side of sound art.