At 15:00, the Muth fell silent. Drechsler, equipped with a bass clarinet, and Preiss, with a bass drum and array of pedals on the floor, were ready to embark upon their journey into the deep. This would be the first time they’d create music together. Anything could happen.
A gentle tap on the bass drum with a mallet and all those in the room dive into the deep. The musicians on stage exploit the eccentricity of their instruments to create rich textures with enough motifs and rhythmic stability to keep the audience on the same page.
There is no substitute for the live music experience, both for the audience and the musicians. “It’s sometimes tiring to maintain the energy without an audience”, Drechsler admits. The promenade concerts will invigorate musicians and audience alike. I can only imagine that the atmosphere won’t be short of electric.
After attending Drechsler’s liminal zone concert and chatting with him in 2020, I became a huge fan of his work – and now I’m delving into Sixtus Preiss’ back catalogue.
Preiss is a sound and beat designer/collector with an impressive body of work. This process of discovering new talent will become a theme for “Das Buch der Klänge” followers throughout the series. Get ready for it.