Πέμπτη, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2007

kammerflimmer kollektief's thomas weber


How would you introduce yourselves to someone that has never heard about you before? Can you describe the music you make?
The Kammerflimmer Kollektief plays music that should not be put down in writing, because it would burn the very paper its written on. & as you may know: what burns, never returns!
Can you tell me some things about the place you come from? Does the place you live influence your music? How?
We are living in the Upper-Rhenish lowolands in south germany, that is a valley between the black forest (a wooded mountain range in southwestern Germany. which is bordered by the Rhine) and the vosges, a mountain range in eastern france.
Sun Ra recorded in 1970 just around the corner in Donaueschingen his song "Black Forest Myth". Cecil Taylor recorded in the same place "Live From The Black Forest" and Peter Broetzmann journyed with his comrade Han Bennik deep in the woods and taped live on location the incredible "Schwarzwaldfahrt". Just listen to these records & you get a real good impression of the mythical qualities of the mighty black forest.
Or as Dietmar Dath writes: "Here everything is heaven, but different from the origin. Up above are birds that hang on different kinds of jet streams with their heads down, not to be interchanged. The sun is shining, but it's not really the sun: it's the moon. When did night fall, anyway?"
How do you feel when you are compared to Robert Wyatt?
That is indeed a honor and a privilege, but its a long way up to there and right now we are just at the beginning of our way.
What are your major influences [not only musical]? Name some artists that you feel “artistically relative”.
"The law of the universe is chaos and murder."
"Music resembles language in the sense that it is a temporal sequence of articulated sounds which are more than just sounds. They say something, often something human. The better the music, the more forcefully they say it. The succession of sounds is like logic: it can be right or wrong. But what has been said cannot be detached from the music. Music creates no semiotic system. (...) The language of music is quite different from the language of intentionality. It contains a theological dimension. What it has to say is simultaneously revealed and concealed. Its Idea is the divine Name which has been given shape. It is demythologized prayer, rid of efficacious magic. It is the human attempt, doomed as ever, to name the Name, not to communicate meanings."
"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."
"I think the fact that, wherever they are, humans always generate some kind of art means that art must be rooted in function. I feel that artists reflect, even participate in, rather than initiate, real changes. But it is difficult even to find clear definitions of the terms used in this question: if language itself is an art form, then clearly it is a crucial tool in human development."
"All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds."
"And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and , folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
In what way have you been influenced by German folk music?
I don't know exactly what german folk music is. But for safety reasons I would tend to say NO WAY.Tell me some things about Plato’s Cicadidae and Jinx.
What’s your relation with Greek mythology?
As you may know: Jinx is a sort of curse placed on a person that makes them prey to large numbers of minor misfortunes and other forms of bad luck; as Lou Reed sang in his epic song “Street Hassle”: "Some people got no choice/ And they can never find a voice/ That they could even call their own/ So the first thing that they see/ That allows them the right to be/ Why, they follow it/ You know what it's called?/ Bad luck."
It may come from Latin iynx, that is, the wryneck bird, which has occasionally been used in magic and divination and is remarkable for its ability to twist its head almost 180 degrees while hissing like a snake. The Jinx bird is found in Africa and Eurasia.
Ingeborg Bachmann wrote this about cicadas: "They stopped eating, drinking and loving to be able to sing forever." But not only do they sing, they also help human beings to play the right notes: But after all: This is not an escape into esotericism but rather the attempt at reflection and clarification, a catharsis somewhere between a constructed reality and karma.
It’s amazing you can’t find any English interviews of you on the internet. Why is that?
Unfortunately I don't know that at all :(Must be a dimension crack!
Have you been to Athens before?
Never ever and we are awaiting eagerly to play in Athens.
What are we going to expect from you on stage?
Early Christmas! :)
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