Social Insects is a game between acoustics and electronics. Sometimes the sound of Koch's bass clarinet is recorded by Badrutt and reused/recycled by live sampling methods. Also used here are a few prerecorded samples of acoustic sources and analog synthesizer. Hans Koch uses several unconventional playing techniques. Deconstruction of the instrument and de-construction/reconstruction of the sound is a main interest for this duo. The music of Hans Koch and Gaudenz Badrutt stems from sparse musical material, creating pieces that live on lightness, denseness, fragility and humour.
Social insects is their 1st release.
released October 19, 2012
Recorded 2011/2012 in Biel/Bienne.
Total Time: 55'32"
Design: Fabienne Bartel & Christoph Lanz
Photo: Dr. Heinz Duelli
Hans Koch - bass clarinet
Gaudenz Badrutt - electronics
Bass clarinet player Hans Koch and electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt have collaborated on various musical projects for years. In 2011 they founded a duo that combines bass clarinet and electronics.
Hans Koch (bass clarinet, saxophone, electronics) is mainly known as a member of the Hardcore Chambermusic Trio Koch/Schütz/Studer, but also as a soloist as well as for his collaborations with Phil Minton, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens etc. He is always working on his very own vocabulary and sound, which makes him a very unique voice on the actual scene.
Electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt is mainly known as one half of the electroacoustic duo strøm (together with Christian Müller - electronics and bass clarinet), as well as part of a duo with Jonas Kocher (accordion). His music is informed by a very instrumental use of computer/live sampling and electronic devices.