We’re excited to share with you Music for Walkman by Sascha Bachmann aka HAND. Check out this sound art piece on CAA — CYLAND Audio Archive.
«The initial idea came with the exploration of various ambient concepts. By researching this subject you get to Brian Eno’s masterwork “Music for Airports” in a minute.
“Music for Walkman” borrowed the idea of having multiple loops with different sounds and various loop lengths running. In my case, I wanted to try to catch a more LO-FI vibe and I was hoping some loops would disintegrate while they‘re playing. What’s so fascinating about this, is the permutation of each loop inside the respective pieces. You might tend to say there is no progress in the music but there is. Listen closely!
At the beginning of this video series, I was using random sound sources and it worked well. But after a while, I wanted to get control about the pieces and I programmed them on my computer. The typical scenario would be: create a multi-track recording, create texture/ sound/ rhythms which fit each other, create a lot of prepared cassette loops in different lengths, record them to tape, play them back/ add EFX and record the whole piece.
Needless to say, the final results were nevertheless different from the programmed ones.»
— Sascha Bachmann
Sascha Bachmann is a musician based in Berlin. With his first solo project, HAND, he combines tape loops and moving images to create contrast with the fast, loud world we live in, forging space for emotions, self-reflection, calmness, and also excitement. On Reveal (his 2nd Album), Sascha Bachman, aka HAND, has created a unique balance of classic ambient music, sounds, and musical figures that touch the edge of melody and harmony, and a just-above-subliminal pulse. These elements come together in a sound world that is in turn comforting and haunting. Reveal’s surface may be gentle, but the music reaches deep, starting with the stratospheric heights of “God Only Knows,” to the galactic distances of “Into the Void,” and concluding with “Poem for Tanja,” a nostalgic poem for magnetic tape.