Making Music With Test Equipment

In his latest video, German synthesist Hainbach explores an early electronic music technique – making music with test equipment.

Here’s what he has to say about the live performance:

In which I go to the roots of electronic music by playing laboratory tools, among them a 26kg sine generator.

I have had a fascination with test equipment ever since I heard Stockhausen’s early works at university. The challenges the composers of that time faced were unique, both musically and technically. So when I first visited the Waveform Research Center in Rotterdam run by Dennis Verschoor an idea started in the back of my head, that I put into reality over the past two weeks: to have my own test equipment setup to compose on.

This is the very first piece I made with this setup. I still have lots to learn, but I am looking forward to expanding and combining this with tape techniques.

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