Wolfgang Müller

Berlin, Berlin, DE
Artist / Band / Musician
Indie / Experimental / Other
A-Musik/ Kroethenhayn / intermedium records/ VOD
New record/book by Wolfgang Müller


Séance Vocibus Avium. These are the reconstructed sounds by 11 extinct birds, (no music! no sound art!) precisely naturalistic made after scientistic descriptions by Namosh, Max Müller, Frieder Butzmann, Frederik Schikowski, Justus Köhnke, Annette Humpe, Francoise Cactus/Brezel Göring, Nicholas Bussmann, Hartmut Andryczuk and Khan.

Limited edition of 300 (7inch Vinyl) and 100 (CD).

order: http://www.fangbomb.com

NEUES VON DER ELFENFRONT - Die Wahrheit über Island

"NEWS FROM THE ELF FRONT - the truth about Iceland" published by edition suhrkamp, september 2007. To order/bestellen: http://www.suhrkamp.de

In August 1995, Wolfgang Müller met the medium Erla Stefánsdóttir in Reykjavik for a long interview. To his question whether elves are only to be found in Iceland, Erla answered: "Of course not. Elves are everywhere."

"And how do they communicate with each other? Is there an international elf language?", enquired Wolfgang. Amused, Erla Stefánsdóttir plucked some fluff off her red jumper and shook her head: "Elves don't speak - they sing!"

Elves' singing is normally inaudible to the human ear. Unlike music made by humans, it goes directly into the head of the listener. Hearing, therefore, is not an essential function in order to perceive it. An fascinating thought for Wolfgang Müller, who had already produced music with deaf friends in the early Eighties with his band DIE TOEDLICHE DORIS - in turn, Gunther Puttrich-Reignard taught him German sign language.

(pic.: Sign language interpreters Dina Tabbert and Andrea Schulz transforming the first Vinyl-LP by Die Toedliche Doris completely into signs, gestures, movements, interactions in 1998, published 2006: DEAF MUSIC, DVD & book english/german: http://www.kroethenhayn.de )

In contrast, BAT, Wolfgang Müller's first solo LP (1987), contains supersonic sounds made by eight kinds of indigenous bats, which were then processed to make them audible to the human ear. It is the first Vinyl-recording of sounds these animals make in order to locate their own positions and to defend themselves.

In 1998, Wolfgang Müller, together with the sign language interpreters Dina Tabbert and Andrea Schulz, worked on a remake of the LP "Die Tödliche Doris", which was originally released in 1981 and had been out of stock for a long time: with the interpreters' help, the music and the text were transformed into something extramusical. The DVD "DEAF MUSIC/Gehörlose Musik" is just published by www.kroethenhayn.com

From non-musical to super-musical: Icelanders were considered by visitors from the mainland to be by far the most unmusical nation in Europe for many centuries. ".a foreigner would find just as much displeasure as the Icelanders' enjoyment, for they sing terribly and totally out of time and without feeling, especially as they have a slightest idea of the latest feel for music." (Uno von Troil, Letters from Iceland, 1779).

Today, this picture seems to have completely reversed. Numerous Icelandic singers are to be found in opera houses of the world, and Reykjavík's club and music scene is seen as one of the most innovative in Europa. Bands and solo artists from Reykjavík are well known all over the world. Iceland is now considered to be a very musical country.

"In order to create an agreeable environment, where elves would feel comfortable, I must remain equally open to the musical, the non-musical and extra-musical," believe Wolfgang Müller. And so, various musical styles, directions and currents are found running through on his latest CD, "Mit Wittgenstein in Krisuvík". Elves and dwarves are behind all of those, inaudible and yet perceptible - some friendly, the others wrathful; sometimes merry, serious at other times.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, who spent several days in Iceland in 1913, later wrote in his principal work of philosophy, Logico-tractatus philosophicus, the closing sentence: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." Wolfgang Müller complements this with the statement, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one can sing."

Wolfgang Müller was with Nikolaus Utermöhlen (* 1958 - 1996) founder of DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS . Look: http://www.die-toedliche-doris.de

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