Concerto for Chess Players, Computer Controlled Samplers and Synthesizers, Grand Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Turntables, Tapes and Feedbacks, Alto and Baritone Saxophones, and Sound Director

Eichmann / Grund / Kremp / von Stürmer / Volker
Preis / Price : 16,36 €
Bestell-Nr. / Purchase Order No. : omH02
Dietrich Eichmann piano, electronics, composition for computer instruments
Christoph Grund sound director, composition for computer instruments
Uwe Kremp electric and acoustic guitars, composition for computer instruments
Wolfgang von Stürmer turntables, electronics, composition for computer instruments
Reimar Volker alto and baritone saxophones
Annemi Egri and Wolfgang Rihm chess players
01. - 06.
Game and Earnest 53:45
Epilogue 06:38
Total time:  60:23

Music composed by Dietrich Eichmann, Christoph Grund, Uwe Kremp,
Wolfgang von Stürmer and Reimar Volker
Conception: FIQ Fraktion Illegaler Quomponisten 1987
Chessboard and computer software and hardware: Andreas Raseghi, Wolfgang von Stürmer
Historic recording of the concert on December 11, 1989, at SDR Studio Karlsruhe, Germany.
Original recording produced by Hans C. Hachmann
Produced by Dietrich Eichmann
Layout & graphic design: CK new media consulting
Liner notes: Harald Borges

First published in June 2001
Excerpt from the booklet:
'Game and Earnest' combines, through a brilliant idea, strictest order and chance, removing at the same time in a surprise dialectic twist all considerations of order and chance. Two chess players sit on the stage and play their kingly game. If a chess piece is placed upon a square of the chessboard, a particular composition written specifically for this square is played by the electronics. In addition to this electronic music guided by the chess game four live musicians appear who each improvise according to their own independent concept. These concepts extend to actual Early Music.
One could now believe that something like complete chaos would be forced to come out of all this. But the truly unbelievable happens: a sonic organism grows that is free from any noticeable randomness. In the chaos of the countless combination possibilities lies a deeper order, even if it is an order that hardly allows for repetition, or leaves room for prediction. Out of the pluralism of the technical structure, the composition methods and the individuality of the musicians there arises a many-layered piece, that certainly contains witty passages.
Harald Borges
Translation: Tim Florence

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