Drone-o-matic automatic composition for all

Drone-o-matic™ Instructions for Use:

  1. Pick your drones from the players below: each player plays a viola drone of a different pitch for about 30 seconds. You can play as many or as few as you want; stop and start them as you please.
  2. Congratulations: you are now a composer.
  • A:
  • B:
  • Bb:
  • C:
  • C#:
  • High C:
  • D:
  • D#:
  • E:
  • F:
  • G:
  • G#:
  • Glissando on C:
  • Glissando on G:
  • Glissando on D:
  • Glissando on A:
This post was inspired by two people.

Firstly, Gianni S. who told me that he enjoyed making cacophonous music by playing the YouTube links on my Music from Issue Two post all at the same time.

The other person is composer Iannis Xenakis (via a colleague at my day job in the maths department, who also deserves props for telling me about ‘stochastic music’ in the first place).

In his composition ‘Gendy’ (1991), Xenakis sought to deconstruct and purify the composition process by handing it over to chance, mathematical models and computers. The flipside of this? Gendy was a computer programme as well as a piece of music. Gendy the computer programme acted as an automatic composition machine: a tool that anyone could use to produce any number of Gendy compositions.

This is my viola-based version so you all can make your own automatic music.

Words of comfort and wisdom from John Cage and Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau, French avant garde artist and all-rounder:

“Listen carefully to first criticisms of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.”

John Cage, American composer and writer (and mushroom expert):

“I am going toward violence rather than tenderness, hell rather than heaven, ugly rather than beautiful, impure rather than pure – because by doing these things they become transformed, and we become transformed.”

Now don’t you feel better?

Those Krautrock string players in full – a directory

So for issue 4 of Angry Violist I wrote a piece about the prominence of string players in Krautrock music. As something as a follow-up, I thought it might be useful to catalogue those kosmische violinists, violists and cellists properly and put it ont web for all to see. I’m sure there are many more Krautrock string players than are listed below. So here you go:

By instrument
By band

Alphabetical list of Krautrock string players

Brune, Hans- Joachim – cellist, Tangerine Dream
Conrad, Tony – violinist, Faust collaborator {an honourable mention}
Czukay, Holger – double bassist, Can
Eötuös, Ann-Yi – violinist , Hölderlin
Hoffman, Edgar – violinist, Embryo
Karoli, Michael – violinist, Can
Karrer, Chris – violinist, Amon Düül I/Amon Düül II
Liebezert, Jahi – double bassist, Can
Lucke, Johannes – cellist, Tangerine Dream
Noppeney, Christoph– violinist and violist, Hölderlin
Schneider-Esleben, Florian – violinist, Kraftwerk
Schnitzler, Conrad – violinist, Cluster/Tangerine Dream/Eruption/Harmonia
Schulze, Klaus – cellist, Tangerine Dream/Cosmic Jokers/Eruption/Ash Ra Temple
Trepte, Uli – double bassist, Guru Guru
Vallbract, Christian – cellist, Tangerine Dream
von Grumbhow, Joachum – cellist, Tangerine Dream/Hölderlin

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By instrument

Conrad, Tony – Faust collaborator
Eötuös, Ann-Yi – Hölderlin
Hoffman, Edgar – Embryo
Karoli, Michael – Can
Karrer, Chris – Amon Düül I, Amon Düül II
Lucke, Johannes – Tangerine Dream
Noppeney, Christoph – Hölderlin
Schneider-Esleben, Florian – Kraftwerk
Schnitzler, Conrad – Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Eruption, Harmonia

Noppeney, Christoph – Hölderlin

Brune, Hans Joachim – Tangerine Dream
Schulze, Klaus –Tangerine Dream, Cosmic Jokers, Eruption, Ash Ra Temple
Vallbract, Christian –Tangerine Dream
von Grumbhow, Joachum –Tangerine Dream, Hölderlin

Double Bassists:
Czukay, Holger – Can
Liebezert, Jahi – Can
Trepte, Uli – Guru Guru

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Embryo, string playing in the nip (which seemed to happen a lot in the early 70s)

By band

Amon Düül I
Karrer, Chris – violinist [also Amon Düül II]

Amon Düül II
Karrer, Chris – violinist [also Amon Düül I]

Ash Ra Temple
Schulze, Klaus – cellist [also Tangerine Dream, Cosmic Jokers, Eruption]

Czukay, Holger – double bassist
Karoli, Michael – violinist
Liebezert, Jahi – double bassist

Schnitzler, Conrad – violinist [also Tangerine Dream, Eruption, Harmonia]

Cosmic Jokers
Schulze, Klaus – cellist [also Tangerine Dream, Eruption, Ash Ra Temple]

Hoffman, Edgar – violinist

Schnitzler, Conrad – violinist [also Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Harmonia]
Schulze, Klaus – cellist [also Tangerine Dream, Cosmic Jokers, Ash Ra Temple]

Conrad, Tony – violinist

Guru Guru
Trepte, Uli – double bassist

Schnitzler, Conrad – violinist [also in Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Eruption)

Eötuös, Ann-Yi – violinist
Noppeney, Christoph – violinist and violist
von Grumbhow, Joachum – cellist [also in Tangerine Dream]

Schneider-Esleben, Florian – violinist

Tangerine Dream
Brune, Hans Joachim – cellist
Lucke, Johannes – cellist
Schnitzler, Conrad – violinist [also in Cluster, Eruption, Harmonia]
Schulze, Klaus – cellist [also in Cosmic Jokers, Eruption, Ash Ra Temple]
Vallbract, Christian – cellist
von Grumbhow, Joachim – cellist [also in Hölderlin]

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Okay now, enough Krautrock and onwards to Issue 5…