Hans Tammen

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Hans Tammen started playing guitar in 1972 in various rock bands. He also studied classical guitar for a while. But his unusual approach to the guitar began 1979 after hearing Sonny Sharrock's solo on the live version of Memphis Underground. Since then his sound-oriented and experimental approach has become an integral part of most of his performances. In the 1980s he mainly developed various jazz guitar styles, from Freddie Green's acoustic big band playing and jazz standards to rather Sharrock-ish interpretations of the Coltrane/Dolphy/Coleman heritage. But he also performed pieces by Cage and Logothetis with New Music ensembles, and he used sequencers, analog synthesizers and other electronic effects along with his guitar. In the 1990s he concentrated on his unique sounds and on collaborations with other art forms.

Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrasting and fascinating sounds, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible noises - through means of his Endangered Guitar and interactive software programming, by working with the room itself, and, as a critic observed, with his "...fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet". Signal To Noise called his works "...a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage".

Recordings

1995, Statements, Hybrid HMP CD 11. Duo with Ursel Schlicht.
1998, Endangered guitar, NUR/NICHT/NUR 198 07 15.
1998?, Bowed + popped, NUR/NICHT/NUR 199 02 23.
1998, Erdtöne - Notation des lots (Kreta): für quartett, Hybrid HMP CD 17. Martin Speicher.
1998, The cat's pyjamas, Leo Lab CD 054. Statements Quintet.
1999, Billabong, Potlatch P 100. Duo with Denman Maroney.
1999, The road bends here, Leo Lab CD 072. Duo with Dominic Duval.
2000, Music for long attention spans, Leo CD LR 315. Herb Robertson.
2000, State of the Union 2.001, EMF CD 028. Short solo track on compilation 3CD set.
2001, Endangered guitar processing, NUR/NICHT/NUR 101 06 10.
2001, Expedition, ESP - Disk 4031. Tammen/Harth/Dahlgren/Rosen.
2002, Rhön, NUR/NICHT/NUR 106 02 07. Ensemble 2incq.
2002?, Grain, DotDotDot Music 003. One short track on compilation CD.
2003, Intersecting a cone with a plane, Creative sources CS 069. Ricardo Arias/Günter Müller/Hans Tammen.
2005, Oxide, Creative sources CS 060. Duo with Christoph Irmer.

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