Carl Michael von Hausswolff
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Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Sweden, 1956) spent his formative years toying with musique concrete and massive drones. Abandoning the electronic tape format, he began an almost spiritual study of the essence of sound, of the audio attributes of an event. His first recordings, the 22-minute piece of Conductor (1984) and the 23-minute piece of Life And Death Of Pboc (1986), were later compiled on Rays of Beauty (SubRosa, 1995). As Quiet As A Campfire Or Analogue Motoric And Electro-Magnetic Silence Disturbed By Intuitive Slumber / Mingling Or Dodekaphonic Drones Interfered By Known And Unknown Digital Phenomena (1997) collects two 20-minute pieces.

His research led to more and more abstract recordings: To Make Things Happen In The Bunker Via The Micro Way (Fire, 1997), Basic (Table Of The Elements, 1999). His main efforts were devoted to installations that organized space to optimize his quest for the hidden particles of sound.

Inspired by the desire (and belief) to communicate with the otherworld via the microsounds hidden in silence, as experimented in the installation "Operation of Spirit Communication" (1998), documented by the 47-minute piece of Operations Of Spirit Communication (2000). Von Hausswolff turned to glitch electronica and low frequencies with the spectral soundscapes of The 46-minute piece of Stroem (Raster Noton, 2001), while still retaining an accessibility that is unusual for that genre (echoes of Schulze's early cosmic music, of Eno's romantic ambience).

A Lecture On Disturbances In Architecture (Firework Edition, 2002) is an odd conceptual work that aims at promoting a new view of urban architecture, one illustrated via poems of musique concrete that hark back to his beginnings.

Other recordings include: Three Overpopulated Cities Built By Short-Sighted Planners. An Unbalanced And Quite Dangerous Airport And An Abandoned Church (Sub Rosa, 2004), There Are No Crows Flying Around The Hancock Building (Lampo, 2005), Leech (Raster-Noton, 2006), Topophonic Models (2006).

The Wonderful World Of Male Intuition (Oral, 2006) sounds more like a textbook than a piece of music. The music is interrupted by spoken segments dedicated to influential musicians and theoreticians.

He was also active in the Kingdom of Elgaland-Vargaland with Leif Elggren.

800,000 Seconds In Harar (Touch, 2011) was a theatrical soundtrack for oscillator, lyre and field recordings of Ethiopia. The double-disc Perhaps I Arrive (Aufabwegen, 2010) documents an installation of ambient music for an airport.

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