Strotter Inst.

strotter instrumentStrotter Inst. is the musician and artist Christoph Hess (Solothurn, *1968)

Strotter Inst. is generating dense sound- and rhythmstructures by using five modified and manipulated Lenco-turntables and various cut or scotched records. The music ranges from a low-fi rumble changing into concrete clicks and scrapes, followed by epic drones and multilayered broken beats to fall back into tricky bass-meditations. Hardly using sounds from LP's the main source of sound are the prepared pick-ups (i.e. sewing needles or strings instead of the diamond or the extended use of rubber bands). The treatment involves the unclean nature of the sounds as part of the music.
The anacronistic machineries have dual roles as objects and as instruments. The first live impact is as installations, then the sounds start to grab the listeners' attention. The auditive level surpasses the visual one. Therefore, the optical comprehension of how the sound is generated plays an important role. In spite or probably because of the analogue creation the structures produce a contemporary and accurate athmosphere in space and time. The set is adapted for each rooms conditions and depends upon the uncertain behaviour of the machines. So each live appearence becomes an acoustic original.
Strotter Inst. prefers to play in the middle of the audience. The installation is set up especially for each room.

Besides the work as a musician, Strotter Inst. is creating sound objects and installations out of turntables. The abbreviation "Inst." can both mean "instrument" or "installation".

File under: turntablism, installation, concrete music.


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