NIGHT is the second solo album after a long period of live presentations and artistic research since 2001. The focus of this artistic research is on the behaviour of feedback-textures (amplified by ever changing sound systems in different sized spaces with specific relations of wood, glass, stone, fabric etc.), the development of specific techniques as well as the feedback-textures' metaphors of sound. The feedback-saxophone sound production is strictly analog, no processing, no effects; it is a microphone capsula in the saxophone tube, connected with a rudimentary pre-amp plugged into a basic mixer, which sends the signal to the front-of-house sound system and an on-stage, on-site available feedback-trigger-speaker.
Michael Fischer, musician-composer, works on the speech immanence of sounds, their sculptural
and dramatic evidence, in the field of free improvised / experimental music and soundart. m.fischer.wuk.at/works.htm
He has worked with outstanding artists and early key-figures from the international improvised music scene since mid of the 90ies, as well as significant artists in experimental poetry, conceptual art and dance/performance in Europe, Lebanon, Canada, USA and Japan.
In 1999, Michael Fischer began integrating the acoustic phenomenon feedback into his work and developed an exclusively analog, no-effect-based instrument, the feedback-saxophone.
In 2004 he launched the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra and works as instant composition conductor with international improvisation orchestras, temporary large ensembles and choirs for festivals, universities and other institutions.
In 2005 he developed a radio- and live-set-up for cooperations with writers of experimental poetry and prose, setting ad hoc soundscapes on 3-cd-players in dialog with the recitation (ORF Ö1 Kunstradio, Beat Museum San Francisco, Sprachsalz Festival a.m.o.)
He held guest lectures on his work and free improvisation in general at the University of California Irvine, Newcastle University/UK, Peabody Institute - The Johns Hopkins University/USA, University for Architecture Vaduz/LI, STEIM Amsterdam/NL, University of Applied Arts/A, Bruckner University/A, Seiwa University/JAP, Conservatorio Superior Vigo/ES, Goethe Institut Palermo/IT a.m.o.
Michael Fischer is a member of the Grazer Autorinnen Autorenversammlung (est. 1973), the Society of Fine Artists Austria (est. 1861), the European Beat Studies Network (est. 2010) and founding member of the community radio station Orange 94.0 Vienna (est. 1998).
Track 10 was post-produced with delay. All other tracks were mixed and mastered without any additional effects, only some tracks underwent minor adjustments of the reverberation of the recording space.
released January 15, 2021
Produced by Small Forms und Michael Fischer
Recorded at Château Rouge, Vienna in October 2019
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