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Hear an exclusive mix from Achim Zepezauer's Slotmachine

February 2019

The German composer has made an online composition randomiser inspired by his Dortmund based concert series and slot machines

Musician, composer and event organiser Achim Zepezauer has pooled together a network of musicians from across the globe to collaborate with him for his latest work, an online audio project which emulates a slot machine. Pre-recorded instrumentations are randomly selected by the 'machine' on the artist's website to create new compositions. At the time of sending this particular mix to The Wire, Slotmachine featured 225 recordings by 18 different musicians, meaning a potential 11,390,625 'tracks' could be created.

“Slotmachine is a website that Guida Ribeiro programmed for me” explains Zepezauer. “It is intended to mix several recordings (of 45 seconds length) by random choice. After building a concept to give it some sense and make it work I invited some of my favourite artists that would fit the project and then compiled some tracks for a vinyl documentation release. But the nice thing about the website is, that it has the ability to grow, so I asked even more friends to join. The mix of tracks you can listen here exclusively at The Wire features every involved artist, but especially the four new additions: Émilie Girard-Charest on cello, Carolin Pook on violin, Bart Maris on trumpet and Florian Hartlieb on computer.”

Tracklist

“JACQUE-LACAN MELODY RAIN”
(Émilie Girard-Charest / Carolin Pook / Marta Zapparoli)

“MIXED WIND CLICK”
(Michael Vatcher / Bart Maris / John Chantler)

“EYEBROW PUZZLE MUERTE”
(Achim Zepezauer / Achim Zepezauer / Pablo Paredes)

“WILD LANKETRRGLL RHINOCEROS”
(Florian Hartlieb / Jaap Blonk / Émilie Girard-Charest)

“SLOWER CHEVREUIL EXPOSE”
(Carolin Pook / Émilie Girard-Charest / Gailė Griciūtė)

“WHAT SPRINGTIME LOVE”
(Achim Zepezauer / Achim Zepezauer / Carolin Pook)

“TASTY THE END WINDHARPS”
(Florian Hartlieb / Bart Maris / Richard Lerman)

“FILMING ZITTRIG CHICKEN”
(Rhodri Davies / Serge Corteyn / Animals)

“FALLING LUI VLAG”
(Achim Zepezauer / Florian Hartlieb / Bart Maris)

“MOELLE COIN INVERSION”
(Émilie Girard-Charst / Achim Zepezauer / Jérôme Noetinger)

“EINSAMEDAME FISHBOWL DEFINITION”
(Seán Mac Erlaine / Simon Whetham / Achim Zepezauer)

“SHIZO VESTON DONE”
(Florian Hartlieb / Bart Maris / Carolin Pook)

Robert Barry interviewed Achim Zepezauer in The Wire 420. Subscribers can access the full article via the online archive. Slotmachine is available on 10" from Gruenrekorder.


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