What philosopher has not
In Manhattan, on the Upper East Side, in the city of New York, a Steinway & Sons Model M grand piano sits on the fifth floor of Zahra’s apartment. The piano has been completely rebuilt since its 1934 birthday.
The realm of the shadows is the paradise for dreamers.
I first contacted Zahra when I was in New York living alone, without a keyboard or any type of musical instrument. I wanted to play the piano, but not at the Steinway showroom. She generously opened her home and fallboard. I brought my microphones, but no score. Putting Plato's theory on memory to test in the manner of a utopian-scientific experiment, I simply remembered, from eternal ideas, fugues that are intimate, pretty, and free like birds.
The fugues, for 4 independent monophonic voices realized by an 8-armed pianist, fly around the very definition of a fugue through the baroque concept of pure ornamentation vs. cantus firmus (fixed song). Independent from each other, like Leibniz' monads, the 4 voices' tempi micro-fluctuate around linear time and macro-oscillate stylistically through the centuries around historical time.
To enhance the sound effect for the listener, a matched pair of microphones was set up so that they form a perfect triangle above the strings. I call this Platonischer Kunstkopf (Platonic art head) and it is thusly defined: A ORTF configuration developed by the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française in which a pair of cardioid microphones are angled apart at 110 degrees with 6.69 inches between the capsules - the average distance between human ears - now altered to the Blumlein pair angled at 90 degrees with the distance between capsules altered to the Rothkamm distance between the ears.
This release is my first non-electronic, all acoustic work in twenty-five years.
To me, Zahra will always mean "White, Radiant".
Thence originated the present piano music,
|Catalog No:||FLX12 (LN40)|
|Sound Artist:||Frank Rothkamm|
|Visual Artist:||Frank Rothkamm|
|Instruments:||Steinway M Baby Grand Piano
|Parts:||2 panel folder(4/4)
2 panel tray card(4/4)
Lightly played but dense with notes|
A half-dozen of cloned Keith Tippett-like gnomes fighting for a spot in the sun|
Massimo Ricci TOUCHING EXTREMES
Frank's consistently high standard, precision of exploration and variety of media are prodigious|
Chris Culter RER
Rothkamm is nuts - an `outsider` of this sort - discs are done well and work|
s.i.b. BLOW UP
Crafting his counterpoint-fuelled missives as effortlessly as most people walk down the street!|
Bryon Hayes EXCLAIM!
Entirely acoustic genius of the Germanic Rothkamm winning smiles!|
Nicola Tenani DARKROOM
In their diversity and scope, virtuosity and carefreeness the 26 small fugues are a big piece of music.|
Volkmar Mantei RAGGAZZI
Superficially classical, and a lot more schizophrenic when you dig deeper.|
Francois Couture CFLX
It's excellent music to wake up with.|
Frans de Waard VITAL WEEKLY
This is someone who could say that music lies down at his feet and eats out of his hand.|
Rigobert Dittmann BAD ALCHEMY