Volker Bertelmann

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Hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who has brought an exciting new perspective to the prepared piano. The prepared piano - a technique for getting new sounds from the acoustic keyboard by resting pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings of the instrument - has been used for centuries, but Hauschka was unaware of the tradition when, at the dawn of the new millennium, he began exploring ways to get new sounds out of his Bechstein grand upright.

Hauschka grew up in Germany in the village of Ferndorf in the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein, North Rhine-Westphalia. Read more...