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Hans Tammen

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: 1957    

Hans Tammen

Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating sounds, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible noises - through means of his ENDANGERED GUITAR and interactive software programming, by working with the room itself, and, as a critic observed, with his “...fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. Signal To Noise called his works “...a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage”, All Music Guide recommended him: “...clearly one of the best experimental guitarists to come forward during the 1990s.”...
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...a monster of a player ...a killer tour de force of post everything guitar damage. (Larry Nai, Signal To Noise)

...clearly one of the best experimental guitarists to come forward during the 1990s. (François Couture, All Music Guide)

Hans Tammen has his own way of playing the guitar... (New York Times)

...one of the most ferociously talented and inventive guitarists to emerge in the last ten years. His technique is noisy and percussive, his energy relentless and unstoppable. (Richard Cochrane, Musings)

White-hot solo guitar work... Recent years have seen a slew of fine free guitarists emerge..., but nothing they've done so far packs this kind of punch... (Dan Warburton, Signal to Noise)

Guitarist Hans Tammen, born in Germany and now resident in New York, has over the past few years developed a highly individual and effective method of interfacing his ”endangered” guitar with electronics (i.e. a laptop)... (Dan Warburton, ParisTransatlantic)

Tammen, an incredibly confounding and visionary improviser on acoustic and electric guitar... (Steve Brydges, Copperpress)

Now that Hans Tammen is settled in the States, the German experimentalist best known for playing ”endangered guitar” is becoming a lightning rod for European improvisers who share his fearlessness. (Time Out New York)

Charlie Christian and Les Paul knew they were on to something, something new and perhaps revolutionary, but they could hardly have imagined the things that Hans Tammen does to guitar, and the sounds he coaxes from it. (Brian Marley, Avant Magazine)

Musique sans concession... la provocante guitare de Hans Tammen. (Luc Bouquet, ImproJazz)

  • Hans Tammen Third Eye Orchestra

    Innova Recordings
    2009
  • Third Eye Orchestra

    Innova Recordings
    2009
  • Third Eye Orchestra

    FMP
    2008
  • Expedition. Live At The Knitting Factory

    FMP
    2006
  • Oxide

    FMP
    2006
  • Endangered Guitar Processing

    FMP
    2002
  • Endangered Guitar

    FMP
    1999
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