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Hans Tammen

Born: 1957    Primary Instrument: Guitar

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)

THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA - Third Eye Orchestra: Antecedent/Consequent, Innova, 13-piece ensemble, 2008 ENDANGERED GUITAR SOLO - Hans Tammen: Endangered Guitar Processing, Nur/Nicht/Nur Records. 2001 - Hans Tammen: Endangered Guitar, Nur/Nicht/Nur-Records, 1999 - Live at Issue Project Room, w/ John Jannone (video), DVD Acheulian Handaxe 2006 ENDANGERED GUITAR ENSEMBLES - Mental Mess, Modisti Netlabel, w/ Karlheinz Essl, 2012 - Oxide II, Acheulian Handaxe, w/ Christoph Irmer, 2011 - Kärpf, Acheulian Handaxe, w/ Marianne Schuppe, Michael Vorfeld & Georg Wolf, 2011 - Die Schrauber, Acheulian Handaxe, w/ Joker Nies & Mario de Vega, 2008 - Mechanique(s) at Logos, Acheulian Handaxe, w/ Dafna Naphtali & Martin Speicher, 2008 - Expedition / ESP-DISK, w/ Alfred Harth, Chris Dahlgren & Jay Rosen, 2006 - Intersecting A Cone With A Plane w/ Günther Müller & Ricardo Arias, Creative Sources, 2006 - Oxide w/ Christoph Irmer, Creative Sources, 2006 - Rhön, w/ tentet Ensemble 2INCQ, Nur/Nicht/Nur, 2006 - Statements: Premiero Encuentro International, Jazzorca (Mexico), 2002 - Billabong w/ Denman Maroney, French label Potlatch, 2000 - The Road Bends Here w/ Dominic Duval, Leo Records, 2000 - Statements Quintet: The Cat´s Pyjamas, Leo Records. 1999 - Statements w/ Ursel Schlicht, Hybrid Records, 1995 SINGLE WORKS ON COMPILATIONS - "I Hate Zero Crossings" on "$100 Guitar Project, Bridge Records, 2013 - "Spracles" on I Never Meta Guitar Too, Elliott Sharp (Prod.), Clean Feed, 2012 - Endangered Guitar work on International Computer Music Conference CD, 2010 - Endangered Guitar work on Hipshot Guitars, Mike Cooper (Prod.), Hipshot Records 2010 - Endangered Guitar work on Grain - A Compilation, Dotdotdot Records, 2003 - Work w/ Jerome Noetinger, on Strings & Things II, FBWL, 2002 - Compositions for bowed styrofoam: Bowed & Popped, Nur/Nicht/Nur. 2000 - “Three Channel Guitar”on Elliott Sharp: State of the Union, EMF CD, 2000 WITH OTHER ENSEMBLES - Ricardo Arias: New York Bogata 2000-2010, Audition Records, 2010 - Jason Kao Hwang: Spontaneous River, Mulatto Records, 2011 - Stanley Schumacher: Sound Textures, Musikmacher Productions, 2006 - Herb Robertson: Music for Long Attention Spans, Leo Records. 2001 - Herb Robertson: Knudstock 2000, Cadence Records, 2000 - Martin Speicher: Erdtöne, Hybrid Records, 1998

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