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Real Time Electronic Music
Inside the Baxter Building is a Bernese band for real-time electronic music, consisting of the two musicians Simon Petermann and Samuel Würgler and the sound artist Fabian Gutscher. Founded in 2013, the band will release their first album Seldom Somber in 2016.
The term electronic real time music refers to the sounds used and the way the music is performed. The music is played live with acoustic instruments and MIDI controllers, and the sounds are manipulated in real time by analog and digital effects. The result is a largely electronic sound. An essential part of the music is improvised, which also finds expression in the term “real-time music”.
The member of Inside the Baxter Building are convinced that the combination of acoustic and electronic sounds is the sound of the 21st century. It is our declared goal to explore this music and to discover and develop the associated playing techniques.
The album will be released in collaboration with the young Bernese Label Morpheus Records. Release date is in the beginning of 2016.
Album Seldom Somber
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Seldom Somber - Inside the Baxter Building
The album Somber Seldom is the debut album of the band Inside the Baxter Building. It contains 13 tracks of electronic real-time music. The trio - consisting of Simon Petermann (trombone, electronics), Samuel Würgler (trumpet, electronics) and Fabian Gutscher (electronics) - surprises with a remarkable variety of sounds. All tracks are pieces of improvised music that were recorded live in the studio. The band manages to break through stereotypes of the electroacoustic genre, and to keep their music lively and mobile, which in electronic music is a rarity. By manipulating the sounds of their instruments the musicians create a rich palette of sounds with which they lead the listener into unexpected soundscapes. In addition to the quieter songs like Tales of Dawn, which represents a tasteful sound painting, they sometimes use clichés of electronic dance music, like the pounding bass drum track in The Birds and the Other. The title track Seldom Somber includes a spoken poem read by Samuel Würgler whose sadness is accurately depicted in music through the viscous flowing beat. Between the tracks electronic bells are rung as Interludes that act as brackets on the whole album and round it off as an integrated piece of art.
The artwork was designed in great detail by the Bernese graphic artist Sandro Galli. His graphical implementation is full of references to the merger of the digital world with the organic elements of the present music.
The album will be released on March 4, 2016 by the Bernese Label Morpheus Records.
1. Bell I
2. Tales Of Dawn
3. Bell II
4. Seldom Somber
5. Don't Kill It Before It's Dead
6. Bell III
9. The Birds and the Other
11. lim x -> 0
12. Bell IV
13. hear me
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Bernese sound artists Fabian Gutscher (* 1983) studied music and media art at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB, diploma 2008). Plays computer via self-built digital interfaces, trumpet, piano and various wind instruments. He is active as a composer and sound designer for film and theater performances. Among other things, at the Stadttheater Bern, with the theater group Plasma surrounding director Lukas Bangerter, for the group Nater / Glatthard / Bachmann and recently for DEPARTURE: Basel SBB (directed by B. Mikeska, Kaserne Basel, 2014). He is a member of the formations pulp.noir and Inside the Baxter Building. In addition, he developed audiovisual productions and independent art projects.
Concerts & Performances
2014 Ur-maneuvre, Electronic Live Performance at the vernissage of Nino Baumgartner, Lucerne 2014 Inside the Baxter Building, Electronic Live Performance, Jazzwerkstatt Bern 2012/13 pulp.noir, Media performances, Berne / Lucerne / Zurich / Aarau / Basel / Baden / Kassel / St. Gallen / Winterthur / Montreux 2011 Pumpen+Stumpen meets les Animals Sages, audiovisual performance, Museum Night Sonar Space Progr Bern 2010 Electromgnetic Fields, Performance, Piazza Bar, Bern 2009 Pumpen + Stumpen, general program exhibition Weltenbilder, Bern. Interactive sound installations 2014 Pièce de résistance, wood-sound installation, exhibition Des hommes et la fôret, Musee de la Porcelain, Nyon 2013 Klangkörper/Eiskörper, sound installation to Franticek Klossners Melting Selves, , Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne 2013 Two Objects, sound installation, Einstein coffee and smoking room, Bern 2010 PfeiftindieLuft, Klanginstallation, selected by the jury of Kunst am Wasser, Bern 2010 Klang Entdecken, sound installation, , Zentrum Paul Klee, Kindermuseum Creaviva, Bern 2009 Klangkubus, interactive light cubes with various sensors, light cube Eik, Bern
Music for Theater and Sound Design
2014 Departure :: Basel SBB, director Bernhard Mikeska, Theater Kaserne Basel
2013 Departure :: Zürich HB, director Bernhard Mikeska, Gessnerallee Zürich
2012 Augen :: Blicke, director Bernhard Mikeska, Stadttheater Bern 2012 Youtopia, director Katharina Cromme, Zürich 2011 Credo, theater group Plasma, director Lukas Bangerter, Zurich / Basel / Bern / Cologne 2010 Closer, directed by Piet Baumgartner, Zurich / Berne / Basel 2009 Zeit für Wilma, director Noemi Steffen, Bern/Berlin 2007 First Life von Peter Paradies, director Wolfgang Klüppel 2006 Gott Fritz oder die Schöpfung, director Mario Portmann, Stadttheater Bern
2011 Alles eis Ding, Sounddesign, Frenetic 2010 Rund um die Uhr, film music and sound design 2009 Held eco Spot, commercial, film music, production: Lomotion AG
In his work, Bernese trombonist Simon Petermann focuses on contemporary forms of improvisation and sound extension of the trombone through electronic processing. His extensive concert career has so far led him to places throughout Europe and to South America. He lives in Bern and teaches trombone at the Swiss Jazz School and didactics at the Hochschule der Künste Bern.
Since 2007, he is on the road with the street band Fischermanns Orchestra from Lucerne where he claims the post of musical director since 2013. Since 2014 he is a member of Deep House and Minimal Techno band Maximizerz from Bern, which combines electronic dance music with live instruments. He is a member of the Uptown BigBand, which plays in the program of BeJazz monthly since 2002. Since 2012 he produces and hosts the program Jazz am Sunntig on Radio Bern, RaBe.
2011 Simon Petermann won a scholarship from the Adlerbertska Foundation in Gothenburg. With Fischermanns Orchestra he is the winner of the Jazz Prize Lucerne in 2014.
Simon Petermann studied trombone at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (2004), in Lucerne at the HSLU music (2005-2010) and at the Högskolan för scen och musik Gothenburg, Sweden (2011), with Nils Wogram and Anders Jormin among others. Next he attended lessons with Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon and others.
(Selection) 2016 Seldom Somber - Inside the Baxter Building 2015 Colombia - Fischermanns Orchestra 2015 Changes - Uptown BigBand 2014 No Regret - Maximizerz 2013 Spin (DVD) - Fischermanns Orchestra 2013 Wildfang - Fischermanns Orchestra 2012 No News From Iowa - Grey Mole 2012 Conducting Sessions - Fischermanns Orchestra 2012 Tokyo Filter (DVD) - Fischermanns Orchestra 2011 Hem Ljus - Luigi Bozzolan & The New Impro Ensemble 2011 Destination Unknown - Fischermanns Orchestra
Bernese trumpeter Samuel Würgler is fascinated by contrasts and the diversity of music. Music should tell stories and create worlds. So he moves freely between improvised music, contemporary jazz, classical and pop. A busy concert schedule both in orchestras, theater productions, as well as with various jazz groups at home and abroad is part of his everyday life. In recent years he toured Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Serbia and Bosnia with several bands.
In the projects Pumpen + Stumpen and Inside the Baxter Building, since 5 years, he has been dedicated to explore the electronic sound extensions of their own instruments as well as the development of possible forms of dialogue between different art forms.
Deep South with Dave Ledbetter, Björn Meyer, Ronan Skillen and Jan Galega Brönnimann
Traktorkestar among others with Balthasar Streit, Thierry Luthi and Maro Widmer
Destilacija of Mario Batkovic, among others with Daniel Durrer and Fabian Bürgi
Inside the Baxter Building with Simon Petermann and Fabian Gutscher
The Threepenny Opera at the Stadttheater Biel-Solothurn. Directed by Katharina Rupp
Pumpen + Stumpen with sound artist Fabian Gutscher
Novecento and others with saxophonist Marc Stucki. Directed by Roger Binggeli
Bernard Moto Perpetuo with bass Marian Rivar
Uptown BigBand among others, with Mike Maurer, Nilo Bortot, Wege Wühtrich
Zeit für Wilma with Fabian Gutscher. Directed by: Noemi Steffen
Samuel Würgler graduated in 2010 from HKB as a Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy. He attended classes by Matthieu Michel, Bert Joris, Bill Williams, Robert Morgenthaler, Stephan Geiser, Alex Sipiagin, Paul McCandless, Patrice Moret, Art Lande and Anders Bergcrantz among others.