Martina Claussen is a Vienna-based composer, vocal artist and Professor of Voice. After many collaborations and appearances on some excellent compilations, she has released the debut album. Verwoben is out now via Berlin based label Forwind. According to the press release, It is an engrossing, intricate album of electronics and electro-acoustics with Martina’s voice being the primary sound source for most of the compositions. The five tracks were crafted over several years of experiments, recordings and live performances before finding their final form, with Martina’s production and sound design skills shining through in the innovative results.
Packed with movement and dynamics, Verwoben swerves between the apparent, abstract and engagingly abstruse via pensive electronics, contemporary rumblings and harsher sections all swirling around the home base of Martina’s voice, that always lends the album a warmth even as the sound moves further and further out into more shadowy and desolate spaces.
Listen below and and check a playlist from the Vienna-based composer with tracks and artists which inspired her music.
Maja Ratkje – Breath. Maja Ratkje is an exceptional composer and vocal artist who has made a lasting impression on me.
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op.18: (H.Heine). Tenor: Fritz Wunderlich. Being overwhelmed by fear of loss. It grabs me a new every time I listen to it.
Nina Hagen TV – Glotzer. I used to listen to her music a lot and I’m still fascinated by the energy and uniqueness of her voice.
Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion BWV 244. Aria Alto: Erbarme dich. When I heard the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach for the first time many years ago, I was impressed by the complexity and intensity of this music. The aria for alto was playing all the time in my home. I wanted to completely absorb and internalize this intensity. I have always been fascinated by the deep immersion in states that are existential and uncontrollable. This aria is for me a single pull, a deeply felt plea.
Comedian Harmonists – Irgendwo auf der Welt. The history of the Comedian Harmonists reflects the events of that time in a diverse and touching way.
Beatriz Ferreyra – Echos. I had the pleasure to meet Beatrice personally a few years ago and this meeting made a lasting impression on me. Her character, her humour and above all her music are outstanding.
Holly Herndon – Live Show @ Boiler Room London 2013