Jakob Schneidewind is best known as the bassist of Austrian techno band Elektro Guzzi. He has a classical education (studying music in Vienna) but gradually incorporated electronic instruments into his music production. Schneidewind’s work oscillates between rhythm based electronic music and abstract improvisation. His two latest projects are duos Demi Broxa and Monochord. Demi Broxa combines electronic soundscapes with pure vocal sounds and minimalistic musical structures with organic improvisations. Using only voice, bass and electronics Agnes Hvizdalek and Jakob Schneidewind create fascinating abstract songs that are both direct and complex.
Monochord is created together with Viennese musician Bernhard Hammer. While Schneidewind and Hammer also produce driving techno as part of Elektro Guzzi, their Monochord project focuses on electroacoustic experiments and soundtracks for imaginary movies. Monochord searches for an intimate musical experience in which guitar, bass and live electronics dive into a deep cinematic soundscape. It’s a playground of shifting harmonies with purposefully minimized compositions. Over the years Schneidewind and Hammer have founded their own specific instrumental technique reminiscent of free improvisation and new music. Nevertheless or perhaps because of that, Monochord retains a strong pop affinity.
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