Hauschka's Prepared Piano


For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from Hauschka, also known as  Volker Bertelmann. He's a German composer whose indie-chamber/post-rock music revolves around the sound of the prepared piano.  He'll prepare our Steinway and play live.  That, and more.

Hauschka (Bertelmann) has been known to clamp wedges of felt, leather, and rubber between the strings, but he also adds a ping pong ball, cork, guitar strings, tambourines bells, and something like rosary beads.  The result is notes with strange overtones, odd little clicks and noises, and a general off-kilter feeling that adds a real vibrance to his songs.

PROGRAM # 3049, with Hauschka (First aired on Fri., 03/12/10)





Steffen Schleiermacher

John Cage: The Complete Piano Music Vol 1: The Prepared Piano 1940-1952

John Cage: Sonata No. 6, excerpt [1:00]

MDMG 61307812 OR


Live, WNYC studio, 3/12/2010

Improvisation 1 for Prepared Piano [3:00]
Improvisation 2 [4:00]
Improvisation 3 [4:30]
Improvisation 4 [5:00]
Blue Bicycle [5:30]

These performances not commercially available. But, "Blue Bicycle" appears on his album, “Ferndorf.” See below.



Blue Bicycle, excerpt [1:00]

Fat Cat #1308.

Pete M. Wyer

Stories from the City at Night

Subway Nightride [7:29]

Thirsty Ear Records** online at

Robert Miller, piano

Sound Forms for Piano: Cage/ Cowell/ Johnston/ Nancarrow

John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, Sonata 1, excerpt [1:30]

New World Records 80203