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Re: Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier

thank you for mentioning Linsey Pollak on the list.
He is a really great (loop) artist and absolutely nice guy.

In his shows I always appreciate, when he starts to play music on
selfmade instruments, most of the audience is expecting something that
sounds like music, but then he just plays more beautiful then you
often have the chance to listen to.

Unfortunately he does not have a website, it could be filled with good
and funny stuff.

Matthias (L)


MG> I was lucky to meet the Australian duo Dva (Tunji Beier - Linsey 
MG> Pollak) here in Salvador/BR at the best anual festival:
MG> http://www.mercadocultural.org
MG> (send you stuff in, they had a loop act every year...)

MG> We know Tunji from his brilliant presentation with Matthias Loibner in 
MG> But it seems we never mentioned Linsey here?
MG> He appeared twice in the program:
MG> first with the duo:
MG> http://www.tunji.org/dva/instruments.html
MG> then solo in the circus of the avant garde school where the festival 
MG> grew out from. He sais he has about 7 projects going and I could not 
MG> find the link to the right one (he does not seem to have a site of 
MG> his own), but this one gives an idea:
MG> http://www.realtimearts.net/qbfm03/sat/reid_cabaret.html

MG> both shows were totally loop based, Tunji using a Repeater and Linsey 
MG> a Roland RC20. unfortunately they cannot be synced so they used 
MG> either percussion or woodwinds loops. Since Linsay produces very low 
MG> sounds, together they could have built much ritcher grooves.
MG> Anyway, it sounded great the way it was!

MG> Tunji is a great virtuoso with a ritch background, grown up in africa 
MG> and having studied for years in India... really quick and subtle...

MG> but what really blow my instrument creators mind was the work of 
MG> During the duo he mostly used glass "wood" whind instruments. While 
MG> low flutes and saxophones tend to become very big and need a complex 
MG> mechanic because the fingers cannot be spread enough to close the 
MG> holes that need a distance given by physics, he simply bypassed both 
MG> problems by turning the instrument in a spiral or wave form! It also 
MG> looks really beautifull!

MG> in the solo show he built the instruments while playing! for example 
MG> he loops some notes blown on a simple tube, a groove with one tuning. 
MG> while its playing on he keeps cutting pieces of the tube to achieve 
MG> other notes and loops them on top, so that in the end there is a 
MG> melody and he throws the last bit of tube behind him! So it goes on 
MG> with drilling holes into carrots and whatnot... its fun, sounds good 
MG> and kids understand the physics of instruments without words...

MG> in each instrument he grabs, he sticks either the one piezo mic or 
MG> the small condenser mic, its so simple and understandable...

MG> And, last but not least at all: they are great people to be with.