What would the music sound like if its creator wouldn’t know anything about our venerable higher concepts of music?

Viola player Gunter Pretzel searches in his improvisations “Pure Viola” for the pure sound of his instrument.

“Pure Viola” is classically played viola, pushed to the limits of sound production by highly developed playing technique:

  • polyphonic sounds on one string
  • very fast, overlapping overtone cascades
  • by amplification opening up a world of sound at the limit of audibility
  • Sounds below the regular sound range of the viola

For us Gunter Pretzel’s music is a metaphorical starting point to look for the origin of the machine’s voice.