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Wolfgang Muthspiel

Wolfgang Muthspiel

“I want music to be free of ideology. It speaks for itself,” says Wolfgang Muthspiel. The multifaceted 36-year-old Austrian guitarist puts his music where his mind is on three wildly different recent CDs: Echoes of Techno, Beloved and Real Book Stories.

Echoes of Techno is a daring live duet with his trombonist brother Christian. Despite its title, it’s not a dance album. The CD’s title refers to the technology of music as much as the influence of techno. “We like the focus on certain parameters that techno has contributed: the play with samples; sound and frequency as the main area of the musical development,” Muthspiel says. “I have worked with loops a lot and it has definitely influenced my playing.” In addition to their core instruments, the brothers play violin, piano, recorder and seamlessly introduce all sorts of electronics on the CD, all in real time.

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