>a small interview with
bernhard günter
the german composer who makes music "less audible than falling snow..."


Your liberal use of silence makes one wonder if John Cage might have had an influence on your work/thoughts, If so/not do you have any other influences from art, philosophy or music. Do you perhaps have a philosophy of your own concerning silence?

in my opinion, john cage has no copyright on silence, and has imported his from japan, anyway... morton feldman is of much greater importance to me than john cage. (some of my silence is from japan, too, by the way...) silence is the OTHER of sound and there's no sound without silence, like there's no light without shadow...

How would you recommend anyone to approach your music? Headphones?

no really, most of my music is supposed to unfold in space, only my latest works, not released yet, but will be soon, are good for headphones...

Would you agree to call it extreme?

no. extremely honest, if anything...

You have remixed Merzbow, contributed sounds to S.Isabella and participated on some compilation tape released by (noise-label)Xerxes, are you "into" noise-music? Are you the anti-dote to Merzbow?

i do not work by references like that...

In your compositions, the sounds that you use are of a relaively raw and "ugly" nature, do you agree?

no - they are sounds, period, if they are interesting to my ears, i do not care whether anybody might consider them beautiful or ugly...

Is it important to you what kind of sounds you use?

it is the most important thing...

You solely use computers to make your music, right? Do you use any cool software? Nowadays many experimental musicians seem to make their own software, are you interested in that?

i only have one computer, and i also own an ensoniq ASR10 sampler... my "cool software" is ProTools, sound designer, sound hack, and some other small stuff, but iĞm not a software freak... i do not program anything myself...

One of your albums was listed in The Wire's "top 100 list of albums that set the world on fire", do you feel that your music has been recieved well by the press/media that has covered it?

i did not know that! which one was it? (issue 175 sept.98.-Ed) generally, press has been very friendly with me, and the ones who weren't generally didn't have enough understanding of music to justify any discussion...

10. You are running the label trente oiseaux as well, how's business - do you manage to make a living out of it and your music or do you have a "normal" dayjob as well?

i hope i will be able to, after a bad break last year due to a long illness... but i am perfectly optimistic...