Hammerwerk consists of four air drums woth eight
pneumatically powered hammers for
which the stretched membranes of kevlar -a synthetic fiber of high tensile
strength- over a circular mounting with an internal diameter of 1.50 meters.
Attached to each drum are sixteen hammers each of which are fitted with a
pneumatically operated rotational joint the heads of which covered with
various materials, strike the membrane.
The Soundgate concert project is a
whole landscape of unique instruments which realize the "orchestra". The "unvisible" center
of the whole scene are the four gates for this musical "transit". One gate has 32 iron bells
in a circular arrangement. This shape makes it possible to play the bells like a planetary
movement. The total arrangement consists of 290 sound elements intergrate in 20 sound machine
This is a playful connection from improvised music
and composed sequences with the machine instruments of Christof Schläger. The main connection is the
natural sound of klassical instruments and the pure acoustic sound of the mechanical machine instruments.
It is a meeting between composed moments from the machines and intuitive, fresh responses from the musicians.