Skin & Speech live004
Artist: Lukas Koenig
Title: Live at Xciting Festival 2023
Release: January 2024
Format: Digital download
All instruments played by Lukas König
Sound Engineering / Recording: Matski Aerts
Mastered by Alex Buess
At the 5th Xciting Festival the internationally acclaimed drummer Lukas König performed as Kœnig. Under this name he concentrates only on a single cymbal (brass plate) as a sound source, messes around with it and therefore discoveres new possibilities for sound developments. According to Kœnig, this reduction in means can be attributed to the loss of his rehearsal room and additionally to an acute lack of space, which is also connected to his constant commuting between New York and Vienna. The warehouse was converted into a quiet rehearsal room, where he explored his dexterity on the cymbal and its tonal characteristics using contact microphones and headphones, and perfected his technique to this end. The results can be heard on the release „Messing“ (Ventil Records) and now for the first time as a live recording.
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Xciting is a festival in Stuttgart, Germany, presenting a wide range of innovating creative artists organised and curated by Matski Aerts and Moritz Junkermann.