wilhelm matthies mostly records in the studio releasing solo, duet and group pieces on soundCloud and his micro-netlabel, darkpebble-bluewave. mostly his music is contemporary classical either as free improvisation or using graphic composition. he also has played live in milwaukee, wisconsin with various musicians including rick ollman, hal rammel, paul westfahl, linda binder, jason wietlispach and mark mantel
and a few times in chicago.
wilhelm has been developing a line of string instruments he calls mosesa since 2012. (several other instruments came before.) as you can see in the photo, it is horizontally oriented without a fingerboard and fretboard. the idea is to create an instrument that allows for maximum access to the string spectrum and allows various sounding boards to be attached. the instrument sound is picked up using microphones to emphasize the sonic quality of acoustic materials, plastic bottles in versions 1-7, cedar plates and thin wood bowls in versions 8 and 9. characteristically, wilhelm bows the instrument with an erhu bow, which allows the range of high overtones to the full, clear tones of the string to be heard.
photo by gina litherland.
albums from pyr
roots and ripples (with reid karris)
albums from elsewhere