releases after Herbert
Colors Of Music"
in churches in Germany:
Neumarkter Tagblatt 23 Mai 2000
Overtone concert in St.
Listeners amazed / "Rainbow
NEUMARKT (mz). To listen
to Herbert Wagners and Kristin Bächtles overtone concert was
experience of sound. As the name itself reveals, overtones are tones
the tones which give the sound its particular colour, the "rainbow
Herbert Wagner, a multi instrumentalist and an accomplished
singer of overtones from Neuburg, and Kristin Bächtle, a
player from Neumarkt, invited the audience to accompany them on a
through the medicine wheel and to an inner experience of the elements
fire, air, earth, wood, and iron using unusual instruments like Tibetan
singing bowls, the Slavic fujara flute, African kalimba, Indian shruti
box, singing wood, Jews harp, and the Australian didgeridoo.
Those who let in the music soon felt its relaxing effect
and a spiritual atmosphere in the church hall. The harmony in the play
of the two didgeridoos was remarkable. Kristin Bächtle
"The encounter with Herbert Wagner has influenced my musical path with
the didgeridoo and its spiritual side." Hearing mystic "flute sounds"
not just a few listeners as these were the mysterious overtones which
Wagner produced with his voice.
Just like last year, the audience showed again an increasing
interest in new meditative music.
Rundschau vom 18. Juli 2000
Concert in St.
What exactly is overtone music? One thing is for sure: It is ancient
and overtones can be found everywhere - in language, in music, in all
Every sound, no matter how it is produced, carries overtones. The
usually does not hear them consciously, however overtones colour the
of every voice and instrument.
When singing overtones the singer produces two tones at the same time:
a deeper tone, mostly a long vowel, is created deliberately - the
higher tone comes into being just by itself. When Herbert Wagner
his song "The Bear" he uses only the Indian shruti box as accompaniment
which produces a two-tone sound of f sharp and b. The bear seems to
and run through the forest, but where is the overtone? If you close
eyes, as Herbert Wagner recommends, it seems as if somewhere in the
the bear is accompanied by a flute. These are overtones which the
can hear in this very moment.
The prerequisites for this are a receptive audience and a space with
good acoustics, and both were available for Wagners fine concert in the
small St. Wolfgangs church. The artist invited the 90 listeners to join
him on a journey
||through the elements of his eightfold
The journey started with the Jews harp representing the element iron.
Next to the other exotic ones this little instrument resembled a good
friend from the Alps. Singing bowls from the Himalayas, made from seven
different kinds of metals, produce a whole cosmos of sounds which
our limit of hearing. As to the element ether, Herby amplifies the
by modulation through the oral cavity in order to make ether "visible".
Vibrations start whirling around in the church. And of course, no other
instrument could describe the earth better than the didgeridoo which
been used by the native people of Australia for thousands of years. The
sound of the didgeridoo is deep and penetrating. Compared with it, the
Slavic fujara flute seems quite discreet. Made from a two meter long
of elder wood, the flute can be played in two different tones and is
to produce up to ten overtones.
Wind, light, water, gold ... Overtones touch archaic patterns in our
perception and bring us in contact with our origins. Overtones are a
of harmonious vibrations. Thanks to Herbert Wagners music we could feel
some of it in the 350 years old church St. Wolfgang of Sinning.
Photos of the concert in 2001 (Thanks to Frau