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Re: Featured Artists - Bazaar Bands
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2005, 08:49:05 PM »
Rare Bird Productions

Started as Renate, one performance at a fashion-show.

(to be filled later)

When I started working with a computer I went on as:
Renate Gabrielle Methöfer (my full name) which I used for classical orientated stuff and Rare Bird Productions, for more rock orientated music.

As Renate Gabrielle Methöfer I did one album, entitled Electronic Chamber Music and More:
Morgenstimmung (piano)
Thoughts and dreams
Calling in the desert
Morgenstimmung (harpsichord)
Italian Concerto
The mountain
The snake

Review in Background Magazine:
The staff of this magazine features quite a few people who play music themselves. The only Dutch member who has released something so far (to my knowledge) is Mrs. Methöfer, who already did some (low profile) tapes in the past. Here's a demo CD with music that is exactly what the title says it is: electronic classically oriented chamber music. Electronic through the instrumentation (keyboards and MIDI). The classical influences are obvious - Renate even does a fine version of Bach's "Italian concerto", but also her solo-pieces show more than a nod towards that kind of music. The chamber music feel is enhanched by the fact that the arrangements sound rather minimal - i.e. most of the time it sounds as if just a few instruments (like harpsichord and a few wind instruments) are playing together. And yes, that's what chamber music is all about.
Most of the pieces are quite good, by the way; I particularly like to mention "Italian concerto" and the piano-oriented "Branoul" (which seems to have a slight touch of Wakeman), but over the entire playing time, the disk lacks a bit of variation in sound. The music would definitely benefit greatly from interaction with other instruments, I think. The talent is present - for now I would recommend the album mainly to people into Tomita, Wendy Carlos and the like.
*** (Carsten)

As Rare Bird Productions I did a cassette-tape 'Impressions'

And I'm still about to release 'Keeping the balance'
Vier Asse und ein Joker
Summer heath
Music for a lost penguin
Piano salvation

Alas I'm to lazy to do the artwork