Judith Hamann - Shaking Studies


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For her first albums as a soloist, Berln-based Australian cellist and composer Judith Hamann presents two collections of her sonic inquiries into shaking and humming. This LP, Shaking Studies, is accompanied by a CD release, Music For Cello And Humming.

Shaking Studies, is a collection of iterative cello performance that foregrounds shaking as a generative subject. In addition to an arsenal of techniques for registrable shaking, Hamann’s conception of the term emphasises micro and macro pulsing, including tremors, vibrato, wolf tones, and complex partial activity.

Hamann begins by inciting her cello to shake audibly and visually as a symbiotic basis for determining the rate of her own left hand’s tremor and consequent direction of resonant frequencies. Following a thorough harmonic investigation of her shaking practice in two parts, she directs us to look outwards, combining beating chordal structures with electronics and recordings of real world shaking.

From inner pulse to more macrocosmic quaking, Hamann’s alternative conception of shaking rejects measurement and regularity, order and control, instead alluding to a more responsive and intuitive mode of convulsive sounding.


  1. A Reading
  2. Pulse Study - Part I
  3. Pulse Study - Part II
  4. The Tender Interval


Judith Hamann has collaborated in performances with Dennis Cooper, Éliane Radigue, Áine O’Dwyer, Ilan Volkov, Toshimaru Nakamura, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, Golden Fur, Jessika Kenney, Anna Homler, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Lori Goldston, among others. Her recorded appearances include Tashi Wada’s Duets, Graham Lambkin’s Community, Alvin Lucier’s Illuminated By The Moon, and Gossamers, with Rosalind Hall. She is currently engaged in a discourse based project, Materialities of Realisation with renowned cellist Charles Curtis.


Also available:
Judith Hamann - Music For Cello And Humming   CD

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