Jul 152017
 

Me, travelling past Schloss Tarasp. 2017.

 

A Journey Through the Engadine Valley in Switzerland

The Noon Bell was written in 2016 in Scuol, a small village in the Engadine Valley. Taken from my album Nocturnes, Caprices & Serenades, below is a recording of the same noon bell, goat bells and sounds of the Swiss region which inspired the creation of my book. Taking my microphone to the mountain station Prui, to the alpine village of Guarda, on the trains to St. Moritz, and around the lake Tarasp – this is the sound of the Alps; this is the sound of The Noon Bell.



The Noon Bell


  • ISBN – 9780993338632
  • Price – £6.99
  • Publisher – Zarathustra Books

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Jul 152017
 

My mother in the Alps. 1982.

Taken from the book, The Noon Bell

“I hear an Alpine symphony of raw noise. How aesthetic natural sound can be! – Every little vibration entirely uncultivated and wild. I hear the flap of several bird wings disperse like an ocean spray as a distant train from a small mountain station startles them. I hear a faint running stream accompany the tones of the bell – barely audible, distinguished only because of its sharper frequency. Unlike the evenly spaced notes of manmade compositions, the music of the wind has a rich chromaticism, swirling thinly like a whispering choir. The bird song too is far from human melody – it is a highly dissonant, arpeggiated cluster, screeching with little dynamic variety. The overall combinations of these sounds create a harmonic suspension – a relentless musical tension exposing my ears to a series of prolonged unfinished cadences with no resolution. If an undesirable sound should pass, such as a car racing by, I shall recover my tranquility by living the metaphors of the Alps: a car becomes a roll of thunder, or a hasty forest breeze.”

My father & I in an Alpine forest. 1986.


“My ears blend with my nose as the bell harmonizes with the smells of Switzerland. Like the refining quality of dimness and quietness, even foul odours of farm animals possess a sweet almond aroma when thinned at the right degree by a gentle wind. The air of the region is perfumed by fragrances, enchanting me with a thousand smells given off by the indifferent wisdom of the mountains and their secret life. Passing through my nostrils – invisible and superabundant – the atmosphere holds in suspension a great reservoir of poetry. There! I smell the pine needles again – they have an odour of truth and innocence reminding me of my pure self again. They have brought me back to childhood; my pine needles – my petites madeleines. This cherished pine exhales a perfume of earth that has in some sense absorbed, fixated, the particular sort of joy I felt as a boy – a fresh, carefree life, uncontaminated by responsibilities.

Ringing as far as the mountain station of Prui, the bell spreads its echo, travelling with my thoughts as far as infancy.

I was born at sea level, but now that I’ve revisited this old alpine family retreat thousands of feet above, my childhood lies not only far behind, it lies fathoms deep beneath me.”

© Danny Hahn. Copyright. 2017


The Noon Bell


  • ISBN – 9780993338632
  • Price – £6.99
  • Publisher – Zarathustra Books

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Mar 162017
 

Music distribution from my studio label Zarathustra Audio – in collaboration with my father Professor Detlef Hahn


  • Violin: Detlef Hahn
  • Piano: Mark Fielding
  • Record Label: Zarathustra Audio
  • UPC Bar Code: 191061775386
  • Formats: Digital download, CD & Vinyl

 

 

Sample track from the album:


The Fountain of Arethusa

Alpheius the hunter chases Arethusa. To escape his attentions, Arethusa takes refuge on the Isle of Ortygia. There, the gods transform her into a fountain. Trills, tremoli and high register effects unite Szymanowski’s deception of water in this Greek myth.

Feb 162017
 

Music distribution from my studio label Zarathustra Audio – in collaboration with my father Professor Detlef Hahn


  • Violin: Detlef Hahn
  • Piano: John York
  • Record Label: Zarathustra Audio
  • UPC Bar Code: 191061779360
  • Formats: Digital download, CD & Vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

Sample track from the album:


Maurice Ravel – Violin Sonata: Moderato (Blues)

Inspired by the music of America, the French composer Ravel experiments with jazz and blues idioms.

Jan 162017
 

My father, Detlef Hahn.

 

Detlef Hahn’s Tribute Birthday Concert

I collaborate regularly with my father, Professor Detlef Hahn, and his students, recording classical concerts. Below is a video highlight from a performance at Detlef’s 60th birthday tribute concert. I recorded and filmed this piece by Krzysztof Penderecki, with Anders Nilsson performing the Cadenza for Solo Violin in Boswil, Switzerland – September 2011. This video has been a huge success on YouTube, and I hope Anders and my father are very proud that it is, in my opinion, one of the best performances of the Cadenza.


Apr 152016
 

My collection of instruments. 2010.

Hidden Waters

In the hidden depths of aquatic life yet undiscovered by man, otherworldly images and sounds arouse our imagination. This surreal composition mixes tranquil murmurs and sombre reverberations with unpredictable shimmers of movement to describe an underwater scene used for an animation film. Using a selection of unique, home-made synthesisers, and collectable instruments such as the Micro Garden, Continuum Fingerboard, and Folktek Circuit Bent Omnichord, this piece captures the mystery of the deep.


Mar 172016
 

 

Tenderly

In 2011, I wrote a feature length screenplay and started work on directing the film entitled Tenderly. I pitched it to Mike Leigh at the Berlinale Talent Campus, and discussed possible funding for it with Finnish director Mika Rantonen. It didn’t get off the ground, and I quickly lost interest, abandoning all plans. All that remains is this 25 second trailer I filmed in 2012. The film was based on an erotic nightmare about voyeurism.