Wire playlist: Limpe Fuchs

As the Anima-Sound sculptor and percussionist turns 80, Frances Morgan selects music from the experimental artist’s repertoire

The composer, percussionist and instrument builder Limpe Fuchs has spent six decades exploring the outer limits of sound and its effects on the listener. Born in Munich in 1941, Fuchs is part of a generation of German artists who sought radical new approaches to art, music and social organisation in the period following the Second World War. She formed the group Anima-Sound with sculptor Paul Fuchs in the late 1960s, when the couple moved to Peterskirchen, a Bavarian village that attracted a thriving artistic community in the 1960s and 70s. The duo’s improvised performances featured self-made instruments, including a ‘pendulum string’ based on a Pythagorean monochord and versions of traditional instruments such as zithers.

After Anima-Sound disbanded in the 1980s, Fuchs continued exploring sonic materials, designing large-scale instruments from stone and metal that are the centrepiece of her current performances. However, her solo albums, including a number of releases on Christoph Heemann’s Streamline label, are just as likely to feature vocals, violin, viola, piano, field recordings and electronics.

Fuchs celebrates her 80th birthday this month with a concert at Berlin’s Zwinglikirch. Other artists on the bill include Mark Fell, Rian Treanor, Fuchs’s son Zoro Babel, and Ignaz Schick, Ruth-Maria Adam and Ronnie Oliveras, with whom Fuchs plays in the improvising group Bunte Truppe.

By Frances Morgan

the whole article and the playlist you can find HERE 

Limpe Fuchs in The Wire 441. Photo: Olaf Unverzart