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PETER MICHAEL HAMEL

Progressive Electronic • Germany


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Peter Michael Hamel biography
Peter Michael Hamel is a German musician who was born in 1947. He is mostly known around these parts for his Krautrock band Between, which he founded back in 1970. Already then he showed obvious penchants for the Eastern way of thinking ? along with the more freely flowing music such as Indian ragas and the improvisation these could entail.

He studied musical composition, psychology and sociology in Munich and furthermore attended several workshops with Karlheinz Stockhausen. This is conveyed both through the music of Between, but also in his solo works that tend to explore meditative, improvisational and easternly tinged music that incorporates dreamy atmospheres and influences from all over the world.

During his studies he also got to work with artists such as John Cage, Morton Feldman and Terry Riley ? who all shared his love of the abstract and unfathomable in music.

Also known for his work outside of music, but still evolving around the same, Hamel wrote a book about no-European music in 1976 called Durch Musik zum Selbst (Using music to reach the Self) These thoughts around fx Indian vocal styles and tonal systems ? were catalysts on which much of work sprung out of in the 70s, and incorporating these with the improvisational approach of Krautrock.

Later on he tried removing himself from the improvised ? focusing more on the compositional side of things ? and almost eliminating the Eastern influences that were the foundation of his early work.

Since 1997 he has been functioning as professor for composition at the music academy of Hamburg. His orchestra and chambermusic is published by Schott, Bärenreiter and E.R.P./Celestial Harmonies. He composed four operas, many pieces for orchestra as Gestalt, violin and piano concertos, spiritual compositions as Missa for soprano, choirs and orchestra, Shoah (radio-composition about the Holocaust), a lot of chambermusic like four stringquartets and he is constantly working as a selfperforming artist (piano, prepared piano, pipe organ, voice and live-electronics). His first symphony has been premiered by Sergiu Celibidache in 1988, his second symphony had its premiere in April 2008 with the Munich Philharmonic.

In 2007 Hamel's Of the Sound of Life for great pianist Roger Woodward has been published by Celestial Harmonies.

Biography written with inspiration from Celestial Harmonies webpage.

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Kuckuck Schallplatten 1992
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Kuckuck Schallplatten 2009
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Kuckuck Records 1992
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4.08 | 4 ratings
Hamel
1972
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Voice Of Silence
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Buddhist Meditation East West
1975
3.67 | 3 ratings
Nada
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Colours of Time
1980
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bardo
1981
3.91 | 2 ratings
Transition
1983
3.95 | 2 ratings
Organum
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Arrow of Time / The Cycle of Time
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Violinkonzert / Diaphainon / Gralbilder
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Performance
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
De Visione Dei
2001

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Aura
1981

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 Organum by HAMEL, PETER MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Organum
Peter Michael Hamel Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars A recent ProgArchives forum discussion asked the leading question, "Does religion belong in Prog music?" The debate revolved more around lyrical content, which is really a different topic altogether, and in the long run a less interesting one. Paraphrasing the great Yogi Berra: "If someone doesn't want to sing about religion, how are you gonna stop 'em?"

As a cheerfully heathen Proghead I suppose I could have added my own 32-cents to the dialogue (2-cent opinions having lost their value in these tough economic times). I would have argued that music, by itself, has always been a sacred thing, and cited this 1986 album by Peter Michael Hamel (not to be confused with Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill) as a textbook example of pure instrumental divinity.

Hamel was a kindred spirit to Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke: a visionary keyboard artist possessing a wide academic knowledge of world music and musical theory (he would later gain renown as an author and educator). This was his eighth solo album, essentially a one-man live performance on a massive pipe organ at the München Academy of Music, enhanced by discreet overdubs of Tibetan cymbals and Vedic conch. The music is closer to legitimate Western classical sources than to modern Progressive Electronics, presenting 56-minutes of truly celestial Old World minimalism, with the occasional Oriental accent reflecting Hamel's interest in other cultures and alternate beliefs.

The album is generally very quiet. And like any true piece of devotional music it doesn't require any Born-Again bombast in order to reach a higher plane. But what truly separates the effort from the usual keyboard-based New Age karmic noodling is the depth and integrity of its scholarship, and the powerful serenity (not an oxymoron) of the music itself.

The album's cover illustration was borrowed from a 17th century allegory, "The Harmony of the Divine Creation"...the perfect title for any true act of musical invention, and in particular this small miracle of spiritual understatement. "Sic Ludit in Orbe Terrarum", reads the cover inscription, in part. In other words, Play it Loud.

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 Transition by HAMEL, PETER MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Transition
Peter Michael Hamel Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars A masterful exercise in modern classical piano mostly composition.

It is not surprising that Peter M Hamel's musical route always stood closer to contemporary classic music songwriting than prog, any kind of it. Adopted here in PA in the electronic sub genre, does not change that fact a bit.

So "Transition" 1983, as guessed, has all the type of qualities and attributes, to be forgotten or underrated by the average prog audiophiles, who dig mostly unending repetitions of the same formulas with their respective preachers.

As mentioned, this work main proposals run in a different musical universe. Piano, pipe organ, PPG Wave and synthesizers conform the instrumentation, but soloing fast and slow micro-minimalism piano compositions are the frequent environment found, among an excellent electronic percussions song and a 20 minutes, obscure and massive, pipe-organ and organ composition.

Musical references for those interested in this small-masterpiece of an album are Claude Debussy, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass and of course another invited master figure here in PA, Terry Riley.

****4 "if you like contemporary classical music" PA stars.

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 Hamel by HAMEL, PETER MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.08 | 4 ratings

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Hamel
Peter Michael Hamel Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars A true disciple of John Cage and Morton Feldman!

Maybe also, a not so distant connection to Terry Riley's ideals and aesthetics in music composition ("Fire of Holy Eyes", track 4 is proof of it).

Michael Peter Hamel founder member of "Between" a Krautrock 70's band, kind of got his way out of the average "prog" scene, due to his actual work with not exactly "rockers" or "proggers", John Cage could hardly be considered neither.

In short, "HAMEL", 1972, has everything in terms of proposals in musical language. Some are true to the progressive electronic spirit (his own of course), others are more inclined to Cage's sonic experimentations with unorthodox approaches and intervention of their acoustic instruments. (eg: the use of the acoustic guitar's body as a percussion instrument.). Others are slow minimalistic "drone-like" pieces, which as Riley's music, also project a more "spiritual" cadence with enticing and mysterious musical lines.

Rich and sober, original in its variety of musical ideas and true to its own musical quest, this project has stood the test of time, by sounding in this 2014, fresh as new.

What else is needed to become an "essential" Progressive Electronic lost jewel? For electronic proggers only.

****4 PA stars+my review.

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