Today I’m introducing you to Karl Thesing, a German composer and pianist from Cologne. He recently released his song Ember, which is part of his series Helikon. Helikon is a series of singles that together forms an EP. This is his third release. Karl recently released Helikon 4 in cooperation with Shimmel pianos.
I love combining organic instruments with electronics and to manipulate audio. I would describe my music as melancholic and driven by contrasts. I love a calm sound just as much as a loud and overwhelming experience while listening. What I love about music and especially the music I make is that I don’t have boundaries and can explore the pieces I write by experimenting and improvising. A lot of stuff happens on accident. Still it is very thoughtful, I guess.Karl Thesing
This conversation happened before the release of Helikon 4.
Tell us something about one of the track from the Helikon series so far!
I think the track that means the most to me, from Helikon 1-3, is ’Torn’. I wrote the song about two and a half years ago, but finished the piece half a year ago. It took me quiet long to be able to finish it. It is partly about attempting to live as an artist which sometimes is very hard. There are moments where you just want to break out and breath. There were a lot of points in my life where I was about to quit music. The song reflects inner conflicts that we all sometimes have to face. The dramaturgy is the most important aspect of the song and represents the developing of thoughts and self reflection.
Thank you for the music Karl!