a 5-seconds-piece by Volker Heyn [2002]


duration: 5"


[first performed: Lichthof der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe within the scope of the Multi-Media-Happening "Minutes only", jan. 18th.2003]

In the summer 2002, we had the idea of a project. It was the question: Is it possible for a composer to express his musical identity convincingly within an extremely limited duration and with an additional instruction from us? All composers were set the task to write a piece of 5 seconds duration (maximum!) and "as cruel as possible, trash, hardcore, punk" for electrified accordion, electric bass and live electronics, with or without voice, composition, conceptual improvisation, performance, CD-playback. At the same time each of the pieces is more than just a statement, a mere musical fingerprint of the composer - each composition develops its completely individual form and is complete in its’ self.


And it works.


Low grunting, high cheeping, a pornophonic major third- in OUTERZONE one seems to hear Volker Heyn live, as he blares, screeches and sings.


OUTERZONE is after BURROUGHS' BELLOWS the second piece Volker has written for us.



[translated by Michael Rook]