Johannes Welsch

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Johannes Welsch
Born (1960-11-28) 28 November 1960 (age 56)
Origin Saarlouis, Germany
Genres Avant-garde, progressive, minimalism
Occupation(s) Percussionist, producer/audio engineer, educator
Instruments Percussion
Years active 1994 - present
Labels Sonic Flame, Art Stew Records, Deep Listening, NUUN Records
Associated acts Hamid Drake, David Mott, Jesse Stewart, Deep Listening Band, Pauline Oliveros, Malcolm Goldstein
Notable instruments
Paiste Sound Creation Gongs

Johannes Welsch is a German percussionist, recording engineer and producer living in Canada. He is the son of German industrialist Hans Welsch and, on his mother's side, the grandson of European statesman Johannes Hoffmann.[1] His professional approach to music production is based on his background as business school academic. He began his career teaching executive programs in Europe before entering the music industry in North America. A percussionist since the 1970s, he has been performing regularly with a large collection of gongs both as a solo performer or in collaboration with other artists since 1994.[2] He is best known for his Deep Listening Label releases "Sound Creation" (2012) and "Dunrobin Sonic Gems" (2014). Welsch is the founder of the Dunrobin Sonic Gym, a center for the exploration, production and experience of sound and music in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[3][4]

Management & Management Education: 1990-2000[edit]

Upon studying economics at the University of Miami and management at IESE, the University of Navarra's Graduate School of Management,[5] Welsch completed a post-doctorate year at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1991. His writings in the early 1990s applied social systems analysis to organizational dynamics. Much of his work focused on family firms, then an emerging field of investigation. From 1991 to 1993 Welsch served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW) at Gracht Castle near Cologne, Germany, where he taught executive programs. During the second half of the decade Welsch grew critical of management education and academia in general as evidenced by the publication "Reflections on Professional Cynicism in Education and the Management of Education Organisations“. From 1993 to 1997 he served on the Supervisory Board of DSD Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH in Germany. From 1996 to 1999 Welsch was an International Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.[6][7][8]

Music Producer & Recording Engineer: 2001-Present[edit]

In 2000, while attending the Omega School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences, Welsch built a low budget, professional recording studio in Fulton, MD with Scott O'Toole, who served as head engineer.[9][10] The studio recorded hundreds of local and regional artists between 2001 and 2005, including The Track Record who were signed by Rushmore Records in 2005. In 2002 Welsch was appointed to the Omega School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences' Curriculum Advisory Board. In 2005 Welsch moved to Canada where he founded the Dunrobin Sonic Gym which he has been managing since.[3][4] Artists who have recorded and/or performed at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym include Hamid Drake, David Mott, Jesse Stewart, Deep Listening Band, Pauline Oliveros, Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Malcolm Goldstein and Elaine Keillor. In 2012 Welsch was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Deep Listening Institute.

Performing & Recording Artist: 1994-Present[edit]

Work with Gongs[edit]

Gong Panorama at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym

Welsch has been recording and performing with a large collection of gongs since 1994.[2] In approaching the gong he pays special attention to the instrument's dynamic range and frequency spectrum. He typically develops soundscapes which come out of and return to silence. While the amplitude increases the gong gradually unfolds its frequency spectrum, beginning with low frequencies (fundamental), and subsequently develops a wide array of overtones (harmonics). He prefers large acoustic spaces for his performances.[11][12]

Sound Creation Album[edit]

His album "Sound Creation", an example of his solo performances, features the entire "Sound Creation series of gongs" made by Paiste. Released on the Deep Listening label in 2012 the album received a number of favorable reviews.[13] Music writer Joseph Burnett notes about the production:

"Using a series of differently-sized gongs, Johannes Welsch has created a deeply resonant piece of minimal drone, as profound and overwhelming as the best deep listening by his mentor Pauline Oliveros."[14]

The album credits include Anton Kwiatkowski (engineering), Elaine Keillor (liner notes), Louis Helbig (photography), and Scott O'Toole (mastering).

Discographies[edit]

Selected Discography as Engineer/Producer[edit]

Selected Discography as Artist[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Slof, "DSD Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH (A)", Case Study #0-390-033, DG-944-E, IESE International Graduate School of Management, Barcelona-Madrid, 1989.
  2. ^ a b "Bancroft percussion musician uses gongs." by Werner Bergen in The Examiner, Peterborough, Ontario, March 30, 2007, p. B6.
  3. ^ a b "Gym Dandy" by Fateema Sayani in Ottawa Magazine, February 2012, pp . 64-67.
  4. ^ a b "Exploring the Secret of Rhythm and Sound", Interview with Maike Dombrowski in Tone Magazine, April, 2011, pp. 60-61.
  5. ^ See FFI Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1991.
  6. ^ Sources for this time period include:
    • "Familienunternehmen auf der Schulbank." by Matthias Camenzind in Handelszeitung, Number 46, November 15, 1990, p. 18.
    • "L'Entreprise Familiale A L'Ecole." by Éric Meyer in L'Entreprise, Number 66, March 1991, p. 128.
    • "Heisse Kartoffel: Die Inflation der MBA-Programme." by Christian Kullmann in Capital, Number 10, October 1992, pp. 33-34.
    • "Sprungbrett fuer den Aufstieg in Spitzen-Positionen.", by Michaela Hoffmann in VDI Nachrichten, November 20, 1992.
  7. ^ Notable publications during this time period include:
  8. ^ Sourced in part through personal profile information provided on Deep Listening Institute's "Board of Trustees" webpage.
  9. ^ The readers of Music Monthly - Washington, Baltimore, and beyond awarded "The Chickencoop Digital Recording Studio, LLC" an honorable mention in the "Best Studio" category. Music Monthly, February 2003, Vol. 20, No. 2, Issue #221, p. 29.
  10. ^ Baltimore Sounds: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Baltimore Area Pop Musicians, Bands and Recordings 1950-2000, compiled, written and edited by Joe Vaccarino, MJAM Press, Catonsville MD, 2012.
  11. ^ Adapted from Welsch's commentary of the "Cymbal Setup Of The Year" on the online drummer collective www.DrumSoloArtist.com.
  12. ^ Elaine Keillor quotes Welsch in her album liner notes.
  13. ^ Examples include:
  14. ^ "Obscure alternatives, unsung masterpieces and underappreciated gems.", a compilation by Joseph Burnett published on www.RateYourMusic.com, 2012.

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