“…a connoisseur of creative perversity”

The Wire


Endangered Guitar

The Endangered Guitar is a journey through the land of unending sonic operations, an interactive hybrid between a guitar and a computer.

Hans Tammen and Third Eye Orchestra at Galapagos Art Space on May 27, 2009

Third Eye Orchestra

The core ensemble in New York City consists of live sound processing of string quartet, wind/brass quartet, two pianos/keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion, voices, and the occasional guest.


Dark Circuits Orchestra

Large multi-movement pieces performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more.



Dark Circuits and Third Eye workshops, at colleges, festivals and more.


Oscillatory Motions

Works for Blippoo Box, Buchla, littleBits and other oscillation systems.


Live Sound Processing

Projects using the Endangered Guitar software for electronic sound processing on percussion, string and wind instruments.


Die Schrauber

With veteran circuit bender Joker Nies (Cologne), Mario deVega (Berlin) on amplified objects and turntables, and Hans Tammen (New York) on Endangered Guitar.


Third Eye Electric Band

Dark, sometimes brooding ensemble passages mix and mingle with tightly woven drum-loops, and extended solo cadenzas build up to a mighty hymn to machine work, music of a metallic nightmare.

Innenleben einer Maschine

Music For Other Instruments

Automatons such as Disklavier, LEMUR GuitarBot and tabla machines, for bowed styrofoam and ship’s horns



Interviews, articles and other texts.


Curated Events

Dark Circuits Festival and Spectrum Series, surround sound and visual art exhibitions, and more.



Sound and visual arts installations, listening rooms and more.

"…a killer tour de force of post everything guitar damage."

Larry Nai / Signal To Noise

"The cream of New York avant scene delivered the musical goods in a thrilling 75-minute display that combined individual virtuosity in a cohesive and fun-filled framework."

Irwin Block / Avant Music News about Third Eye Orchestra

“A bracing sequence of seismic dynamics, barbarous stabs of modified frequencies, snippets taken from heaven-knows-what-third-world-radio, children at play with their own atomization, ominous manipulations…, problematic timbral layerings, rhythms that would not remain in place if nailed with a mallet.”

Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes about Die Schrauber

Latest Releases

Matthew D Gantt: Iterations

2x Cassette Box, miniaturized study score, liner notes and individualized packaging. Released 2016 on Gold Bolus Records. Numbered edition of 50. "Assemblage 1" by Hans Tammen recorded and released 2016.

CD Endangered Guitar Live – Deus Ex Machina

Clang 042, released 2016. Total Time 54:18 Minutes. Recorded in concerts 2004 through 2011. Hans Tammen - Endangered Guitar Solo.

Hirt Lytle Tammen: Twelve Ways Of Saying Yes In 18th Century France

Nachtstück Recordings NR-20, recorded 2015. Michael Lytle - bassclarinet, contra bassclarinet, voice; Erhard Hirt - guitar, electronics; Hans Tammen - buchla

Samadi Siwula Tammen: Apām Napāt (آپام نپات)

Samadis Records, recorded February 2016, released March 2016. Total time 39 minutes. Saman Samadi - piano, Blaise Siwula - clarinet/altosax, Hans Tammen - buchla.

Infernal Machines / Lars Graugaard & Hans Tammen – Rife

Clang 034, released 2016. 28 Minutes. Recorded by Lars Graugaard and Hans Tammen, October 22, 2015

CD Music For Choking Disklavier

Clang 031, recorded April 2006 at Brooklyn College, New York, recording engineer Yonatan Niv, mastering by Paul Geluso. Published on Clang November 2015. All compositions by Hans Tammen. Total Time 44:30