Third Eye Orchestra

The underlying idea of Clepsydra is to draw from electronic music experience to write for chamber ensemble, and “Sample And Hold” techniques provide rich material to draw from.

Concert in Essen, with Lars Kukliski - tp, Dimitri Markitantov - as, Ferdinand Rexforth - ts, Rudi Scheipner - bcl/cl/ts, Romel Stoica - tb, Martin Lelgemann - ep, Michael Koball - vibes, Mark Meier - g, Joker Nies - electronics, Andreas Pientka - eb, Tarik Dosdogru - dr


Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion, and then sitting back to watch the movements unfold. Borrowing from Charles Ives’ polytonality, Steve Coleman’s rhythmic complexity, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s organization of sounds and Earle Brown’s approach to form, the music of the Third Eye Orchestra is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear.

Originally inspired by a performance of the David Murray Bigband conducted by Craig Harris at the Knitting Factory some time in the 90s, Hans Tammen creates open form multi-movement pieces with a large variety of ensembles for over a decade.



Innova 225, recorded 2006 at Roulette, New York, released 2008 on Innova, the label of the American Composers Forum. Total Time: 79:34 Minutes.