The Music of Alvin P. Buckley (CD)


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“The early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on we really swing.” Thomas Pynchon, “The Crying of Lot 49” 1999

“Le musicien est au son ce que le ver est à la pomme.” From Alvin P. Buckley’s Journal, ca. 1963

Following their highly acclaimed double CD “The Braxtornette Project” (UMLAUT Records 2013), Italian-French-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) present a groundbreaking work based on the writings of the exceptional musician and mathematician Alvin P. Buckley.

A pioneering scientific researcher (probability theory) as much as a versatile musician back in Chicago, Buckley retired from active music making after an epiphanic encounter with Stockhausen in Paris, but kept writing down ideas for musical games, structures and strategies for collective composition, as well as melodic fragments and short philosophical aphorisms, in his journal.

Based on these journal entries and refraining from any use of notation, the quartet uses poetry, card games, alphabets and other sources of inspiration to form the grammar for the hochstaplerish discourse.

Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric, full of hints and references, playful and ever changing.

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Antonio Borghini, Hannes Lingens, Louis Laurain, Pierre Borel


Die Hochstapler


Pierre Borel
Louis Laurain
Antonio Borghini
Hannes Lingens


Die Hochstapler


  1. le musicien est au son…
  2. every bird must be catalogued
  3. …ce que le ver est à la pomme
  4. alphabets and alfa romeos
  5. playing cards


Pierre Borel : alto saxophone
Louis Laurain : trumpet
Antonio Borghini : double bass
Hannes Lingens : drums
All music inspired by Alvin P.Buckley.

Recording : Mulhouse . March 2015
Engineering : Augustin Müller
Design : Pierre Borel and Léa Lanoë