"Trommelfarben" is a solo audio-visual percussion project by Christoph Haberer - an "experienced, seasoned traveller and percussionist; who moves between ethnological research, machine aesthetics and electronic sound fantasies" (FAZ). The fundamental concept entails fusing acoustic and electronic timbres with the image colours in the art video which was especially created by light artist Ingo Werner for this production.

Haberer performed each of his compositions/improvisations on a specially configured percussion kit and made videos and audio recordings of them. Extraordinary combinations of acoustic, electric and synthetic instruments create a wide range of sound variations.

Ranging from a purely acoustic drum and percussion kit, or a mixed e-pad setup, through to an ensemble of tin cans,
from a 360-degree set of tom-toms, to an installation featuring a variety of gongs and metal percussion instruments in an artistically designed space,
from an Indian ghatam to polyrhythmic chanting on a vocal track,
from a Swiss Basle drum or resonator bars through to a Moog drum controller,
from a set of darabuka drums or Japanese taiko drum through to steel tongue drums and fire bowls. 


„Trommelfarben“ is available:

  • as a CD with 10 audio tracks from the videos
  • as an LP / 180g vinyl in gatefold cover, including CD (released: 30 June 2023) 
  • as a Blu-ray / DVD box set each version comprising 17 videos and 16-page booklet

Order "Trommelfarben" LP incl. CD at Amazon
Order "Trommelfarben" LP incl. CD at JPC

Order "Trommelfarben" on Blu-ray/DVD at JPC
Order "Trommelfarben" on Blu-ray/DVD at Amazon


All information about Christoph Haberer: christoph-haberer.de

JAZZTHING 04-05 / 2024

"….. Haberer played his analog-digital drum set along with various snare drums, cymbals, gongs, chimes and toms positioned around him, as well as a host of percussion instruments from all over the world…. He combines all these items with digital sounds and pre-programmed sequences triggered via pads to create unusual percussion music which sounds both complex and compelling because of asymmetrical and polyrhythmic patterns with low frequency bass sounds and melodic timbres." (Martin Laurentius)

DRUMS & PERCUSSION, 11-12/2023
CD "Trommelfarben"

"This project by the drummer Christoph Haberer is a truly ambitious one: Not only does he combine sequencing, world percussion and live drumming on completely different set-ups, he also adds art videos especially created for the production and live video recordings from his own studio to enhance the whole venture. The interplay between the musical timbre and visuals makes an impression verging on the surreal. On the CD, Haberer achieves a wealth of musical tension and suspense with just his music and is, in the most positive sense, open to global stimuli and to disparate genres. Recorded single-handedly by Haberer, the musical mix is always masterfully and precisely arranged. Not only does it coax distinctive sounds from the different setups, but the whole piece literally gets inside your head and sets your toes tapping. This is, of course, a high art which Haberer celebrates here in its whole beauty and full scope, ranging from the futuristic to the traditional. "Trommelfarben" has been released as an audio CD and LP as well as Blu-ray/DVD with corresponding videos – but, naturally, a live performance is best of all …" (Ingo Baron)

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