New Earth: What role does nature play in your music?
Deuter: Nature definitely plays an important part in my life and in my music. When I started recording, at the end of the 1960’s, I didn’t record music then; I recorded nature sounds. I went out into nature and recorded the singing of the birds, the wind in the trees, waves on the lake, waves on the river… and that for me– that was a connection to my childhood.
I was born in the countryside of Germany, and my first memories are of nature, of sitting in the woods and enjoying being alive. Once I started to record the sounds of nature, then I started mixing them together. The next logical step was to play an instrument on top of it. Out of this careful listening to nature sounds became music– this type of music that I had wanted to hear, but didn’t exist yet. I was looking for it; I heard pieces of it in classical music, this type of sound: relaxing, soothing, and harmonious … so since I could not find anything that I wanted to use, I started to make this type of music myself. I started to experiment with making this type of music, even though in the beginning I didn’t know what really to do, or how to do it.
For me, an analogous story that I always loved, which was placed in Florence in, I think, the 14th or 15th century, these guys in Florence, they had this idea to build a big dome. They started trying to build it but nobody knew how to create a dome on top of this big church they were building. The church was built and for about forty years, I think, there was a big hole in the roof. Without the dome being built, there was not a roof. Finally Brunelleschi came, and he had this idea of how to build a dome, and it worked… That is basically the way that I do music. You start, and you don’t know how it is going to end– you don’t know where its going, you don’t know how you’re going to do it—it’s a total jump into the unknown, it’s an absolute play with silence, nothingness… basically it’s a play of life.