Tabula Rasa

Kristoff Hauner singer, violin
Klaus Sepprich guitar
Baal Fritzche keyboards, sax, woodwind, percussion
Joachim Kiel bass
Chrissie Tomlinson drums

This band, with a frequently changing line-up and Hauner and Sepprich as its closest to permanent members, emerged from the anarchist scene of the late 2060s. Members of the same Dock Street squat/commune. Tabula Rasa's co-founders belonged to went on to form the T-PAKHE (the impresarios Are Killing Home Entertainment).

The band was founded after Hauner (b. 2049), considered a T-PAKHE founder but with no previous professional musical experience, and the others met in the T-PAKHE commune in Zone II. The commune consisted mainly of students, who formed a group to fund their political protests, with everyone who lived there initially joining in and playing in the band whether or not they had any ability. The band at this time had a very loose and shifting line-up, consisting of whoever in the commune had an instrument and wanted to take part.

The commune was ultimately to split when Tabula Rasa was offered an opportunity to tour. This was boycotted by the more musically proficient members of the commune (who went on to form the Cinnamon Quills. Recordings were made by the other members but were of very poor quality and were only released later (under the name Tabula Rasa) to capitalise on the Cinammon Quills' success. As Tabula Rasa grew and personnel changed they still remained a commune, living together as a band.

Tabula Rasa's first impresarios-supported tour, 'Chainsaw Chakra', in 2069, consisted of pieces drawn from the group's club set. By this time the line-up was built around a core of Sepprich, Fritzche on keyboards, bassist Hal Anderson, later of The Arecibo Code and two drummers (Dieter Leopold who had moved to the commune from Berlin, and Chrissie Tomlinson, (a former groupie who, legend has it, sat at Leopold's drumkit at soundcheck one day, showed talent and was promptly offered his job by the other members who, they were later to claim, had tired of Leopold's onstage moodiness). Hauner (violin), at this point, was contributing only minimal vocals but was already very much part of the group. According to Sepprich, by this time, “We were playing universities, other communes, academies, underground clubs, and any place with a generator. We didn't even care if there was no audience. They soon started turning up.” The Chainsaw Chakra tour brought the group greater prominence and they began to tour more widely in Zone II and elsewhere, playing alongside groups such as The Three Million Dollar Janitors, and in Zone II staying in other communes including the now legendary Power Base.

Their second tour, 'Bigfoot', saw them introducing arranged compositions along with the bluesy violin and guitar jams such as the long, improvised 'Botnet Strut'. The next tour, 'Dancing About Architecture', was based an extended series of progressive rock suites. By this time drummer Tomlinson had returned to Zone I and joined Schrapnel, to be replaced by Gregor Lausch, formerly of The Replicas, and the group was later augmented by synth player Karlheinz Richter of [Zone VIII] (Sepprich had formed a short-lived group - Abschnitt - with future Redivider founders Charlie Cousins and drummer Christian Danziger).

Still touring widely, they played Central arenas until disbanding.

As well as ongoing live shows, Tabula Rasa received offers to write music for films, winning a film award for their contribution to the impresario's documentary 'Music is the best'.

When Tabula Rasa's former drummer Chrissie Tomlinson died a memorial service was held for her in Zone II, at which the remaining members of Tabula Rasa sang a song for her. Tomlinson had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Gregor Lausch, for many years guitarist and drummer of Gitrock group The Merry Andrews. Karlheinz Richter was not new to the group and in fact had a long affiliation with Tabula Rasa, having played with them as early as 2072 on the 'Carnal Carnival' tour.

(Rarity Dean offers to swap Tabula Rasa and Protoplasm Daddy song cards for early Dust Bunnies recordings.

See also The Silent.
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