By drawing on his training as a classical pianist and looping in the common thread of simple beauty within sound, Hauschka, the alias of Dusseldorf-based, Volker Bertelmann, creates music that is both high-brow and accessible. Foreign Landscapes is a sonic mind-map that finds him dancing across geographical locations by way of his prepared piano (which, in layman’s terms, refers to when objects are placed inside the guts of the instrument) and input from San Francisco’s 12-piece string and wind Magik*Magik Orchestra. Track titles reference actual places, such as New York’s “Union Square” and “Alexanderplatz” in East Berlin, and Hauschka lays down his own feel and memory of these spaces via layered melody.