I am excited to be taking part in this year’s Académie des Voix Nouvelles at the historical Abbey of Royaumont in France. The residency brings together the musicians and composers of the piece to give it its finishing touches. The ensemble of my piece will be France’s own Les Métaboles under the direction of Léo Warynski, with a new creation for vocal ensemble (2S-2A-2T-2B).

I am very much looking forward to spending two weeks in the French countryside in this historical venue with these amazing musicians.

 

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Mathias Monrad Møller has interviewed me for the German edition of VAN Magazin, online magazine for classical music. The interview is broadly about my new book Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung and touches fields of crowd-knowledge, the problematics of score analysis and visions of the future of creating and analyzing music.

You can read the interview (in German) here:

“Ich hatte immer das Gefühl, da fehlt was”

 

I am spending three week-long residencies at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) as composer-in-residence 2019. During this time I am working on a patch for a commissioned work for Soyuz21 Ensemble which will be premiered in October 2019 in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland. Concert details are in the Agenda.

The software patch contains a pitch-control system where sound source and pitch control constantly shift between the musicians of the piece. The keyboard only uses live-sounds which is the sound of any one instrument of the ensemble or or the room sound.

The ensemble consists of Alto-Saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and keyboard.

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After a year’s work with publishing house Wolke Verlag my new book on listening analysis is out: Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung. It is based on a long interest of mine in the topic and draws from the experience as a composer and my blog Forum of Applied Abstraction, which puts analysis of music into practice online.

It is written in German, but ships worldwide. You can get one at your favorite bookstore, through online order services or directly through the publisher’s distribution.

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Flugmagnet for Ensemble will be performed by the formidable Russian Studio for New Music. The piece was originally commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Recherche in 2017. After its performance by Platypus Ensemble in Vienna in spring 2018, the Studio for New Music will give it its Russian premiere.

The performance will take place as part of the ensemble’s program Projection of the Contemporary Music – Switzerland, In the Rakhmaninov Hall, Moscow, on March 14, 2019 at 7pm.

See concert details

 

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Journalist and writer Gisela Nauck has assembled a wonderful radio program on the seven landscape operas from summer of 2018’s Festival Rümlingen. I am more than happy to find my opera Die Perfekte Passivität prominently placed in several spots of her audio trip (in German) through the landscapes and sounds of the festival which took place close to Basel, Switzerland.

Composers, all with new commissions for the festival included Clara Iannotta, Manos Tsangaris, Peter Ablinger, Barblina Meierhans, Ruedi Häusermann, Mischa Käser.

Listen to the program here (available from Dec 29, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019)

Deutschlandfunk – Die Natur ist mein Festspielhügel