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Lautstrom #18: Karlheinz Essl

Karlheinz Essl interviewed by Jeremy Woodruff
reboot.fm, 12 Dec 2011




Thanks to a generous grant from the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms-Austrian Room Committee Scholarship, Jeremy Woodruff travelled to Vienna to study electronic music with composer Karlheinz Essl whom he also visited in his studio at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg / Vienna.

There, Jeremy interviews Karlheinz Essl about his recent interdisciplinary sound works in collaboration with other artists. You can jump directly into the respective parts of the radio program by following the start time of each section given below:


Sterbebett mit Pappendeckeln - starting at 0:37
sound track for a theater play by Andreas Okopenko
Vienna, Theater Spielraum (2011)

OUT OF THE BLUE - starting at 12:17
free improvisation duo with Agnes Heginger (voice) and Karlheinz Essl (electronics)
Since 2009

AIR BORNE - starting at 21:07
permanent sound installation in collaboration with Stefan Krüskemper
Humboldt University Science Campus in Berlin-Adlershof (2007)

Proper Ties - starting at 33:42
generative sound environment for the cross-media installation DOUBLE COATED IP CAPSULE by Guido Kucsko
Vienna, Bank Austria Kunstforum (2011)

blurred - starting at 48:47
for alto flute, cello and vibraphone and live electronic
Vienna, 3raum Anatomietheater - Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert, Dir. Peter Burwik (2011)


Karlheinz Essl

Born 1960 in Vienna. Austrian composer, improviser and performer. He studied composition with Friedrich Cerha and musicology in Vienna (doctorate 1989 with a thesis on Anton Webern). As a double bassist, he played in chamber and jazz ensembles. Besides writing instrumental music and composing electronic music, he performs on his own electronic instrument m@ze°2, develops software environments for computer-aided composition and creates generative sound and video environments – often in collaboration with artists from other fields.

Since 1994, Karlheinz Essl curates experimental music concerts and sound installations at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. Between 1995-2006 he was teaching Algorithmic Composition at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. Since 2007 he is professor of composition for electro-acoustic and experimental music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.


Broadcasted by reboot.fm (Berlin) on 12 Dec 2011



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