Blurred Boundaries

Studierende der Kompositionsklasse von Karlheinz Essl
präsentieren ihre Abschlussarbeiten

Freitag, 7. Juni 2024, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Klangtheater @ Future Art Lab
1030 Wien, Anton von Webern-Platz 1


Visual by Tom Aitken

© 2024 by Tom Aitken

Studierende der Kompositionsklasse von Karlheinz Essl präsentieren ihre Abschlussarbeiten im Klangtheater des mdw Future Art Labs.
Ein Abend mit Uraufführungen von Yilin Yang, Tom Aitken, Seo Yoon Jang und Yuheng Chen.

Programm | Werkkommentare | Bios | Team


Tom Aitken: Nimbus
Generative Klanginstallation (Ambisonics) - 10'
Tom Aitken: Performance und Klangprojektion

Seo Yoon Jang: In - Out and Between
für E-Violine, Tanz, Live-Elektronik (2chn) und Live-Video - 10'
Yeji Lim: Tanz und Stimme
SYJ: E-Violine und Live-Elektronik

Yilin Yang: Winter Slices
für Saxophon, Modularsynthesizer, Live-Elektronik (4chn) und Live-Video - 9'
Birgitta Flick: Saxophon
Yilin Yang: Synthesizer und Live-Elektronik

Yuheng Chen und Tom Aitken: Enter Guardian
Performance für Lyra und Live-Elektronik (2ch) - 12'
Yuheng Chen: Performance
Tom Aitken: Performance

Yilin Yang: The Thaw
für Viola, Live-Elektronik (4chn) und Live-Video - 11'
Ellie Harrison: Viola
Yilin Yang: Live-Elektronik und Live-Visuals

Tom Aitken: Spatter
für zwei präparierte Klaviere (4 Spieler) und Elektronik (Ambisonics) - 9'
Sang Ah Park: Klavier
Angelina Pavlou: Klavier
Sophie Holma: Klavier
Bella Schütz: Klavier
Tom Aitken: Klangprojektion


Tom Aitken: Nimbus

The process initiates with the condensation of water vapour onto minute particles, like dust or aerosols, dispersed in the atmosphere. Subsequently, as ascending air cools, it attains saturation, prompting water vapour to condense into liquid droplets. These droplets amalgamate and aggregate, forming visible clouds in the sky.

Yilin Yang: Winter Slices

The electronic elements of this piece are sampled from Birgitta Flick's Circular Composition III. It's as if I've wandered into her memories, those of a winter long past. The cold wind rushes from every direction, the snow falls endlessly and her footsteps echo through the frosty air. My senses are fragmented and magnified in these disjointed recollections.

Seo Yoon Jang: In - Out and Between

The finite body of a single person and the infinite inner world within it, the needs and desires, and the sense of distance, foreignness, disparity or discomfort between them. What should we feed and grow in the midst of the endless stimuli and influences of society?
"The reaction expressed by the body - the external self" and "the reaction of the body on the screen - the internal self" symbolise the surface/exterior and interior of a person, respectively. By expressing the outer self (1) seen by others, the inner self (2) stimulated by external influences, and the distance between these two selves (3) through the movements of contraction and expansion and various visual effects, the film aims to tell the story of the "change process" between these three dimensions.

Yuheng Chen and Tom Aitken: Enter Guardian

and we said: wham, zap, biff, kapow, boink, zoink, splat, kaboom, bang, whiz, blam, whack, crunch, zoom, swoosh, pop, clang, slam, bop, slap, swish, bonk, crash, zip, plop, clunk, ping, clatter, whoosh, thud, snap, sizzle, splish, splash, fizz and then we hit enter.

Yilin Yang: The Thaw

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez wrote: "Time also stumbled and had accidents, and could therefore splinter and leave an eternalized fragment in a room." In the room of my memory, Bach's Chaconne also shattered into myriad fragments, as time and space seemed to melt at that moment, transforming into a fluid with blurred boundaries.

Tom Aitken: Spatter

“verb, used with object: to scatter or dash in small particles or drops, the dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself; to splash with something in small particles, to spatter the ground with water; to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains. Verb, used without object: to send out small particles or drops, as falling water, rain spattering on a tin roof; to strike a surface in or as in a shower, as bullets.”


Tom Aitken (* 2000, Scotland) is a masters composition student at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. His current music blurs the boundary between a purely noise-orientated production of sound and moments of awareness that reflect on the tranquility of calmness and slow-paced, fragile harmony. Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Modern, Meitar Ensemble and Klangforum Wien have aided Tom’s early professional development through international masterclasses, seminars and private lessons in Central Europe and the Middle East. Tom was awarded the second prize in the MAP International Music Competition for his solo piano composition and was also a finalist in the Mayflower Art Centre’s 2022 “In Bloom” MusiCON festival. As a result, his works were performed at the National Opera Centre in New York in 2023. Tom is grateful to be supported by The Cross Trust for a number of years as well as the The Association for Cultural Exchange Foundation, The Scottish International Educational Trust and The Hope Scott Trust.

Yilin Yang (* 1995, China) has been studying electroacoustic composition with Karlheinz Essl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 2023. In recent years she has been actively exploring the connections between electroacoustic music, nature and human perception. She thinks that the merging or collision of the tangible and intangible worlds brings her unique new ideas and inspiration. In her works, she often records different sounds (e.g. nature sounds, bodily sounds, instrument sounds, etc.) and integrates them into different modes, which are then tangibly expressed through visual arts. She also focuses on the sensory flow between humans. Using improvisation and various forms of interaction — with or without digital instruments — incorporating sounds and bodily movements — she aims to transcend the boundaries among them.

Seo Yoon Jang (* 1998, Korea) began her musical education in composition at the Sunhwa Arts High School and a semester at Hanyang University. Since 2018 she has been studying composition and electroacoustic composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna by Dietmar Schermann, Michael Jarrell and Karlheinz Essl. Her pieces have been performed in various venues such as Künstlerhaus Wien, Reaktor, Future Art Lab, Seoul Small Theatre, Concerthaus Daegu etc. in Austria and South Korea, and one of her works has been selected to be performed at the Daegu International Computer Music Festival in South Korea in 2022. She is interested in collaborating with various artistic disciplines such as art and dance, not just music alone, so there have also been performances of works in collaboration with other artistic fields. Her next work is a multimedia piece in collaboration with dance to be performed in Seoul, South Korea in September 2024. She was also selected as the winner of the KlangbildKlang composition competition, so her orchestral piece will be premiered on 22 June 2024 at the Wiener Konzerthaus Großer Saal by the Webern Symphonie Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Yuheng Chen (* 1998, China) ist aktiv in vielen Musikfestivals wie Wien Modern, den Wittener Tagen etc. und studiert elektroakustische Komposition bei Karlheinz Essl.

Birgitta Flick ist Saxophonistin und Komponistin aus Berlin. Ausgebildet als Saxophonistin und Improvisationsmusikerin am Jazz-Institut Berlin (UdK/HfM „Hanns Eisler“) und in Komposition am Royal College of Music in Stockholm, arbeitet sie international mit eigenen Ensembles in Berlin, Stockholm und New York City und komponiert für Klangkörper wie u.a. LUX:NM (DE), das Vokalensemble VoNo (SE) oder den Jugendchor der Berliner Staatsoper. Ihre Arbeit wurde u.a. vom Berliner Senat, der Initiative Musik gGmbH und dem JazzBaltica-Förderpreis gefördert und ist durch eine umfangreiche Diskographie sowie eine Chorausgabe beim schwedischen Gehrmans Musikförlag dokumentiert. Seit 2021 ist sie Doktorandin am Artistic Research Center der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

Yeji Lim (* 1998, South Korea) started dancing with ballet training at the Yewon Arts Middle School and Seoul Art High School. While doing her dance training, she desired to explore the European Dance scene and decided to study abroad in 2015. In 2017, She studied at the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna and decided to start her new BA program at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts under the direction of Dieter Heitkamp in 2019. She had an apprenticeship with the Norrdans in Sweden in 2022. She worked on productions “One One One” by Ioannis Mandafounis, “ Terrarium” by OR/ELLER and “Rite of Spring“ by Martin Forsberg which was selected by the Swedish Biennale for Performing Arts in 2023. Currently, She is working at Holstebro Dance Company in Denmark. Moreover, She performed such as “POLARIZE” American Haus in Vienna directed by Esther Balf, “Drifting#1” in Augarten Dance Project in Vienna Director by Alberto Franceschini and also participated in “Choreoloop 3.0” Dance Project in Augsburg and “KOTID” Performance in Frankfurt am Main in 2019.

Ellie Harrison hat am Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australien bei dem Bratschisten und Dirigenten John Curro einen Bachelor- und einen Masterabschluss erworben. Weitere Studien absolvierte sie in Berlin bei Walter Küssner vom Berliner Philharmonischen Orchester, unterstützt durch das renommierte Lord Mayors Fellowship Brisbane. Sie trat als Solistin mit dem Queensland Youth Orchestra auf und spielte professionell als Mitglied des Australian International Opera Orchestra und des Queensland Pops Orchestra. Ellie lebt heute in Deutschland und ist auf zahlreichen Tourneen in Australien, Neuseeland, China, Malaysia, Singapur, Deutschland, Frankreich und Österreich aufgetreten.


Johannes Kretz: Musik und Computer
Andreas Weixler: Musik und Computer
Wolfgang Musil: Live-Elektronik

Morris Marschik: Tonmeister
Hans Döllinger: technische Leitung

Karlheinz Essl: Konzept, künstlerische Betreuung und Gesamtleitung

Updated: 7 Jun 2024