Saturday Sept 24th 2011, Doors 21:30 Concert 22:00

Marcus Schmickler / Peter Ablinger / Alberto de Campo / Bill Kouligas / DJ Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik)

Marcus Schmickler is a composer and performer. He studied composition and electronic music and since then has worked in the most diverse fields of composed and improvised music. He has won numerous prizes and honours and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik. As a composer along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherche, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the musikFabrik, the Paragon Ensemble, the Ensemble zeitkratzer and many more. As a musician he works with musicians such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, Otomo Yoshihide, David Behrman, Claudio Bohorquez and Julee Cruise. His discography so far consists of over 50 titles, and he has been performing on the world’s stages and at international festivals for years. He gives lectures and seminars and also works as an author in the field of theatre, radio plays and film.

Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He began studying graphic arts and was enthused by free jazz, but completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the University of Music, Graz. He has been guest conductor of ‘Klangforum Wien’, ‘United Berlin’ and the ‘Insel Musik Ensemble’. Since 1990 Peter Ablinger has worked as a freelance musician. Peter Ablinger is one of the few artists today who uses noise without any kind of symbolism – not as a signifier for chaos, energy, entropy, disorder, or uproar; not for opposing something, or being disobedient or destructive; not for everything, for eternity, or for what-have-you. As in all these cases of music deliberately involving noise, noise is the case, but for Ablinger: this alone. Peter Ablinger has also come a long way in questioning the nature of sound, time, and space (the components usually thought central to music), and his findings have jeopardized and made dubious conventions usually thought irrefutable. These insights pertain to repetition and monotony, reduction and redundancy, density and entropy. (Christian Scheib, edited by Bill Dietz)

Alberto de Campo has studied classical composition, jazz guitar, and electronic music in Austria and the US. After working at UC Santa Barbara, designing experimental software instruments with Curtis Roads, he taught at Media Arts Academy Cologne, the Institute for Electronic Music in Graz, and at TU Berlin. He held a professorship for Music Informatics at Music University Duesseldorf, and currently is Professor for Generative Art at Arts Univ. Berlin.
He plays with powerbooks_unplugged (just in time programming on mostly unamplified laptops); improvisation groups with acoustic instruments such as Quiet Noise Quartet, Syntopia Ensemble, and ad hoc constellations; electronic music with BlippooHazard (four musicians playing the Blippoo Box, a hardware synth by Rob Hordijk). Recent projects include creating software instruments and sound installations with Florian Hecker, e.g. ‘No Night No Day’ at Biennale Venice, and AuditoryObjects (Bordeaux), and collaborating with Marcus Schmickler and Carsten Goertz on “Bonner Durchmusterung”, a project involving sonification und visualisation of atronomical data.

Bill Kouligas is a sound artist and designer, better known for his solo project Family Battle Snake. He also runs the label PAN with vinyl editions of electronic and experimental artists. His music captures a variety of different sounds and time periods filtered through an imaginary urban soundscape. Emerging through a noise underground, ominous like a cloak of whispers, he now floats on a plane ebbing and flowing between electronic tape music and gluey entropicalia. With the use of analogue synth, tape manipulation and electronics he employs warm drones and a musique concrete approach through structured perspectives on a journey across time. Bill has collaborated with the likes of C Spencer Yeh, Destroy All Monsters, Sudden Infant, John Olson (Wolf Eyes), Joseph Hammer (LAFMS), Ralf Wehowsky/RLW, Chris Corsano, Damo Suzuki, Christian Weber, Anla Courtis, Astro, MV Carbon, Valerio Cosi, Birds of Delay and Kouhei Matsunaga to name a few.

DJ Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik)