October 26, 27, and 28 2011

Noise As Input, Noise As Filter/ A Compositional Approach by Kasper Toeplitz

Not so much, or not only, a software workshop, but rather a composition course in electronic music which takes as its starting point the use of noise, similar to the (white) canvas of a painter or rather to the block of stone of a sculptor.

Considering the noise as the sole input, more attention will be paid to its internal structure as well to its different shapes and colors, including way to manipulate it from the inside, starting the composition on the input material itself rather that only on its transformations.

The noise can of course be created by strictly digital means but can also be “extracted” from the “real world” – and one way to do so without simply recording what’s “outside”, is to use webcams to bring a digital version of the world – vision being transformed into (noisy) sounds.

Noise, as in white noise, pink noise, black, fractal, etc, as the prime, or even only source for real-time composition/synthesis ; then we work on blocks of sound and not on pitches, have “clouds” of sound with more or less precise limits – “uncertain limits” -, different textures of different densities. Close to the orchestral ideas of people such as Ligeti, Penderecki, Xenakis or Scelsi.

The examples will be given in Max/MSP and Jitter, but other softwares are welcome, as the workshop is much more about the “why” than the “how”, and the goal is to create a composition based on the ideas explored there.

K T Toeplitz
Kasper Toeplitz is a composer, electric bass player and musician who has developed his work in the no man’s land between “academic” composition (orchestra, ensembles, opera) and electronic “new music” or “noise music”.

Has won several prizes and distinctions ; 1st prize for orchestral composition at the Besançon Festival, 1st prize at the “Opéra autrement / centre Acanthes” competition, Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (New York), grant Leonardo da Vinci (San Francisco) , Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto), DAAD (Berlin).
Got numerous commissions from the French Governement, the radio and from electronic studios such as Ircam, GRM , GMEM, CRFMW, EMS..
Works with experimental or unclassifiable musicians such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Tetsuo Furudate, Dror Feiler, Art Zoyd, Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Ulrich Krieger, Stevie Wishart, Z’ev, among others.

Some of his long-term groups or projects are LE DEPEUPLEUR (with Zbigniew Karkowski), KERNEL (a trio of computer players), Basstaarang (with Philippe Foch playing taarang), Ephémérides (bass & image by Strom Varx)
Has definitively integrated the computer into the very heart of his work, as a tool of thought and composition, and as a live instrument, hybridising more traditional instruments if necessary, or working on the sheer electronic noise.


The workshop will be held in English.
*Own Computer (Mac OS X/Windows) IMPORTANT: with an authorised Max Msp or a running Demo

*Basic knowledge in computer based music creation
*If possible bring your own MIDI Controller/Keyboard (plus iPhone/Android-based Phone, iPad/Android-based Pad, Lemur, wii, joystick and webcams).

October 26, 27, and 28 2011 12-18 uhr Wed and Thurs 12-15 Fri
fee 100 Euros
Register by sending an email to info@nkprojekt.de if you dont get a confirmation email of your registration contact us, at +49 (0)17620626386

Registration for this workshop is required Maximum nr. of participants are 10.