compute [ musik ] r
07 / 07 / 2000
Discussion / Performance
compute [ musik ] rDiscussion
a haus.0 workshop series of Talks + Performances
organised and led by Florian Hecker
Florian Hecker (D), Kim Cascone (US), Peter Rehberg (A)Performances
Florian Hecker (D), Kim Cascone (US), Peter Rehberg (A)
deutschFlorian Hecker (D)
haus.0 introduced a program perspective that placed renewed emphasis on the role of audio and video studios within the Künstlerhaus institutional foundation. While both studios were for providing artists media production resources, in terms of the institutional identity, the philosophy was not only to have technical knowledge but to foster experimental paths. As such haus.0 joins with Künstlerhaus in the committment this year to upgrade the analog studios to digital, and with the sound studio now recently set up .
The new workshop series compute[musik]r allows to span the space of transformation between the foundation ethos of original analog electronics soundworks, and the digital era, new computer based philosophies.
haus.0 commissioned composer Florian Hecker for this introduction workshop series focusing on contemporary digital sound/music approaches. Hecker's selection of participants is intended to be broad, ranging from composers to sound designers and those involved in related computer digital fields. Each event includes a talk between several participants followed in the evening by performances.
Florian Hecker is an independent composer in the fields of computer music and digital production. He is involved in various sonic projects, including recording for labels such as Mego and Or. Current activities include audio publishing and interconnection in new formats, e.g. mp3 via the fals.ch web project.
After his debut CD I T iso 161975 on Mego in 1998, Hecker was releasing solo works ([OT] xackpy breakpoint (CD on OR), principio 9 (3" CD-R on alku) and collaborations with artists like Oswald Berthold from Farmers Manual as cd_slopper (ismurgTeNN4, mp3/fals.ch) esognomig (mouse on mars and more) and Skot (skot vs hecker on Mego). His most recent release is [R*]iso|chall, where 12 artists (including among others Bruce Gilbert, Holger Hiller, Zbigniew Karkowski) remix Hecker.
Kim Cascone (US)Peter Rehberg (A)
Cascone has a long history involving electronic music: he received his formal training in electronic music in the early 1970s. In the 1980s, after moving to San Francisco and gaining eperience as an audio technician, Cascone worked with David Lynch as Assistant Music Editor on both Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart. He left the film industry in 1991 to concentrate on Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, transforming it into the U.S.'s premiere electronic music label. He sold the company in 1996 to work for Thomas Dolby's company Headspace as a Sound Designer and composer. Currently he is working for Staccato Systems as a Voicing Engineer where he designs new sounds using Synthbuilder, an object oriented sound development tool. Since 1980 Kim has released more than 15 albums of electronic music and has worked as a collaborator and producer on numerous projects including Organum, Merzbouw, and others. His compositions have been performed at the International Computer Music Conference, CalArts Electronic Music Festival, Woodstockhausen Music Festival.
co-founder of Mego label Peter Rehberg was DJing at various locations in the Viennese underground for almost a decade, and started the use of the Pita moniker in the early nineties as DJ playing ambient/experimental sounds in so-called 'chill out' rooms. Although vastly interested in DJ culture, he prefers to bring in the non- dance elements learnt through his studies. This period of social activity bore the fruits of which led to the setting up of the Mego label and the serious start to recording his own music.