The ninth wave – Ode to nature
Today I made my debut as a noise artist. “The ninth wave – Ode to nature” is a symphony of fabulous sounds, noises, music and film poems about the beauty of nature and the tragedy of the mankind. Adapted Beethovenian music fills the room, noises evoke memories, fantasy inducing images appear on the body of a female sculpture, coming to life, living through nine allegories [creation, finiteness, beauty, forlornness, flight, search, powerlessness, hatred, desolation].
Written and directed by Stefan Winter Composition by Fumio Yasuda after Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor: Aarón Zapico Piano for four Hands: Ferhan & Ferzan Önder Violas: Kelvin Hawthorne & Klaus-Peter Werani Clarinet: Joachim Badenhorst Bass Clarinet: Gareth Davis Sound and Noise: Mathis Nitschke & Stefan Winter Dance, Choreography in the Film Installation: Aki Tsujita Production: Mariko Takahashi for Neue Klangkunst gGmbH
A call from the Crescendo Magazin
The crescendo magazine called me. One likes to pick up the phone. We talked about the Inside MPhil App of the Munich Philharmonic. Info: www.insidemphil.de
Lure – a music-theatrical exploration of AI (open studio, 13.11.2020)
Drawing: Katharina Dobner
In dialogue with a learning machine: an exploration of music, interactive theatre and live performance through Artificial Intelligence
Info here: https://mlure.art/lure-open-studio/
Walkthrough Videos of Vergehen & Inside MPhil
Finally I had the opportunity to create walkthrough videos of the smartphone experiences “Vergehen” and “Inside MPhil – St. Nicolai”. So people who have no possibility to visit the Experiences in Munich can get an impression. I will add subtitles later.
These videos are for archival documentation purposes. The sound was recorded directly (live) from the smartphone.
Unfortunately, the GPS system worked very weak that day, the reactions to position changes were very slow. Also the GPS coordinates were shifted altogether. Normally the woodwind instruments in Inside MPhil are located in the bushes.
4 Quiet Pieces for Accordion in Pure Intonation
Composition and Accordion: Mathis Nitschke
Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists
First time I actually finished an online course.
“Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists” is a course hosted on Kadenze.com and taught by Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink. It proved to be instructive and inspiring and helped effectively for the communication with specialists from the field. It’s a good intro if you’re new to the area and interested to see how simpler ML algorithms can be related to music and performance art.
My course review here: https://mlure.art/course-review-machine-learning-for-musicians-and-artists/
MLure.art is a new central blog covering artistic research projects related to Machine Learning (= Artificial Intelligence) in theatre and music. Most of the projects are initiated by me.
People involved in these research projects are Elsa Büsing, Klasien van de Zandschulp, Luciano Pinna, Mathis Nitschke, Patrick van der Smagt, Djalel Benbouzid and Boton Cseke.
The research is funded and supported by the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds, the German Fonds Darstellende Künste and the Volkswagen Group Basic Machine Learning Research Lab ARGMAX.
Drawing by Katharina Dobner
FLOW by Vllrich
In this video, a further developed version of the real-time audio-visual artwork “Flow” performs with the piece “Ida Lupino”, composed by Carla Bley, played by pianist Paul Bley, released on the 1973 ECM album “Open, to love” – one of the most influential recordings in the history of jazz piano.
“Flow” by Lars Ullrich and Mathis Nitschke was originally commissioned by Hyundai Card for their 2019 exhibition at Storage in Seoul, Korea, on the 50th birthday of the famous music label ECM Records. “Flow” lets the visitor experience the label’s musical thinking. Constant motion in space and time and horizontal musical development: these are the core attributes to which ECM founder and producer Manfred Eicher dedicated his life’s work.
“Flow” takes the colors of the album cover to render its shapes. Live Particle systems generate a continuous stream of 3D objects in various forms. The choice of forms, their impulse, their distribution and their speed of movement are selected on the basis of a physical 3D engine, whose parameters are automatically tuned to the music currently being played. By creating an abstract landscape from the music, the visitor can explore the music’s fluid dynamics and be part of its organic behavior: The listener is literally drawn into the music.
Sound Mix Concert Video Duo2KW
I did the sound mixing for this concert video with very unusual music.
DUO2KW with Klaus-Peter Werani, viola, and Kai Wangler, accordion, have produced their corona-canceled concert in the schweres reiter for the online stream and address the audience directly in the stream with the composers. Compositions by Morton Feldman, Sidney Corbett, Harald Lillmeyer, Stefan Prins and Philipp Mayer (UA) can be heard and seen. An arc is drawn from the “New York School” (Morton Feldman) to contemporary composition with various forms of electronics and playback (Prins and Mayer).
DUO2KW: Klaus-Peter Werani – viola, Kai Wangler – accordion
Sound Performer and Multitrack Recordist: Zoro Babel, Film: Felix Hentschel
+ + + PROGRAM + + + 00:00 Welcome 01:47 Morton Feldman (1926-1987) The Viola in My Life 3 for viola and piano (1970) 08:49 Greeting Sidney Corbett 11:58 Sidney Corbett (*1960) Bone Dances (2008) for viola and accordion 27: 54 Greeting Harald Lillmeyer 29:33 Harald Lillmeyer (*1959) balanced relation for viola and accordion (2017/2020) for klaus-peter werani and kai wangler 36: 12 Greeting Stefan Prins 40:40 Stefan Prins (*1979) EROSIE ( MEMORY SPACE # 1 ) for viola & bayan (or accordion) (2005) 58:38 Greeting Philipp Christoph Mayer 01:01: 48 Philipp Christoph Mayer (*1995) Tat – ort für viola & accordion + feeds (2019) dedicated to Kai and Klaus-Peter (DUO2KW) Commissioned by the DUO2KW, financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation 01:19:56 Credits
Supported by the Cultural Department of the LH Munich, the German Music Fund, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Klangbrücke e.V. association © 2020
Go to smallplaces.art and listen
The ECM exhibition in Seoul has come to an end, my equipment is back in Munich. I immediately became nostalgic. So I’ve put the streaming server for “Small Places” back into operation and will let it run for the next weeks and months even without the exhibition, playing the whole catalogue of ECM Music from beginning to end. At https://smallplaces.art/ you can be surprised again and again by the immense stylistic range of the wonderful ECM artists. I myself have made wonderful new discoveries during the last months and I am looking forward to discovering much more.