Feb 20

Touched by sound in Munich

Last year I received an honorable mention for the Sound Walk Sunday 2019 with my experience “Inside MPhil – St. Nikolai“, which I created in collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. At the invitation of the organizers I wrote a blog article about the development of the app, which has now been published on their website “walk – listen – create”: https://walklistencreate.org/2020/02/19/touched-by-sound-in-munich/


Feb 20

Field studies inside the orchestra

Today, the Munich Philharmonic gave me the opportunity to continue my research on the reproduction of the sound experience inside the orchestra. They allowed me to sit right in their midst during the rehearsal. Great fun: besides Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”, John Williams “Star Wars” was on the programme. It was conducted by Krzysztof Urbański.

My conclusion: There is not a single recording in the whole history that does justice to the actual physical experience in the orchestra. It is impressive, exciting, hysterical and overwhelming.

As a test, I have made recordings with the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset, which combines standard earphones with two microphones positioned at the ears, thus enabling binaural recordings. Listen to the video with headphones! Otherwise, the effect will not work.

To my surprise, this video is able to convey something of the aforementioned overwhelming effect, which is certainly also due to the sometimes overdriven microphones. These nice but unprofessional microphones just can’t handle the sound pressure. Besides that charming flaw, you can clearly hear the spatial events around you.


Feb 20

Blog Post about the economic side of MAYA

In this adventure report I outline how I managed to get an audience for an independent experimental music-theatre piece and enjoyed applying creative entrepreneurial strategies to a publicly funded art project. I hope this report to be inspiring and motivating to fellow theatre makers



Jan 20

Alone in the theatre at night: Mephisto

At night you have peace and quiet in the theatre: no stage technicians, no carpenters, no lighting setup, no rehearsals.

It’s great when the theatre management allows you to stay alone in the auditorium at night and make your sounds in peace.

On 24.1.2020 is premiere at Staatstheater Kassel, “Mephisto” after Klaus Mann in the version and staging by Thomas Jonigk.


Jan 20

“Über Leben in Demmin” is having its TV premiere 8.1.2020 in the ARD

I am very happy that this impressive German documentary film by Martin Farkas with my music is now being shown in the ARD after a successful and long lasting run in the cinemas. Wednesday, 08.01.20, 22:45 hours is the time. Hopefully to be found afterwards in the media library.



More info here >>>

Staatstheater Kassel


Dec 19

Back at the “real” State Theatre

Rehearsals at the Staatstheater Kassel for “Mephisto”, a world premiere by Thomas Jonigk after Klaus Mann with music by Mathis Nitschke. Premiere 24.1.2020.

Info: https://www.staatstheater-kassel.de/programm/a-z/mephisto-urauffuehrung/


Nov 19

The Ayşe X State Theatre is inaugurated!

The AYSE X State Theatre sees itself as an alternative to existing theatre structures, norms, systems and as an introduction to the theatre of the future.

AYSE X State Theatre is a theatre in which inclusion, equal rights and diversity are of paramount importance on both an institutional and creative level.

Members of the independent scene as well as institutionally connected, established and also new members of the German-speaking theatre scene are involved in the implementation of this project, e.g. Julia Wissert (designated artistic director Schauspiel Dortmund), Necati Öziri (author and director of the International Forum of the Berliner Festspiele), Sivan Ben Yishai (house author Nationaltheater Mannheim), Thelma Buabeng (actress Schauspielhaus Zürich), Rania Mleihi (dramaturg Theater an der Ruhr), Mehmet and Kazim (visual artists), Guy Dermosessian (director of Diversity Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf), Nazareth Hassan (Stückemarkt 2019 Berliner Theatertreffen) and others.

The AYSE X State Theatre is coordinated by Emre Akal (director and author) and Antigone Akgün (dramaturg).


From 21 to 24 November 2019, the AYSE X Staatstheater will manifest itself in the premises of the Munich HochX Theater with the world premiere of Emre Akal’s play “Only you know if we made it or not!”, for which I contributed the music.


Oct 19

“Small Places” plays the entire catalogue of ECM Records

https://smallplaces.art/ has been online since 18 October 2019 12 o’clock Korean time. My installation “Small Places” is part of the exhibition RE:ECM @ Storage by Hyundai card in Seoul, Korea. Over the next 4 months it will play the entire catalogue of ECM Records, via the website you can listen live.

More info: https://mathis-nitschke.com/en/small-places/


Oct 19

RE:ECM @ Storage by Hyundai Card in Seoul, South Korea

In this group exhibition at Storage by Hyundai Card in Seoul, six artists reflect on the meanwhile 50-year-old oeuvre of the record label ECM Records. Instead of – as the poster suggests – presenting relics and devotional objects from the history of ECM, we try to pour the meaning and effects that ECM has had and still has on our work and life into our own artistic positions.

In my sound installation “Small Places” the listening human becomes the object of art. Almost incidentally, it plays the complete catalogue of ECM (we talk about more than 8 weeks of continuously playing music). How this looks and works, and how you can participate in it from a distance, I will explain in my next post after the opening on 17 October.

In a second work in collaboration with digital artist Lars Ullrich, we analyze the horizontal movement within the music, the “flow“, and transform it into suggestive digital animations that draw the visitors fully into the music. Also here visual material after the opening.

Come and see us! From 17 October at the Storage by Hyundai Card in Seoul, South Korea.


Oct 19

The Suction of War – A Family History

After intensive two weeks I now check the finished print master of the cinema mix for Christoph Boekel’s documentary film “Sog des Krieges – Eine Familiengeschichte”. After having produced the music for the film at the beginning of the summer, I now took care of its sound design and mixing.