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Research residency in Los Angeles

More Visual Music for the archive
March 2nd until 23rd, 2011

As part of its Music residencies program the Goethe Institute is promoting the further expansion of my Visual Music Archive. By means of the music residencies, the Goethe Institute wishes to significantly increase the number of cooperations and co-productions as well as the intercultural exchange and international networking in the program work.

In March 2011, with the support of the Los Angeles Goethe Institute, I will research on location at the Center for Visual Music. The Center for Visual Music is a non-profit film archive that is involved in the fields of visual music, experimental animation and contemporary media art. It is committed to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork.

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Interview in KRAUT 01

Sammeln im Zeitalter der verlustfreien Reproduzierbarkeit
September 12th, 2010

Had a wonderful time conversing with Katharina Hauke last month. She is part of the team who just released the first issue of KRAUT – Magazine for Applied Culture.

We talked about the Visual Music Archive, Moon, Peter Saville, copyright and much more. The headline of the interview could be translated into Collecting in the Age of Loss-free Reproduction.
 

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Interview presented by PAGE magazine

Discussions on Design – made by A5+
January 18th, 2011

Gave the sixth in the series of interviews [German] called Discussions on design – made by A5+ presented by PAGE magazine.

The A5 series considers itself to be a growing archive of the history of graphic design. While the A5 book series addresses past and present of graphic design, the research project A5+ initiated by Karen Weiland and Jens Müller attempts to answer questions on the future of the design profession. In discussions with designers, clients and academics, the changing requirements on communication designers in a media world that is becoming increasingly more complex as well as the role of designers as consultants and the closer linking of design with content are addressed. A5 is a collaboration of the labor visuell (visual lab) in the Design department of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and Lars Müller Publishers.

Here is the interview I gave Karen Weiland and Jens Müller in August 2009 on rhythm and production processes, mantras and drumming – and the communication between the customer and the designer.

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PAGE about the Visual Music Archive

Article by Claudia Gerdes
June 24th, 2010

Last week lovely and proactive journalist Claudia Gerdes wrote an article [German] about my Visual Music Archive for the renowned design magazine PAGE.

The community of people actually using the archive is now constantly growing. And the upcoming summer break will give me the chance to include more artists and their projects.

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Interview in PAGE 03/10

On Visual Music apps
March 1st, 2010

Gave Richard Anjou an interview for his article Touch Touch Visual [German] in the renowned design magazine PAGE.

We talked about my Visual Music Archive and mobile applications. Am delighted that a student of mine, Christian Sander, and his iPhone app SYNSE were featured too. Read the full article (in German).

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Visual Music Archive

A non-institutional and highly subjective collection.
October 2009 until March 2010

During my sabbatical I am currently in the process of building an online archive for Visual Music.

To seek completeness in the field of fine arts seems rather eerie. A wunderkammer, on the other hand, is far more interesting, challenging, and provides inspiring impulses. As a library's inner sanctum.

I love the intelligent design for the archive by Chewing The Sun and the elegant CMS architecture behind it by Julian Furthkamp.

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Clips on trial

Intro magazine
September 14th, 2009

Editor-in-chief of the renowned pop culture magazine Intro, Thomas Venker, asked nine contributers to write a few words on eight famous music videos, which the magazine had chosen to present in their current issue 147. Here is the article [German].

Especially enjoyed to read Uwe Flade's comments. Had the pleasure to meet him when I invited him do give a BASECAMP lecture at the Institute For Music And Media back in 2006.

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Opera overtures and title sequences

Design Faculty Annual
November 2008

The publication Reflektor 1 presents student projects from the several design faculty at the Fachhochschule Dortmund – University of Applied Sciences. It is also a retrospect of events, exhibitions and conferences. And they included my article Take it from the top. Opera overtures and cinema title sequences.

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New programs at IMM

Music and Media / Audio and Video
October 6th, 2008

Two new bachelor programs started at the Institute For Music And Media in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Two eight-semester bachelor programs provide students with both an artistic and theoretical, as well as a technical and practical basis for professional and reflective work with media. The Music and Media (Bachelor of Music) program combines studies in a broad range of media techniques with artistic research and work as a musician at the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media. With its more than 60 year history, the artistic-technical Audio and Video (Bachelor of Engineering) course of studies combines training as an engineer with artistic studies.
The profound study and practice of a musical instrument are part of both programs.

After the first two semesters the students choose their own focus from eight different majors. I chair the major concentration in Visual Music. The opportunity to study Visual Music explicitly is unique in Europe.

German Flyer (PDF) with more information on both bachelor programs.

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Analog collages for "Navigation im Hypertext"

Published by a-musik, Cologne
September 15th, 2008

Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler's releases Navigation im Hypertext and Kölner Kranz on a-musik, Cologne. Provided several Letraset collages, which noted Berlin designer Chris Rehberger used as a stepping stone for a collaborative design approach equal to the work of the two musicians: analog vs digital. Chris is simply brilliant.

Via a-musik: "A brilliant amalgam of the two musicians' strengths, Navigation im Hypertext utilizes both improvisation and studio postproduction techniques to create a lasting work, combining the feel of a classic composed electronic music record with the raw, crackling energy of a free improv-session. Exciting and destabilizing, Navigation im Hypertext will surprise even the most hardcore Lehn fan: intertwined with Schmickler's, his art never sounded this rich. If anything, Navigation im Hypertext takes electronic improvisation one step further. The arrangements range in tone from softer clusters of sound to more abrasive movements."

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