Lambert Windges

Ich war die Wellen, doch dann sah ich sie an.
April 1st, 2019

The sound and light installation Ich war die Wellen, doch dann sah ich sie an. [I was the waves, but then I looked at her.] by Lambert Windges takes the emergence, presence and disappearance of varying circumstances in a polyrhythmic structure as its theme.

Inspired by the dualistic interpretation of various phenomena in our lives, in his work Lambert Windges describes a perspective that seeks to observe these phenomena and at the same time to uncouple them from their dualism through the neutral standpoint of observation. The audience is invited to embark on a hypnotic journey, where the boundaries between opposites subtly blur.

Ich war die Wellen, doch dann sah ich sie an. [I was the waves, but then I looked at her.] by Lambert Windges is his final project as a Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Laurenz Ulrich

hörst du mich?
March 6th, 2019

In the interactive installation hörst du mich? by Laurenz Ulrich either collages of video and sound recordings merge into opaque chaos or visitors are offered new perspectives by means of extending and slowing down.

Außen und Innen. [Outside and Inside.] To be bubbling over and have control of yourself. Beset by countless influences. The view of the individual. Stress and inner peace. The installation hörst du mich? offers an analogue telephone to make links between these states. Laurenz Ulrich's voice recordings serve as supporting elements. They are based on texts from various works by Walter Benjamin, Wolfgang Koeppen, Siegfried Kracauer, Christian Kracht, John Dos Passos and Rainer Maria Rilke. Visitors can listen to these texts on the telephone receiver.

hörst du mich? by Laurenz Ulrich is his final project as a Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

Laurenz Ulrich is particularly grateful to Yannick Benavides, Alexander Borowski, Jakob Ertl, Laura Greco and Philip Sudheimer for their support during the video documentation.

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Suhyun Park

Eins & Viel
February 23rd, 2019

Suhyun Park describes her interactive installation Eins & Viel [One & Much] as a “granular playground consisting of rice, staples, instruction cards, and algorithm.”

The installation consists of two tables, grains of rice, staples, and small cards with instructions on them, which encourage the audience to interact with the setup, as well as two microphones and four speakers. The sounds recorded with the microphones are processed by an algorithm in Supercollider and played over the speakers in real time. Suhyun Park writes about the audience’s interaction with her work: “You are as unimportant as rice, staples, or as the other. But at the same time you are very important. You have fun and experience every moment differently.

Eins & Viel by Suhyun Park is her final project as a Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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The fabulous poster was designed by the best graphic artist in Germany, Chris Rehberger of Double Standards.

Visual Music Studies 2019

Annual show of student's Visual Music projects
February 1st, 2019

Every year composer Marcus Schmickler and I host the show Visual Music Studies at Dusseldorf's Filmwerkstatt. This year Sebastian Fecke, Johhannes Leppkes, Suhyun Park, Laura Rizzo, Magdalena Treutwein, Laurenz Ulrich, Lambert Windges, and Valentin Zuckmantel will show their pieces on February 13th.

Creating a work for this show is part of the assignment in my Visual Music class at the Institute for Music and Media at Dusseldorf Robert Schumann conservatory. Many of the students decide to show a transmedia installation, but some of them are also interested in video clips, experimental film and animations, as well as audiovisual performances.
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The students are supported by an amazing team of assistant professors: Prof. Ulla Barthold, Falk Grieffenhagen, and Christian Schäfer.

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Jannis Hannover

Raumbewegungen
April 2nd, 2018

The Raumbewegungen project by Jannis Hannover is concerned with the sonification of environmental data. The focus of the study is the public space, which is created and used by human beings, and the way it changes physically within a particular time span. The sonified environmental data include temperature, air pressure, humidity, vibrations in the ground, CO2 levels, and movement. The translation of the fluctuating environmental data in an open space into sounds yielded an abstract composition, which made the constant reconfiguration of the environment audible. In addition, it provides the new soundtrack of a synchronized and alienated film of the place.
The result is an audio-visual interaction between electronic, abstract sounds and a video, which demonstrates the influence of people on the characteristics of their immediate environment.

Raumbewegungen by Jannis Hannover was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Christoph Beck

Focus
April 1st, 2018

Participants in the Focus installation by Christoph Beck attempt to focus their attention on a mantra in front of them. When they allow themselves to be distracted, they transform the distraction into the focus. If they ignore the distractions this suggests that their internal thinking processes were 'louder' than the external impulses.
The installation reflects how the way we interact with ourselves and the external world leaves traces within us. It links up with the internal processes of the autonomous nervous system in order to show that participants direct their own well-being by means of conscious processing of distractions. 

Focus by Christoph Beck was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Vincent Stange

Transformation in Sync
March 31st, 2018

The installation Transformation in Sync by Vincent Stange reflects the connection and separateness of rooms. Both, the sound and the lighting, play a crucial part in this installation. On February 14, 2018 Vincent Stange presented his sound and light composition on the two floors of Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. The audience was exposed to equally strong auditory and visual stimuli. What they heard was converted to light and back again to sound. The central question in this study is whether a light composition can replace musical elements or whether it remains only a visual event.

Transformation in Sync by Vincent Stange was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Valentin Dudeck

they don’t need repair
March 10th, 2018

The audiovisual installation they don’t need repair by Valentin Dudeck establishes a link between object and sound. The deliberate destruction of an object made of glass is transferred to the sound level. As a result, the destruction continues to be audible beyond the moment of disintegration.
The chance configuration that occurs is scanned by a camera. The individual positions of the broken pieces of glas determine the sound, which is also made visible by the projection of the camera picture.

they don’t need repair by Valentin Dudeck was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Jannis Carbotta

Moiré Patterns
March 8th, 2018

The Moiré Patterns installation by Jannis Carbotta reflects upon the moiré effect. This is a graphical effect created by overlaying screens onto each other and produces endless new forms according to the angle from which they are viewed. In the installation the effect is reconstructed analogously and made perceivable in the form of light and sound. Jannis Carbotta transfers this optical illusion to sound and shows a large-screen visualization in the room.

Moiré Patterns by Jannis Carbotta was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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Leon Eckard

Relativity
March 2nd, 2018

In the VR production Relativity by Leon Eckard the public can hear hip-hop beats against shifting polyrhythms. This also shifts the sense of the downbeat as well as the type of meter. At the visual level users find themselves in abstract spaces with geometric figures. These are linked to the individual elements of the music and shift accordingly with the result that the sense of space also changes.

Relativity by Leon Eckard was an exam project for the Visual Music major at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann conservatory. Marcus Schmickler and I supervised the project.

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