Workshop @ Baden-Württemberg Film Academy

Visual Music Clip
February 2nd until 6th, 2009

Composer Prof. Matthias Raue and I hosted a 5-days-workshop from at Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.

Motion Design students teamed up with one Film Music student each to produce a short Visual Music clip - sounds and visuals. The only obstruction: Both students were supposed to work in the same room for the whole time. This intense work scenario generates a creative and constructive debate about the profession of the respective partner.

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Michael Eßer

February 2009

A neural network is more than the sum of its parts. The Visual Music clip artificial_neural_network by Michael Eßer was composed in ASCII art style.

Supervised artificial_neural_network in my Visual Music class together with IMM assistant professor Andreas Kolinski at the Institute For Music And Media.

Michael has landed one of the top five places in the Visual Music Award 2009.

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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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Felix Nölken
August 2008

In his diploma thesis Felix Nölken investigates into the range of impacts of digitalisation and interconnectedness on production, distribution and consumption of media content with a focus on music. Based on the conclusions drawn, an internet business model concerned with collaboratively structuring music online is developed in the second part of the work.

Felix Nölken's thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Klinkenberg and me for his Audio and Video Engineering diploma at the Institute For Music And Media, and the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf.

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Maurice Braun

Licht|Geschwindigkeit [light|speed]
October 2007

Maurice Braun won the Visual Music Award 2007 for his sound- and video composition Licht|Geschwindigkeit [light|speed]. The 1st prize was endowed with a mobile phone and a flat-screen.

Supervised Licht|Geschwindigkeit in my Visual Music class together with IMM assistant professor Andreas Kolinski at the Institute For Music And Media.

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Gregor Kuschmirz

February 2006

Gregor Kuschmirz graduated at Baden-Württemberg Filmacademy with the unmistakable project Fernsehschoner. Later that year he developed and directed the Stock Exchange of Visions for Centre Pompidou and Benetton's research-centre Fabrica.

Supervised this diploma project in the Motion Design (formerly: Film & TV Design) program together with Prof. Manfred Becker.

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Workshops @ Academy for the Arts Bremen

Audiovisual Media lectures and workshops
Winter semester 2004/05

For one semester I worked with highly motivated students from the Integrated Design and Digital Media classes at the Academy for the Arts in Bremen.

Both of my seminars – Moving Typography as well as Title Sequence (concept, production, presentation) – ran three weeks and were booked up.

In 2004 the Academy for the Arts Bremen offerd me a tenured full professor position for Moving Image [Bewegtes Bild]. I decided for another offer as tenured full professor for Digital Visual Media at the Duesseldorf music academy Robert Schumann Hochschule respectively at their Institute For Music And Media.

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