biegungen w/ Frank Gratkowski + Strassmüller/Mayer-Lindenberg at Ausland / Saturday, 04.06.2016

biegungen im ausland features musicians exploring improvised and experimental music. The long going series has a particular, but not exclusive, focus on Berlin’s Echzeitmusik community.
It is reflecting different styles of contemporary music and is keen on artists who have developed a unique vocabulary by sharing music, ideas and approaches to sound through ongoing international exchanges and collaborations.

In the spirit of Echzeitmusik, biegungen im ausland is not interested in further categorization and branding, but would like to promote a lively dialogue, which enables to inspire, reflect and take position. Therefore, it has the motto: outlandish sounds for outspoken ears!


Frank Gratkowski about Artikulationen E: “Having worked for several years with my own programs deigned as compostion aids, I wanted to deepen my research in the field of live electronics. This began with a 6 week residency in 2010 at the CNMAT in Berkeley California, which was made possible by a grant from the Goethe Institute. A further residency followed in 2011.

During the residency I developed and built a controller for the saxophone which can be controlled during playing and made to program the new “instrument” with MaxMsp. The player moves freely in the space. Attached to the instrument is a specially designed controller over which the player can control the live electronics. There are no pre-recorded sounds – all of the sound material is generated by the live saxophone and clarinet and projected through 8 loud speakers.”


Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg and Matthias Strassmüller aka Mayer-Lindenberg/Strassmüller perform five pieces for instrument and electronics, four of which are based on the same software-implementation developed in Max by Matthias Strassmüller. The software-implementation enables instrument/electronics relationships ranging from an immediate interlocking of acoustic and electronic sound to soundscapes more remote from the original material. It makes use of controlled random-operations to steer durations, pitch, volume envelope, frequency of occurrence, spatial placement and temporal displacement of the live-sampled sounds.

The pieces scrutinise the domain between a variety of instrument/electronics relationships: how are transitions designed between the above mentioned extremes, by means of seamless shifts, gradual development, contrapuntal opposition? What musical languages evolve from the different instrument/electronics relationships? Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg’s expertise in extended playing-techniques and her focus on the timbral qualities of the viola serves as a basis for the sonic material of the viola pieces.

This event is presented by Digital in Berlin. Check out our Facebook page to win tickets.

biegungen w/ Frank Gratkowski + Strassmüller/Mayer-Lindenberg

Saturday, 04th June 2016 | 20:30 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg


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