KarlheinzEssl  
 
Country:   Austria
URL:   http://www.essl.at/
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Austrian composer, improviser and performer. He attended the Vienna Musikhochschule (1979--87), where he studied with Friedrich Cerha and Dieter Kaufmann, among others. He also studied musicology and art history at the University of Vienna (doctorate 1989; thesis published as Das Synthese-Denken bei Anton Webern, Tutzing 1991). Active as a double bassist until 1984, he played in chamber and experimental jazz ensembles. As a composer he has contributed to the Projekt 3 composition programming environment of Gottfried Michael Koenig at Utrecht and Arnheim (1988-89) which later transformed into his own Real Time Composition Library (RTC-lib) for Max/MSP/Jitter. Essl also served as composer-in-residence at the Darmstadt summer courses (1990-94) and completed a commission for IRCAM. Between 1995-2006 he taught Algorithmic Composition at the Studio for Advanced Music and Media Technology (SAMT) at the Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz.Essl's compositions result from confrontations between ordered, abstract models and original tonal, expressive structures. He has frequently sought to combine music with other genres and has collaborated with the graffiti artist Harald Naegeli (Partikel-Bewegungen, 1991), the writer Andreas Okopenko and the artists' group Libraries of the Mind (Lexikon-Sonate, 1992--8), the architect Carmen Wiederin (Klanglabyrinth, 1992-95) and the video artist Vibeke Sorensen (MindShipMind, 1996, a multimedia installation for the Internet). During the 1990s he carried out many additional projects for the Internet and became increasingly involved with improvisation. In 1997, Karlheinz Essl was featured at the Salzburg Festival with portrait concerts and sound installations. In 2003, he was artist-in-residence of the festival musik aktuell, and in 2004 he was presented with a series of portrait concerts at the Brucknerhaus Linz. In 2004, Karlheinz Essl received the cultural prize for music of the state Lower Austria.Besides writing instrumental music, Karlheinz Essl also works in the field of electronic music, interactive realtime compositions and sound installations. He develops software environments for algorithmic composition and acts as a performer and improviser. Most of his compositions are published by TONOS (Darmstadt).
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orgue de cologne tape music - 1985 Germany Edit
Lexikon-Sonate interactive and infinite realtime composition for computer-controlled piano Festival dAutomne, Paris, 2004 1992 Germany Edit
RTC-lib Software library for algorithmic composition - 1993 Austria Edit
Lexikon-Sonate online realtime-generated piano music Infinite Realtime Composition for Computer-Controlled Piano Versions for the Internet (© 1997 ff.) 1997 Germany Edit
fLOW realtime generated sound scape Ought-One-Festival (Vermont 1998 USA Edit
fLOCK Concerto for ensemble and live-electronics Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater Chicago, 78 E. Washington 1998 USA Edit
Karlheinz Essls Playing Strategies javascript - 1998 Austria Edit
m@ze°2 Modular Algorithmic Zound Environment - 1999 Germany Edit
fLUSH Performance Monty Theatre, Antwerp 1999 Netherlands Edit
pFLUG Ambience for sound scape, live electronics, and live-generated video Essl Collection An der Donau-Au 1 A-3400 Klosterneuburg 1999 Austria Edit
conVex realtime generated sound scape Bruckner-Conservatory Linz 1999 Austria Edit
da braccio interactive realtime composition Bludenzer Tage für zeitgemäße Musik, Bludenz, REM/SE 1999 Austria Edit
more or less realtime composition for 5 computer-controlled soloists Leeuwarden 1999 Netherlands Edit
REplay PLAYer computer program unspecified 1999 Austria Edit
onwards three instruments and electronics Hörgänge 2000, Konzerthaus Vienna 2000 Austria Edit
The Untempered Piano interactive sound installation / meta instrument - 2000 Austria Edit
fLOWER - KUNST.HALLE.KREMS, Minoritenkirche Stein, Krems 2000 Austria Edit
GRIDS electronic soundtrack for an image Vienna 2001 Germany Edit
Prank solo computer performance Kornhaus Bern 2001 Switzerland Edit
Temps fugitive realtime-generated sound and video installation Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg 2001 Austria Edit
ON FIRE computer-generated sound scape Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg 2001 Austria Edit
BREAKAWAYS live-performed electronic sound track for a multi-media presentation Austrian Cultural Forum New York 2001 USA Edit
PENDENTE electronic soundtrack - 2002 Germany Edit
Sonnez la cloche! computer music live performance Teatro Farnese (Parma, Italy) during the festival TRAIETTORIE 2002 Italy Edit
ex machina for 6 percussionists encircling the audience Walter Buchebner Gesellschaft (Mürzzuschlag, Austria) 2002 Austria Edit
carl mayer, scenar(t)ist - berlin electronic sound track for the film festival DIAGONALE (Graz 2003) 2003 Austria Edit
Le mystère d'orgue generative sound installation Sammlung Essl 2003 Germany Edit
action rituelle live-performance for computer, electronics and sound projection Imago Dei 2004 Austria Edit
SEELEWASCHEN generative sound scape NÖ Donaufestival 2004 Germany Edit
tides electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance video - 2004 Austria Edit
ULURU generative sound scape for the exhibition SPIRIT and VISION - Aboriginal Art 2004 Germany Edit
dance:storm electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance video Zaha Hadid. Architektur (MAK, Wien 2004 Austria Edit
Father Earth computer music performance CHAIN_REACT_CHAIN at the Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg 2004 Austria Edit
blurB electronic music submission to the 60x60 Project 2004 Germany Edit
FontanaMixer generative sound environment after Fontana Mix (1958) by John Cage WIEN MODERN 2004 Austria Edit
Kalimba for toy piano and CD playback Komponisteforum Mittersill 2005 Austria Edit
nature / morte generative sound environment Austria: 1900 - 2000 2005 Austria Edit
WebernUhrWerk algorithmic music for computer-controlled Carillon - 2005 Germany Edit
Through the Curly Rain-Taps Auto-Generating Composition - 2005 Austria Edit
AIR BORNE generative sound environment Aerodynamischer Park: Campus Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität, Newtonstr. 14–18, 12489 Berlin 2006 Germany Edit
AIR BORNE generative sound environment Aerodynamischer Park: Campus Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität, Newtonstr. 14–18, 12489 Berlin 2006 Germany Edit
Deconstructing Mozart - ORF Austria and Cathedrale of St. Pölten, Berlin 2006 Germany Edit
Von Hirschen und Röhren Installation Stanser Musiktage und des Nidwaldner Museums 2006 Austria Edit
inside/out - - 2006 Germany Edit
Panta Rhei generative sound environment - 2006 Germany Edit
Leimung sound/video/performance Künstlerhaus, Wien 2006 Germany Edit
Berliner Luft generative sound environment - 2006 Germany Edit