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That area of activity formerly known as sound or music department is now simply covered by the name "Klanglabor".

- Practice, Theory, Research, the 3-fold activities of Klanglabor located within the Arts and Media Sciences group -

Practice

Martin Rumori works within Art and Media Science specialising in sound, has a Masters in Informatics and Musicology and is largely responsible for practical aspects of our work. Naturally he is also a vital resource for students seeking individual support on scientific and theoretical matters.

Current practical work covers Open Source for Audio with workshops in PD (PureData) and other software. Currently we are also offering a series of lectures on the foundations of Unix. Over the first part of each summer semester, the technical staff, Ralf Schipke (tonmeister) and Judith Nordbrock (film mixing) along with Martin Rumori, will be conducting the usual technical course covering basic aspects of sound and recording techniques in our studios.

Theory

Throughout the winter semesters, Prof. Anthony Moore offers lectures on the theory and history of sound, music and acoustics to both practitioners of art, film and guests wishing to re-balance the visual with the auditive.

Areas of interest include seeking out the perceptual and mathematical origins of harmonic proportions in the tuning and measurement of Greek and Chinese antiquity, as part of an ongoing work tracking back through a "history of simultaneity" to explore early traces of gleichzeitigkeit (same-timedness) and polyphonia in general *** questioning the subjective/objective, physical world debate and reflecting on our understanding of perception, neurological processes and the physiology of hearing (oto-acoustic emmissions, tinnitus) *** the shift from orality to literacy and the notion of the sounding alphabet as a technology and storage device *** the concurrence between the recent history of audio recording and the history of computing. The current seminar "Memory Machines and continuously imprint-able Materials" will consider some aspects of the nature of motion and the capturing of time for storage and feedback processes.

Research

Klaus Schoening, honorary professor here at the Academy offers a unique insight into the history and practice of Ars Acustica having founded The Studio for Acoustic Art at the WDR and produced an enormous body of work between the mid 1960s up to the new millenium. We are most fortunate that Prof. Schoening is currently assembling an archive here in the school library, of many of his rare productions featuring artists such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel and others.

We are currently running a research project with the Universities of Cologne, Bonn and Aachen. Julian Rohrhuber, well known in the Supercollider community for many important innovations to the software of James McCartney holds the position of KuWi within the research project "Artistic Interactivity in Hybrid Networks" in co-operation with the systematic musicology group headed by Prof Dr Uwe Seifert at the University of Cologne. Mr Rohrhuber will be offering lectures both here in the KHM and at the university and remains available to students from both institutions for advice and guidance. One of his main concerns is with interactive programming (live coding, just-in-time coding). The question raised by the project is, "can we state a phase of change, which is characterized by the emergence of a new art form that dissolves traditional relations between artwork, author, performer and recipient and also shows a high potential for aesthetic innovation?" Research topics in this project are: Artificial Life Art, Augmented Environments in artistic contexts and Interactive audio programming.

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