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 -
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
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.
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.
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.
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.