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IMM Chronicle April 2015


Concert trailer for the Philipp Wisser Boston Trio
Philipp Wisser is completing a bachelor's degree in Audio and Video at the IMM and currently on a study year abroad at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where his studies are focused on Performance and Composition.
The trailer he produced for his Philipp Wisser Boston Trio shows parts of a concert with Kevin Baudrexl (St. Louis) on bass and Jessie Cox (Brügge, Switzerland) on drums. The compositions are highly improvisational and cover a broad sound spectrum while deliberately bridging the gap between form and chaos.


Interim professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Hans W. Koch, faculty member for Hybrid Sound Composition, was appointed visiting professor of Sound at Cologne's Academy of Media Arts. He will be taking the place of recently retired Professor Anthony Moore until a successor is appointed.
Hans W. Koch will continue on the faculty at IMM as a lecturer in Music Informatics.




From the IMM majors


Major Media Composition:
Cabaret Crusades - The Secrets of Karbalaa at K21
The film Cabaret Crusades III - The secrets of Karbalaa by Egyptian artist Wale Shawky, to which IMM students Moritz Laux and Raffael Seyfried (sound design and music) and Matthias Krämer (dialog editing) contributed, will be shown on three successive Saturday afternoons starting April 18 at 3:00 p.m., May 3 at 11 a.m. and May 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the K21 in Düsseldorf.
Two hours in length, the film tells the story of the Crusades from an Arab perspective. The idiosyncratic aesthetic of the film, which uses elaborately hand-blown glass marionettes, also inspired the students to develop a fitting tonal language for the film. For example, all Foleys – or sound effects – were produced using glass and these glass sounds included in the sound track using techniques programmed by the students themselves.
Raffael Seyfried's work is a project for the project module of the Music and Media program.


Major Music and Media Management:
The stakeholder approach
Project and media work are becoming more and more synonymous. Effective project management is oriented toward the goals and specific capabilities of all people in a project and coordinates these with regard to the project owner/project sponsor (customers). This stakeholder approach in modern project management is the common denominator in the Project Management course which has just begun as part of the Music and Media Management upper-level module. Coursework includes an introduction to and exercises on general project management skills, with a strong focus on increasing awareness about interpersonal dynamics in projects. Special emphasis is given to basic aspects of team development and team motivation as well as creativity techniques.


Major Music and Text:
WORTSAMPLER: Conference and performances
Inspired by James Joyce in Finnegan’s Wake, the WORTSAMPLER performance night will be held for the first time on April 11, 2015 and features audio text and sampler poetry performances. A small conference including lectures, presentations and panel discussions will take place April 12, 2015 at the IMM.
The focus will be on the use of acoustic art and poetry, electro-acoustic methods as well as sound sampling. A key aspect is the use of appropriated pre-recorded voices in a quest for new poetic, text-based forms of expression.
About a dozen guest artists from various disciplines and several students from the upper-level course Music and Text will be presenting their work. The event is a cooperation between the IMM and BETONBOX.


Major Visual Music:
New Fighting Spirits video
In collaboration with the youth choir project Fighting Spirits of the Düsseldorf University Hospital, Musik and Media major Juliane Blum has prepared a video of the song Komm mit! which will be performed on this year’s kick-off tour. Komm mit! was written by Fighting Spirits members themselves and is the sound track for footage captured by young people on their cell phones of everyday moments, weekly rehearsals and a performance at the Münster University Hospital.
Fighting Spirits members include musicians and about 20 young people who have faced with or are now fighting life-threatening cancer: as cancer patients, as family members or as volunteer caregivers. The project was initiated over three years ago by the dedicated occupational therapist Frank Gottschalk at the Clinic of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology at Düsseldorf University Hospital.


IMM Chronicle March 2015


39 - WDR HörSpiel [39 – WDR radio play] nominated for the German computer game prize 2015
The company Dear Reality, founded by Dipl.-Ing. Christian Sander, graduate of the Audio and Video Engineering program, and Achim Fell, has been invited to the awards ceremony for the Deutschen Computerspielpreis 2015 [German computer game prize 2015] in Berlin. Their radio play app 39 for iOS and Android, which has been downloaded more than 78,000 times, has been nominated for the category Best Staging. This category is awarded for the best use of stylistic staging elements such as sound, graphics and/or storytelling, in a game created in Germany. A special feature of 39 is the implementation of the company’s audio VR engine DEar API for headphones, with which the sound sources are positioned virtually in space, allowing entirely new auditory narrative forms to be realised. at Documentary Campus Masterschool 2015
The young music film production company, made up of the IMM alumni Florian Breuer, Maurice Graf and Michael Zöllner specialises in documentary music visualisation. After being supported with a foundation scholarship from the Mediengründerzentrum NRW in 2014, the founders have now successfully applied and been accepted into the Documentary Campus Masterschool 2015. The program supports young documentary filmmakers over ten months on the journey from concept through to successful pitching and finally to realisation on the international documentary film market.
The project from, with the working title Cosmopolitan - Musical Conversations around the Globe, is a concept for a TV format that considers the question of how far music can be the language of the cosmopolitans and how musicians can use it to overcome cultural and language barriers.
Documentary Campus is an international support organisation for the European film foundations as well as for a strong network of international production firms and TV programs.


Interactive exhibit for the Geneva International Motor Show
IMM alumnus Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Höltscher has been working at XL Video in Düsseldorf since mid-2014 as Multimedia Application Manager, where he is mainly responsible for media servers, playout solutions and interactive applications, from technical conception through to production. This includes, among other things, pioneering technology for virtual and augmented reality productions.
Now he is responsible for the car company Opel’s interactive exhibit as part of the Geneva International Motor Show. This is made up of 8,000 LEDs, spread over 27 panes of glass to produce the shape of a small car.

Mixing and sound design for the documentary film Süchtig nach Jihad [Addicted to Jihad]
The documentary film Süchtig nach Jihad by Hubertus Koch celebrated its premiere in Cologne last year. Music and Media student Christoph Niemeier was responsible for the restoration of original sounds, the sound design and the mixing of the film. He used the sound studio Raum 7 [Room 7] in Düsseldorf for this, which he runs together with the IMM alumni Markus Zimmermann and Lukas Wiesemüller. Clips of the production have already been shown on the German broadcasters Stern TV and WDR.
In the film, the director accompanies Munich inhabitant Mahmuod Dahi on an aid shipment to Syria. Once there, the young German is shocked by the conditions in the refugee camp Bab Al Salameh. With no action scenes or bloody reports from the front, Süchtig nach Jihad removes western fear from the ISIS debate and is sensitive to the powerlessness and poverty of the local people.


Schlingensief’s opera village in the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media’s yearbook
The Robert Schumann School of Music and Media’s new yearbook will be released at the beginning of April. In the current edition, Matthias Schwarz, head of public relations for the renowned music academy, writes about the African opera village:
On 8 February 2010, half a year before his death, artist and director Christoph Schlingensief laid the foundation stone for the opera village in bitterly poor Burkina Faso. The West African country, with its 17 million inhabitants, is among the least developed states on Earth. The political situation is currently unstable. There was a revolution in Burkina Faso at the end of 2014. There are currently four students visiting the opera village. For Nicolas Neteler, from the Audio and Video program, it is already his second time. Together with fellow students Valentin Link, Maximilian Sauer and Simon Stimberg, he created the Palenteeroo project. The four musicians want to offer workshops to the students in the opera village and play music with African artists. The results will then be documented in the new sound studio. The young musicians are once again supported by Prof. Dr. Heike Sperling. She was able to convince the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media’s Förderverein [Friends and Supporters of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media] to support the initiative with around 7,000 Euros. The professor would like to further support the exchange, and for African artists to also visit Germany. “This isn’t about development aid,” she emphasises. “I think we can learn a lot from Africa.”


On tour in the USA and Mexico
IMM assistant professor, designer and DJ Christian Schäfer is going on tour in the USA and Mexico for two weeks with the internationally successful, electronic dance music label Cómeme. He’ll be playing in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tijuana together with Matias Aguayo and Lena Willikens. One important stop is the renowned music, film and interactive festival SXSW in Austin/Texas where they have three gigs lined up.
For a small taster, Christian Schäfer’s latest mixes can be found here.


DOP for Pulheim Jam Session
On 12 March the film Pulheim Jam Session, from swedish artist Johanna Billing, celebrates its premiere in the Hollybush Gardens gallery in London. The production was created in cooperation with the Pulheim culture department and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as part of the Stadtbild.Intervention [Town Image Intervention] project.
Johanna Billing’s video pieces thematise the interaction between individual experiences and social changes, and use performance in particular as a means of exploring both public and private questions. Music, movement and rhythm are central elements of her performative, cinematic pieces.
As chief cameraman, Jan Höhe, assistant professor for Creative Editing, was responsible for image composition and lighting design.




From the IMM majors


Major Classical Music Recording:
Two recordings of St John Passion
On 22 February, the St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach was performed in the Friedenskirche Düsseldorf, led by Prof. Timo Nuoranne from the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media, at the end of the semester. The students from the vocal classes and the school’s Oratorio Choir were supported with historical instruments played by musicians from the Düsseldorf baroque orchestra. Using historical instruments created a challenge for the recording team, because, among other reasons, the lower tuning of the orchestra and the sounds of the historical instruments no longer fit with expectations of the sound of a contemporary orchestra. IMM students Julian Meyer and Jonas Geyersberger carried out this production as part of their final project in the specialisation module Classical Music Recording, using the school’s sound broadcasting van.
Another recording of St John Passion is taking place in March at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München [School of Music and Drama Munich]. Students from the Audio and Video program, including Bernhard Eurich and Nicolas Sünn, will record the piece. Students, assistant professors and the Hochschule für Musik unf Theater München’s madrigal choir will all be singing and playing, directed by Prof. Martin Steidler. An edit of both concerts and the dress rehearsal should later be released on a CD. The cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater is taking place on the initiative of IMM alumnus Dipl. Ing. Michael Zöllner, who works as a recording engineer at the school. Prof. Christian Böhm, Dipl.Ing. Michael Zöllner and Prof. Dagmar Birwe will supervise the recording.


Major Media Composition:
Working to finish the module
The media-related programs at the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media are interdisciplinary – versatility is a great asset when working in Music and Media. As a consequence, the final projects in the specialisation module of the major Media Composition present a wide range of form and content. This year, they range from short film scores to stage music, sound design for cartoons and music for image films through to audio branding for a radio station.
Outstanding projects will soon be shown in the IMM project archives.


Major Music Informatics:
SuperCollider 3.7 Alpha
The programming language SuperCollider, which focuses on sound, has now been open source for exactly eleven years and is one of the biggest projects of this kind. This language combines interesting formal and musical concepts with sophisticated signal processing and the work in the Music Informatics major is unimaginable without it. With the current state of development only being accessible to insiders for quite a long time, the developers, including Prof. Julian Rohrhuber, are currently preparing a new release of SuperCollider 3.7, the beta version of which can already be tested. A comprehensive mass of programmes is continuously increasing at


Major Music Production:
Popular music production in Auro 3D format
The theme of Music and Media student Felix Dobrowohl’s bachelor project for the Music Production major is a popular music production in Auro 3D format (9.1). Felix Dobrowohl produced his own composition, which was influenced by the genres post-rock, shoegazing, stoner doom and black metal. For the recording, he experimented with three-dimensional microphone installations on the drum kit, guitar amp, organ and orchestral percussion. Planning for appropriate signals due to their specific characteristics began with the composition, even relating to their position in the three-dimensional acoustic space. The work was supervised by Prof. Werner Roth.


Major Music and Audiovisual Media:
Spoilt for choice
Music and Media students Alexander Kühn (direction) and David Füsgen (camera and editing) have been in the editing room for weeks, assembling a 52-minute documentary film from hours of recorded video and audio material. In autumn 2014, together with Moritz Hils (sound) and Prof. Manfred Waffender (project supervision), they accompanied a group of young artists of various disciplines from seven North Rhine Westphalian art and music colleges to Tuscany. The participants of the College for Music and Art Montepulciano‘s annual project Übersetzen. Die zeitgenössischen Künste als fremde Sprache(n)? [Translation. The contemporary arts as foreign language(s)?] worked together for two weeks in Palazzo Ricci, home to the European Academy for Music and Arts.
The documentary film was created as a project in the Music and Audiovisual Media major.


Major Music and Media Management:
Examination topic Distribution agreement
Amongst questions on author contracts, band takeover contracts and artist contracts, a core element of the final work for the Copyright and Contract Law seminar was the analysis of a distribution agreement. This contract type is becoming increasingly significant for freelance artists during the transformation of the music industry and the consistently increasing independents' market. It was great to see students not only examining traditional contract models, but also modern contract content and to an appropriate extent also the transfer of rights.


Major Music and Text:
Final projects
The students of the specialisation module Music and Text are currently working on projects in which they work with found, sampled or recycled acoustic speech material:
Lisa Spielmann is using recorded audio material on the topic of speeches for her study Eine Rede reden [Speaking a speech]. She is analysing the structure of available speeches, and editing these using her own systems to create a series of 1-5 minute long audio collages.
Tim Abramovic is currently working on Je sui autocomplete. It‘s a short experimental radio play in the form of a talk show. The participants include, among others, Michael Schumacher’s clone and P.D.Q. Beethoven’s handwriting. Pre-existing text material is recontextualised to create the dialogue for the short radio play.
On 11 and 12 April, a conference on Speech Sampling, Original Sound Collages and the Use of Foreign Material will be taking place at the IMM, and performances will also be taking place in the Betonbox, in which the students will present their final projects.


Schwerpunkt Visual Music:
Percussion and live visuals for DIE GROSSE 2015 [THE BIG 2015]
At 7pm on 26 March the drum ensemble Repercussion and the moving image quartet WARPED TYPE will be creating the final exhibition of the Donnerhall series in the renowned art exhibition DIE GROSSE in the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
The members of the Repercussion ensemble, Veith Kloeters, Stephan Müller, Johannes Wippermann and Achim Buschmann – all alumni of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media – impress with a diverse sound pallet from classic drumming through vibraphone and marimbaphone through to clapping music, and share stages with classic stars like Martin Grubinger.
The moving image collective WARPED TYPE are dedicated to the Visual Music art form, the artistic relationship between sound and images. Andreas Huck and Roland Nebe, both students on the Music and Media program, as well as Florian Breuer, graduate from the Audio and Video program, and Stefan Hings, stage the evening with live visuals in projection, lighting and installations.
The evening will be curated by Prof. Dr. Heike Sperling, professor for Visual Music / Digital Visual Media at the IMM.