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IMM Chronicle February 2016


 News from the IMM major concentrations


Media Composition major concentration:
Film music and sound editing for Berlinale movies
Film music by Music and Media major Gregor Keienburg for the movie Toro will feature at this year's Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino [German Cinema Perspective] series.
Toro, a film created by German-Peruvian director Martin Hawie as his final diploma project at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, uses uncompromising black and white images to tell the story of two homeless underdogs whose lives vacillate between friendship and betrayal, fear and rage, hope and failure along the margins of German society. The film, which premiered in Montreal and was also part of the Hof, Germany Film Festival is already the third collaboration between Martin Hawie and Gregor Keienburg.
Armin Badde (Music and Media major) also contributed to the film's success as sound editor.
Gregor Keienburg's work was a project in the Media Composition major concentration and was supervised by Prof. Andreas Grimm.


Visual Music major concentration:
Award recipients for MSD/IMM collaboration
As part of a collaboration by the IMM with the Visual Music Seminar of Prof. Nina Juric and Prof. Gregor Kuschmirz at the Münster School of Design (MSD), IMM students Christoph Beck, Philipp Swoboda, Philipp Reimann and Patrick Arnold as KlangKönner [sound experts] worked with teams of MSD students assigned to them for a competition run by Schöner Wohnen Farbe. The objective was to produce a visual music clip for a random trend color chosen from the current Schöner Wohnen color palette.
Jury members Prof.Nina Juric, Prof. Gregor Kuschmitz and representatives of Schöner Wohnen have now awarded Third Place to the work Fresh, a composition by Christoph Beck. Orchidee [Orchid], a visual clip featuring a composition by Philipp Reimann and Patrick Arnold, placed second in the competition. The clips will be released in mid-February.


IMM Chronicle January 2016


Glitched animations and video remixing
During his undergraduate artist's residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Audio and Video major Aaron Jablonski is investigating the aesthetics of glitches in the form of animated .gif images. The term glitch is used to describe a deliberate technical malfunction/imperfection or using such flaws in digital media. Aaron Jablonski uses excerpts from movies, video clips or his own animated film sequences very much like the practice of video remixing.
His work was featured last week in Cross Connect Magazine, a highly respected art blog for digital media.


Kitaro Beeh at Schnittstelle Vinyl Schnitt & Mastering
Graduate engineer, Kitaro Beeh, who holds a degree in Audio and Video Engineering from the IMM, is pursuing his interest in the medium of vinyl and now working full-time at Schnittstelle Vinylschnitt & Mastering in Berlin. In the vinyl cutting process, the master dubplates are cut that are then sent to the vinyl presses for further processing. The two studios of the new Schnittstelle in Berlin Neukölln (formerly Frankfurt am Main) are both equipped with a PMC MB1 or MB2 monitors and their own Neumann vinyl cutting machine.
There, together with Andreas Kauffelt and Thomas P. Heckmann, in addition to hybrid mastering and vinyl cut jobs and conventional mastering for digital media, Kitaro Beeh also offers cutting only where music already mastered by other studios is cut to disc either 1:1 without any further post-production or, if required, with minor audio fine-tuning.


Lecture errante and the unconditional university
Like literary sources, source texts of programming languages can also be read or deciphered literally. These sources offer insight into the ways of thinking of people who wrote them and into the way the machines work which they set into motion. In the context of the series Séminaire Codes sources Prof. Julian Rohrhuber will read aloud the source texts of the programming language Supercollider, and will discuss them in relation to the link between thinking and functioning. The lecture will be held on January 13 in the Laboratoire d'informatique of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6).
On January 14, Prof. Julian Rohrhuber is giving a lecture entitled Conditions of the unconditional university at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Among other things his talk will focus on the possible contribution of informatics to integration research and teaching as well as to the concept of the unconditional university.


Lukas Truniger nominated for Prix Cube International Digital Art Prize
The regenerative light-sound installation Déjà Entendu | An Opera Automaton [Heard Before] by Lukas Truniger, who earned a bachelor's degree from IMM in Music and Media, has been nominated for the Prix Cube 2016 International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists and includes a cash prize of €10,000. All six nominated works will be shown in the greater Paris metropolitan area as part of an exhibition from April 13 through 17 and the winning project selected. The Déjà Entendu installation is a re-interpretation of opera and lyric stage works about the mythic figure of Faust. Using machine-learning software, text and melody fragments from Faust-based productions are reproduced within a virtual light and sound space consisting of industrial objects.
The work was created as part of a final project for the post-graduate degree program at Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France, where it can be seen until January 3, 2016. Lukas Truniger is represented by the Bipolar production and distribution agency for this installation.




News from the IMM major concentrations


Classical Music Recording major concentration:
5.1 Surround recording with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
The Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and the IMM have previously released several high-quality recordings completed by students. As part of the Special Symphony Concert on January 29, Mark Rohde will be conducting a performance of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major and the Alban Berg Violin Concerto To the Memory of an Angel featuring Ingolf Turban as violin soloist. The historical Wuppertal City Hall – considered one of the foremost concert auditoriums in Germany – is an excellent venue for the recording carried out by IMM students Lennard Schubert (audio engineer), Max Sauer (sound engineer), Marek Forreiter (tape operator) as well as Paul Schön and Paul Wunder as part of their final examination in the Classical Music Recording major concentration. The recording will be in 5.1 surround sound format and coordinated from the sound broadcast van of the IMM using about 35 microphones.


Music Informatics major concentration:
Sound synthesis and comedy
What does comedy have to do with sound synthesis? On the basis of Andy Kaufman’s transformation and the endless drift of the Shepard tones in Risset Brain-Hammer, Marcus Schmickler and Prof. Julian Rohrhuber discussed with students what dramaturgy links their respective psychoacoustic and  representational distinctions. An introduction to iterative and recursive procedures in informatics further extended discussion of this topic. Florian Zeeh’s project Lichtung provided the initial impetus for this discussion.


Music Production major concentration:
Mixing in Stereo, 5.1 Surround and Auro 3D 9.1
David Ropertz, who is completing a degree in Music and Media, has completed a bachelor's thesis on a Music Production theme. The songs Borrow me words and Ugly by State of Mind were recorded and then mixed in Stereo, 5.1 Surround and Auro 3D 9.1. An empirical analysis of the three multichannel audio formats was carried out.
The bachelor's thesis was supervised by Prof. Werner Roth and Prof. Dieter Falk. IMM students and alumni Simon Busch (drums), Philipp Weber (electric bass), Ben Winkler (cello), Bojan Stankovic (violin), Daniel Rheinbay (percussion), Christine Marzi (DAW operator), Fabian Haupt (piano, background vocalist), Magdalena Sojka and Mariella Laubengeiger (background vocals) were also involved.


Music and Audiovisual Media major concentration:
music@studio 2016
The production of the music@studio1 broadcast is an established part of coursework in the upper-level module for the Music and Audiovisual Media major concentration. The format for the module is a studio session for a televised music broadcast. On January 27, together with students with a major concentration in Music Production, the Love Machine band will be filmed and recorded in the studio. The visual concept was developed in consultation with the band and modeled after the German Channel 2 (ZDF) music recording show Aufnahmezustand
Students were assisted during conceptual planning and production of the music@studio1 program by Volker Anding, Assistant Professor of Script Development and Script Editing, Prof. Ulla Barthold, Assistant Professor of Visual Composition/Camera and Lighting and Florian Boddin, Assistant Professor of Video Engineering.


Music and Media Management major concentration:
Non-consumption through being used
The special characteristics of media products, especially the wide range of options for digitizing them as well as their non-consumption through being used pose a considerable challenge to how media entrepreneurs develop strategies. In the seminar General Economics and Media Economics students acquire the toolkit they need for analyzing and assessing business filed and for developing competitive strategies specific to products and target groups. The seminar explores this area by considering basic business models used by media enterprises. At the same time, this area of focus provides the basis for developing the student’s own business model, which is then part of the upper-level Music and Media Management module.


Music and Text major concentration:
Musical practice as reflected in the written word
Writing about music and sound – what arouses the curiosity of professional authors in this area? And how can your own artistic practice be enriched with texts about music and sound, for example on band websites, flyers, placards, album covers, etc.? On January 23, Dr. Verena Meis (lecturer in German at the University of Düsseldorf), Philipp Holstein (arts supplement journalist, Rheinische Post and book author) and Thomas Venker (editor-in-chief Kaput - Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop and freelance author) will report on their own approaches to writing and share ideas about how music and sound can be deliberately shaped and mediated in the mirror of the written word.


Visual Music major concentration:
Visual Music at the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf
On February 17 at 5:00 p.m. David Füsgen, Lucas Grey, Sebastian Heidelberg, Moritz Hils, Rebecca Himmerich, Alexander Kühn, Valentin Link, Ekaterina Panteleeva and Magdalena Sojka, students in the Visual Music major concentration will be presenting their final projects at the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. In addition to sound sculptures and media installations, experimental short films will also be shown.
All the projects were prepared as part of the Music and Media and Audio and Video degree programs supervised by Andreas Kolinski, Assistant Professor of Computer-based Media Composition and Prof. Dr. Heike Sperling, Professor of Visual Music/Digital Visual Media.




News from previous month and still current


Media Composition:
Epic music style for computer games and library music
Andreas Kolinski, Assistant Professor of Computer-based Media Composition, who is also a producer of computer game soundtracks, presents the epic compositional idiom in his upper-level Media Composition course, a style that has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in computer games, trailers and library music. The tonal and compositional features of this style are explored in his course. During the workshop phase of the course, students create an adaptive composition for the video game Journey. The technical implementation within the game is explained by games producer and Visiting Professor Helge Borgarts using Wwise software.
An interview via Skype with American composer Austin Wintory, whose soundtrack for Journey was nominated for a Grammy, is also planned.