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IMM Chronicle October 2014


Computing with voltage: analogue computers in music electronics
The Cologne electronics expert Willi Sauter will be in the IMM’s Experimental lab on 22 October at 14:30, to provide an introduction to the world of analogue computers for the basic module Music Informatics. Unlike digital computers, analogue computers work using voltages and currents, an area that is once again drawing increased attention in the field of music electronics (analogue synthesizer) after a long period of hibernation.
Starting with the basic components and calculations, the introduction will lead up to the implementation of logistic equations in a module that creates chaotic control voltages for analogue systems.


Best Original Score for the short film In a Mirror
With his short film In a Mirror, Music and Media student Orson Hentschel won the competition for the best film score at the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland. The reason given was that the score is " original piece of work that was very effective in enhancing the film which it accompanied, and which achieved a high degree of emotional intensity with a remarkable economy of means."
The next film screening takes place on 18 November at the Camerimage Festival in Poland, which Alexander Kühn, who is the cameraman of the film and also a Music and Media student, and Orson Hentschel will both attend.
The film was created as final assignment in the major Music and Audiovisual Media and supervised by Prof. Manfred Waffender and Volker Anding.


Taster course 2014

This year’s taster course at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf is taking place in the week from 6 to 10 October. The Institute For Music And Media, which cooperates closely with the Media department at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and is located in the same building, is also taking part in the action. In an information event on 9 October at 9 a.m., those interested will receive a brief insight into the bachelor program Audio and Video, which is offered jointly with the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Afterwards there will be a tour through the IMM’s studios and classrooms.


Image film for the New Fall Festival
Music and Media student Lilian Czolbe is filming at the New Fall Festival, which takes place from 9 to 12 October in five different locations in Düsseldorf, with acts like José González, London Grammar, Mogwai and SOHN. Lilian Czolbe has documented the festival in recent years, and now an image film will be created. This film is not just about the musicians, audiences and concert halls, but goes a step further. The clip tells a story about the central theme New Fall, in which the two words and their meanings are viewed separately, contrasted and then connected in unexpected ways: Ein neuer Herbst [A new autumn/ fall].


Image film for the Giant Evo
Audio and Video Engineering graduate Dipl.-Ing. Michael Wirtz works as a Product Leader Brake Test Systems for Horiba Europe GmbH. In this role he and his team are responsible for the future development of the brake test system portfolio.
Currently, the Horiba company is introducing this product line’s newest evolution, the Giant Evo. Horiba presented a video for the official market launch in September 2014 at Automotive Testing Expo in Shanghai, which was also used worldwide in subsequent sales talks as a technical product video for the new range of test systems. As the person responsible for the products in the new range, Michael Wirtz developed the concept for the entire video and worked together with barracuda film to produce it.




From the IMM majors


Major Media Composition:
Associative Composition
Together with new Media Composition students, in the Associative Composition seminar Prof. Andreas Grimm is taking an approach to the media related composition process that treats it as a combination of external requirements and own decision making. Various small exercises involve working on specific musical tasks as well as exploring media specific changes of perspective. The focus is on transforming non-musical associations – whether they are local, emotional or historical – into a musical form.


Major Music Informatics:
Total Composition
Sound algorithms question the separation between score and instrument – a computer program can be a description and a realisation of a composition at the same time. In contemporary musc informatics, one moves more or less without effort between macro and micro structure, just as it was proposed by integral composition and total serialism. The Australian computer scientist and artist Andrew Sorensen gives an introduction to his programming language Extempore, which isn't only a widely respected live coding language, but also a system that radically shortens the long path between signal processing and algorithmic score. The workshop together with Prof. Julian Rohrhuber takes place on October 6th and 7th in the Experimental Laboratory at IMM.


Major Music and Audiovisual Media:
For the students of the specialisation module Music and Audiovisual Media, the winter term starts with the studio production music@studio1.
After editorial preparations have been made and the stage and lights have been set up, a total of three bands will be recorded over four successive days: NTSC, Moglebaum and Kong King. The audio recording and processing will be implemented as a project in the major Music Production.


Major Music and Text:
ROTH ELECTRIC - Spoken Performance - Sounds

Right at the start of the semester an excursion to the Graf-Adolf Platz square is taking place, during which the students of the Artistic Text in Music, Sound Art, Film and Radio Plays seminar will attend a public performance of ROTH ELECTRIC - Sprechperformance - Sounds [ROTH ELECTRIC – spoken performance – sounds] by the Düsseldorf artist Jörg Steinmann. In this performance Jörg Steinmann uses text from the artist Dieter Roth, who was active from the late 50s as a very original producer of experimental literature, but is nowadays known mostly as a visual artist.


Major Visual Music:
Dreamlike Visualisations
On 6 October the new album Transition from Egokind & Ozean was released by the Cologne electronic music label Traum Schallplatten. In addition to this release, the tracks on the album have been visualised by various artists, including two from the major Visual Music. Tim Fehske (Assistant professor for Visual Music Technology/ Production) took on the visualisation of Eclipse and Patrick Arnold the visualisation of We Float Around (And Hang Out On Clouds). Patrick Arnold’s clip was created as part of the project module in the Music and Media program.


IMM Chronicle September 2014


Robert Francès Award of the IAEA goes to Fabian Greb
In recognition of his outstanding conference contribution, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Fabian Greb received the Robert Francès Award 2014 at the 23rd convention of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) in New York. Audio and Video Engineering graduateFabian Greb has been a doctoral student and staff member of the music department at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt since October 2013. The presentation was based on a systematic examination of the scientific journal Empirical Studies of the Arts, which was developed in collaboration with his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Paul Elvers and Dr. Timo Fischinger.


Moglebaum publishes an EP
Moglebaum, a band from Düsseldorf, is bringing its first official single onto the market. The Drunken Mind EP includes three titles: Drunken Mind, Trust and Leaving the Baby. The powerful, soulful voice of the singer Franziska Geiß wanders through worlds of sound, filled with extraordinary trumpet samples, rich synthesiser harmonies, staccato vocal samples and dreamlike melodies. The songs were recorded and produced by Music and Media student Simon Ebener-Holscher. This means that the electronic live combo Moglebaum is now part of the House and Techno label Just Move Records from Johannesburg in South Africa.


Assistant professor at the Zurich University of the Arts
In addition to his freelance work as a TV and video director, Audio and Video Engineering graduate Torben Schmidt Jacobsen works as an assistant professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. For three years he has been supervising the second semester students of the design department’s CAST / Audiovisual Media program in multi-week modules, together with other assistant professors. The content includes the implementation of multi-camera productions as well as live streaming in an internet portal specifically developed for this purpose. In autumn this year he is supervising the CAST classes in the third and fifth semesters during the Zurich Film Festival as they create short video contributions, and passing on the knowledge, particularly regarding journalistic and cinematic questions, that he acquired during the years of working as an author for radio and TV. His tasks include support on the set as well as later acceptance of the contributions and if necessary cross-media processing.
Torben Schmidt Jacobsen will be visiting IMM on 8th January and will present his work and his career development to the students on the Mentoring / Professional Areas module.


A lot of football in the summer of 2014
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Lemmer, Audio and Visual Engineering graduate, won the third place television prize from the Verband Deutscher Sportjournalisten [Association of German Sports Journalists] in spring, with his report Auf Schalke mit Jody Strauch [In the Schalke stadium with Jody Strauch].
Subsequently, his film Was hast du gemacht? - Erinnerungen an WM-Spiele [What did you do? – Memories of World Cup matches] was also broadcast shortly after the opening game. The film deals with the question of why certain World Cup matches are often remembered for decades. Thomas Lemmer went on a search for the personal stories behind these games.
And finally Thomas Lemmer, as well as two other Audio and Video Engineering graduates, Caroline Bergmann and You-Jin Chang, filmed the World Cup final alongside 10 other VJs in more than 50 completely different places worldwide for the 26-minute Deutsche Welle production Your Final. Caroline Bergmann was at a fish market in Japan, You-Jin Chang was in New Zealand and Thomas Lemmer was in Berlin.


Semester abroad at the McNally Smith College of Music
Music and Media student Maike Gönnemann has arrived in Minneapolis, in the US State of Minnesota. She will be studying at the McNally Smith College of Music for the next six months and has chosen the majors Music Performance - Voice and Music Technology - Production. The McNally Smith College of Music is one of the IMM’s partner institutions and is located in St. Paul, which together with Minneapolis forms the so-called Twin Cities in the USA (MN). At this college of music the musical focus is on pop music, and McNally Smith has, among other things, a wide range to offer in the Singer-Songwriter department. The technical facilities of the studio are up to date and to a high technical standard.


Lorenz Rhode remixed Jan Delay
In the new single Sie kann nicht tanzen [She can’t dance], Jan Delay sings of the absolute dream woman with only one single flaw. IMM graduate Lorenz Rhode has produced a Synth Funk Remix of the guitar-based original. The single is available from Universal, including as Vinyl, and also includes a remix by DJ Dynamite (Dynamite Deluxe / Samy Deluxe).


Music for The Neverending Story
Audio and Video Engineering graduate Felix Rösch is currently working on the music for the six-part WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) audio drama The Neverending Story, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende.
Part of the music will be rehearsed and recorded in the four days from 8 to 11 September in the Kölner Philharmonie by the symphony orchestra of the WDR. Another part will be produced by electronically altering recordings of various soloists. The entire audio drama, from recording the orchestra to mixing, will be produced in 5.1 surround sound. There will be a public rehearsal in the Kölner Philharmonie on 11 September from 12:30 to 13:00 hours.
The audio drama, as well as a separate soundtrack, will be available from December both as a CD and to download from the Hörbuch-Hamburg Verlag [Hamburg audio book publishing company].




From the IMM majors


Major Classical Music Recording:
First recording of the viola campanula
On 1st September a team of IMM students hosted the viola player Catriona Böhme, with her new and never before recorded instrument, the viola campanula. The trio of Catriona Böhme (viola campanula), Alessio Nocita (cembalo) and Anna Lena Perenthaler (cello) played an arrangement of the Sonate in E minor RV 40 for violoncello and basso continuo by Antonio Vivaldi. The production took place in Partika Hall and the Partika Hall studio at the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media. Surround miking and several cameras were used. The team consisted of Marco T. Alleata, Jan-Hendrik Hanschke, Jelena Kitanovic, Matthias Kulow, Florian Hermanns and Leon Mueller. The viola campanula was constructed by the instrument maker Helmut Bleffert, and is an instrument similar to the viola, which shares traits with the Viola d'amore. What’s new about this instrument is that there are seven additional strings attached to the body, which can vibrate polyphonically when the normal strings are played.


Major Media Composition:
Es ist nicht so, wie Du denkst [It’s not what you think]

The topic of Music and Media student David Joris’ Bachelor project is Trapped in the closet, the hip hopera (or RnB-Opera) by R. Kelly. He addressed both the narrative and compositional conceptual design as well as the audiovisual realisation of the 33 episode long hiphopera, with the goal of creating his own German RnB-Opera titled Es ist nicht so, wie Du denkst [It’s not what you think]. Alongside detailed analysis, the work includes a script and storyboard as well as demo takes for the project, and was supervised by the professors Andreas Grimm and Manfred Waffender.


Major Music Inforamtics:
Translation - The contempory arts as foreign language(s)?
Programming languages are not only translated into processes by computers, but also make it possible to move back and forth between different worlds: visual and acoustic, spatial and temporal, the content and form of levels, they are all intertwined. This year at the College for Music and Art Montepulciano, the Music Informatics students, among others, brought their own contributions to the theme Übersetzen – Die zeitgenössischen Künste als fremde Sprache(n)? [Translation - The contempory arts as foreign language(s)]. Academy of Media Arts Cologne student Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez and IMM student Raffael Seyfried (Music and Media program) created an audiovisual installation based on the algorithmic erosion and sonification of three-dimensional representations of objects from the local graveyard: a stone, a flower, a wall.


Major Music Production:
Sound Control Room 1 in analogue again
System engineer Peter Dombrowski used the semester break to finish the maintenance and restructuring of the IMM’s Sound Control Room 1. This included the labour-intensive servicing of the analogue SSL4000G+ mixing desk as well as new cabling throughout the high-quality outboard equipment. In addition the 24-track tape machine Otari MX 80 was firmly secured to the patchbay of the mixing desk. Production entirely in analogue is now possible, both during lessons and for free student projects.


Major Music and Audiovisual Media:
Filming in Italy
Music and Media students David Füsgen, Moritz Hils and Alexander Kühn will be in Tuscany, together with Prof. Manfred Waffender, from 13 to 26 September. The IMM team has been invited by the College for Music and Art Montepulciano to support the participants of this year’s annual project with the theme: ÜberSetzen. Die zeitgenössischen Künste als fremde Sprache(n) [The contempory arts as foreign language(s)]. The goal of the filming trip is to produce a 60 minute documentary film.
The College for Music and Art Montepulciano is an academic institution of the art and music colleges and universities of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. It encourages interdisciplinary co-operation between students and assistant professors, with the goal of developing new approaches to art and music. The period in Italy will be used by the IMM students to complete work in the Music and Audiovisual Media major.


Major Music and Media Management:
Weak point analysis of cultural festivals
Cultural festivals, including and in particular those outside of the economical culture mainstream, play an important part in spreading culture throughout society. Such events are, however, subject to enormous organisational and financial challenges, which can only be overcome with the committed and professionalised work of many workers, some of which are volunteers. Against this backdrop, several student projects and final projects are dealing with the weak points of individual, small festivals as part of the major Music and Media Management. Target concepts are established through this, which primarily concentrate on the project management aspect as well as on improving financing opportunities.


Major Music and Text:
Plunderphonics & Found Footage
The Music and Text seminars are continuing on the topic of various forms of sampling and appropriation of foreign material which is based on voice and speech. An example in this area is a distorted yet still recognisable interview with Ronald Regan, which the audio artist and theorist Douglas Kahn published on a flexi-disc in 1982. In this context the Sonic Outlaws documentary is also interesting. It paints a portrait of various US American bands and groups of artists who do not just work with samples of music and speech, but also reuse other media, from film and videos to billboards, under the heading Culture Jamming.


Major Visual Music:
Start of the 5th Visual Music Night
In October, the core module in the major Visual Music starts again. As a highlight at the end of the module students celebrate in Düsseldorf's Salon des Amateurs on the last day of the winter term. In preparation for this about 20 students in the seminar Musikvisualisierung im stillen Bild [Music Visualisation in Silent Images] by Christian Schäfer design the posters for this event and in the seminar Musikvisualisierung im bewegten Bild [Music Visualisation in Moving Images] by Tim Fehske design the live visuals for the fifth Visual Music Night.