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IMM Chronicle July 2014


Live sound reproduction at summer festivals
This summer, Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ochs, graduate of the Audio and Video Engineering program and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, is also working as a local Front of House operator and systems technician for the Alterna Stage at the Rock am Ring festival. As local monitor operator for the Green Stage at Sommerjam 2014, Michael Ochs is also responsible for the monitor audio of 17 of the bands performing on this stage. In addition, he is responsible for the streaming mixdown of the 72 associated input signals of Oper für alle [Opera for all] in Düsseldorf.


CD production supported by the Foo Fighters
In June, BenjRose, the band of the Cologne singer and songwriter Benjamin Rose, released its CD debut BenjRose. Benno Müller vom Hofe (assistant professor for Radio Play) is drummer and co-executive producer.
The band is forming a musical friendship with the Foo Fighters. During their European tour in 2012, the Foos recorded a song in BenjRose's ArtFarm studio and their keyboard player Rami Jaffee produced four of the songs on the album. Ross Hogarth (Hoax Productions, California) mixed, the CD was mastered in Monoposto-Mastering Studio in Düsseldorf. In the autumn, the band will be going on a German tour.


Order from chance and playing with the future
On 8 July at 5 p.m. as part of the series Principles of Artistic Research, Hans-Christian Dany is giving a lecture in the experimental laboratory at IMM.
"In roulette, a machine for producing chance permits players the indulgence of an assured order. In the cybernetic model of the homeostat, the random noises of four generators keep the system principle ultra-stable.  In the control society, countless machines generate a random noise, which, as input energy, delays heat death in the control circuits. All three machines need uncertainty to remain stable. What happens if another machine, which I call the idiot, appears and starts to play with visions of the future?" 
Hans-Christian Dany, artist and author. He recently released his book Morgen werde ich Idiot. Kybernetik und Kontrollgesellschaft [Tomorrow I'll become an idiot. Cybernetics and the control society].




From the IMM majors


Major Music Informatics:
Total experiments and pop combinatorial combos
Playing music in an ensemble is one of the most important areas of Music Informatics, and bands such as The Hub were already realising interesting discursive situations with linked-up computers in the 1980s. In the form of a workshop with the Mexican live coding pop combo mico rex and their audiovisual work, we will discuss and experiment the ways of algorithmic improvisation, together with Jan Schneider (assistant professor for Ensemble: Jazz/Pop/Experimental) and Prof. Julian Rohrhuber (Music Informatics/ Media Theory) in one afternoon.
From the coming term onwards, there will be an experimental ensemble at the IMM, which will be supervised by Jan Schneider and in which the algorithmic improvisation with programming, instruments and vocals will play an important role and which will receive impulses from music informatics. The event on 2 July from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the experimental laboratory will be the starting point.


Major Music Production:
Band Recording workshop
On 1 July, there was a Band Recording workshop in the current specialisation module Music Production.
For the workshop, Johannes von Barsewisch (Audio and Video program) organised a band around the 15-year-old drummer Richard Münchhoff. The young talents performed as a rhythm group with a singer and a small brass section in the style of Snarky Puppy. In Sound control room 1 and Studio 2 various microphones, microphone positions and various positions of the band in the room were tested out.
Several songs were produced under the direction of Prof. Werner Roth and guest professor Dieter Falk.


Major Music and Media Management:
Viral campaign
In the specialisation module Music and Media Management, the training focuses on the links between business and legal knowledge and the particularities of the media industry. Interesting project work pieces and final projects are continuously being created as part of this. The student Julius Natzel has developed a current concept for designing a viral campaign for a young classical music artist. The basis of this concept is a motivation-theoretical approach in connection with findings from neuromarketing. 


Major Music and Text:
Guest: radio artist Ulrike Janssen
The Cologne radio broadcasting director and radio artist Ulrike Janssen will be talking about her work on Friday 18 July in the Music and Text major. She is the author of various features, acoustic portraits and original audio collages, for example, about and with Peter Kurzeck, Reinhard Jirgl, Herta Müller and Nicolas Born. In 2011, she received the Karl Sczuka Prize for radio play as radio art for her experimental feature Vogelherdrecherche [Vogelherd research], which is based on the poet Thomas Kling, who died at an early age.


Major Visual Music:
Ear and eye
In the specialisation module Visual Music 2, which runs over two terms, students are for the first time creating a visual music production from the concept right the way through to the final implementation. This results in various pieces coming into existence each year, ranging from live Visuals via abstract experimental films to elaborate multidimensional events and interactive sculptures.
In order to emphasise that the composition of audio as well as video, and particularly the dialogue between these two levels of perception, are significant in the genre Visual Music, Andreas Kolinski (Computer-based Media Composition) and Prof. Dr. Heike Sperling (Visual Music/ Digital Visual Media) teach the students in the last summer term together. To conclude this seminar, students are now presenting their concepts, which will be implemented in the next term.


IMM Chronicle June 2014


Christian Schäfer on the road
After appearances at locations including Munich, Bordeaux and New York, the DJ and assistant professor for Visual Design/ Graphics at IMM performs his special definition of House on 13 June in Tel Aviv (Bootleg Club) and on 20 June in Brussels (Mr. Wong). On 21 June there is also a special set for The Flat Shows: a festival that takes place in various private homes in Brussels.


Mediality of algorithmic experimental systems
Many artistic practices, out of their own necessity, are already working in a disciplinary overlap area and are consequently developing new technical resources. Experiments in particular should systematically exploit such fields instead of leaving it to chance. A lecture by Prof. Julian Rohrhuber in the Institute of Informatics at the Clausthal University of Technology addresses current trends of so-called domain-specific computer languages, which enable both artistic and scientific experiments. In his lecture he will incorporate the current work of students in the major Music Informatics and contextualise this historically.


Recording: Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler
On Sunday 15 June the symphony orchestra and Oratorio choir of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media together with Essen Cathedral's girls choir and under the direction of Prof. Raimund Wippermann, performed Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection Sympony) by Gustav Mahler.
A large team of IMM students recorded the audio and video of the concert. In the IMM broadcasting van, recording producer Charel Bourkel (Music and Media program) recorded in Auro-3D and in doing so, worked closely with the video director Max Angsten (Audio and Video program), who was responsible for the planning and technical process of the production. All the equipment came from Ludwig Kameraverleih in Munich. Supported by assistant director Nikola Schulze Frenking (Music and Media program), director Moritz Hils (Music and Media program) coordinated the recording of the concert with a total of eight cameras. The production and recording director Sabrina Groß (Music and Media program) supervised all the processes and could proudly report positive results afterwards.
Moritz Hils is now also responsible for the post-production and editing of the final product, which will be released at the end of the year by the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media under the title Resurrection on DVD and Blu-ray.


Composition for the dance performance The beat on us
Paul Große-Schönepauck (Music and Media program), in collaboration with the choreographer Jonas Woltemate, has written and produced the music for the dance performance The beat on us, which celebrates its premiere on 21 June at Kampnagel. The piece investigates the relationship between dance and electronic music and is performed as part of Kampnagel's Limited Edition.


duerer at Stefan Raab's Bundesvision Song Contest
Daniel Matz (Audio and Video program) represents his homeland of Thuringia with his band duererr at Stefan Raab's Bundesvision Song Contest this year. On 20 September they will be on stage in the Lokhalle Göttingen together with Marteria, Bosse, Andreas Bourani, Revolverheld, Max Mutze, Jupiter Jones and many others. You can watch it from 8.15pm on Pro7.
duerer is a project that was started by Daniel Matz (music, arrangements) and Danny Müller-Sixer (lyrics) in 2012 and came to fruition one year later, at their third appearance together (now six), as they became overall winners of the ThüringenGrammy 2013 . The person responsible for recording and editing their video message is Lucas Grey, also a student of the Audio and Video program.


Light-sound network
Every year the art and multi-media training centre Le Fresnyo - Studio nationale des Arts contemporains in Tourcoing (F) organises the Panorama exhibition of works by their students and invited artists. It runs from 6 June to 20 July.
As part of this exhibition, Lukas Truniger, graduate of the Music and Media program and student at Le Fresnoy since October 2013, is presenting his light-sound network H.U.G.O. _ Huge unified geometric Organ.. The installation consists of a collection of abstract, geometrical objects made from metal and wood, which combine to make one unified audio-visual object. Using a variety of sensors the installation detects breaks in its environment and tries to make contact with the audience in the form of light and sound signals. The audio programming was implemented by Lukas Vogel, graduate of the Audio and Video Engineering program.
The exhibition also includes works by Robert Henke and Thomas McIntosh.


IMM BASECAMP: Heiner Martion about loudspeakers and good sound
In his lecture on 26 June at 17.00 (IMM Studio A 2.24), Heiner Martion will explain his personal ranking of the following concepts in terms of loudspeaker sound: naturalness, neutrality, dynamics, linearity, phasing/time, distortion: harmonic/intermodulation and dispersion behaviour. In addition, he will discuss the purpose or location of loudspeakers with regard to their sound and the music produced as a result.
Heiner Basil Martion studied at the Technical University in Berlin and graduated in Studio Technology under Prof. Manfred Krause. From 1997, Martion, in collaboration with several specialist companies, set up a new system: ORGON, an active horn loudspeaker system which broke all previous limits.


Music beyond tomorrow
The grandbrothers,, consisting of IMM graduates Lukas Vogel and Erol Sarp, are giving a concert in the NRW Forum on 14 June as part of the Quadriennale arts festival. For this occasion they have composed new music for four silent movies and will be performing these for the first time: La Luna à un mètre by Georges Méliès, Ballet Mécanique by Fernand Léger, A Trip To Mars by Thomas Edison and Emak Bakia by Man Ray. The evening is curated by the Open Source Festival.
There will also be performances by artists including Brandt Brauer Frick and Mouse On Mars.




From the IMM majors


Major Classical Music Recording:
Radio play production In Gefahr
As part of the seminar Radio Play Production, students in the summer term are finding out about the production processes of a radio play using a specific example. The students went to the West German Radio (West Deutsche Rundfunk, WDR) radio play studio with Benno Müller vom Hofe, assistant professor for Radio Play, to record the voice-over artists for the radio play In Gefahr [In danger], which is based on a short story by Daniel Kehlmann. Artists included Tom Jacobs, Maja Bothe and Oliver Krietsch Mazura, all of whom are much booked voice-over artists at WDR.
The students are now working in small groups on the editing and sound design of individual scenes before the final mixing of the examples at the end of term.


Major Media composition:
Rap Germania
Gabriel Denhoff (Music and Media program) and Prof. Andreas Grimm have created some music for a WDR pilot production together. The educational comedy show, which is intended for the German children's TV channel KiKa, portrays the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest as well as other historic events in a hip hop context. Gabriel Denhoff and Prof. Grimm composed and produced the song.
Media-related music and sound design is one focus of the major Media Composition.


Major Music Informatics:
Indifference as principle
The third seminar day in June is dedicated to three big topic groups: a close reading of an extract of Hegel's Science of Logic on the definition of mechanical objects, a performance of the piece Mantra by Stockhausen and the introduction into the basics of the stochastic sound synthesis in consideration of Xenakis's generation dynamique. The central theme follows the question: how can the principle of indifference be the starting point of an exciting process: as exterior alignment of objects, which leads to a contradiction with itself (Hegel), as continuous vibration, which transforms an instrument into a modulation of a continuum (Stockhausen), as degree of intensity between dependence and independence of sound events, which elevates the continuous variation between noise and tonality to the composition principle (Xenakis).


Major Music Production:
New mobile MADI equipment
The audio equipment rental of the IMM has recently acquired new mobile recording equipment, which was funded from the budget of the major Music Production under the supervision of Prof. Werner Roth. The digital standard MADI is used. The stage rack contains the 32-channel remote-control microphone pre-amplifier and digital converter Andiamo.MC by Direct.Out. The direction rack is connected via a 100-metre long glass fibre MADI cable. An RME interface and the MADI headphone amplifier Ma2chbox enable the recording and monitoring of up to 64 channels via the Sequoia 12 workstation. A rough or live mix can be created via two cascadable Avid Artist Mix control surfaces. An independent backup solution can also be recorded via a second MADI line and a second workstation.
The system was designed and realised by engineer Peter Dombrowski in collaboration with the tutors of the audio equipment rental.


Major Music and Audiovisual Media:
Benny Nuss in Studio 1
On 25 June as part of the session on Multi-camera Production, students of the two-term specialisation module Music and Audiovisual Media are implementing their third audio and video recording using a multi-camera process. In front of the cameras and microphones: the pianist Benny Nuss. The recording is being supervised by Prof. Ulla Barthold (assistant professor for Visual Composition / Camera and Lighting), Wolfgang Schukrafft (assistant professor for Film Sound Design) and Prof. Manfred Waffender (professor for Dramatic Composition in Media).


Major Music and Media Management:
Copyright and publishing law
The Music and Media Law 2 seminar expands upon the introduction to copyright law and addresses German publishing law on the basis of music publishing and author (exclusive) contracts and the related property rights. In this context, the set up and roles of collecting societies such as the German society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights (GEMA) and the German performing rights society (GVL) are presented and current alternative models (Creative Commons, C3S, "gema-free") are discussed. Using practical examples, copyright violations are analysed and typical types of contract (band take-over and artist contracts and 360° models) are presented, and specific contracts and their basis for the synchronisation and contract production business fields are drafted.


Major Music and Text:
Guests of the Department of Design, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Students of the specialisation module Music and Text are invited to a seminar on 16 June given by Prof. Victor Malsy in the Department of Design of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, where they are presenting historical examples from the field of acoustic sound poetry. In this field of poetry, the sound of language is more important than the meaning, it is a type of poetic spoken music in which the focus is on playing with language.


Major Visual Music:
Music visualisation for Karlheinz Stockhausen
On 10 July at 17.00, Johannes Conen will be presenting the work he carried out with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the composer's opera cycle Licht [Light] at IMM.
Johannes Conen works as a scenographer, costume designer, video and light designer. A special and close collaboration connected him with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, for whom he visualised several operas.