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Karlheinz Essl


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Karlheinz Essl performs on a laptop computer that he has transformed into a live electronic musical instrument. The result is exciting and musical. You just won’t hear these sounds anywhere else. He performs solo and in duets and trios, responding with sensitivity to fellow musicians, producing fascinating sound transformations, creating spontaneous surprises, and moving quickly from loops to cacophony to tiny clips of vocal sounds to all kinds of textures and ideas. He does all this with his m@ze°2 (Modular Algorithmic Zound Environment) performance software. (Joel Chadabe, CDeMusic, Januar 2002)

Born 1960 in Vienna. Austrian composer, improviser and performer. He studied composition with Friedrich Cerha and musicology in Vienna. Besides writing experimental instrumental music, he performs on his own electronic instrument m@ze°2, develops software environments for computer-aided composition and creates generative sound and video environments. Since 2007 professor of composition for electro-acoustic and experimental music at the University of Music in Vienna.

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  • jona-li

    Awesome and deepening Sounds! We are one - minds may be religious - trance is beyond! VG aus KLBG

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • compramidisco

    fantastique sounds

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Shanghaindie

    This music is awesome...that's all I can say really. I've never heard anything like this although it resembles some stuff I've listened to, this is just so much more intricate!!

    17 Feb 2008 Reply
  • LuigiNono

    The videos are awesome, thanks for uploading !! :D

    9 Jan 2008 Reply
  • deConReDeCon

    haRlKeinZ - kuss

    3 Oct 2007 Reply
  • static-echo

    Hi Karlheinz! Hoffe dir gehts gut! Bin jetzt auch dabei! Watch out for monsun a.k.a. Anselm Pavlik Ciao!

    19 Sep 2007 Reply
  • syater

    How great to be able to download these pieces. Mr. Essl is new to me. First impression, seems to be in the general sonic realm of the 'spectraux' such as Tristan Murail. What a pleasant discovery. Beautiful. And he obviously understands the Internet as a means of being heard.

    21 Aug 2007 Reply
  • pure_dista

    Hey Karlheinz, Father Earth is dope, gonna check out the other mp3's.

    12 Jun 2007 Reply
  • richardeigner

    sehr schön!

    29 May 2007 Reply