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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. Karlheinz Essl performs o ...
 
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Binaural recording: listen with headphones! Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between August 2-4, 2020 in the Castle of Lockenhaus (Burgenland) during cultural talks with representatives of the Austrian music life about the COVID-19 crisis: 1) a round-table discussion on cultura…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in 2018 and 2020 at four different churches: 1) evangelical morning service London-Brompton, UK), 2) catholic mass (Funchal Cathedral, Madeira), 3) church concert (Vienna-Lainz, Austria), 4) church cle…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between 2019 and 2020 in four different parks around the world: 1) Brompton Park (London, UK), 2) Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark (Vienna, Austria), 3) Ryoan-ji Temple Garden (Kyoto, Japan), 4) ressort par…
 
Binaural recording: listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in 2018 and 2019 at four different bathing locations: 1) Wörthersee (Pörtschach, Carinthia), 2) doggie pool inside the Prater (Vienna, Austria), 3) public beach in Sirmione (Lake Garda, Itay), 4) swimmi…
 
"vingt secondes" is Karlheinz Essl's shortest composition. It lasts only 20 seconds - the guideline for washing one's hands during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was written during the lockdown in the Easter holidays of 2020. Originally written for melodica, this version was performed on the organ of the Hofburgkapelle Vienna by Wolfgang Kogert.Composit…
 
"vingt secondes" is Karlheinz Essl's shortest composition. It lasts only 20 seconds - the guideline for washing one's hands during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was written during the lockdown in the Easter holidays of 2020. Originally written for melodica, this version was performed on an accordion by Dorrit Bauerecker who also made this recording.Com…
 
Binaural recording: listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in spring 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vienna and its surrounding: 1) a railway crossing gate in Klosterneuburg, 2) Kongresspark in Vienna on Saturday noon, 3) animal cemetery in Vienna, 4) pede…
 
Karlheinz Essl's contribution to the Beethoven Year 2020: an immersive composition for mixed choir with 16 voices based on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his 9th symphony. Realized with the a-capella-chor tulln (dir. Gottfried Zawichowski). Composed in April 2020 during the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.More information and score available…
 
Live recording of the premiere, performed by students of the Kyoto City University of the Arts (conductor: Ingomar Rainer) on 21 Nov 2019 at the Kyoto Museum.This piece is a composed comment to the baroque opera "Mulier fortis" by J. B. Staudt, premiered 1698 in Vienna, Austria.Info: http://www.essl.at/works/constantia.html…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between Nov 23-24, 2019 in Seoul, Rep. of Korea: 1) Buddhist chanting at the Jogyesa temple, 2) anti-government demonstration in front of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, 3) moments of silence at the old city…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in February 2019 at the following locations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, South India:1) Thanjavur: hotel window 2) Varkala: fishermen at the beach 3) Alleppey: house boat 4) Ooty: garden of Hotel SavoyPar…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on Nov 7th, 2019 in Vienna at Kunsthistorisches Museum (exhibition "Caravaggio & Bernini") and the Italian Cultural Institute (finissage Andreas Lunghi "TACET" with Karlheinz Essl's sound installation …
 
Recorded live at INTONAZIONE festival on 20 Sep 2019 at Eremo Santa Caterina in Rio nell'Elba, performed by Rafał Zalech (viola & live-electronics)during a dance performance of Andrea Nagl. Mixed and produced by Karlheinz Essl.Sequitur is a series of compositions for various solo instruments and live-electronics which I started in 2008. Somehow it …
 
Recorded live at INTONAZIONE festival on 20 Sep 2019 at Eremo Santa Caterina in Rio nell'Elba, performed by Rafał Zalech (viola & live-electronics)during a dance performance of Andrea Nagl. Mixed and produced by Karlheinz Essl."Sequitur" is a series of compositions for various solo instruments and live-electronics which was started in 2008. Somehow…
 
„Prends le Fa” consists of three movements which have to be played attaca after each fermata. I. Trois cent notes II. Tremblant III. Le même, différent...The sustain pedal has to be depressed throughout the piece and should not be lifted between the movements. Although notated solely in quavers, the tempo encompasses a wide range from very slow to …
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on November 17th, 2018 at the premiere of Georg Nussbaumers "Atlas der gesamten Musik und aller angrenzenden Gebiete", performed by 300 students of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Dedicated to Jörg Duit and his festival INTONAZIONE.Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in September 2019 on the Island of Elba, Italy:1) Piazza del Popolo in Rio nell'Elba2) the Elba Rally witnessed from afar3) breaking of waves at Spia…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes recorded on September 2018 and September 2019 in Salò, Italy:1) inside the ancient dome2) at the pier3) standing in the middle of the pedestrian zone4) sitting at the bar of Caffé VassalliInfo: http://www.essl.a…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between Aug 23rd and 24th, 2019 in the South of France:1) horse feeding in the Camargue2) sunrise near Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer with blackbirds3) street restaurant at Aigues-Mortes in the evening4) ped…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on April 27th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany: 1) Elbe shore vis-à-vis Landungsbrücken2) public park "Planten un Bloemen"3) Radisson Blu hotel with a self-playing Yamaha Disklavier4) walking through the Kuns…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in spring and summer 2019 in Klagenfurt, Austria: 1) early morning at Lake Wörth, 2) skater at Neuer Platz close to the Lindworm fountain, 3) bakery Wienerroither at the main train station, 4) evening …
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes with kids, recorded in spring and summer 2019: 1) beach of a small lake near Suchdol (CZ)2) kids animation room at the South Bohemian Museum in Budweis (CZ)3) visitor's platform of the so-called "Fire Tower" in …
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between July 17-18th, 2019 in Linz, Austria: 1) breakfast buffet at Hotel Goldener Adler, 2) nudism beach at a small lake called "Weikerlsee", 3) steel-mill at VÖEST, 4) sound sculpture with mathematic…
 
The first hour of the generative drone scape "Checkin' my Shrutis...", recorded by Karlheinz Essl on July 9th, 2019 at Studio kHz. The entire piece lasts for twelve hours, slowly cycling through a sequence of 25 chords, played on a chromatic Shrutibox and recorded by Karlheinz Essl. For deep listening, meditation and relaxation.Learn more about the…
 
Generative improvisation environment based on Karlheinz Essl's soundscape generator fLOW, created for guitarist Francesco Cuoghi. Premiered during the festival TODAYs MUSIC in Rome on June 21st, 2019 at Biblioteca Sandro Onofri.Info: http://www.essl.at/works/flow-per-sandro.htmlVon Karlheinz Essl
 
Granular de/re/construction of W. A. Mozart's string quintet in g minor (KV 516)performed live by Karlheinz Essl during the dance performance "LamenToys" on May 17th, 2019 at brick-5 in Vienna. The sound was transmitted via a transducer onto the resonance board of a grand piano, the pedal of which being held all the time. Binaural recording with a …
 
Imagine yourself sitting on a carousel and circling around. On your ride, you can hear music from 4 loudspeakers that are mounted at the foot of the carousel. Only those who let their bodies swing round and round will hear, feel, and experience the music composed for this situation.For this occasion, Karlheinz Essl has created a swirling sound envi…
 
Listen with headphones in order to enjoy the 3D sound!Feature by composer Karlheinz Essl and poet Erwin Uhrmann about the City of Graz, Austria. Based on binaural soundscape recorded in various places of this beautiful and vivid town. Part of the work-in-progress H.E.A.D. (Hearing Entirely Ambient Domains) http://www.essl.at/works/HEAD.html…
 
300 notes in 4 minutes, a brand new composition by Karlheinz Essl, originally scored for piano, played on a vibraphone with depressed sustain pedal.Score available for free: www.essl.atAlthough notated solely in quavers, the tempo emcompasses a wide range from very slow to extremly fast. Starting with a speed of MM = 50, it gradually accelerates to…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded in February 2019 in South India: 1) vegetable market in Mysore, 2) a bronze workshop in Thanyavur, 3) morning atmosphere on a houseboat in the backwaters of Allepey, 4) fishermen pulling out a net from…
 
300 notes in 4 minutes, a brand new composition by Karlheinz Essl played on a Steinway piano with depressed sustain pedal.Score available for free: http://www.essl.atAlthough notated solely in quavers, the tempo emcompasses a wide range from very slow to extremly fast. Starting with a speed of MM = 50, it gradually accelerates to MM = 400 which equ…
 
Binaural rendering of a live recording - listen with headphones!In "Miles to go", four toy pianists are treated as a single unit, forming a single meta-instrument. They are not merely playing different voices, but contributing to a common sound that they are creating together. The dense and fast hammering at independent tempos creates haunting phas…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between December 15-16th, 2018 in Berlin, Germany: 1) a cemetry in Kreuzberg, close to the grave of E.T.A. Hoffmann 2) a ride on the metro line U7 between Südstern and Grenzwall 3) my sound installatio…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on December 7th, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria: 1) pedestrian zone Linzer Gasse, 2) horse carts at the Christmas market, 3) rehearsal of a male choir and a brass ensemble at the Salzburg Cathedral 4) silence…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Binaural rendering of Karlheinz Essl's sound environment SEELEWASCHEN which was originally composed for an outdoor light installation by the German artist Rainer Gottemeier. Using the sound of one single bell stroke as its basic material, the piece unfolds a rich sonic cosmos by a computer program written…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walks between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on November 27th, 2018 at the collection of mechanical music instruments of the Technical Museum Vienna:1) demonstration of the Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina player piano, 2) demonstration of a mechanica…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on November 5th, 2018 at the Grand Hall of Konzerthaus Vienna during project "Casino Cage" of the festival WIEN MODERN:1) audience entering the hall, 2) sounds of the roulette table which was used to d…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walks between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on November 16th, 2018 at the traditional Leopoldimarkt in Klosterneuburg: 1) a verbose merchant selling his cooking knives, 2) distant sounds of the amusement park 3) a rehearsal on the famous Bruckn…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between November 8-9th, 2018 in Mittersill - a small town in Salzburg, Austria where Anton Webern has been shot by an American GI on 15 Sep 1945:1) my generative sound installation "WebernUhrWerk" play…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Live performance by Karlheinz Essl (kalimba, live-electronics) at Norges Musikkhøgskole (Oslo, Norway) on 26 Oct 2018 at the final concert of his masterclass on realtime composition.Ambisonic recording with a SPS-200 microphone rendered to binaural stereo.Von Karlheinz Essl
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between Oct 25th and 27th, 2018 in Oslo, Norway: 1) place in front of the Royal castle, 2) street crossing with lots of trams but nearly no cars in the very center, 3) Glasmagasinet department store, 4…
 
Binaural recording - listen with headphones!ASMR-like generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walks between four binaural soundscapes, recorded by Simon Essl on Oct 6th, 2018 in Klosterneuburg, Austria: 1) morning routine, 2) departure, 3) silence in the forest 4) domestic work.Von Karlheinz Essl
 
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