Open Workshop by Marcus Schmickler
The idea of this workshop is to work around the diverse notions of ‘listening’ and the role of acoustics in sound and music. Over the second half of the last century Western Music yielded various modes of ‘active listening’ (Chion, Oliveros) as opposed to ‘hearing’. These different notions produce diversity in the creation of meaning. A mix of theory with many practical examples. We will explore these listening modes in making sense of the inaudible. ( This workshop is for beginner and intermediate level)
Schmickler does research on extended methods for composition of perception-specific properties in sound and its spatialization. Marcus Schmickler studied composition with Pr Electronic Music with Prof. Hans-Ulrich Humpert at the University of Music and Dance Cologne, as well as musicology at the University of Cologne. He has earned awards, commendations and scholarships, among them from Ars Electronica, the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and was the curator for festival programs including at the Berlin Academy of Arts and the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) Karlsruhe.
Schmickler has served as a juror for the expert committee on New Music and for the German music advisory board (Deutscher Musikrat). As an author, he has written articles on sonification and on music aesthetics. He runs the Piethopraxis Tonstudio in Cologne, where he creates most of his works, including the composition of scores for award-winning films and radio plays.
Since 2010, Marcus Schmickler has been a faculty member in the MFA program for music/sound at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and has been visiting professor of Composition and Experimental Sound Practices (ESP) at CalArts in Valencia, California. At the Institute of Music and Media (IMM) of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media in Düsseldorf, he teaches Hybrid Sound Composition in Music Informatics since 2015, Composition as part of Visual Music since 2016, and Media Time Forms as part of the Master studies Sound and Reality since 2017.