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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 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)

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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 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)

    I.N.R.I. (In Nomine Regis Iesu) - BINAURAL

    I.N.R.I. (In Nomine Regis Iesu) - BINAURAL

    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 cleaning (Tulcea, Romania). Contains organ music from Johannes Ockeghem and from the Buxheim Organ Book.

    Part of the work-in-progress H.E.A.D. (Hearing Entirely Artificial Dreams) http://www.essl.at/works/HEAD.html

    • 9 min
    ZUNGENREDEN: Werkstattgespräch

    ZUNGENREDEN: Werkstattgespräch

    Karlheinz Essl und Eva Linder über ihre Zusammenarbeit für das Hörstück ZUNGENREDEN, das 1990 für das ORF Kunstradio im Studio RP4 produziert wurde.
    Moderation und Gestaltung: Reinhard Handl
    Redaktion: Heidi Grundmann

    • 12 min
    P.A.R.K. (Picking Another Rural Kitchen) - BINAURAL

    P.A.R.K. (Picking Another Rural Kitchen) - BINAURAL

    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 park (Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India). - Binaural recording: listen with headphones!

    • 11 min
    S.W.I.M. (See What's Inside Me!) - BINAURAL

    S.W.I.M. (See What's Inside Me!) - BINAURAL

    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) swimming lake with children (Suchdol nad Lužnicí, Czech Republic).

    • 9 min
    vingt secondes (2020) for organ

    vingt secondes (2020) for organ

    "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.

    Compositionally, the piece expresses a harmonic spread from a single note to three octaves at the end.

    More information and free score download:
    http://www.essl.at/works/vingt-secondes.html

    • 24 sec
    vingt secondes (2020) for accordion

    vingt secondes (2020) for accordion

    "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.

    Compositionally, the piece expresses a harmonic spread from a single note to three octaves at the end.

    More information and free score download:
    http://www.essl.at/works/vingt-secondes.html

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