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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)

    Roschitz. Meditation for piano solo (2019)

    Roschitz. Meditation for piano solo (2019)

    Meditation for piano solo, dedicated to Karlheinz Roschitz, performed by Kaori Nishii. Recorded by Karlheinz Essl on 18 Dec 2019 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.

    Score download:
    http://www.essl.at/works/roschitz.html

    • 3 min
    P.L.A.Y. (Performing Landscapes All Year)- BINAURAL

    P.L.A.Y. (Performing Landscapes All Year)- BINAURAL

    Binaural recording - listen with headphones!

    Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded between Nov 17-24, 2019 in Kyoto, Japan.

    1) playground near the Nijo Palace
    2) street scene with cars, bikes and joggers
    3) ritual music at the Higashimaru Shrine
    4) rehearsal of J.B. Staudt's Mulier fortis at the Museum of Kyoto.

    Part of the work-in-progress H.E.A.D.
    http://www.essl.at/works/HEAD.html

    • 9 min
    N.I.J.O. (Nine Inch Jail Operation) - BINAURAL

    N.I.J.O. (Nine Inch Jail Operation) - BINAURAL

    Binaural recording - listen with headphones!

    Generative soundscape based on a two-dimensional random walk between four binaural soundscapes, recorded on Nov 18th, 2019 at the Nijo Palace in Kyoto, Japan.
    1) the so-called Nightingale Corridor
    2) tea garden
    3) cherry grove
    4) construction at the Honmaru Garden

    Part of the work-in-progress H.E.A.D.
    http://www.essl.at/works/HEAD.html

    • 10 min
    Sinus Light

    Sinus Light

    Christmas greetings to all my loves! Dronification of a well-known Christmas carol by Karlheinz Essl, produced on Dec 18th, 2019 at Studio kHz.

    • 4 min
    Silent Night 24:12

    Silent Night 24:12

    Extreme time stretch of the well-known Christmas carol "Silent Night", playing forwards and backwards in exactly 24'12". Created on 21 Dec 2019 with Karlheinz Essl's granular sound file shredder REplay PLAYer. http://www.essl.at/works/replay.html

    • 24 min
    Constantia (2019) for baroque orchestra

    Constantia (2019) for baroque orchestra

    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

    • 7 min

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