Ultima Academy

Ultima Academy finner sted hvert år under Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Forelesninger, workshops og debatter gir publikum innsikt i forbindelsene mellom samtidsmusikk i teori og praksis.

  • Mandag 9. september 2013
  • 10.00
  • Levinsalen og foajeen
  • Gratis adgang


10.00–13.00: Debate: The creative environment

With Peter Weibel (ZKM), Robert Henke (Ableton/UdK Berlin), Stefan Prins (Nadar), Christian Blom, Alvise Vidolin (Centro di Sonologia Computazionale,University of Padova) and Jøran Rudi (NOTAM)

The topic for this debate is the digital environment for the creation of sound-based art. The debate aims to shed light into the digital domain and to map evolving tendencies, new media and expression types in contemporary digital and interdisciplinary arts practice.

In cooperation with Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and in the Arts (NOTAM).

14.30-15.30: The pre-stockhausen era: wdr and the beginnings of electronic music

This presentation takes a close look at a forgotten proponent of German post-war music; Herbert Eimert (1897-1972). Eimert played an influential role in establishing electronic sound production as a contemporary compositional practice; however, the significance of his contribution soon paled in the shadow of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen. While the possibilities of electronic music might seem self-evident today, the situation for Eimert and the pioneers of new music in the aftermath of the catastrophic events of WW2 was very different. Eimert was the first to perceive the creative potential of radio techniques – assembling tape recorders, mixers, acoustic filters and sound wave generators – not for the sake of recording, testing, editing, and transmitting acoustic sound material, but as a creative toolbox for exploring the genuine aesthetic potential of the electronic devices themselves.

In this presentation, Markus Aust and Arnulf Mattes will present their newly commissioned video documentary of the remains of the famous WDR electronic studio, including an interview with its last sound engineer, Volker Müller, who will also demonstrate how the studio’s early experiments transpired. Moreover, the audience will experience Eimert’s intense, yet, mellifluous radio voice, explaining the newest experiments at the WDR studio with pedagogical rigour.

Finally, the audience will be invited to enter the stage in order to compose an electronic ‘etude’ following Eimert’s instructions. This will be a "hands on" experience, featuring original devices brought together in a historical reconstruction of the electronic studio.

In cooperation with Institute of Musicology (UiO) and Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and in the Arts (NOTAM).

16.00-19.00: Arne Nordheim & the Polish experimental studio / Vevnad

Radio journalist Marek Zwyrzykowski recalls the beginnings of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) in Warsaw in the late 50s. Polish sound engineer Eugeniusz Rudnik, whose technical expertise laid ground for the development of Arne Nordheim´s peculiar sound world, talks about his work and on how composers and technicians used to work together at the PRES.

Follows a lecture by sound engineer Mats Claesson, who assisted Nordheim in the transition from the analogue to the digital era, and a performance of Arne Nordheim´s Vevnad with Asbjørn Flo (electronics), Sverre Riise (trombone) and Emery Cardas (cello).


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