Hanoi Sound Stuff
The vietnamese electronic musician Tri Minh invited me to his Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival in order to present my Denoising project. A very fitting choice, since Hanoi is a city that is simply buzzing with energy. Due to the overbearing traffic it's near impossible to find a quiet place. The endless stream of scooters and cars is generating an ever present ambience of engine noise and honks. Gently click this link or the picture above to read about my impressions of Vietnam and to watch more photos!
Acoustic and electronic sounds merge on »Aquarium Eyes«. Paying great attention to detail, Ritornell recorded at various locations. The results are gently woven into their very own world of sound. Defamiliarized by subtle electronic manipulation, instruments such as piano, double bass, vibraphone, kalimba, and accordion develop a surprising life of their own, only to be consequently swallowed up by the hissing and buzzing of electronic devices. The album will be released by Karaoke Kalk in May, so please stay tuned.
My dear colleague Rainer Kohlberger created the amazing app »rain« for iPhone and iPad. It is now available at the app store in an updated version with fresh sound design by Roman Gerold and me. Get it here!
Mussurunga - El Bromista
Infamous Didi Bruckmayr approached me some time ago asking for a contribution to his new project Mussurunga. We recorded his vocal acrobatics in a hidden location in Upper Austria and I built a new composition swirling around his performance. The track is available now via Houztekk Records! Listen closely here.
Erste Bank & Sparkasse: Cards of Change
Young & Rubicam approached Mario Wienerroither, Gernot Ottowitz and me with a very intriguing idea: build instruments out of cash cards and write a musical piece with the freshly assembled sonic devices for their client »Erste Bank & Sparkasse«. Challenge accepted! You can watch the result here.
The brilliant colleagues from Skop used my composition »Sunflowers snuggle their heads on my lap (and gaze up at the sky)« for two fantastic cooking videos that illustrate the culinary art of Thomas Dorfer, one of the 100 world's best chefs. Gently click the picture above to watch it or take a closer look at my Scores section!
Vienna Design Week Embassy
The Vienna Design Week Embassy 2012 by White Elephant Design Lab is an oversized, interactive musical instrument that makes use of the sound capabilities of 14 austrian contemporary design products. I developed a polyrhythmical composition showcasing the sonic possibilites of the table. Click the picture above to take a look!
Macht Nichts. Eine kleine Trilogie des Todes
Thanks to Departure we had the chance to work on an audiovisual interpretation of Elfriede Jelinek's book »Macht nichts. Eine kleine Trilogie des Todes«. My task was to design multilayered soundscapes that underline the narration. Our visual and sonic explorations are available as a full length DVD distributed by Hoanzl.
Echoed Space a.k.a Mr. and Mrs. Bug Dream A Vacation
We've been busy once again: Adia Trischler and Andreas Waldschütz shot this mesmerising short film and asked me to provide the soundtrack. It was a very challening and inspiring task to design the sounds for their intricate pictures. Gently click this link or the picture above to check it out.
Vienna Independent Shorts
I've provided the music for this years Vienna Independent Shorts festival signation. The images were created by my dearest colleague Robert Seidel. This is a little teaser for our performance at viennese Gartenbaukino on 9th of June.
The Reboot Joy Confession
The Reboot Joy Confession just released it's amazing debut album »Absolute Ill Way Harmonious Enterprise« on the beloved label Philpot. I've been asked to contribute some Ride Cymbal playing, so if you listen closely you might be able to eavesdrop on »The Blessing Rides«.
Brownswood Recordings is delighted to announce that the second volume of its »Worldwide Family« series comes courtesy of LA native Kutmah, London's newly transplanted DJ, visual artist and eternal beat-seeker. Kutmah is a king amongst cratediggers; a true musical iconoclast and he selected my collaboration with fellow producer Sam Irl called »Three« for his compilation. Click the pic to check it out!
Douglas Greed commissioned a Ritornell remix for his tender collaboration »Morning Gloria« with singer Mooryc. Done deal! It will be released this march on beloved label Freude am Tanzen. Check it out here in the meantime.
Creation of Uncanny Matter
I'm happy to announce that I've started to work with Martin Riedler on the sound design for a very interesting project. »Creation of Uncanny Matter« by the collective »Dekolta's Handwerk« is a theatre play in development, experimenting with the theatricality of chemical processes. A narrative without words, based on gesture and atmospheric noises and sounds, deals with the genesis of a virtual world and its consequences.
Ritornell for Musicbox
Katharina Hölzl designed very special business cards for Ritornell! With the aid of laser assisted milling, nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell's contact information were applied onto a long musicbox paper stripe. Gently click this link or the picture above for a video and more pictures!
The visionary producer Dimlite just released his third long player on Now Again/Stones Throw. I'm happy to announce, that i contributed drums to this brilliant work. You can listen to my playing on the track »Fridge Note« or »Healing A Random Tyrant«, for example! I recommend getting the 3x10-inch vinyl box with outstanding artwork by Anneka Beatty.
If you happen to find yourself in Linz, Austria let me thoroughly recommend the Baumarktmusik evening at Quitch to you. Armed with a multitude of material collected in »do it yourself markets« a bunch of handpicked sound artists will perform their very own interpretation of Baumarktmusik. I have the honour to open up the show with Pomassl. My special instrument setup will be: doorbell, krallengreifer, red pepper, wall tile and metal frame!
Stray Cat Remixes
Abby Lee Tee's Stray Cat Remixes are out now. The package contains remixes by the likes of Feux, Kalifornia Kurt or Swede:art and also features my Ritornell Rework for »Morning Scene«! It's a free download, so click here to check it out!
I'm delighted to announce that I've won the Voixtronik Award 2011 in the category »instrumental« with my piece »Sunflowers snuggle their heads on my lap (and gaze up at the sky)«. Gently click the picture above for your listening pleasure!
Ritornell Nutriot Podcast
I've put together a mix featuring some of my most favourite music for the lovely Nutriot blog. It features the brand new Ritornell remix for Abby Lee Tee, recent releases by Fennesz, Leafcutter John, Klaus or Tied And Tickled Trio. You can stream it here at Mixcloud or download it here directly.
My Ritornell rework of Clara Moto feat. Mimu - Deer & Fox is now featured on InFiné's compilation »Remixing InFiné«. Nice company: Modeselektor, Clark, John Talabot, Stacey Pullen and Tyler Pope feature with remixes too.
The documentation of Robert Seidel's projection sculpture Black Mirror is online now. I contributed the music to his great documentation. To check it out, gently click on the picture above or on this link. If you are in Los Angeles please visit Young Projects until August 20th to see it live!
Busy days are ahead of me: Keep An Ear On Symposium will feature one of my Denoising Installations at Centro Per L'Arte Contemporanea Firenze from 19th - 22nd Of May. Right after that I'm travelling to Beirut to denoise a noise concert at Beirut Art Center, play a concert with Sharif Sehnaoui, hosted by Acousmatik System at Artlounge Beirut and talk about my work at Beirut's own Ruptured radioshow.
Thanks to Departure we are currently working on an audiovisual interpretation of Elfriede Jelinek's book »Macht nichts. Eine kleine Trilogie des Todes« (1999). While Mimu, Gerhard Daurer & Jona Hoier are responsible for the visual part, I'm currently designing multilayered soundscapes to underline the narration. You can catch a first glimpse of our work at this year's sound:frame Festival on 7. April 2011 at Salon 5.
My Human Wears Acedia Shreds
Dimlite's most recent work »My Human Wears Acedia Shreds« is out now on Now Again Records, a sublabel of beloved Stones Throw! I have contributed drums to »Metal Snake Rider«, an expansive opus packed into a mere three minutes of non-stop invention. Get your copy here.
FM4 Soundpark Studio2 Session Download
Ritornell's Studio2 Session is finally available for download! It also comes with a special dolby surround version of »Deer & Fox« and »Musicbox«. If you are more the visual kind of person you can watch a video of us having plenty of fun recording the music! Gently click the picture above for your downloading pleasure.
Deer & Fox Refoxed
Karin Fisslthaler and myself will present the findings of our sonorous expedition of Lentos Art Museum in form of several sound installations. The exhibtion takes place from 27. August - 12. September 2010. Don't miss it!
Stuck in a Groove
I've adapted my piece »Golden Solitude Pt.1« for Clemens Kogler's amazing work »Stuck in a Groove«. Phonovideo is a VJ tool or visual instrument used to display animations in an analog way without the help of a computer. »Stuck in a Groove« is Clemens first film made with this technique. Gently click the picture above to check it out!
Take a closer listen to Flying Lotus' new space-opera »Cosmogramma«: I contributed some free-jazz-drumming to the track »German Haircut« that also features Lotus' cousin and Jazz-Legend Ravi Coltrane. Oh yes!!
I have just finished the sound-design for a new installation by Robert Seidel. It will by exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taiwan from 15. June till 18. July 2010 as part of the show »Tripolar - 3 Positions in German Video Art«, so if you happen to be in the surrounding area check it out!
Ritornell zero" podcast
For this week's zero" podcast I'm supplying a moody trip through the sonic world of Ritornell. The mix starts out with Matthew Dear's »Honey«, from his brand-new »Black City« album, and glides through pieces by Pantha Du Prince, Alva Noto, Vladislav Delay, ISAN, Lali Puna, and Ø. Exquisite ambient electronica for endless summer evenings.