The Darmstadt Library
Books, films, scores, recordings, recommended by tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course

Every two years, the Darmstadt Summer Course is a hub for sharing latest music, ideas, aesthetics, and know-how. So many people with very different backgrounds and interests come together that we’d like to collect a littlebit of what they bring with them and ask our community a few things.
In spring, we’ve sent the following request to the tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course:

“Would you please share with us, which book, score or recording has inspired you a lot and that you recommend from the bottom of your heart to others?
Books can, but don’t have to be related to music or to your Darmstadt activities. Novels, tales, comics, science, everything is most welcome.
But all books – scores – recordings should not be your own works but by someone else.”

Take a look at their responses! Many of them are making their recommended items available in the Summer Course library for the two weeks.

Antye Greie-Ripatti
Tutor Electronics Atelier

Silvia Federici: The Caliban and the Witch
Susan Bickford: Dissonance Democracy – Listening, Conflict and Citizenship
Julia Eckhardt: Grounds fot Possible Music – on gender, voice, language and identity
Peter McCoy: Radical Mycology

Cathy Milliken
Tutor Oboe and Composition

Unsuk Chin: Violin concerto
George Benjamin: Written on skin
Hans Abrahamsson: Let me tell you

Group “Clocked out”:
Ashley Fure: The force of things:
Meredith Monk: Impermanence
Michael Schiefel (vocalist and composer):
Vashava by Enknap Dance Company:

Pablo Picasso’s Poetry
Keith Sawyer: Group Genius
Margaret S. Barrett: Collaborative creative thought and collaborative practice in music
Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons
Keith Johnstone: Impro-Improvisation and the theatre
Jean Baudrillard: The ecstasy of communication
Richard Sennett: Together and the Craftsman
Pauline Oliveros: Deep Listening
R. Murray Schafer: The music of the environment
R. Murray Schafer: Tuning of the world
George Lewis: A Power stronger than itself

Christina Kubisch
Tutor Composition & Sound Art

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art, edited by Marcel Cobussen, Vincent Meelberg and Barry Truax
Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle: In the Field – The Art of 
Alan Licht: Sound Art, Beyond Music, Between Categories
Angus Carlyle: Autumn Leaves
R. Murray Schafer: The Thinking Ear
Audio Culture-Readings in Modern Music, edited by ­Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner
John Cage: Empty Words
David Revill: The Roaring Silence – John Cage: A Life

Christine Chapman
Tutor Brass Academy (Horn)

Wise Women of the Dreamtime – Aboriginal takes of ancestral powers
, collected by K. Langloh Parker
Steven Mithen: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
The Singing Neanderthals, Published by Weidenfels & Nicolson

Daniel Linehan
Dance Tutor

Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
Timothy Morton: Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People

Voice Tutor

Eugen Herrigel: Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschießens

Tex Avery:

Fred Sandback:

Ernesto Molinari
Clarinet Tutor

Hannah Arendt: Die Freiheit, frei zu sein

György Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
Pieces by Robert Schumann with Tabea Zimmermann and Hartmut Höll on Capriccio (CD 67123 – 2004)

Florian Malzacher
Curating Tutor

Didier Eribon: Retour a Reims
Chantal Mouffe: Podemos: In the Name of the People

Françoise Rivalland
Percussion Tutor

Henry David Thoreau: Une promenade en hiver (“Winter”)
Ernesto De Martino: La terre du remords
Richard Kostelanetz: Conversations avec John Cage

Paul Klee – Die Stille des Engels by Michaël Gaumnitz

Georges Aperghis: Hamletmashine-Oratorio
Joseph Haydn: The secular canons
Nina Simone: “I put a spell on you”, “Summertime”, 
“Mississipi Goddam”
Sona Jobarteh: Fasiya
Luigi Boccherini: La Música Nocturna della strade de ­Madrid, op. 30

Håkon Stene
Percussion Tutor

Trond Reinholdtsen: The Norwegian Opra
Koka Nikoladze:
Simon Løffler:
Joanna Bailie:
Michael Pisaro:

Harry Partch / Heiner Goebbels / Musikfabrik: Delusion of the Fury on Hubro music
The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Wendy Carlos: Switched on Bach
Portsmouth Sinfonia plays the popular classics

Writing / Lecturing
Johannes Kreidler’s performance lectures
Richard Dawkins
Sam Harris
Slavoj Žižek

The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer

Heloisa Amaral
Tutor Curating and Feedback

Mauricio Kagel: Ludwig Van
George Perec: Life – An User’s Manual

Iannis Xenakis: Pithoprakta

Joanna Bailie
Jury Kranichstein Music Prize

Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Invention of Morel
Michel Chion: Audio-Vision

Julia Mihály
Tutor Voice & Electronics

Anna Schürmer: Klingende Eklats: Skandal und Neue Musik

Liv Strömquist: Der Ursprung der Liebe

Juliana Hodkinson
Visiting Composer

Ursula Ankjær Olsen: Third Millennium Heart (translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen)

Kirsten Reese
Composition Tutor

Octavia E. Butler: Lilith’s Brood (Xenogenesis Trilogy)

Liza Lim
Composition Tutor

Tim Ingold: “The textility of making”, in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34/2010, p. 91–102.

Lucia Ronchetti
Composition Tutor

Salvatore Sciarrino: Lohengrin. Azione invisibile
Bruno Maderna: Aura

La Rabbia by Pierpaolo Pasolini
Medea by Lars von Trier

Hans Blumenberg: Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer
Stefano D’Arrigo: Horcynus Orca
Willi Apel: The notation of polyphonic music 900-1600

Olivier Messiaen: Traité de rythme, de couleur, et d’ornithologie
Agostino d’ Ippona (St. Augustine of Hippo): De Musica
Iannis Xenakis: Musiques formelles. Nouveaux principes formels de composition musicale

Marco Blaauw
Tutor Brass Academy (Trumpet)

Terence Hanbury White: The Once and Future King
Robert Storr: Gerhard Richter: Die Cage Bilder

Alim Qasimov: L’art du Mugham
Bill Dixon: The Complete remastered recordings on black Saint & Soul Note, Vol 1+2

Of beauty and consolation
Wim Kayzer interviews 20 writers, scientists, philosophers, musicians and artists: Karel Appel, György Konrád, Richard Rorty, J. M. Coetzee, Freeman Dyson, Jane Goodall, Stephen Jay Gould, Germaine Greer, Rutger Kopland, Yehudi Menuhin, Martha Nussbaum, Simon Schama, Rudi Fuchs and others

Marcus Weiss
Saxophone Tutor

Peter Ablinger: Annäherung: Texte, Werktexte, Textwerke
Dieter Mersch: Medientheorien zur Einführung
Dieter Mersch: Ereignis und Aura. Untersuchungen zu einer Ästhetik des Performativen
Peter Szendy: Machinations de Georges Aperghis
Richard Hudson: Stolen Time: The History of Tempo Rubato
Robin Maconey: The Way of Music
Valère Novarina: Die Rede an die Tiere

Books by Giorgio Agamben and Alain Badiou

Melvyn Poore
Tutor Brass Academy (Tuba)

Heinz Schilling: Martin Luther, Rebell in einer Zeit des Umbruchs
Kunst Lehren. Johannes Ittens Grundlagen der Kunstpädagogik

The Art of Flying by Jan van Ijken

Michael Maierhof
Composition Tutor

David Foster-Wallace: The Pale King
David Foster-Wallace: Girl with Curious Hair

Mike Svoboda
Tutor Brass Academy (Trombone)

Nicolas Slonymski: A Thesaurus of Scales
Leonard Bernstein: The Norton Lectures
Harry Partch: On a Genesis of Music

Maynard Ferguson: Primal Scream
Thad Jones, Mel Lewis: Central Park North
Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Peter Meanwell
Tutor “Talking About Music”

Mark Wigley: Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the 
Age of Radio
E. Butler: Kindred

Peter Veale
Jury Kranichstein Music Prize

Harry Partch: Genesis of a Music

Pierluigi Billone
Composition Tutor

Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Le Visible et l’Invisible

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Momente (Version 1965)

Rebecca Saunders
Composition Tutor

Walter Zimmermann: Morton Feldman: Essays

Galina Ustwolskaya: Piano Sonatas, played by Markus 
Hinterhäuser (Col Legno)

Ryoko Akama
Tutor Electronics Atelier

Yoko Ono: Grapefruit: A BOOK of Instructions and Drawings
Benjamin H D Buchloh: Sarah Sze

Stefan Fricke

Dieter Schnebel: MO-NO. Musik zum Lesen
Urs Peter Schneider: Konzeptuelle Musik

Stefan Prins
Composition Tutor

Beth Coleman: Hello Avatar! The rise of a Networked Generation
Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media
Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Susanne Kirchmayr
Curator Electronics Atelier

Pia Palme: AX.WHO

Terre Thaemlitz
Visting Artist

WEBSITE and in particular:
Frederick Engels: The Origin of the Family, Private Property 
and the State

Theresa Beyer
Jury Kranichstein Music Prize

Barbara Balba Weber: Entfesselte Klassik. Grenzen öffnen mit künstlerischer Musikvermittlung

Uli Fussenegger
Double bass Tutor

Gerhard Falkner: Apollokalypse

Moody Good

Wieland Hoban
Composition Tutor and Translator

Brian Ferneyhough: Collected Writings

Iannis Xenakis: Chamber music for strings and piano 
with Arditti Quartet & Claude Helffer

Yaron Deutsch
Guitar Tutor

Roberto Bolano: 2666
W. G. Sebald: Austerlitz
George Orwell: Why I Write

Bertolt Brecht: “General: Your tank is a powerful vehicle” 
(General, dein Tank ist ein starker Wagen)


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