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Electronic Music
at the Darmstadt Summer Course

The Electronics Atelier 2018 as part of the Darmstadt Summer Course will for the first time be curated by an artist: the Austrian electronic musician Susanne Kirchmayr (aka Electric Indigo) was invited by Thomas Schäfer, Artistic Director of the Darmstadt Summer Course, to curate a workshop and concert series. Susanne Kirchmayr will present four very different artistic positions of current experimental electronic music by Antye Greie-Ripatti (aka AGF, poemproducer), Sky Deep (aka Sky Dietrich), Ryoko Akama and Cedrik Fermont (aka C-dric, Kirdec, Syrphe). All four artists will offer workshops lasting several days, centering on questions of artistic production as well as on current political contexts of creation.

Besides Susanne Kirchmayr’s Electronics Atelier program there will also be other projects with a focus on electronic music: Ulf Langheinrich for example, composer, visual artist and founding member of Granular-Synthesis, will present his work Full Zero (2016). Like Ulf Langheinrich, the US-American electronica musician, essayist and owner of the Comatonse label Terre Thaemlitz (aka Miss Take or DJ Sprinkles) will also perform at the Darmstadt Summer Course for the first time. Terre Thaemlitz will open our late night electronic music series with a live set on 16 July 2018, and will participate in various discourse events on the following days.

In cooperation with the electronic studio of the Frankfurt “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst”, Julia Mihály will realize a workshop on composition for voice and electronics. In hin project Salim’s Salon, Hannes Seidl will bring together Summer Course participants and four composers and improvisers of electronic music: Seth Ayyaz, Cedrik Fermont, Jacqueline George und Elsa M’Bala (aka AMET).

The Paris-based IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) will be Studio-in-Residence at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018 over the whole two weeks. Ircam will have a particular focus on three topics: Live-coding, the web based application Cosima as well as the CataRT software developed by Diemo Schwarz and Norbert Schnell, which is especially interesting for performers. In addition, IRCAM will showcase some their current projects and research.

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