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The 20th time in Berlin –  The 4th time in the St. Elisabeth church

Inventionen 2010

Music for more than one loudspeaker

The “Inventionen“ Festival, organised by the Artists-in-Berlin-Program of the DAAD in co-operation with the Electronic Studio of the TU Berlin since 1982 is taking place once again in the St. Elisabeth church and its neighbouring “Villa Elisabeth”. The festival starts off on the 27th of July in the „Wellenfeld 104“ of the TU Berlin and is then followed by the opening of Paul DeMarinis in the daadgalerie on the 28th of July. All is rounded off with three sound installations and vast acusmatic activities at “Elisabeth’s” from the 29th of July to the 1st of August.

The festival is dedicated to electro-acoustic music and sound art. The artists are mostly recruited from former and current guests of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD and from the Electronic Studio of the TU Berlin (Audio communication). The artistic focal point traditionally lies on acusmatic music (St. Elisabeth church) as well as the five sound installations (Bernhard Leitner in the WellenFeld TU, Paul DeMarinis in the daadgalerie and Yutaka Makino/Julius Stahl/Simon Steen-Andersen in the Villa Elisabeth).

July 27, WellenFeld in the main building of the TU Berlin

The evening opens with a site-specific sound installation by Bernhard Leitner. Three premieres for Wellenfeldsynthese will resound during the concert: Computer music by Andre Bartetzki and boris d hegenbart-matsui, as well as live electronic music by Yutaka Makino (Artist-in-Berlin Program guest). A concert installation by Simon Emmerson, who taught and worked as an Edgard-Varèse guest professor of the DAAD at the TU-Studio during the winter semester 2009/10 brings the evening to completion.

July 28, daadgalerie: Duration of the exhibition: 29.7 – 29.8.2010

"Buried in Noise" (publ. Kehrer, ISBN 978-3-86828-141-5), a book containing the complete works of Paul DeMarinis since 1973, as well as first texts, will be presented at the opening. The exhibition at the daadgalerie of the same name shows two installation works: “pneuma” and “Dust”. These works address and proclaim the inherent comic of the civilising object the loudspeaker. In “pneuma” breathing loudspeakers perform, however due to the loss of their encasement they lose their normal qualities. “Dust” lets us experience the kinetic metamorphosis of a pigmented picture which transcends to a new picture of Chladni figures through loudspeaker vibrations.

July 29 - August 1 2010, Villa Elisabeth / three installations

The opening of the three sound installations will take place at 5 p.m.: Works of the Artists-in-Berlin Program guests Yutaka Makino (“Stratum”) and Simon Steen- Andersen (“Next To Beside Besides”), as well as the Berlin artist Julius Stahl (“Flächen II”):

Yutaka Makino transforms our perception of time with his light and sound installation “Stratum” in the befogged chapel of the villa. When the laser beams connect with the architectural space and the tonal volume the listener actively takes part in the happenings of individual light spectra.

The silent installation with „Raumgeflechten“ by Julius Stahl forms a spatial construction out of three wire surfaces, which are displaced around the room and resonate. Shadows of these wire surfaces are projected onto three paper strips using profile spotlights. These wire surfaces are made to resonate over a multi-channel system of mechanical vibration convertors. Audible sound emerges via the resonance of the single wires. Due to a specific way of installation the sound movements become visible.

The “Feedback-Performance” by Simon Steen-Andersen, which is being performed at 6 p.m., reminds one of „I am sitting in a room” by A. Lucier – however in this case the video feedback, which confronts the flautist Erik Drescher after five loops  with himself expands in a comic and blurred way; the audiovisual loop will be replicable on screen even after the daily performances have taken place.

July 29 – August 1 2010, St. Elisabeth church: BEASTory

The title refers to the history of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), one of the leading international systems for the presentation of electroacoustic music. Relatively unique as a large-scale touring loudspeaker orchestra, BEAST is now capable of mounting systems with in excess of 100 discrete channels, and has been an innovator and leader in the field for more than 25 years. This comprehensive sound diffusion system for the performance of electroacoustic music is to perform in Schinkel’s St. Elisabeth church in central Berlin and will captivate the concert audience with its acusmatic music, which was invented by François Bayle in 1974 and has become a “Inventionen” tradition in the meantime: The 1983 “Inventionen” saw Bayle perform with his GRM Acousmonium (GRM = Groupe de Recherche Musicale) in Germany for the first time. Further invitations followed in 1988, 1994, 1998 and in 2008. However other loudspeaker orchestras have also performed at “Inventionen:” the first BEAST system in the year 2000 in the Parochialkirche, 2002 the system of the "Musiques et Recherches” Belgium and an entirety of Acusmoniums, sound domes and WFS arrays for “Inventionen” 2008 in the WellenFeld of the TU Berlin. For this year we await the new and much bigger BEAST system. The audience will sit in the middle of the room in the St. Elisabeth church and will be surrounded by countless loudspeakers which make grand music come alive.  The actual invisible sound world becomes a “film for one’s ears”, which is projected live from the mixing control desk onto the church space. Thus each acusmatic work experiences its own individual performance.

The BEAST Acusmonium is set up and operated by staff of the University of Birmingham and led by Jonty Harrison who taught at the TU Berlin in the summer semester 2010 as an Edgard-Varèse guest professor of the DAAD. Together with the “Inventionen” festival 2010 Harrison has created a historical and contemporary program. About half of the 40 acusmatic works will premiere in Berlin, including a new piece by Harrison himself with the title BEASTory. 13 scholarship holders of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD or DAAD guest professors respectively are almost exclusively represented with premieres and demonstrate the actuality and fascination with this music being performed at one of Berlin’s most beautiful places.

Subject to change.

The opening concert on the 27th of July is part of the line-up “Neue Musik – Multimedial“, a project of the TU Berlin within the scope of Ohrenstrand,net is sponsored by the Netzwerk Neue Musik and the Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin.


Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD

in co-operation with the „Elektronisches Studio” of the TU Berlin

and BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre)


Ingrid Beirer, Jonty Harrison, Folkmar Hein, Volker Straebel


Susanne Krüger

Public Relations

pr: kunst kultur projekte berlin

Barbara Gstaltmayr


St. Elisabeth church/ Villa Elisabeth

Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

U8 Rosenthaler Platz, M12

TU Berlin WellenFeld H104

Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg

U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz | S-Bhf Tiergarten


Zimmerstraße 90/91, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

U6 Kochstraße, U2 U6 Stadtmitte


Concerts day ticket: 10 € / 7 € concessions

Each individual concert: 6 € / 4 € concessions


Free admission

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