“Composition beyond Music“ with Georg Nussbaumer – 2015

02/2015 impuls – AT


Georg Nussbaumer

photo @ Karin Haas


„Composition beyond Music” was offered for the first time in 2013 at impuls and back then was directed by Peter Ablinger and located at Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten in the context of the imprinting cloister surroundings. The workshop was accompagnied by video- and soundartist Christine Schörkhuber (check out her videos about previous “Composition beyond Music” here).


You can now watch the video documentation about the project here!
Video  ©  Christine Schörkhuber


After this fist edition in Graz (AT), the workshop has also taken place in several ULYSSES partner institutions, always under direction of Peter Ablinger :

# Time of Music (FI)

# IMD (DE)

# Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL)


In 2015, due to an accident and a longer period of recuperation coming along with it Peter Ablinger had to cancel his participation at impuls.

We are very happy to announce that Georg Nussbaumer will direct the workshop in its 2015 edition at impuls Academy and Festival, Graz (AT).

Also, a new location, the medien kunst labor esc, will offer a new working and presentation setting including not only a new spacial but also contextual situation, which again will allow different artistic focal points. esc is positioned in the very centre of Graz and at three sides is opening up to the city through its frontlines made out of glass. With this specific architectural feature the esc herefore encourage – after the seclusion and solitude of the cloister back in 2013 – to open up, explore and include the city with its sounds, architecture, population and social, geopolitical … conditionalities in the new works to be developed during the workshop. Actually, the mission statement of the esc could serve as additional source of inspiration and as starting point (esc: “the central endeavor of the esc is the production of art; a central focus hereby lies on the exact observation and seismographic understanding of artistic processes, which capture socio-political developments (information and biotechnology, socioeconomic systems …) and new technologies (hard- und software).


Georg Nussbaumer

Christine Schörkhuber (video documentation)

Winfrid Ritsch (consultation)


impuls: 13.-25.2.2015
Location: esc Bürgergasse 5, 8010 Graz
Presentations: 22.2.2015: First Presentations of works / open until 24.2.2015
Public Lectures by Peter Ablinger (tbc)



Benjamin Bacon

Cindy Giron

Vitalija Glovackyte

Carlos Hernández

Feliz Anne Macahis

Kenn Mouritzen

Goni Peles

Daniel Portelli

Benjamin Ryser

Charles Underriner



“Composition beyond Music” was developed by Peter Ablinger and impuls and by no means excludes “music”, but above all it is an opportunity to reflect on presentation forms for acoustic works, for sound compositions that go beyond the classic concert setup.
2015 led by Georg Nussbaumer, the workshop will carry on to focus on the development and investigation of formats such as site-specific compositions and installations, the presentation of sounds, sound production as a social pattern, the essentials of sound and music, music without sounds, technology and research into source material, the body in music, field recordings, sound and other media, perception and reality – these are just some of the potential themes to be explored, elaborated, and presented by the participants in their own works in this workshop  that combines theory and practice. Direction and focus of the workshop will ultimately be determined by the individual concepts and ideas of the participants and also depend on and respond to the venue and its possibilities.
The workshop is meant to encourage the critical analysis of musical preconditions and practices so that the participants will be inspired to discover alternative forms of sounds and listening through the aesthetic examination of such practices  looking through the history of music and music-making down to the archaic ground of human beeing and its artistic transformation, the eyes (and ears) not only on the sound and its effects but also on the means and meanings of their generation.
Consequently, the workshop is not only open to composers, sound artists and musicians but also to participants from other disciplines, provided that they are interested in making reference to or integrating sound into their work.





Biography George Nussbaumer

Georg Nussbaumer
was born in 1964 in Linz, Austria, lives in Vienna.
He frequently works with musical instruments expanded into installations, regularly
employing diverse organic and inorganic materials as well as machines, video or living
animals. The scores to what are usually full-length works define a process that is
manifested in a plastic event, acoustically and visually, and that is sometimes also tactile
or olfactory.
Nussbaumer realised projects including orpheusarchipel (Bielefeld Opera House, 2002);
Märchen vom Lied vom Wald, (Museum Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2002); Von der Wiege bis zum Graab (Donaueschinger Musiktage 2003); schlachten:szenen (Wien Modern 2005); Schwerefeld mit Luftabdrücken (Steirischer Herbst, Graz 2006), Tristan —
Schwimmen und Schweigen (Nationaltheater Mannheim 2006), Die schönsten Gipfel der
Alpen (Maerzmusik Berlin 2007), Lawine, Wald und Stubenmusi (Bregenzer Festspiele
2009), Walküren, Wölfe, Waldvöglein (Akademie der Künste Berlin 2010), Zwitscheresche, Trinklied und Verdichtungsflügel (KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen/Hannover 2011).
Recently realised works for public space have been expansive spatially and in temporal
terms, for instance Organopolis (three evenings for seven church organs broadcast in a
park, Vilnius 2009), Barkarola (for six evesdropping grand pianos wandering through Łódź for a week in 2009) and the 4-day passage opera stretched over 32 kilometres Invisible
Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard (Ring Festival Los Angeles 2010). For the
steirischer herbst 2014 he realised a piece for seven amateur choirs: Ein weststeirischer
In collaboration with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop: the 3-day string quartet installation
Salon Q (Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010), Ringpolytop mit Rabenparabel (Projekt XI,
Berlin 2010), Die Jaffa Orangen des Richard W. — ein israelisches Rheingold (radialsytem
Berlin 2011, Opera Dagen Rotterdam 2012). Milchstrom, Fragebett, Gralsmaschinen —
ein Lohengrin-Gelände (Kunstfest Weimar 2013), Ringlandschaft mit Bierstrom — ein
Wagner Areal (sophiensaele Berlin 2013, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013, operadhoy
Madrid 2014).



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