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One on One
Karlheinz Essl & Luc Döbereiner

free improvisation for two electronic musicians

on modular synthesizers

Karlheinz Essl and Luc Döbereiner started their musical collaboration only recently, when they met for a first improvisation session in Karlheinz's studio in Klosterneuburg. Each plays his own electronic instrument based on self-configured analog synthesizer modules. Using non-linear analog feedback loops, they create ever-changing and modulating sounds that constantly shift into new, often unpredictable musical contexts.


Their musical interaction is improvisational, involving both direct communication between the musicians and interaction with their electronic devices. Music is understood as a constantly transforming movement that constantly produces new emergent situations. Essl and Döbereiner listen and interact in fundamentally contingent situations where chance is welcomed as a ferment of emergence. Their music integrates noise, intermodulation, and chaotic systems to create an immersive, multi-layered, and dynamic soundscape in which the boundaries between the performers and their instruments are blurred: two individuals become one.

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June 24, 2024, 7:30pm @ BMCA Storage

Bianca Regl 

BMCA interventions on our walls
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Karlheinz Essl: modular synth & live-electronics

Karlheinz Essl (b. 1960) is an Austrian composer, performer,

improviser, software developer, media artist and composition teacher. He studied composition in Vienna with Friedrich Cerha and completed his musicology studies with a doctorate on Anton Webern. Composer-in-residence at the Darmstadt Summer School (1990-94) and at IRCAM in Paris (1991-93). From 1995-2006 he taught algorithmic composition at the Bruckner University in Linz. Since 2007 he has been a Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Between 1992 and 2016 he was music curator at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg.


His work with computers and a long-term preoccupation with the poetics of serial music have been formative influences on his compositional thinking. During the 1990s he carried out various projects for the Internet and became increasingly involved in improvisation. In 1997 Karlheinz Essl was a featured composer at the Salzburg Festival.


In addition to writing instrumental music, Karlheinz Essl also works in the areas of electronic music, interactive real-time compositions and sound installations. He develops software environments for algorithmic composition and live electronics.


As a performer and improviser he plays his own computer-based composition environments as well as instruments such as toy piano, electric guitar and analogue synthesizers.

Luc Döbereiner: modular synth & live-electronics

Luc Döbereiner (b. 1984) is a composer of instrumental and electronic music. He is Professor of AI in Composition and Sound Synthesis at the University of Music Trossingen. He studied at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and received his PhD from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. His work deals with compositional models, algorithms, non-standard sound synthesis, improvisation, materiality, artificial intelligence and complex systems in musical composition and sound art.

His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists in Europe, and he has published his scholarly work in journals such as Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound, and Contemporary Music Review. He has taught at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, the Universität der Künste Berlin, and the FU Berlin, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield and at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics Graz.


#occupyBMCA is a new format of interventions at BMCA Storage:

The first invited artist is Bianca Regl to show her new series of "Snyders Cherries" on our designated #occupy wall.

In Summer 2024 will follow an artist conversation with Bianca Regl on the occasion of the display of her works.


Bianca Regl, geboren 1980 in Linz, lebt und arbeitet in Beijing (CN) und Wien.
Seit 2010, Director BLACKBRIDGE OFF空间 / Beijing (CN);  2005‒2007 University of California, Los Angeles (US), Graduate Painting; 2003‒2005 Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hubert Schmalix, Figurative Malerei;  2002‒2003 Kunstuniversität Linz, Ursula Hübner, Malerei; 2001‒2002 Ateliers des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR), François Maigret, Grafik und Druckgrafik.

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