Born 1942, Isle of Wight, UK
1960 - 68 studied architecture
1965 began working as an architect
1969 moved to Berlin,
1973 first one-man show,
Since 1978 he has worked exclusively as an artist.
Numerous exhibitions and concerts in Germany and elsewhere.
Martin Riches belongs to that category of sound artists who do not use loudspeakers.
He is best known for his electro-mechanical sound installations, automatic musical instruments and machines that talk and sing in the same way as a human being - with air and resonant cavities. Other interests include CNC, crystal set radio, cryptography, clocks, hang gliders and kites.
He often works closely with musicians and composers. He worked for many years with the late Eberhard Blum and has collaborated with Roland Pfrengle, Schaun Tozer, Tom Johnson, Adam Boome, Aleksander Kolkowski, Natalia Pschnitschnikowa, Masahiro Miwa, Mia Zabelka, Jost Muxfeldt, Makiko Nishikaze, Suguru Goto and Jei Man.
Although he usually designs and builds electronic circuits and programs microprocessors and computers himself, some projects would have been impossible without electronic design and production by real experts: Roland Pfrengle, Dipl.Ing.Manfred Fox, Dipl.Ing.Gottfried Müller, Sukandar Kartadinata, Jost Muxfeldt, Yuichi Matsumoto, Yu Takahashi, johnsmith and Torsten Jähring. The playing mechanisms and many of the instruments, he designs and makes himself.
Curators, reporters and promoters, some not mentioned elsewhere, include Anselm Dreher, Jasia Reichardt, Rene Block, Carsten Seiffarth, Markus Steffens, Rene van Peer, Andreas Oldörp, Dr. Andrea Jahn, Ferdinand Mesarosch, Klaus Hoffmann, Mikolaj Polinski, Hannah Bosma, John Driscoll, Maria and Vadim Zakharow, Veronika Witte ... and others, who prefer to remain anonymous.
The following list of events gets added to as the events occur and they have not yet been sorted out into separate categories like one-person shows, group shows, concerts, broadcasts or publications.
1973 Objekte, Texte, Kompositionen,
Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin,
with Eberhard Blum, flutes: Roland Pfrengle, electronics: Helmuth Krauss, voice.
Galerie Andre, Berlin.
1980 Écoutez par les Yeux,
Musée de la Ville de Paris.
, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, with Eberhard Blum and others
1981 Music-, Percussion- and Time Machines,
Galerie Andre, Berlin.
1983 Music Machines,
Institute of Contemporary Art, London,
with Eberhard Blum and Roland Pfrengle.
Museum Ludwig, Köln, with Eberhard Blum
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin;
Stedlijke Museum, Amsterdam;
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
with Eberhard Blum and Roland Pfrengle.
1984 Sprachen der Künste
, Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
, Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Basel
, Berlin, 3 Installationen mit Klangobjekte.
, Frankfurt, Bonn und Würzburg.
Visuele Musiek Zesdaagse
, Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam
A Noise in Your Eye!
, an international exhibition of sound sculpture
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Mapin Gallery, Sheffield; Huddersfield City Art Gallery
Piece for Four Radios
, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Concert with Music Machines
with Tom Johnson, Ballhaus Naunenstrasse / RIAS
1986 A Noise in Your Eye!
Cornerhouse, Manchester; Barbican Centre, London.
installation for the Production Technology Center,
Frauenhofer Gesellschaft (PTZ), Technical University, Berlin
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin.
A Salute to Helga Retzer
, DAAD Galerie, Berlin.
, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
, im Loft, München,
1987 Echo Festival, The Images of Sound
, Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven.
Concert with Music Machines
, Stichtung Logos, Ghent
1988 Wolfram Erber, Martin Riches
. Kutscherhaus, Berlin.
1989 Musik und Raum,
Institut für Neue Musik, Orangerie, Darmstadt
, Europäische Patentamt, München.
Stationen der Musikalische Moderne
1990 Spring Works
, New York Hall of Science.
Akademie der Künste, Hauptstadt der DDR
, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig.
Die Neue Berliner Galerie
, Berlin Hauptstadt der DDR.
, Museum of Modern Art, Nagoya, Japan.
1991 Mit Anderen Ohren
, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin.
Muzyka bez granic
und Berlin Sound Works
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1992 Man & Machines at the End of the 20th Century,
Art and Robotics at Nagashima Onsen
Radio and Tape Installation,
Brecht Zentrum, Berlin.
, TU Mensa, München
1993 Interface 2, Computergestüzte Visionen
Die Zukunft des Hörens
, Berlinische Galerie.
The New York School
, Hebbel Theater, Berlin.
, Museum der Bildende Künste, Leipzig.
, Podewil, Berlin.
, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
Atelier de Creation Radiophonique, Paris
, theme music: Tom Johnson
Kopfhören, Radio DRS, Bern
, theme music: Tom Johnson
1994 Klingende Dinge
, Schloss Ottenstein, Österreich.
, Kunsthaus Essen.
Pfeifen in Walde
, Podewil, Berlin; 1997 in Luzern.
, Musiktage, Donaueschingen.
, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, music by Tom Johnson.
A Talk about Talking,
text: Martin Riches, music: Tom Johnson. Radio ORF
1995 Time Machine
, British Museum, London; Museo Egizio, Torino.
, electrum museum, Hamburg.
, Freunde Gute Musik, Berlin.
, Sender Freies Berlin in Sonambiente, Festival for Eyes and Ears.
Martin Riches: The Machines
: Hanns Zischler, Radio SFB3 / DeutschlandRadio
1997 Lange Nacht der Museen
, Berlinische Galerie Postführamt
In Medias Res, Photography and other Media Art from Berlin
In Medias Res
, Cuba-Cultur, Munster.(no connection with the above!)
Schall und Rauch
, Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
1999 Interactive Art
, InterCommunication Center, (NTT) Tokyo.
AREALE, Japanese Ladies Light Orchestra
, Brück / Linte, Mark Brandenburg
20 Jahre Berlinische Galerie
, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
with Natalia Pschnitschnikowa, flute.
2000 Zeitreise, Audio Surfer
, Akademie der Künste, Berlin. with Jost Muxfeldt.
Outoäly >> Alien Intelligence
, Kiasma, Museum of Art, Helsinki.
Hello, can you hear me?
for a school for visually handicapped children in Berlin
Do It Yourself
, singuhr galerie, Parochialkirche, Berlin: music by Tom Johnson.
, Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven.
Les Chants Mécaniques - musiques à voir
L'Hospice Comtesse, Lille.
, Städtische Museen Heilbronn.
Wittener Tage / WDR 3.
2003 Resonanzen II
, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken.
Art Cologne, sound art, WDR
/ Museum in Glaskasten, Marl.
2004 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
stage set, Landestheater Linz
Maerzmusik: Mechanical Landscape with Bird
, Sophiensaele, Berlin
with Aleksander Kolkowski, the Kairos Quartett, 24 canaries and their
trainer, Helmut Moßmann
Maskinerne / The Machines
Kunsthallen Brandts Kleiderfabrik, Odense, DK
2006 Concert with Roland Pfrengle and Steve Roden
, Tesla, Berlin.
- O-O-O-O-O Installation at the Brückenmusik festival, Cologne.
- Soundwaves, Kinetika Museum, group exhibition, London.
- Visuelle Music, sound art exhibition and concert, Philharmonie, Luxembourg.
- Klangräume Sibiu, Installation at the Art Laboratory Sibiu, Romania.
- Wolfgang von Kempelen group exhibition at the Palace of Art / Műcsarnok, Budapest and ZKM Karlsruhe.
- Wien Modern exhibition with Roland Pfrengle's SprachMusik (2006/08)
with Natalia Psenitsnikova, alto flute & voice, Talking Machine and computer,
in Vienna and also in Spannungsfelder, Darmstadt 2008.
- Musica ex Machina, one man show with additional historical documents, at the Komaba Museum of the University of Tokyo. It broke the attendance record for this venerable museum: over 10,000 visitors in two months.
- Installation in Open Space, ICC / NTT, Tokyo, 12 months to March 2009.
- Guest speaker at the seminar Aesthetik der Geistlosigkeit, Leipzig.
- Novembermusik Roland Pfrengle's SprachMusik (2006/08) with Lesley Olson,
alto flute & voice, Talking Machine and computer, Essen.
- Honourable mention from Prix Ars Electronica for the Thinking Machine
in collaboration with the composer Masahiro Miwa.
- Prize for the design of urban spaces around the Katherinenkirche in Hamburg
in collaboration with Büro Regina Poly, landscape architects.
- Museumsnacht: 2 concerts with Aleks Kolkowski's Automatic Ensemble at the Leonhardskirche in Basel; and another concert at the Museum für Musikautomaten in Seewen, near Basel.
- Klangmaschinen ... a radio programme produced by Nina Polschegg for SWR2, 12.2.09
- Automatenliebe ... a radio programme produced by Björn Gottstein for Bayern2, 15.2.09
- MaerzMusik: Reduction, Structure, Deconstruction. The 24 Piece Percussion Installation with Eight Pieces by Tom Johnson. Berliner Festspiele
- Klangburg, Burg Eisenhardt, Belzig, Mark Brandenburg
- Apparatus, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway, with Erwin Stache
- All Change a flute duet by Schaun Tozer with Natalia Psenitsnikova and the Flute Playing Machine to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Berlinische Galerie in its own building.
- Thinking Machine at the Komaba Museum, University of Tokyo
- building a CNC milling machine
- Visit to Jour par Jour at La Courbière, Estervayer-le-Lac, CH.
- Arte Sonoro, Casa Encendida. I went to Madrid to set up the Thinking Machine. My fight was cancelled due to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption so I was frerried non-stop by two drivers from Berlin to Madrid, pausing only to pick up another artist in Paris.
- My Manna Machine model was featured in the TV programme
The Evidence / Chlorella as Modern Manna / The History Channel (USA).
I designed and built the model in 1975 for George Sassoon, based on his book The Manna Machine (George Sassoon and Rodney Dale, 1976), for which I also designed and drew the illustrations.
In 1910 somebody - not me - uploaded this fine video to YouTube and I added this link.
After 1 year, 5.7K views and 37 👍 likes it was blocked by
A+E Networks "on copyright grounds". Perhaps they are
the pay-TV distributors of this material in Germany?
Ogaki Media Festival / IAMAS, Japan, Thinking Machine
Motoren, oqbo galerie, Berlin, O-O-O-O-O
Singing Machine prototype with Yuichi Matsumoto & Yu Takahashi at IAMAS, Japan.
Artists' Perspectives on the Human Voice by Ingo Kottkamp and Inke Arns for
DeutschlandRadio: Talking Machine, Singing Machine.
- SoundART exhibition, Cologne, German Sound Art prize nominees.
- I built a second version of the Singing Machine and started on the third version.
- Stelzenfestspiele, Stelzen bei Reuth, Wirthaus zum Löwen,
- Demonstration of the Talking Machine
- SuperBodies Hasselt, Belgium, Walking Machines with video
- SoundSeeing Kloster Gravenhorst, Ein Ton and the Talking Machine
- Elektroakustische Musik Hoeren a talk, with videos and recordings,
at the the Technical University Berlin, with Roland Pfrengle.
- building StringThing
- Verspielte Musik: Concert with Automatic Instruments at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
including StringThing with works by Roland Pfrengle and Makiko Nishikaze.
Organised by Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik
- Internet & Society, 34th Kirchentag of the German Evangelical Church at the
CHH Congress Centre, Hamburg. The Singing Machine sang Ut Queant Laxis,
followed by a demonstration of
acoustic speech synthesis techniques.
- The Inauthenticity and Uncanniness of Speaking, a radio programme produced by
Ingo Kottkamp and Inke Arns for DeutschlandRadio Kultur. Artists' perspectives on the
human voice. I demonstrated the Talking Machine and the Singing Machine.
- A two-day installation: StringThing with the duet Things for Things by Makiko Nishikaze at the Galeria Naprzeciw in Poznań. The two instruments were sited in two adjacent but separate spaces overlooking a courtyard next to a park at the Arts University so that the music blended with ambient sounds, bird song, etc. We were fortunate to have perfect weather and both Makiko's music and my installation were very well received. The exhibition was organised and set up by Mikolaj Polinski.
The two StringThing instruments looking out at the courtyard in Poznań.
The Thinking Machine in Gifu, Japan, with two of Masahiro's Matarisama Dolls.
- 10th - 14th October
The Thinking Machine was shown as the central feature of the exhibiton about Masahiro Miwa's Reverse Simulation Music at the Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
- 20th October
Interview on motherboard with Nadja Sayej, a Berlin-based journalist who writes for The New York Times and other media.
- 26th October
Hybrid Music Now! Festival Philharmonie Essen ... also 2014 in Japan.
The 24 Piece Percussion Installation, Flute Playing Machine, Singing Machine,
Talking Machine, StringThing, etc. with the Chamber Ensemble for New Music (KNM, soloists
and conductor Titus Engel with computers, live electronics,
and video projection.
Works by Roland Pfrengle,Tom Johnson, Schaun Tozer, Dirk Reith, Günter Steinke,
Thomas Neuhaus and Masahiro Miwa.
A good audience ... they loved it!
- Now we are getting ready for two concerts in Japan early next year.
- 4th February
While preparing for the concerts I set up and demonstrated some of the machines in the foyer of the Aichi Arts Center and also gave a lecture about my work, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture :-)
- 9th February
Hybrid Music in Japan
at the Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, sold out.
- 11th February
Hybrid Music Asahi Hall, Tokyo, sold out.
The Flamme d'Or
on the roof of
Philipp Starck's Asahi Hall
Both concerts in Japan sold out, jam-packed full -
here is an online report.
- 15th March
I got a nice email from Linz to tell me that I had been nominated for the Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, a new award at Prix Ars Electronica. Very flattering, but to put things in perspective, emails also went out to 150 other nominees.
Later: Roy Ascott (UK) got it! - a "pioneer of telematic art and a visionary thinker"
- 8th November
Suntory Foundation for the Arts TRANSMUSIC 2014
featuring Masahiro Miwa as the theme composer.
Izumi Hall, Osaka
My Singing Machine and Ein Ton sound installation again performed the work
hitonokiesari (people vanish), - the recital of a poem by Sadakazu Fujii with the Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka Ensemble.
- The programme also included Im Januar am Nil (1984) by Clarence Barlow (#6) whom I last met in 2007.
Photo: a drink-up after the concert with composers, soloists and friends.
- 8th - 12th December
Prof. Andreas Oldörp invited me to give a talk and a workshop in his department for Sound Art at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst (HBKsaar) in Saarbrücken. A most enjoyable visit!
- 6th May
The Automatic Viola had its first outing at the salon of Alexander Ochs in Berlin accompanying Jon Rose (violin): Hollis Taylor (violin): Shasta Ellenborgen (viola): Nora Krahl (cello): Meinrad Kneer (double bass).
Photo of a prototype bowing mechanism. It has similarities to my StringThing but has improved electronics designed and built by Sukandar Kartadinata to provide a softer movement of the fingers and a more sensitive pressure on the bow-wheels.
- May 2015
- I am now starting on Four Singing Voices in the range tenor to bass. Based on experience gained with my Singing Machine ... but there are some other ideas I want to try, like quieter blowers.
- Also, (in between times and just for fun) a long wheel-base recumbent bicycle with underseat steering.
This is generally considered an outmoded configuration because of its large turning circle, but I like the laid-back look. Not something I want to ride in heavy traffic.
More about this project when it is finished.
- 11th to 13th May
- I took part in The Art of Voice Synthesis conference and a concert at Het Orgelpark organised by the University of Amsterdam.
- Vocalist Ute Wassermann performed her work pneuma with my Talking Machine and the Singing Machine performed the last three (solo) verses of hitonokiesari. The accompanying drone was supplied by one of the several Orgelpark organs, instead of my Ein Ton pipes.
The concert was attended by an enthusiastic audience; a mix of members of the public and experts from the conference.
In the interval the audience came onto the stage and I gave close-up demonstrations of my instruments, including MotorMouth,(left), on loan from the Berlinische Galerie.
- 16th September to 8th January 2017
Stadtgalerie - the municipal gallery
in Saarbrücken, Germany.
The gallery has a 25-year history of presenting Sound Art and this is the second time I have shown there. This time I was invited to take part at the suggestion of Prof. Andreas Oldörp.
I spent long periods at the gallery programming a new work and demonstrating other works to visitors. They responded by telling their friends - a popular and successful exhibition.
I shared it with my friend and colleague Max Eastley who showed three sound installations. We are now preparing a joint bi-lingual catalogue to be published in July by Kerber Verlag.
Collectively, our exhibitions were entitled
Two Measures of Time.
- 4th to 12th November 2016
- 24th June 2017
My Singing Machine was featured in a concert by the
Ensemble KNM Berlin and friends
Die Welt nach Tiepolo: ASIEN
(The World According to Tiepolo: ASIA)
Masahiro Miwa: hitonokiesari
Introduction and Recital of a poem by
Sadakazu Fujii for Singing Machine, Ein Ton
and nine players.
- 29th September to 1st November
- I demonstrated
Four Voices and Singing Machine
Biennial for Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art
at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
in collaboration with Singuhr, Berlin.
- The Four Voices sang a chant specially composed for them
by Masahiro Miwa; this was their first performance in public.
"Tongues and tuners running up and down; lips opening and closing; vibrating vocal chords - an amazing analogue of human song: all accomplished without loudspeakers and without any form of recording."
- 15th - 18th March
Archipel 2018, Genève, Suisse
festival des musiques d'aujourd'hui
- 15. 03 to 18. 03.18 Salle de l'Alhambra:
demonstration of Four Voices
- 18.03.18 Salle de l'Alhambra:
Masahiro Miwa: hitonokiesari
Introduction and Recital of a poem by
Sadakazu Fujii for Singing Machine, Ein Ton and nine members of the
Kammerensemble Neue Musik, Berlin (KNM)
- 20th - 22nd April
UmbruchThese / Upheaval|
Freehome - Artist to Artist - Berlin
Vadim Zakharow / fontaine b.
Artists: Lucio Fontana, Hermann Nitsch, Maya Attoum, Serge Stephan, Lindy Annis, Jacopo Rinaldi, Mariana Vassileva, Emmett Williams and Ann Noël, Arnold Dreyblatt, Elana Katz, Malcolm Green and Natalia Cerutti.
I showed a clock, but during the exhibition I was in Japan. It has to be wound up once a day otherwise it stops. This would have been my Umbruch (upheaval or discontinuation). It would also show the hour when it stopped (mod12). But they managed fine.
- 29th June
My contribution to the Hearable Hackathon:
a hearable made of a wire coat hanger, two sheets of card and some tape. Works great, costs nothing and no batteries.
Frauenhofer Institute for
Digital Media Technology IDMT
Project manager: Peggy Sylopp
hack4ears website (German)
- May - June
I had the pleasure of advising Tatiana López and Carlos Gutiérrez about jar-tilting mechanisms for their splendid Whistling Jars installation ...
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DAAD Gallery, Berlin, 10th Aug - 9th Sept.
- 7th July - 5th August
Saarland Clock Museum
- I showed 8 clocks, drawings and other related material. Also my Singing Machine.
- The museum is run by an association of clock makers, collectors and precision engineers. This was their first show of its kind (to mark the 25th anniversary of their museum) and was thought to have been highly successful so they now plan to present similar exhibitions in the future.
More about the exhibition
- 8th February - 23rd March
- Knock on Wood - a percussion installation
Tom Johnson & Martin Riches
Control system: Manfred Fox
Circuit, centre d'art contemporain,
The first presentation of the installation; in a large, white and splendidly resonant space.
More about Knock on Wood
- 19th April - 30th June
TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
19th April - 30th June
Open: Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 18:00
In collaboration with the annual Rotterdam Operadagen
The exhibition was curated by Kris Dittel and Jelena Novak
- 13th May
KONTRAKLANG New Music
Arkaoda / Berlin
- Ute Wassermann
Pneuma for voice and Talking Machine
- Tomomi Adachi
How to learn to talk 2U for Talking Machine,
voice and gesture (2013)
Arkaoda is a recently opened Berlin night club,
(named after a well known night club in Istanbul.)
- 18th and 19th May
Looking down an Ein Ton pipe
- 18th May: Post Opera
TENT Art Centre, Rotterdam
Symposium: Installing the Voice / Operadagen Rotterdam
including a preview of a film about my work
by Dr.Hannah Bosma (University of Amsterdam),
Sergio Gridelli (camera), Armeno Alberts (sound)
- 19th May: Singing Machine,
explanation and demonstration
- 15th - 31st August
- 13th - 29th September
Structure and Sound
Curator: Yukari Fujimoto
Kyoto Seika University
Minoru Sato, Atsushi Nishijima and
I showed the Singing Machine, the Thinking Machine and a clock (left).
Komaba Museum (Thinking Machine)
The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences
Japan Arts Council
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Kyoto City Tourism Association.
- 16th September
SOTO Gallery, Kyoto
- I gave a demonstration of the Singing Machine
and vowel pipes from the Talking Machine.
simultaneous translation by Yumiko Urae.
- 19th October - 21st December
- 14th and 16th December
I showed the results during a
production and research exhibition:
Senju Art Path 2019
Geidai Senju Campus.
I also showed the Thinking Machine
on loan from the collection of
Todai / Tokyo University
- my thanks to Orimo-san and to
Prof. Hermann Gottschewski !
The exhibition was attended by students,
by members of the public, and by many
friends, both old and new.
- residency, as above
- exhibition and photos
- 10th - 27th September
Interactive Field (1999)
Acud Kunst Haus Veteranenstr 21,
... and, at the same time,
a short walk away ...
at Meinblau Projektraum, Pfefferberg Haus 5,
Christinenstr 18-19, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Knock on Wood (2019)
with music by Tom Johnson
and a control system by Dipl. Ing. Manfred Fox
Both were organised by singuhr projekte
- 6th July
An Orrery to conduct musicians
A project with composer Annesley Black
and percussionist / instrument maker
Kunst Kultur Kirche Allerheiligen
Thüringer Str. 35
Frankfurt am Maine
Delphine Roche, flute
Robin Hoffmann, guitar
Annesley Black & Jeró Caballero orrery
Federal Commissioner for Culture & Media
- 23rd September
Orrery Singer by Annesley Black
This time at the Ultima Festival in Oslo with the Ensemble asamisimasa
- 6th - 21st November
Sound Sculpture Exhibition
3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
organised by the Creative Arts Executive.
featuring the Thinking Machine
on loan from the Komaba Museum,
University of Tokyo
There were 2572 visitors.and favorable reviews
Curator: Aki Hirokawa
Below: Prof. Masahiro Miwa explaining the Thinking Machine
- 18th November - 18th December 2021
The Singing Machine (2013)
in a group exhibition about the voice:
Le Voile du Palais
Hôtel Pasteur - a new cultural venue
2 Place Pasteur, 35000 Rennes
The voice as a technology of the body
Recording as a technology of the voice
Curator: Damien Simon
Le Bon Accueil, Reverb
Lieu d'arts sonores. Rennes
- 19th January - 5th February
Eleni Poulou & Petr Step Kišur
A recording "Where Are You?"
based on a phrase by the
Collective Alienation - CTM 2022 Exhibition
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
- 9th May
La voce artificiale
In 2020 I had a long exchange of emails with
on the subject of artificial voice during his research for his doctoral thesis.
His thesis has now been published as a book and I am honoured and delighted to see the initial sketch of my MotorMouth project on the cover.
- 31 July - 24th August
Field Kitchen Academy|
Voice as Object,
Object (h)as Voice
For a couple of days I served as
a member of the academy
I gave a talk about the history of speech synthesis
starting from the 18th century.
My Four Voices performed a couple of
demonstrations and a chant written for them
by Masahiro Miwa
Curator: Ece Pazabaşı
Gutshaus Wüsten Buchholz
Perleberg, Mark Brandenburg
- 8th April - 4th June
Contemporary Art Museum
Ise, Honshu, Japan
16 artists working in interaction
between Europe and Japan
and I showed our
on loan from the
University of Tokyo
with thanks to
Katsuya Orimo sensei
Prof. Hermann Gottschewski
Curator: Mikolaj Polinski.
We had a simultaneous-translation
answering exhibition visitors' questions
- 23rd April
Another performance of ...|
Orrery Singing (2021)
for ensemble, with my Orrery Singer
this time at
Dresdener Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik
Georg Wettin Bassklarinette
Torsten Reitz Synthesizer
- 16th June - 19 August
||Galerie Nord - Kunstverein Tiergarten
Group exhibition: Carlfriedrich Claus (realized by Vito Willems), Valie Export, Ioana Vreme Moser, Martin Riches, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Curator: Carsten Seiffarth
Director and co-curator: Veronika Witte
Torsten Jähring - who kept things running ...
- 19th July
by the artists
- 9th August
Extracts from the film
directed by Dr. Hannah Bosma
camera Sergio Gridelli
sound Armeno Alberts
followed by a talk, in English.
- 23rd - 27th August
The Thinking Machine
performed in an installation by
in the Summer Festival at
Japan's premier concert venue,
Suntory Hall, Tokyo.
3 gamelan instruments
and their resonators
in place of the
←3 tubular bells.
- 26th October - 28th January
Centro José Guerrero, Granada
A documentation of the work of
composer Tom Johnson
This will include our installation
Knock on Wood
Curator: Eduardo Escoffet
grants, awards, residencies
to short biography
to start of home page
|1982 -89 -93|| grants from the Senator for Cultural Affairs, Berlin|
|1986 || Realisation of the project Machine Dance for the |
| ||Production Technology Centre (PTZ) of the Technical University / |
| ||Frauenhofer Gesellschaft, Berlin|
|1989 || Residency at the New York Hall of Science with the project |
| ||Pattern and Chaos.|
|1999 || Interactive Art prize winner, InterCommunication Center (ICC/NTT) Tokyo|
|2000 || Realisation of the project Hello, can you hear me? for a school for visually|
| || handicapped children in Berlin.|
|2001 || Residency at the Hochschule für Media in Cologne awarded by the |
| ||German Sound Art Prize competition.|
|2006 || Guest at La Courbière, Estervayer-le-Lac, Switzerland.|
| || Residency with Roland Pfrengle and the Talking Machine at Tesla, Berlin. |
|2009 || Residency at Burg Eisenhardt, Belzig, Mark Brandenburg.|
|2010 || Residency at IAMAS, Institute for Advanced Media Arts & Sciences, |
| ||Ogaki, Japan.|
|2011-14 ||Grant for Hybrid Music for Humans and Machines from the |
| ||German Federal Cultural Foundation - Kulturstiftung des Bundes|
|2016 ||I was a guest at the Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken during the exhibition|
| || Two Measures of Time ...|
|2018 ||and again during the exhibition at the Saarland Clock Museum|
|2019 ||Residency at Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Music.|
|2021 ||Grant from the Giesecke + Devrient Foundation.|