Project | Live Electronic (2009)

and we feel safe within the solar particle storm

a live electonic solo piece for a multichannel system

25 10 2009 | Ruprechtskirche Strom-Musik IGNM Wien curated by Katharina Klement
11 09 2010 | film studio Gogol Festival Kiev Sound Art Program curated by Patrick K.-H.
09 12 2010 | Sync.2010 Ural Conservatory Yekaterinburg | supported by Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow
21 06 2012 | ESC | Covered Skies , Graz, curated by Reni Hofmüller | supported by IEM und SKE
07 10 2012 19:30 The Electroacoustic Project | Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
22 06 2013 Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, curated by Danijela Tonković
10 10 2013 ANX, Oslo, supported by Austrian Embassy Oslo
09 01 2015 The Acousmatic Project | TU Wien, Kuppelsaal
13 11 2015 CMMAS, Morelia, supported by austrian cultural forum mexico
31 03 2016 Jeunesse Porträt, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Wien
23 09 2016 SOUND CITY DAYS | K13, Košice
08 10 2016 BIMESP 2016 | PANAROMA/UNESP, Sao Paulo | supported by Austrian Embassy Brasilia
16 05 2018 EM4 Akademie der Künste, Berlin
22 10 2021 Lab30, Augsburg
17 12 2021 NOIZ im Kesselhaus, Innsbruck
25 02 2023 La Grande Nuit 2023 - SMCQ Agora Hydro-Québec, Montreal

binaural mix for download [mp3]

Susanne Kogler

Compositions with live electronics have been a major part of the catalogue of works by the composer, performer, and radio artist Elisabeth Schimana for a long time.

Schimana’s oeuvre is marked by communication and cooperation. Composed as a solo piece for live electronics in 2009, Sternenstaub (Stardust) is unique among her current pieces in that the composer does without collaboration of any kind, relies alone on her skills as a performer, and turns directly to the audience. This corresponds with her current main interest: attempting to accurately transpose finely nuanced acoustic concepts with the help of algorithmic structures. In this, she is guided by two basic ideas: to freely form time according to individually perceived visions regardless of technical parameters and to model sound like a physical body. In Sternenstaub both these aspects flow into the creation process.

The idea for the composition comes from natural science readings. In “A Brief History of Time,” Stephen Hawking’s famous book about the origin of the universe, the description of cosmic processes inspired the creation of evolving sonic occurrences. As can be seen in her work sketches, the composer generates sine waves and noise. From these she derives the material for six different modules, which she arranges live and differently for each performance. All modules are associatively coupled with cosmic events. The sound processes range from pulsing (formation of the stars) and their irregular rhythmical collapse (explosions) to different forms of noise (solar winds, explosions) to sounds generated by granular synthesis (particle dust). Only the sun is depicted as a looped sound sample (stable solar sound). Basically, the chronological order proceeds from module 1 to module 6, however, modules can also be used again. The main frequency ranges and the duration of the individual sound events are set for each of the individual modules, but the amplitudes and transitions from sound to sound can vary. The overall duration and overlap times of the modules are variable as well. The spatial disposition is adapted to each specific performance site. The basic concept envisions the performer surrounded by a ring of speakers (inner sound circle). A second ring of speakers forms the outer circle. The audience can sit or move around between these two rings, assuming various listening positions.

Taking on a specific new form with each performance, the space arising from this conception transforms the sentient hearing of the performer into the controlling instrument of formation. Embedded in the sound processes, the audience feels the resulting special quality as an invitation to open itself up to the sounds, to trace the specific qualities and emotional character of the sounds being controlled live by the composer. Through the live electronics a unique mood of tension is created that allows the listener to experience the act of composing first hand and, as it were, at the very pulse of creation. (English translation Kimi Lum)


  • spiral galaxy


  • MSU Zagreb_1


    © Lucija Grbic

  • MSU Zagreb_2


    © Lucija Grbic

  • MSU Zagreb_3


    © Lucija Grbic

  • CMMAS Morelia 2015


    © Mauricio Valdes

  • CMMAS Morelia 2015


    © Gusti Gould

  • EM4 AdK Berlin


    © Karoline Czech

  • EM$ AdK Berlin


    © Karoline Czech

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