Julius Holtz is a Berlin based, composer, musician and multidisciplinary artist. His artistic practice, combines contemporary music composition, sound installations and performance. Crossing over various formats and media, Holtz`s work offers recontextualization and new research perspectives. His work often applies nonlinear approaches to time, paraconsistent logics and space as a factor of musical composition.
After receiving a Master of Arts degree in Sound Studies from the Berlin University of the Arts, Holtz became an active member of Berlin`s experimental music scene. He performed at venues such as Ausland Berlin Quiet Cue and Acker Stadt Palast. Beyond his appearance in Berlin his work has been presented in a large amplitude of locations: From isolated, rural areas in Portugal and Alaska to festivals and institutions in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Scandinavia and Europe. As Klangregisseur Holtz has been working with choreographers Ian Kaler and Adam Linder. As a sound designer he has been working on multiple cinema productions and was commissioned by the renowned Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His music has been released on experimental music labels and broadcasted on Deutschland Radio. He has presented in several prominent festivals and institutions including New Fest Filmfestival (Jay, New York, 2008), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Transformationen, Berlin, 2009), Wet Sounds Festival (Paraconsistent Invention, London, 2011), Centro de Cultura Digital (Vakuum, Mexico City, 2014) and Ultima Festival (Yuaríya Valcári with Marisol Jimenez, Oslo, 2016).
Currently Holtz is producing and scoring the soundtrack to a cinema documentary that will be published this year by Edition Salzgeber. The soundtrack is instrumented with twelve traditional instruments and live electronics. In addition, he is creating a new composition within the frame of the INM new music fund of Berlin.
Duo ad.lib "Remix" from Julius Holtz on Vimeo. The composers performance duo "ad lib." (Julius Holtz, live electronics and Andreas Staffel, piano) transmits the Remix techniques into contemporary music. By means of fragmentation, adjustment of tempos, recontextualization and collages, compositions of contemporary instrumental and acousmatic music are remixed. REMIX creates a hybrid fusions of pieces - or contrasts works among each other. Julius Holtz and Andreas Staffel fuse the Remix starting from a combination of live-electronic music and instrumental piano performance.Funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin