Cloud Seeding, 12. min., ambisonics format, Berlin, 2018
The piece was premiered at Martin-Gropius-Bau within the program "Immersion" of Berliner Festspiele. The sound that is being used in the piece derives from sonification. During my residency at the Northern Nevada Science Center (NNSC) I collected data that has its origin in the experiments of artificially enhanced cloud condensation. Later on, I used this data as the basis of sound synthesis for this piece.
Paraconsistent Invention, 15 min., for a quadrophonic speaker array, London, 2011
The piece was premiered in London at Wet Sounds Listening Galleries. Afterwards, as part of the Listening Gallerie, the pieces toured eight major cities in the UK in 2011 (http://www.wetsounds.co.uk).
It is an acousmatic composition for a quadrophonic loudspeaker installation based on the noise of the city and the so-called “trance inducing monochrome sounds” - sounds which have healing properties used in medicine and passive music therapy. The piece is reminiscent of counterpoint the traditional dichotomy between harmony and dissonance. These two contrastingly positioned musical events are brought into the modern day and observed from a medicinal perspective. Many studies prove that noise has a negative influence on the vegetative nervous system, whilst sounds from instruments used in passive music therapy have a positive effect on health. “Paraconsistent Invention” uses these sounds and works them into a composition in which the two poles of the dichotomy are present, yet simultaneously fuse with one another.
Nocturne in Z - Minor, Lisbon 2017
The Duo ad lib. results from the artistic exchange between Andreas Staffel and Julius Holtz in which two different artistic personalities and attitudes meet each other.Together both composers perform self-originated pieces that are written for the very personal analog electronics setup of Holtz and include inside piano and preparation technics that have been developed by Andreas Staffel. The recording is an excerpt from an improvisation that took place at the closing concert of a residency at Miso Music.