27. Februar / Peter Behrendsen / soundso / Hanna Hartman / The Importance of Getting Lost


Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Cox Orange apples were on offer in the first show of 2011, as part of Hanna Hartman’s presentation “Der Klang des Apfels,”,which asked the audience to distinguish between the sounds of different varieties of the forbidden fruit. She then played a live version of the electroacoustic piece “Shanghai Fireflies” from her new CD and mused on issues of representation in field recording.

Longtime associate of American experimentalists Cage, Tudor, and Jackson MacLow, Peter Behrendsen performed “Kleiner Berg,” for electric guitar and vibrator, “Atmen des Windes” for CD, and a selection from the audiovisual installation “Windkörner.”

Excerpt from Behrendsen’s “Kleiner Berg”:

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Peter Behrendsen (Cologne/Köln)

From 1965 to 1972 studied Theatre Science, German language, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne; self-studied electronic musician since 1972, member of Josef Anton Riedl’s ensemble, for ten years as collaborator with Klaus Schöning at the WDR-Studio für Akustische Kunst.

Behrendsen performs old and new compositions of experimental music and is a performer/composer of his own live electronic, electro-acoustic and text-sound pieces. Behrendsen regards as his “teachers” John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jackson Mac Low, and David Tudor, with whom he collaborated many times. Since 1987 he has been an organizer of various audio-visual projects (e.g. 1995–2004 BrückenMusik in the Deutzer Brücke, Köln).

Photo: Oliver Augst

Hanna Hartman (Berlin)

Hanna Hartman is a Swedish sound artist and composer living in Berlin. She studied literature and theater history at the Universities of Uppsala and Stockholm, radio and interactive art at Dramatiska Institutet and electro acoustic music at EMS in Stockholm.

Since 1990 Hartman has composed works for radio, sound sculptures, and numerous performances all over Europe. More recently, she has begun to write pieces for instrumentalists. Her many awards and grants include Prix Europa (1998), the Karl-Sczuka-Preis (2005), the Phonurgia Nova Prize (2006), and a Villa Aurora stipendium (2010). During 2007 and 2008 she was Composer-in-Residence for Swedish Radio.

Hartman creates compositions that are exclusively from authentic sounds which she has recorded around the world. Sounds are taken out of their original context and perceived in their purity. She seeks to reveal hidden correspondences between diverse auditory impressions and to create extraordinary worlds of sound in new constellations.