Karlheinz Essl

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Since more than 20 years, this page has served as a platform to listen to the music of Karlheinz Essl. For historical reasons I keep up this page and you can still access the sounds that I once offered for download. However, thanks to web services like SoundCloud und YouTube, my current works will be found there. Enjoy!


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Compositions in chronological order until 2009

con una certa espressione parlante (1985)
for piano and tape recorder
Karlheinz Essl: piano, Gerhard Eckel: tape recorder
Duration: 9:22

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Orgue de Cologne (1986)
tape music - the first electronic piece of Karlheinz Essl
duration: 1:47
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Carambol (1986)
tape music
duration: 6:08
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Helix 1.0 (1986)
for string quartet
duration: 14:53
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met him pike trousers (1987)
for large orchestra
United Philharmonic, Dir. Richard Edlinger
duration: 11:05
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Rudiments (1989/90)
for 4 spatially distributed snare drums
Les Guetteurs des Sons, Dir. HK Gruber
duration: 13:28
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Zungenreden (1990)
radiophonic piece
duration: 28:17
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et consumimur igni (1989/90)
for 3 spatially distributed ensemble groups
Ensemble Modern, Dir. Peter Eötvös
Live recording from the premier at Musikprotokoll (Graz 1990)
duration: 13:00
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Close the Gap (1990) for 3 tenor saxophones
Performed by XASAX - Ensemble de saxophones modulable
duration: 13:13
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Space Art Transmission (1991)
for voice & percussionists
Studio recording for the ARTSAT CD of the ORF KUNSTRADIO
duration: 4:28
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In's Offene! (1991)
for flute, bass clarinet, violon and cello
Performed by Ensemble 86
duration: 25:53
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Entsagung (1991-93)
for flute, bass clarinet, prepared piano, percusssion, and live-electronics
Klangforum Wien, Dir. Gerd Kühr
duration: 15:59
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Lexikon-Sonate (1992-2016)
for computer-controlled piano
Excerpt of the world premier on Feb 2nd, 1994 at the Austrian Radio in Vienna
duration: 6:41
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Déviation (1993) for two ensemble groups
Performed by Klangforum Wien (dir. Johannes Kalitzke) at the Salzburg Festival 1997
duration: 11:26
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Amazing Maze (1993-2014)
interactive realtime composition
duration: 3:54 (excerpt)
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O rosa bella (1981/96)
A composed realization after John Dunstable, John Bedingham and anonymous composers (ca. 1440)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello
Recorded by Ensemble Recherche for the CD re_naissance transcriptions (Coviello Classic 2008)
duration: 11:09
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...wird sichtbar am Horizont (1996)
for spatially distributed ensemble
Premiered by Ensemble Modern (dir. Hans Zender) at the Salzburg Festival 1997
duration: 13:38
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absence (1996)
for violin solo
Ernst Kovacic: violin
duration: 13:48
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à trois - seul (1997/98)
string trio
Recorded by Orpheus Trio Vienna
duration: 13:48
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Champ d'Action (1998)
meta-composition for computer-controlled ensemble
Recording of a live concert from 6 Oct 1998 at the RadioKulturHaus of the Austrian Radio
duration: 37:55
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m@ze°2 (1999)
Modular Algorithmic Zound Environment
Recorded live on 23 March 1999 and 19 Nov 1999 - no editing
As the original CD is sold out, this album is now available for free on SoundCloud
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more or less (1999-2007)
version for saxophone, violin, prepared piano, percussion and electronics
Ensemble Intégrales (Hamburg) & Karlheinz Essl (electronics)
duration: 16:28
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onwards (1999/2000)
for three instruments and computer
trio accanto & Karlheinz Essl (electronics)
duration: 13:48
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ex machina (2002)
for 6 percussionists encircling the audience
Studio Percussion graz, Dir. Günter Meinhart
duration: 13:18
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carl mayer, scenar(t)ist - berlin (2003)
electronic sound track for a video monitoring project by ZONE for the film festival DIAGONALE (Graz 2003)
Karlheinz Essl: composition, production, recording and mastering
Duration: 6:26

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Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2007)
electronic sound comments on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations
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Le mystère d'orgue (2003)
generative sound installation for a Hermann Nitsch retrospective at the Essl Museum
duration: 3:01 (excerpt)
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ULURU (2004)
generative sound environment for the exhibition SPIRIT & VISION - Aboriginal Art at the Essl Museum
duration: 2:15 (excerpt)
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generative sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier at the Donaufestival 2004
duration: 6:24 (excerpt)
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and thank you... (2005)
sound/space/performance in collaboration with Jack Hauser and Sabina Holzer
duration: 14:27
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Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback
duration: 5:17
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WebernUhrWerk (2005-2015)
algorithmic music for computer-controlled Carillon
duration: 3:44 (excerpt)
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Rouge de Rouge (2005)
electronic sound performance for a series of 100 wine paintings by Josef Trattner
duration: 16:43
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nature / morte (2005/2006)
generative sound environment accompanying a photo documentation on Viennese Actionism
duration: 4:26 (excerpt)
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Von Hirschen und Röhren (2006/2007)
generative sound environment for an installation by Beat Zoderer
duration: 2:34 (excerpt)
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7x77 (2006)
generative sound environment for an animation video by Jürgen Messensee
bass clarinet samples played by Georg Riedl
duration: 3:13 (excerpt)
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Panta Rhei (2006)
generative sound environment for a room installation by Jürgen Messensee
duration: 5:02 (excerpt)
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AIR BORNE (2006)
sound installation in open space at Humboldt University in Berlin-Adlershof
A SoundWalk by Stefan Krüskemper through the AIR BORNE environment
duration: 17:34
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Berliner Luft (2006)
generative sound environment for a room installation by Johanes Zechner
duration: 2:45 (excerpt)
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Deconstructing Mozart (2006)
for computer, church organ and electronics
Recorded live at the Cathedrale of St. Pölten on 23 Sep 2006
Karlheinz Essl: electronics, Franz Danksagmüller: church organ
duration: 42:07 (binaural recording)
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generative sound and video environment for an installation by Jonathan Meese
duration: 5:03 (excerpt)
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7x7 (2006)
version for 4 alto saxophones
Recorded live the ensemble 4 Saxess at the Konzerthaus Vienna
duration: 6:45
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colorado (2005-2008) for saxophone quartet & live-electronics
Performed by students of Lars Mlekusch and Karlheinz Essl on March 9th, 2013 at the MUK Vienna
duration: 13:47
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Demo Crazy (2009)
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics
duration: 11:02
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Detune (2009)
fragment for oboe and large orchester
Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Dir. Karlheinz Essl
duration: 1:06
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While my guitars gently whip (2008/2009)
for electric guitar quartet
ZWERM electric guitar quartet (Antwerpen)
duration: 10:05
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Updated: 3 Aug 2019