Karlheinz Essl

Portrait KHE


Catalog of Compositions


NEW - just released

RESONAVIT (2014)
for electric violin, zither and vibration speaker
Commissioned by Martin Mallaun und Barbara Lüneburg
Premier: 21 Sep 2014, Festival Klangspuren (A)
Barbara Lüneburg: e-violin, Martin Mallaun: zither
VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014)
for two toy pianos (one player) and two-manual harpsichord
Dedicated to my father
Premier: 3 Dec 2014, Klosterneuburg (A)
Isabel Ettenauer: toy pianos, Goska Isphording: harpsichord
Herbecks Versprechen (2014)
electronic sound performance upon a poem by Ernst Herbeck
Commissioned by Museum Gugging
Premier: 10 Mar 2014, Vienna (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer and controllers
Pachinko (2013)
for toy piano and computer
Dedicated to Víctor Trescoli Sanz
Premier: 30 Jan 2014, Valencia (E)
Víctor Trescoli Sanz: toy piano and computer


Orchestra

met him pike trousers (1987)
Oh tiempo tus piramides (1988/1989)
In Girum. Imus. Nocte (1991)
Intervention (1995)
Detune (2009)


Ensemble

Oh tiempo tus piramides (1988/1989) - chamber orchestra
...et consumimur igni (1989/90) - ensemble (18 instruments)
Entsagung (1991-93) - flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, electronics
Déviation (1993) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
Cross the Border (1994/95) - soloists (sax, cb, perc) and ensemble
...wird sichtbar am Horizont (1996) - ensemble (10 instruments)
Champ d'Action (1998) - computer-controlled ensemble
mise en scène (1998) - ensemble (10 instruments)
onwards (1999/2000) - 3 instruments & electronics
four2eight (1999/2000) - 4 trumpets, 4 trombones
STREAMING (2003) - 4 spatially distributed ensemble groups
Faites vos jeux! (2004) - 5-8 spatially distributed trombones and/or cellos
Chemi(s)e (2009) - electric guitar and ensemble
blurred (2007/2011) - alto flute, vibraphone, cello and live-electronics
under wood (2012) - two amplified toy pianos (one player) and ensemble


Chamber Music

Conversations (1983/84) - string trio
Memento mori (1984/85) - voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Streichquartett 1985 (1985) - string quartet
Helix 1.0 (1986) - string quartet
Helix 2.0 (1986) - 2 trumpets, 2 trombones
Close the Gap (1990) - 3 tenor saxophones
In's Offene! (1991) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - wind instruments or church organ
Rapprochement (1992) - violin & cello
Déviation (1993) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
O rosa bella (1981/96) - flute, oboe, clarinet, string trio
elision (1997) - bass clarinet, french horn, double bass, percussion
à trois - seul (1997/98) - string trio
onwards (1999/2000) - 3 instruments & electronics
more or less (1999-2007) - computer-controlled soloists
upward, behind the onstreaming it mooned (2001) - string quartet
blur (2003) - alto flute, vibraphone, cello
colorado (2005-2008) - saxophone quartet, live-electronic and 4-channel sound projection
7x7 (2006-2009) - musical mobile for various instrumental quartets
Cinq (2007) - flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, bassoon
blurred (2007/2011) - alto flute, vibraphone, cello and live-electronics
STERN (2013) - electric violin, prepared piano and vibration speaker
VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014) - toy piano & harpsichord
RESONAVIT (2014) - electric violin, zither and vibration speaker


Music Theatre / Dance / Performance

fLOWER (2000) - music theater for soloists, electronics, sound scape, light installation
à la recherche de la voix perdue (2002) - music theater for soloists, computer, tape, light installation
DISTANCE OF THE MOON (2002) - dance performance
Segreto spaziale (2003) - music theater for violin, computer, live-electronics and multi-channel sound projection
and thank you I don't think we will meet again (2005) - sound/space/performance
Oracle Night (2006) - dance/video/sound/performance
Pandora's Secret (2009) - sound performance for music box and live-electronics
Sterbebett mit Pappendeckeln (2011) - electronic music for a theatre piece by Andreas Okopenko
LABoratorio (2010/11) - mixed-media performance for viola, percussions, live-electronics, dancers and video


Instruments with Live-Electronics

Con una certa espressione parlante (1985) - piano, tape recorder & live-electronics
Entsagung (1991-93) - flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, electronics
el-emen' (2004) - percussion & live-electronics
Kalimba (2005) toy piano & playback
colorado (2005-2008) - saxophone quartet, live-electronics and 4-channel sound projection
WebernSpielWerk (2005) - toy piano or celesta (or celesta) & ring modulator
inside/out (2006) - flute & live-electronics
blurred (2007/2011) - alto flute, vibraphone, cello and live-electronics
Sequitur (2008-2010) - work series for various solo instruments and live-electronics
non Sequitur (2008-2009) - various gadgets and live-electronics
Pandora's Secret (2009) - sound performance for music box & live-electronics
whatever shall be (2010) - toy piano, gadgets, live-electronics and surround sound
juncTions (2011/2012) - piano (2 players) & live-electronics
Si! (2012) - tenor tuba & live-electronics
Pachinko (2013) - toy piano &computer
N.N. (2014) - pipa & live-electronics


Electronic- and Computer Music

Con una certa espressione parlante (1985) - piano, tape recorder & live-electronics
Orgue de Cologne (1986) - tape
Carambol (1986) - tape
Zungenreden (1990) - tape
Entsagung (1991-93) - flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, electronics
Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.) - computer-controlled piano
Klanglabyrinth (1992-95) - computer installation
Amazing Maze (1993-2007) - computer installation
Interferences (1996/97) - computer installation
Lexicon-Lecture (1998) - computer installation
Champ d'Action (1999) - computer-controlled ensemble
fLOW (1998/99) - sound scape / computer installation
conVex (1999) - computer
more or less (1999-2007) - computer-controlled soloists
da braccio (1999) - solo string instrument, live electronic & computer
onwards (1999/2000) - 3 instruments & electronics
The Untempered Piano (2000) - computer installation
REplay PLAYer (2000/2001) - computer music performance / interactive computer resp. web installation
ALLgebrah. Eine Kopfwelt (2001) - sound & video performance
Temps fugitive (2001) - realtime-generated sound and video installation
ON FIRE (2001) - realtime-generated sound scape
GRIDS (2001) - sound track for an image
PENDENTE (2002) - sound track for a light installation by Martin Kaar
Sonnez la cloche! (2002/2003) - sound performance
Doors / Vrata (2003) - sound sculpture in collaboration with Nika Radic
Le mystère d'orgue (2003) - sound environment for Hermann Nitsch
Seelewaschen (2003/2004) - generative sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier
ULURU (2001-2004) - generative sound environment for an exhibition on Aboriginal Art
action rituelle (2004) - sound performance
blurB (2004) - electronic music
FontanaMixer (2004) - generative sound environment after John Cage
Father Earth (2004/2005) - sound performance
and thank you I don't think we will meet again (2005) - live-soundtrack for an art performance
Balkonszene (2005) - live-soundtrack for an art performance
Rouge de Rouge (2005) live-soundtrack for an art performance
Deconstructing Mozart (2006) - for church organ and computer
Stimmen.Hören (2007) - sound performance
WebernWeben (2007) - sound performance
Demo Crazy (2009) - sound performance for computer and live-electronics
Familiar Strangers (2011) - electronic music based on photos by Christoph Überhuber
WalkürenWalk (2013) - sound performance for computer and live-electronics
Tristan's Lament (2013) - sound performance for computer and live-electronics
not yet over (2013) - electronic soundtrack for a video installation by Guido Kucsko
Parsifal-Kristall (2013) - electronic sound environment
Herbecks Versprechen (2014) - electronic sound performance upon a poem by Ernst Herbeck


Realtime- & Meta-Compositions

In the Cage (1987) - 3 voices
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - wind instruments or church organ
Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.) - computer-controlled piano
Amazing Maze (1993-2007) - computer
Lexicon-Oracle (1996-98) - computer
Interferences (1996/97) - computer
Champ d'Action (1998) - computer-controlled ensemble
conVex (1999) - computer
more or less (1999-2007) - computer-controlled soloists
da braccio (1999) - solo string instrument, live electronic & computer
The Untempered Piano (2000) - computer
REplay PLAYer (2000/2001) - computer music performance / interactive computer resp. web installation
Temps fugitive (2001) - realtime-generated sound and video installation
ON FIRE (2001) - realtime-generated sound scape
downside up (2001/2002) - computer-conducted ensemble groups
Sonnez la cloche! (2002/2003) - sound performance
SPACIAL EDITION (2002/2003) - realtime generated video/sound environment
STREAMING (2003) - 4 spatially distributed ensemble groups
FontanaMixer (2004) - generative sound environment after John Cage
nature / morte (2005/2006) - generative sound environment for an exhibition on Viennese Actionism
Von Hirschen und Röhren (2006/2007) - generative sound environment for Beat Zoderer
Panta Rhei (2006) - generative sound environment for Jürgen Messensee
(7x7)7 (2006) - generative music mobile for Jürgen Messensee
Berliner Luft (2006) - generative sound environment for Johanes Zechner
FRÄULEIN ATLANTIS (2007) - generative sound and video environment for Jonathan Meese


Meta-Instruments

Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.) - computer-controlled piano
m@ze°2 (1999 ff.) - generative computer instrument
The Untempered Piano (2000) - computer installation
REplay PLAYer (2000/2001) - generative computer instrument
FontanaMixer (2004) - generative sound environment after John Cage


Installations & Sound Scapes

Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.) - computer installation
Klanglabyrinth (1992-95) - computer installation
Amazing Maze (1993-2007) - computer installation
MindShipMind (1996-98) - computer/web installation
Lexicon-Lecture (1998) - computer
Lexikon-Projekt (1996-98) - multimedia installation
fLOW (1998/99) - sound scape / computer installation
conVex (1999) - computer installation
The Untempered Piano (2000) - computer installation
REplay PLAYer (20002001) - computer music performance / interactive computer resp. web installation
es wird (2000) - computer installation
Temps fugitive (2001) - realtime-generated sound and video installation
ON FIRE (2001) - realtime-generated sound scape
SPACIAL EDITION (2002/2003) - realtime generated video/sound environment
Doors / Vrata (2003) - sound sculpture in collaboration with Nika Radic
Le mystère d'orgue (2003) - sound environment for Hermann Nitsch
Seelewaschen (2003/2004) - generative sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier
ULURU (2001-2004) - generative sound environment for an exhibition on Aboriginal Art
FontanaMixer (2004) - generative sound environment after John Cage
WebernUhrWerk (2005) - algorithmic music for computer-controlled Carillon
nature / morte (2005/2006) - generative sound environment for a photo documentation on Viennese Actionism
Von Hirschen und Röhren (2006/2007) - generative sound environment for a room installation by Beat Zoderer
Panta Rhei (2006) - generative sound environment for an installation by Jürgen Messensee
(7x7)7 (2006) - generative sound environment for an animation video by Jürgen Messensee
AIR BORNE (2006) - permanent sound environment for an installation by Stefan Krüskemper
Berliner Luft (2006) - generative sound environment for Johanes Zechner
FRÄULEIN ATLANTIS (2007) - generative sound and video environment for Jonathan Meese
BOCHUMSTEP (2008/2009) - permanent sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier
Proper Ties (2010) - generative sound environment for an art installation by Guido Kucsko
Suspended Suspense (2012) - generative sound environment for an art installation by Xenia Hausner


Film Music

Sieben Tore ins Land (2002) - sound track for a 3D movie
carl mayer, scenar(t)ist - berlin (2003) - electronic sound track
dance:storm (2004) - electronic sound track for a dance video
Nach viermal geht die Sonne auf (2004) - live-electronic sound track
tides (2004-2006) - electronic sound track for a dance video
sculpture (2005-2006) - electronic sound track for a dance video
Drowned (2006) - electronic sound track for a dance video


Visuals

SPACIAL EDITION (2002/2003) - generative video and sound environment
Through the Curly Rain-Taps (2005) - generative visuals
Leimung (2006) - sound/video/performance
FRÄULEIN ATLANTIS (2007) - generative sound and video environment for Jonathan Meese


Text Compositions

In the Cage (1987) - performance
Zungenreden (1990) - tape
Lexicon-Oracle (1996-98) - computer / web installation
Karlheinz Essl's Playing Strategies (1998) - web installation
es wird (2000) - computer installation


Web Projects

Lexicon-Oracle (1996-98) - web installation
MindShipMind (1996-98) - computer / web installation
Lexikon-Sonate online... (1997)
Karlheinz Essl's Playing Strategies (1998) - web installation


Music for Pupils

downside up (2001/2002) - computer-conducted ensemble groups
STREAMING (2003) - 4 spatially distributed ensemble groups
7x7 (2006-2009) - musical mobile for various instrumental quartets


Music on Music

O rosa bella (1981-1986) - transcription after John Dunstable for ensemble (c. 1420)
BWV 1007a (1986) - re-synthesis of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite for Violoncello in G major, BWV 1007 for cello solo
Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2014) - interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations for various instruments and live-electronics
Deconstructing Mozart (2006) - deconstruction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465 for organ, computer and live-electronics
WalkürenWalk (2013) - sound performance based on Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries
Tristan's Lament (2013) - sound performance based on Richard Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
Parsifal-Kristall (2013) - sound environment based on Richard Wagner's Parsifal: Erlösungschor
WebernUhrWerk (2005) - algorithmic music for computer-controlled Carillon based on Anton Webern's last tone row
WebernSpielWerk (2005) - for toy piano or celesta solo, based on Anton Webern's last tone row
FontanaMixer (2004) - generative sound environment based on John Cage's Fontana Mix


Percussion

Proportional Circles 2314 (1987) - 4 percussions
Abolition (1989) - percussion solo
Rudiments (1989/90) - 4 snare drums
Space Art Transmission (1991) - voice & 3 percussions
ex machina (2002) - 6 percussionists encircling the audience
el-emen' (2004) - solo percussion, computer and live-electronics
Hypostasis (2010) - 3 percussionists
Sequitur XI (2010) - vibraphone and live-electronics


Strings

Conversations (1983/84) - string trio
Streichquartett 1985 (1985) - string quartet
Helix 1.0 (1986) - string quartet
BWV 1007a (1986) - cello solo
Rapprochement (1992) - violin & cello
absence (1996) - violin solo
à trois - seul (1997/98) - string trio
da braccio (1999) - solo string instrument, live electronic & computer
upward, behind the onstreaming it mooned (2001) - string quartet
Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2007) - string trio & live-electronics
Segreto spaziale (2003) - violin, computer, electronics
Faites vos jeux! (2004) - 5-8 spatially distributed cellos
Sequitur III (2008) - violin and live-electronics
Sequitur IV (2008) - cello and live-electronics
Sequitur IVb (2010) - viola and live-electronics
STERN (2013) - electric violin, prepared piano and vibration speaker
RESONAVIT (2014) - electric violin, zither and vibration speaker


Piano / Toy Piano / Organ / Harpsichord / Music Box / Kalimba

Con una certa espressione parlante (1985) - piano, tape recorder & live-electronics
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - version for church organ
Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.) - computer-controlled piano
Kalimba (2005) - toy piano and playback
WebernSpielWerk (2005/2012) - toy piano or celesta (with optional ringmodulator)
Deconstructing Mozart (2006) - church organ and electronics
Sequitur V (2008) - toy piano and live-electronics
Sequitur XIII (2008) - inside piano and live-electronics
Listen Thing (2008) - music box or toy piano
Pandora's Secret (2009) - music box and live-electronics
Sequitur XII (2009) - harpsichord and live-electronics
Take the C Train (2009) - piano solo
Sequitur XIV (2009) - kalimba and live-electronics
whatever shall be (2010) - toy piano, dreidel, chop sticks, music box and surround sound
Gold.Berg.Werk (2010-2012) - harpsichord & live-electronics
juncTions (2011/2012) - piano (2 players) and live-electronics
under wood (2012) - amplified toy pianos and ensemble
Miles to go (2012) - 4 prepared and amplified toy pianos
Gold.Berg.Werk (2010-2014) - piano & live-electronic
STERN (2013) - electric violin, prepared piano and vibration speaker
Pachinko (2013) - toy piano & computer
VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014) - toy piano & harpsichord


Toy Piano

Kalimba (2005) - toy piano and playback
WebernSpielWerk (2005/2012) - toy piano or celesta (with optional ringmodulator)
Sequitur V (2008) - toy piano and live-electronics
Listen Thing (2008) - toy piano solo
whatever shall be (2010) - toy piano, dreidel, chop sticks, music box and surround sound
under wood (2012) - amplified toy pianos and ensemble
Miles to go (2012) - 4 prepared and amplified toy pianos
Pachinko (2013) - toy piano & computer
VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014) - toy piano & harpsichord
More information here...


Voice

Memento mori (1984/85) - voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass
In the Cage (1987) - 3 voices
Space Art Transmission (1991) - voice & 3 percussions
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - 3 or 4 voices
Sequitur IX (2008) - voice and live-electronics


Saxophone

Close the Gap! (1990) - 3 tenor saxophones
colorado (2005-2008) - saxophone quartet and live-electronics
7x7 (2006) - musical mobile for 4 alto saxophones
Sequitur VII (2008) - alto saxophone and live-electronics


Brass

Helix 2.0 (1996) - 2 trumpets, 2 trombones
four2eight (1999/2000) - 4 trumpets, 4 trombones
Faites vos jeux! (2004) - 4-8 spatially distributed trombones and/or cellos
Sequitur VI (2008) - trumpet and live-electronics
Sequitur X (2008) - trombone and live-electronics
7x7 fo(u)r trombones (2008) - musical mobile for trombone quartet
Si! (2012) - tenor tuba (or trombone), live-electronics and surround sound


Electric Guitar

Sequitur VIII (2008) - electric guitar & live-electronics
While my guitars gently whip (2008/2009) - electric guitar quartet
7x7 fo(u)r guitars (2009) - musical mobile for electric guitar quartet
Chemi(s)e (2009) - electric guitar and ensemble


Solo

BWV 1007a (1986) - cello solo
Abolition (1989) - percussion solo
absence (1996) - violin solo
Kalimba (2005) toy piano & playback
WebernSpielWerk (2005/2012) toy piano or celesta (with optional ringmodulator)
Listen Thing (2009) toy piano solo
Take the C Train (2009) - piano solo


Solo with Live-Electronics

Con una certa espressione parlante (1985) - piano, tape recorder & live-electronics
el-emen' (2004) - percussion & live-electronics
Kalimba (2005) toy piano & playback
inside/out (2006) - flute & live-electronics
Sequitur (2008-2010) - work series various solo instruments & live-electronics
whatever shall be (2010) - toy piano, dreidel, chop sticks, music box, live-electronics and surround sound
Si! (2012) - tenor tuba (or trombone), live-electronics and surround sound
Pachinko (2013) - toy piano & computer


Duo

Con una certa espressione parlante (1985) - piano, tape recorder & live-electronics
Rapprochement (1992) - violin & cello
Préambule - Pierrot/Arlequin (1996) - bass flute & piccolo
STERN (2013) - electric violin, prepared piano and vibration speaker
VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014) - toy piano & harpsichord
RESONAVIT (2014) - electric violin, zither and vibration speaker


Trio

Conversations (1983/84) - string trio
Close the Gap (1990) - sax trio
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - 3 woodwinds
à trois - seul (1997/98) - string trio
onwards (1999) - sax, piano, perc & electronics
blur (2003) - alto flute, vibraphone, cello
Hypostasis (2010) - 3 percussionist


Quartet

Streichquartett 1985 (1985) - string quartet
Helix 1.0 (1986) - string quartet
Helix 2.0 (1986) - 2 trumpets, 2 trombones
Proportional Circles 2314 (1987) - 4 percussions
Rudiments (1989/90) - 4 snare drums
In's Offene! (1991) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello
Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.) - saxophone or recorder quartet
Entsagung (1991-93) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello & electronics
elision (1997) - double bass, bass clarinet, percussion, french horn
onwards (1999/2000) - 3 instruments and electronics
upward, behind the onstreaming it mooned (2001) - string quartet
colorado (2005-2008) - saxophone quartet and live-electronic and 4-channel sound projection
7x7 (2006-2008) - musical mobile for instrumental quartets
While my guitars gently whip (2008/2009) - electric guitar quartet


Quintet

Memento mori (1984/85) - voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass
more or less (1999-2007) - computer-controlled soloists
Cinq (2007) - flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn and bassoon


Sextett

Déviation (1993) - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
ex machina (2002) - 6 percussionists encircling the audience


Compositional Software

COMPOSE for xLOGO (1988 ff.)
RTC-lib - Real Time Composition Library (1993-2007)



Works in Chronological Order



Conversations (1983/84)
vl, vla, vlc   [10']
Première: 9 May 1984 Schiefergarten Klosterneuburg (A)
Publ: KHE
Rec: priv. (studio production)


Memento mori (1984/85)
voc, vl, vla, vcl, cb
after poems by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Franz Neovalis Neulinger and Hans Magnus Enzensberger   [15']
Première: 9 May 1985 Raiffeisenbank Klosterneuburg (A)
Carlo Kalmar: voc, Karlheinz Essl: db, ad-lib-ensemble
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF (Konzerthaus Vienna, Ensemble '86, 10 Nov 87)


Con una certa espressione parlante (1985)
for a pianist and a tape machine operator   [10']
Première: 11 Nov 1985 Musikschule Kremsmünster (A)
Karlheinz Essl: pf, Gerhard Eckel: tape recorder
Publ: KHE
Rec: priv. (studio production)


Streichquartett 1985 (1985)
string quartet   [10']
Première: 18 Apr 1986 Rathaus Klosterneuburg (A)
Ensemble '86
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF (Konzerthaus Vienna, 3 May 92; Arditti Quartet)


Orgue de Cologne (1986)
monophonic tape   [1:47]
Première: 26 Apr 1986 Alte Schmiede Vienna (A)
Publ: KHE
Rec: Institut für Elektroakustik und Experimentelle Musik (Musikhochschule Wien)


Carambol (1986)
electronic music for monophonic tape   [6:08]
Première: 12 Apr 1986 WUK Vienna (A)
Publ: KHE
Rec: Institut für Elektroakustik und Experimentelle Musik (Musikhochschule Wien)


Helix 1.0 (1986)
string quartet   [15']
Première: 12 Jun 1987 Galerie Gadenstätter, Zell am See (A)
Ensemble '86
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4259-1
CD Rudiments - Arditti Quartet


Helix 2.0 (1986)
2 trumpets, 2 trombones   [8']
Première: 27 May 1991 Teatro Regio, Parma (I)
Festival Traiettorie
Quartetto di ottoni dell'opera di Genova
Publ: Ms.


BWV 1007a (1986)
cello (or marimba) solo   [10']
Première: 12 Jan 1988 Alte Schmiede Vienna (A)
Elisabeth Flunger: marimba
Publ: KHE


met him pike trousers (1987)
orchestra: 4 Apr 4.4 / 4 Apr 4.2 / 6 perc, pno (cel), arp / 15.12 Aug 8.8   [11']
Première: 23 Oct 1987 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Radio Symphonyorchstra Vienna, Dir: Wolfgang Bozic
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4287-4
CD Rudiments - United Philharmonic, Dir. Richard Edlinger


Proportional Circles 2314 (1987)
4 percussion players   [18']
Dedicated to my wife Eva
Première: 6 Nov 1987 Klosterneuburg, SCHÖMER-HAUS (A)
Ensemble Les Guetteurs des Sons, Dir: Karlheinz Essl
Publ: KHE
Rec: priv. (première)


In the Cage (1987)
performance for 3 speakers   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 4 Mar 1988 Alte Schmiede Vienna (A)
Performance group Angelus Novus
Publ: KHE
Rec: priv. (première)


COMPOSE for xLOGO (1988 ff.)
Computer Aided Composition Programming Environment
for Atari ST Computers


Oh tiempo tus piramides (1988/89)
chamber orchestra: fl, ob, cl, bas / tp, fh, tmb / 2 perc / 6 vl, 3 vla, 2 vcl, 1 db   [20']
Commissioned by the "Arbeiter Zeitung"
Première: 6 Oct 1990 Stephaniensaal Graz (A)
Festival "Musikprotokoll '90"
Ensemble Modern, Dir: Hans Zender
Publ: Universal Edition
Rec: ORF (première)


Abolition... (1989)
percussion solo   [10']
Commissioned by Mürztaler Werkstätte / steirisc[:her:]bst
Première: 2 Nov 1989 Mitterdorf, Schloß Pichl (A)
Festival "Mürztaler Werkstätte"
H. Prinz: perc
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4209-6
Rec: ORF (Konzerthaus Vienna - "WIEN MODERN", 22 Nov 89; E. Flunger)


Rudiments (1989/90)
4 snare drums   [14'] Commissioned by "Wiener Konzerthaus"
Dedicated to my friend Jack Hauser
Première: 21 Mar 1990 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Ensemble Les Guetteurs des Sons, Dir: HK Gruber)
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4195-2
CD Rudiments


...et consumimur igni (1989/90)
3 ensembles (2 tp, 2 fh, 2 tb, 3 perc, 3 vl, 3 vla, 3 vcl)   [16']
Commissioned by "Musikprotokoll '90"
Première: 4 Oct 1990 Alte Remise Graz (A)
Festival "Musikprotokoll '90"
Ensemble Modern, Dir: Peter Eötvös
Publ: Breitkopf & Härtel
CD Moderne in Österreich 1968 - 1997 - 30 Jahre Musikprotokoll


Zungenreden (1990)
radiophonic tape piece   [28']
Commissioned by the Austrian Radio - "Kunstradio"
Première: 15 Nov 1990 Austrian Radio Vienna (A)
"Kunstradio / Radiokunst"
Publ: KHE
CD RP4


Close the Gap (1990)
3 tenor saxophones   [13']
Première: 28 Apr 1991 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Ensemble XASAX (Paris)
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4257-7
CD Rudiments, CD XASAX


In Girum. Imus. Nocte (1991)
orchestra: 4 Apr 4.4 / 4 Apr 4.2 / 8 perc, pno, arp / 12 Oct 8 Aug 8   [15']
Commissioned by "Musikprotokoll '91"
Première: 11 Oct 1991 Stephaniensaal Graz (A)
Festival "Musikprotokoll '91"
Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dir: Mario Venzago
Publ: Breitkopf & Härtel
Rec: ORF (première)


In's Offene! (1991)
fl, cl (bcl), vl, vcl   [26']
Dedicated to my son Simon (* 1991)
Première: 3 Nov 1991 Schreyahn (BRD)
Ensemble '86
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4260-7
Rec: priv. (SCHÖMER-HAUS: 28 Feb 1992; Ensemble '86)
Video: Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien (Skopje, Macedonia: 4 Apr 2006)


Space Art Transmission (1991)
voc, 3 perc   [4']
Première: 31 Oct 1991 Austrian Radio Vienna (A)
"Kunstradio"
Publ: KHE
CD ARTSAT - Kunstradio


Partikel-Bewegungen (1991 ff.)
fl, bcl, sax (or: saxophone quartet)   [14' / dur. ad lib.]
Dedicated to Harald Naegeli
Première: 8 May 1992 Galerie Theuretzbacher Vienna (A)
Performance with Harald Naegeli
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF (CCW Stainach, 4 Apr 1994; Ensemble XASAX)


Rapprochement (1992)
vl, vcl   [18']
Première: 29 May 1992 Kloster Fiecht (A)
Gundelind Micko: vl, Ulrike Rohland: vcl
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4286-7
Rec: private (Alte Schmiede Wien, 13 Nov 92)


RTC-lib - Real Time Composition Library (1993-2007)
Software library for algorithmic, serial and stochastic musical composition for Max/MSP/Jitter and PD
running on an Apple Macintosh computers (MacOS 9 / MacOS X), PC (Windows XP)


Entsagung (1991-93)
fl, bcl, pno, perc and 4-channel live-electronics   [16'] Commissioned by IRCAM (Paris)
Première: 26 Oct 1993 Paradiso Amsterdam (NL)
Het Nieuw Ensemble; Dir: E. Spanjaard
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4288-1
CD Rudiments - Klangforum Vienna, Dir. Gerd Kühr


Klanglabyrinth (1992-95)
Interactive 4-Channel Realtime-Composition for the IRCAM Musical Workstation (ISPW) or 2 CD Players   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 2 Mar 1995 Offenes Kulturhaus Linz (A)
Performance festival "Das innere Ohr"
Publ: KHE
Rec: priv. (video of première)


Lexikon-Sonate (1992-2007)
Interactive Realtime-Composition for Computer-Controlled Piano   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 10 Feb 1994 Großer Sendesaal of the Austrian Radio, Vienna (A)
"Kunstradio"
Publ: KHE
CD Rudiments


Déviation (1993)
fl, bcl, vl, vcl, pno, perc   [14']
Commissioned by the "Wiener Konzerthaus"
Dedicated to my son Marian (* 1993)
Première: 22 Mar 1994 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Festival "Hörgänge"
Ensemble InterContemporain
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4298-8
CD soundscapes 4 advanced - exxj, Dir. Peter Burwik


Cross the Border (1994/95)
soloists (sax, cb, perc) and ensemble (2.0 Feb 0 - 1 Jan 1.0 - pno, perc - 2 Jan 2.0)   [15']
Commissioned by the Ensemble Klangforum Wien
Première: 26 Sep 1995 Alte Oper Frankfurt (D)
Ensemble Klangforum Wien, Dir: J. Kalitzke
Rec: ORF (Salzburg Festival, "Next Generation", 7 Aug 97, Klangforum Wien, Dir: Johannes Kalitzke)
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4258-4


Intervention (1995)
spatial composition for 4 orchestra groups (each: tp, tb, perc, vla, vcl, cb)   [14'] Commissioned by the ORF Symphonieorchester
Première: 8 Nov 1996 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Festival WIEN MODERN '96
Radio Symphonie Orchestra Vienna, Dir: Peter Rundel
Publ: KHE
CD Neue Musik aus Österreich - RSO Wien


absence (1996)
violin solo   [11']
Dedicated to Ernst Kovacic
Première: 4 Jun 1996 Musikverein Vienna (A)
Ernst Kovacic: vl
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4535-6
Rec: private (Irvine Arditti, WIEN MODERN '99)


O rosa bella (1981-96)
fl, ob, cl, vl, vla, vcl   [12']
Transcription after John Dunstable, John Bedingham and anonymous composers from the 15th century
Première: 15 Feb 1997 SCHÖMER-HAUS Klosterneuburg (A)
ensemble recherche (Freiburg)
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4534-9
Rec: CD re_naissance transcriptions - ensemble recherche


Amazing Maze (1993-2007)
Interactive Realtime Composition for Sampled Sound Particles and Optional Live-Performer(s)   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 11 May 1996 Chicago (USA)
NEMO 96 Festival
Gene Coleman: bcl, R. Albert Falesch: computer
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF Kunstradio (18 Sep 97)


MindShipMind (1996-98)
Interactive Computer Installation and Web project with Video, Sound, and Computer Speech   [dur. ad lib.]
In collaboration with Vibeke Sorensen
Première: 1 Aug 1996 Copenhagen (DK)
Mindship - Third Culture Symposion
Publ: KHE


Préambule - Pierrot/Arlequin (1996)
bass flute & piccolo   [4']
Dedicated to Gottfried Michael Koenig for his 70th birthday
Première: 1 Oct 2000 (Vienna, A)
Flötenkonzert Sylvie Lacroix & friends
Wotruba-Kirche Wien-Mauer
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4619-3
Rec: dutch radio


Lexicon-Oracle (1996-98)
realtime text composition for computer speech   [dur. ad lib.]
original Macintosh program by Karlheinz Essl
CGI-version for the World-Wide Web by Florian Cramer
Javascript-version for the World-Wide Web by Karlheinz Essl


...wird sichtbar am Horizont (1996)
spatially distributed ensemble   [15']
Commissioned by the "Salzburg Festival 1997"
Dedicated to my nephew Alexander Essl (1994-96)
Première: 6 Aug 1997 Mozarteum Salzburg (A)
Salzburg Festival - "Next Generation"
Ensemble Modern, Dir: Hans Zender
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-4622-3
Rec: ORF (première)


Lexikon-Sonate online... (1997)
realtime-generated piano music   [dur. ad lib.]
interactive CGI-version for the World-Wide Web by Florian Cramer
Javascript implementation for the World-Wide Web by Karlheinz Essl


Interferences (1996/97)
realtime composition for computer-controlled percussion sounds   [8' / dur. ad lib.]
Première: 28 Aug 97 Mieger/Klagenfurt (A)
"Schnitt II - Kunstgespräche Mieger 1997"
Karlheinz Essl: computer
Publ: KHE


elision (1997)
cb, bcl, perc, hr   [13']
Commissioned by the Elision Ensemble (Australia)
Première: 27 Jun 1999 Sydney Opera House (AUS)
Elision Ensemble; Dir: Carl Rosman
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-5049-7
Rec: private (premier)


à trois - seul (1997/98)
vl, vla, vcl   [14']
Dedicated to the Orpheus Trio Wien
Commissioned by the Music Collection of the Austrian National Library
Première of 1st movement: 10 Nov 1997, ÖNB Vienna (A)
Première of the entire piece: 31 Mar 98, Konzerthaus Vienna
Orpheus Trio Wien
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-5050-3
CD Streichtrios der Moderne - Orpheus Trio Wien


Champ d'Action (1998)
realtime composition environment for computer-controlled ensemble   [dur. ad lib.]
Commissioned by the ensemble Champ d'Action (Antwerp, Belgium)
Première: 2 Jul 1998, LOGOS Foundation Ghent (B)
Ensemble Champ d'Action, Dir: Karlheinz Essl
Publ: KHE
Rec: LOGOS Foundation (première)


Lexicon-Lecture (1998)
interactive multimedia computer installation for realtime generated computer speech, live video processing and realtime composed piano music   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 1 Jul 1998 RadioKulturHaus Vienna (A)
Festival Elektrokomplex


Lexikon-Projekt (1996-98)
interactive multimedia room installation
in collaboration with Andreas Okopenko (literature), Regina Freimüller (architecture), Libraries of the Mind (hyperMedia design)
Première: 25 Jul 1998, Klangturm St. Pölten (A)
Klangturm - FEEDBACK Festival


mise en scène (1998)
for 4 ensemble groups (perc - tp, tmb - fl, cl, hr - 2 vl, 2 vcl)   [12']
Dedicated to Friedrich Cerha
Commissioned by the ensemble die reihe (Vienna, Austria)
Première: 1 Jun 1999 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
ensemble die reihe, Dir: Friedrich Cerha
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-5120-3
Rec: ORF (premier)


fLOW (1998-2001)
performance and improvisation environment based on a realtime-generated sound scape
site-specific work-in-progress [duration ad lib.]
various realisations in different locations with changing musicians
ambient sound scape generator: shareware for Macintosh computers (download...)


Karlheinz Essl's Playing Strategies (1998)
random-based text oracle which generates playing strategies for musical improvisation

original Macintosh program by Karlheinz Essl
Javascript-version for the World-Wide Web by Karlheinz Essl


m@ze°2 (1999 ff.)
realtime composition and improvisation computer environment


conVex (1999)
realtime generated sound scape based on 12 chords of Eric Satie's "Vexations"   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 8 Oct 1999 Bruckner-Conservatory Linz (A)
Satie-Nacht
Publ: KHE


da braccio (1999/2000)
interactive realtime composition for a solo string instrument, live electronic and computer   [20']
Commissioned by the festivals WIEN MODERN 2000 and the "Bludenzer Tage für zeitgemäße Musik"
Dedicated to Garth Knox
Première: 24 Nov 2000, Bludenz, REM/SE (A)
Festival "Bludenzer Tage für zeitgemäße Musik"
Garth Knox: viola d'amore
Karlheinz Essl: computer
Publ: KHE
CD stryngebite (sumetone 2003)


more or less (1999-2007)
realtime composition for computer-controlled soloists   [dur. ad lib.]
Première: 5 Nov 2002 Leeuwarden (NL)
Het Nieuw Ensemble (Amsterdam)
Karlheinz Essl: computer
Publ: KHE
CD Alpenglühen (col legno 2008)


onwards (1999/2000)
for three instruments and electronics (or fixed media)   [21']
Commissioned by the Konzerthaus Vienna for trio accanto (Freiburg)
Première: 28 Mar 2000 Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Festival "Hörgänge 2000"
trio accanto, Karlheinz Essl: computer
Publ: KHE
Rec: private (premier)


The Untempered Piano (2000)
interactive sound installation  [dur. ad lib.]
Commissioned by the City of Vienna for the Bach-Year 2000
Première: 9 Apr 2000 Museum of Technology, Vienna (A)
Publ: KHE


fLOWER (2000)
voc, fl, vcl, e-git, perc, electronics, sound scape, light installation   [130']
Final part of the work-in-progress fLOW
Première: 13 May 2002 KUNST.HALLE.KREMS, Minoritenkirche Stein, Krems (A)
Didi Bruckmayer: voc
Anne LaBerge: flute & live-electronics
Arne Deforce: cello & live-electronics
Martin Siewert: e-guitar & live-electronics
Elisabeth Flunger: percussion
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics, sound scape
Philipp Harnoncourt: light design
Martin Leitner: sound projection
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF Kunstradio


four2eight (1999/2000)
for 4 groups of 1 trumpet and 1 trombone each, spatially distributed in a large reverberant hall   [6']
Commissioned by Mürztaler Werkstätte / steirisc[:her:]bst
Première: 15 Sep 2000, Neuberg/Mürz (A)
Bläser des Mürztaler Sinfonieorchesters, Dir: Ernst Smole
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-6632-0
CD Maurice André


es wird (2000)
generative sound and text installation   [dur. ad lib.]
Based on a text by Heinz Tesar (1961/62)
Première: 1 Nov 2000, Essl Museum - WIEN MODERN (A)
Publ: KHE


REplay PLAYer (2000/2001)
computer music performance / interactive computer resp. web installation [dur. ad lib.]
Commissioned by the ORF KUNSTRADIO
Première: 25 Feb 2001, ORF KUNSTRADIO (A)
on site - on air - on line
Karlheinz Essl: computer
Publ: KHE
CD ©RUDE


upward, behind the onstreaming it mooned (2001)
string quartet   [18']
Commissioned by the "EOS Quartett Wien"
Première: 27 May 2001, Wiener Konzerthaus (A)
EOS Quartett Wien
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-6817-1
Rec: private (premier)


ALLgebrah. Eine Kopfwelt (2001)
sound & video performance   [50']
Commissioned by the festival WIEN MODERN
Dedicated to Adolf Wölfli
Première: 29 & 30 Oct 2001, Narrenturm Vienna (A)
Opening of the festival Kopfwelten.ADOLF WÖLFLI
Karlheinz Essl: composition
Michaela Grill: visuals
Publ: KHE


Temps fugitive (2001)
realtime-generated sound and video installation [ad lib.]
work-in-progress in collaboration with the dancer Liz Lea (London)
Première: 9 Oct 2001, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Publ: KHE


ON FIRE (2001)
realtime-generated sound scape [ad lib.]
sonic intervention to Fabrizio Plessi's room installation ONLY FIRE
Première: 27 Nov 2001, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Publ: KHE


GRIDS (2001)
electronic soundtrack for an image   [8']
Commissionsed by tu'm, Italy
Composed: Dec 2001, Vienna
Karlheinz Essl: computer live performance
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


downside up (2001/2002)
for 4 spatially distributed ensemble groups, conducted by a computer program   [25']
Première: 6 Feb 2002, Gesamtschule Mümmelmannsberg, Hamburg (D)
Pupils of the 11th class of the Gesamtschule Mümmelmannsberg
Dir: Karlheinz Essl
Publ: KHE
Rec: private audio / video tape of the premier


BREAKAWAYS (2001/2002)
live-performed electronic sound track for a multi-media presentation on Austrian Avantgarde Movements by Sabine Scholl   [150']
Commissioned by the "Austrian Cultural Forum", New York
Première: 4 May 2002
Austrian Cultural Forum
New York City (USA)
Publ: KHE


à la recherche de la voix perdue (2002)
tmb, accordeon, vcl, perc, computer, tape, light installation   [75']
Première: 15 Jun 2002 Staatstheater Stuttgart, Kammertheater (D)
Mike Svoboda: trombone
Thomas Witzmann: percussion
Ute Völker: accordeon
Sue Schlotte: cello
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics
Publ: KHE
Rec: private audio / video tape of the premier


DISTANCE OF THE MOON (2002)
live-electronic music for a dance performance by Bernd R. Bienert   [50']
Première: 28 Jun 2002 SCHÖMER-HAUS Klosterneuburg (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics, sound scape
Bernd R. Bienert: choreography, mise en scene, light design
Amande Freyer: costumes
Peter Rezak: light
Martina Haager, Kun-Chen Shih, Karin Steinbrugger: dancers
Publ: KHE
Rec: private audio / video tape of the premier


ex machina (2002)
6 percussionists encircling the audience   [13']
Commissioned by Mürztaler Werkstätte / steirisc[:her:]bst
Première: 26 Oct 2002
Mürzuschlag (A)
Steirischer Herbst
Studio Percussion graz, Dir. Günter Meinhart
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-6960-4
Rec: live recording (NDR)


PENDENTE (2002)
electronic music for a light installation by Martin Kaar   [15']
Commissioned by BUWOG, Vienna
Première: 8 Aug 2002
Vienna, BUWOG building Saileräckergasse (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer live performance
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


Sonnez la cloche! (2002/2003)
solo computer live performance   [30']
sonic comment on the church bells of Schwaz, Tyrol
Composed and performed at the festival AVANTGARDE Schwaz
Première: 31 Aug 2002
Schwaz, Hans-Sachs Schule (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer live performance
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


SPACIAL EDITION (2002/2003)
realtime generated video/sound environment   [dur. ad lib]
In collaboration with students from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
Première: 9 Nov 2002
Groningen, Puddingfabriek (NL)
Publ: KHE


Sieben Tore ins Land (2002)
sound track for a 3D movie   [25']
Commissioned by the NÖ Landesregierung for the installation Gedächtnis des Landes
Première: 14 Nov 2002
St. Pölten, NÖ Landesmuseum
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production


carl mayer, scenar(t)ist - berlin (2003)
electronic soundtrack for a short movie dedicated to Carl Mayer (1894 - 1944)   [7']
Commissioned by DIAGONALE - Forum österreichischer Film
Première: 24 Mar 2003
Graz (A) - international film festival DIAGONALE 2003
Karlheinz Essl: electronic music
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2014)
interpretation of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variation for string trio (or harpsichord or piano) and live-electronics   [60']
Première: 28 May 2003
Kloster Eisgarn (A)
Festival musik aktuell "Klang.Räume"
Orpheus Trio Wien
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics
Publ: KHE
CD Gold.Berg.Werk (Preiser Records 90753)


Doors / Vrata (2003)
sound sculpture in collaboration with Nika Radic
Première: 5 April 2003
Zagreb (HR)
Music Biennale Zagreb
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production


Segreto spaziale (2003)
music theater for violin, computer, live-electronics and multi-channel sound projection   [70']
Première: 13 Jun 2003
Klangraum Krems - Minoritenkirche (A)
Festival musik aktuell "Klang.Räume"
Ernst Kovavic: violin
Karlheinz Essl: computer, live-electronics, sound projection
Publ: KHE
Rec: live recording / video


STREAMING (2003)
for 4 spatially distributed ensemble groups, 4 conductors, 1 composer, light system and a reverberant hall   [25']
Première: 2 Dec 2003
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Festival musik aktuell "Klang.Räume"
Pupils of the J. G. Albrechtsberger Musikschule Klosterneuburg
conductor: Karlheinz Essl
Publ: KHE
Rec: live recording / video


Le mystère d'orgue (2003)
sound environment [dur. ad lib.]
sonic comment on the Hermann Nitsch retrospective at the Essl Collection
Première: 16 Oct 2003, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Publ: KHE
CD Le mystère d'orgue


blur (2003)
for alto flute, vibraphone and cello   [15']
Commissioned by the Ensemble "Wiener Collage"
Dedicated to my friend Nali Gruber
Première: 27 May 2004
Schönberg-Center Vienna (A)
Ensemble Wiener Collage
With kind support from the BKA - Kunstangelegenheiten
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-7148-5
Rec: live recording


Seelewaschen (2003/2004)
generative sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier
Commissioned by Donaufestival Niederösterreich 2004
Première: 17 Apr 2004
Korneuburg, Alte Werft (A)
Donaufestival Niederösterreich
Publ: KHE
CD SEELEWASCHEN


ULURU (2004)
generative sound environment for an exhibition on Aboriginal Art
Première: 1 Apr 2004
Klosterneuburg, Essl Museum (A)
Publ: KHE
CD ULURU


action rituelle (2004)
live-performance for computer, electronics and sound projection [15']
Commissioned by the festival Imago Dei
Première: 3 Apr 2004
Krems, Minoritenkirche (A)
Festival Imago Dei
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


el-emen' (2004)
for solo percussion, computer and live-electronics [20']
Commissioned by the Brucknerhaus Linz
Première: 19 May 2004
Brucknerhaus Linz (A)
Günter Meinhart: percussion
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics & sound projection
Publ: KHE
Rec: live recording / video (DVD)


dance:storm (2004)
electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance movie by Bernd R. Bienert [20']
Commissioned by the NÖ Landesregierung - Kulturförderung
Première: 15 May 2004
St.Pölten, Bühne am Hof (A)
Karlheinz Essl: electronic music
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production / DVD


blurB (2004)
electronic music [1']
Submission to the 60x60 Project
Première: 7 Nov 2004
New York, UNDER St. Marks (USA)
Publ: KHE
CD 60x60


Nach viermal geht die Sonne auf (2004)
electronic sound track for a video performance [15']
Video artwork by David Wiltschek, Christina Tsilidis, Hamidreza Tavakoli, Kamen Stoyanov and Caroline Heider
Commissioned by GLOBArt
Première: 26 Aug 2004
Pernegg, Klosterkirche (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer music live performance
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


Faites vos jeux! (2004)
Klangspiel for 4-8 spatially distributed trombones and/or celli [20']
Commissioned by Mürztaler Werkstätte / steirisc[:her:]bst
Première: 23 Oct 2004
Mürzzuschlag, Kraftwerk Auwehr (A)
Trombone players of the Symphony Orchestras of Mürzzuschlag and Szombathely
Publ: TONOS - ISMN: M-2015-7237-6
Rec: live recording of premier


Father Earth (2004/2005)
computer music live performance [12']
Première: 29 Nov 2004
Vienna, Galerie "Atrium et Arte" (A)
exhibition Ansichten vom MannSein - Didi Sattmann
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


FontanaMixer (2004)
Generative sound environment after "Fontana Mix" (1958) by John Cage [ad lib.]
Commissioned by the festival WIEN MODERN
Première: 9 Nov 2004
Schmetterlingshaus Burggarten, Vienna (A)
Publ: KHE


and thank you I don't think we will meet again (2005)
sound/space/performance
in collaboration with Jack Hauser und Sabine Holzer
Première: 4 Mar 2005
Konzerthaus, Vienna (A)
generator#24: superlooper II
CD SNDT®X


Balkonszene (2005)
live soundtrack accompanying an art performance by Josef Trattner
Première: 21 May 2005
Schloß Thürnthal (A)
Exhibition Bussi-T.
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


tides (2004-2006)
electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance movie by Bernd R. Bienert [13']
Commissioned by the NÖ Landesregierung - Kulturförderung
Première: 22 Jun 2006
St. Pölten, Festspielhaus (A)
Festival Österreich tanzt
Karl Schreiner: dance
Karlheinz Essl: electronic music
Bernd R. Bienert: choreography, video production
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production / DVD


sculpture (2005-2006)
electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance movie by Bernd R. Bienert [10']
Commissioned by the NÖ Landesregierung - Kulturförderung
Première: 22 Jun 2006
St. Pölten, Festspielhaus (A)
Festival Österreich tanzt
Harmen Tromp: dance
Karlheinz Essl: electronic music
Bernd R. Bienert: choreography, video production
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production / DVD


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback [6']
commissioned by Isabel Ettenauer
Première: 15 Sep 2005
Mittersill, St. Anna Kirche (A)
10. Komponistenforum Mittersill
Isabel Ettenauer: toy piano
Publ: KHE
CD the joy of toy (Isabel Ettenauer, 2005)
CD UnCaged Toy Piano (Phyllis Chen, 2009)
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)


Through the Curly Rain-Taps (2005)
generative visuals for a sound installation of Ramón Gonzalez-Arroyo [ad lib.]
Première: 23 Jun 2005
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Publ: KHE


WebernUhrWerk (2005)
algorithmic music for computer-controlled Carillon [ad lib.]
Contemplating the 60th anniversary of Anton Webern's death
Première: 15 Sep 2005
Mittersill, Dorfplatz (A)
10. Komponistenforum Mittersill (ein_klang records 2005)
Publ: KHE


WebernSpielWerk (2005/2012)
for toy piano or celesta (with optional ringmodulator) [6']
Première: 15 Sep 2005
Mittersill, St. Anna Kirche (A)
10. Komponistenforum Mittersill
Isabel Ettenauer: toy piano
Publ: KHE
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)


Rouge de Rouge (2005)
electronic sound performance
Première: 7 Dec 2005
Vienna, Künstlerhaus (A)
Exhibition WEIN FARBE ROT by Josef Trattner
Publ: KHE
CD SNDT®X


nature / morte (2005/2006)
generative sound environment, accompanying a photo documentation on Viennese Actionism
17 Feb – 11 Jun 2006
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Exhibition ÖSTERREICH: 1900 - 2000, curated by Wieland Schmid
Publ: KHE
CD nature / morte (Sammlung Essl)


colorado (2005-2008)
for saxophone quartet, live-electronics and 4-channel sound projection [18']
Commissioned by the Wiener Saxophon-Quartett
Première: 26 Apr 2006
Linz, Brucknerhaus (A)
Wiener Saxophonquartett
Publ: KHE
With kind support from the BKA - Kunstangelegenheiten
Rec: various live recordings


Drowned (2006)
electronic soundtrack for an experimental dance movie by Bernd R. Bienert [10']
Commissioned by the NÖ Landesregierung - Kulturförderung
Première: 22 Jun 2006
St. Pölten, Festspielhaus (A)
Festival Österreich tanzt
Bernd R. Bienert: choreography, video production
Sabine Gruber: text
Karl Schreiner, Doris Reisinger: dance
Karlheinz Essl: electronic music
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production / DVD


Von Hirschen und Röhren (2006/2007)
Eine tönende Installation von Beat Zoderer und Karlheinz Essl
Commissioned by Stanser Musiktage
22 Apr – 14 Mai 2006
Stans, Salzmagazin (CH)
Nidwaldner Museum
Publ: KHE


7x7 (2006-2009)
musical mobile for instrumental quartets [10']
versions for 4 alto saxophones, 4 clarinets, 4 trombones and 4 electric guitars
Première: 29 Nov 2006
Vienna, ÖNB - Palais Mollard (A)
Wiener Saxophonquartett
Publ: KHE
Rec: various live recordings


inside/out (2006)
for inside flute, live-electronics and 4-channel sound projection [18']
Dedicated to Cordula Bösze
Première: 2 Jun 2006
Vienna, Alte Schmiede (A)
Cordula Bösze: inside flute
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics, sound projection
Publ: KHE
CD entspannte gleichzeitigkeit - 30 Jahre Alte Musikwerkstatt in der Schmiede (Hammer Records 2006)


Panta Rhei (2006)
generative sound environment for an installation by Jürgen Messensee
29 Jun – 17 Sep 2006
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Exhibition MESSENSEE - ZOOM
Publ: KHE


(7x7)7 (2006)
generative music mobile for an animation video by Jürgen Messensee
29 Jun – 17 Sep 2006
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Exhibition MESSENSEE - ZOOM
Publ: KHE
CD (7x7)7 (Essl Museum)


Oracle Night (2006)
an oracle-based performance [51']
in collaboration with Jack Hauser und Sabine Holzer
Première: 14 Jun 2006, 19:30
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Rec: video recording of the premier


AIR BORNE (2006)
generative sound environment for an installation by Stefan Krüskemper
Opening: 25 Oct 2006
Berlin, Adlershof - Aerodynamischer Park (D)
Campus of the Humboldt University
Publ: KHE
CD AIR BORNE - Les séries sonores 45


Berliner Luft (2006)
generative sound environment for a room installation by Johanes Zechner
14 Sep – 5 Nov 2006
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Exhibition TRAUMA UND TRAUM. Der Berlinkoffer von Johanes Zechner
Publ: KHE
CD Berliner Luft (Essl Museum)


Deconstructing Mozart (2006)
for computer, church organ and electronics [42']
in collaboration with Franz Danksagmüller
Première: 23 Sep 2006
St. Pölten, Dom (A)
Festival Musica Sacra
Karlheinz Essl: m@ze°2
Franz Danksagmüller: church organ
Publ: KHE
Rec: surround recording of the premier by the Austrian Radio (ORF)
CD: SNDT®X


Leimung (2006)
sound/video/performance [30']
Première: 11 Nov 2006, 16:30
Künstlerhaus, Vienna (A)
Symposion collage, found footage, sampling
Karlheinz Essl: live performance
Rec: sound and video recording of premier


Spiegel III (1961 ff.) for large orchestra by Friedrich Cerha
realisation of the missing electronic part by Karlheinz Essl (2006/2007)
Première: 28 Oct 2011
Konzerthaus, Vienna (A)
Festival WIEN MODERN
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dir. Cornelius Meister
Rec: ORF


blurred (2007/2011)
for alto flute, vibraphone, cello and live-electronics [15']
Première: 28 Feb 2011
3raum Anatomietheater, Vienna (A)
Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert, Dir. Peter Burwik
Karlheinz Essl: live electronics
Rec: sound and video recording of premier
CD: ensemble xx. jahrhundert: 21st century portraits


Cinq (2007)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn and bassoon [10']
Dedicated to my wife Eva
Première: 3 Mar 2009 - Kornspeicher Wels (A)
Bläserquintett QuinTonic
Publ: Apoll-Edition AE 2015


Stimmen.Hören (2007)
electronic live performance with generative visuals [12']
Dedicated to the Gugging Artists
Première: 1 Sep 2007
Art/Brut Center, Maria Gugging (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production (Studio kHz)


FRÄULEIN ATLANTIS (2007)
generative sound and video environment for an installation by Jonathan Meese
Première: Thu, 20 Sep 2007, 19:30
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (A)
Exhibition Jonathan Meese - Fräulein Atantis
CD: Fräulein Atlantis
Recording of a live broadcast performance by the Austrian Kunstradio


WebernWeben (2007)
electronic live performance [5']
Dedicated to Anton Webern
Première: 7 Oct 2007
Konzerthaus Wien, Mozartsaal (A)
IGNM-Musikfest Wien 2007
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio recording (Studio kHz)


Sequitur (2008-2010)
various compositions for solo instruments and live-electronics
including flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, toy piano, trumpet, saxophone, e-guitar, voice, trombone, vibraphone, harpsichord, piano and kalimba
In collaboration with
Cordula Bösze (Vienna): flute
Georg Riedl (Vienna): clarinet
Barbara Lüneburg (Amsterdam): violin
Anton Lukoszevieze (Norwich): cello
Isabel Ettenauer (St. Pölten): toy piano
Jörg Engels (Vienna): trumpet
Lars Mlekusch (Vienna): saxophone
Seth Josel (Berlin): e-guitar
Margarete Jungen (Vienna): voice
Mike Svoboda (Basel): trombone
Stephan Froleyks (Münster): vibraphone
Maja Mijatovic (Vienna): cembalo
Tzenka Dianova (Victoria): prepared piano
Jennifer Hymer (Hamburg): kalimba
Publ: KHE
Rec: various recordings at Studio kHz
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)


non Sequitur (2008-2009)
pieces for various gadgets and live-electronics [ad lib.]
Dedicated to Philip K. Dick
Première: 20 Jun 2008
Contribution to a sampler by the netlabel bruit
Recorded live by Karlheinz Essl at Studio kHz on 25 Mar 2008
Publ: KHE
Rec: various live recordings (video/audio)


Listen Thing (2008)
Palindromic Christmas canon in 4 parts [4']
Version for Music Box / Version for Toy Piano
Dedicated to all my friends
Première: 9 Dec 2008, Toronto (CAN)
Xenia Pestova: toy piano
Publ: KHE
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)


BOCHUMSTEP (2008/2009)
permanent sound environment for a light installation by Rainer Gottemeier
Commissioned by the City of Bochum
Opening: N.N.
Bochum, Eisenbahnbrücke Wielandstraße (D)
KunstLichtTore Bochum
Publ: KHE
Rec: studio production


While my guitars gently whip (2008/2009)
for electric guitar quartet [10']
Commissioned by Champ d'Action
Première: 28 Mar 2009
Antwerpen, deSingel (B)
ZWERM - electric guitar quartet
Publ: KHE
Rec: audio recording of premier


Pandora's Secret (2009)
sound performance for music box and live-electronics [10']
Commissioned by the festival Linz 2009 - European Capitol of Europe
Première: 4 Jun 2009, Linz (A)
Isabel Ettenauer: music box & live-electronics
Publ: KHE
Rec: video of a live performance on YouTube
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)


Take the C Train (2009)
for grand piano, claves and E-Bow [30"]
Dedicated to Xenia Pestova
Première: 17 Jun 2009, Montréal (CAN)
Xenia Pestova: piano
Publ: KHE
CD Black and White Statments (Seda Röder, 2013)


Detune (2009)
fragment for oboe and large orchestra [1']
Written for the 40th anniversary of the RSO Vienna
first broadcasted: 20 Oct 2009, 21:58, Ö1
RSO Vienna, Dir. Karlheinz Essl
Publ: KHE
Rec: ORF studio production (28 Sep 2009)


Demo Crazy (2009)
sound performance for computer and live-electronics [11']
Commissioned by the 12th GlobArt Academy
Première: 20 Aug 2009, Pernegg (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer & live-electronics
Publ: KHE
Rec: video and audio recording of the premier


Chemi(s)e (2009)
for electric guitar and two ensemble groups [10']
Dedicated to Stefan Östersjö
Première: 24 Mar 2010, Vienna (A)
Stefan Östersjö: electric guitar
Ensemble Reconsil, Dir. Roland Freisitzer
Publ: Apoll-Edition AE 4094
Rec: video and audio recording of dress rehearsal


whatever shall be (2010)
for toy piano, dreidel, chop sticks, music box and live-electronics[10']
Dedicated to Phyllis Chen
Première: 8 May 2010, New York (USA)
Phyllis Chen: toy piano, gadgets and live-electronics
Publ: Ms.
CD whatever shall be (Isabel Ettenauer, 2013)
CD Little Things (Phyllis Chen, 2013)


Proper Ties (2010)
generative sound environment for an art installation by Guidu Kucsko
Première: 10 Jan 2011, Vienna (A)
Kunstforum Bank Austria
Publ: Ms.
CD Proper Ties (2010)


Hypostasis (2010)
for three percussion players [12']
Commissioned by Philipp Harnoncourt
Première: 19 Jun 2011, Graz (A)
Studio Percussion graz
Publ: Ms.
Rec: video and audio recording of dress rehearsal


Sterbebett mit Pappendeckeln (2010/11)
Electronic music for a theater piece by Andreas Okopenko [75']
Première: 27 May 2011, Vienna (A)
Karlheinz Essl: computer, electronics, sound sculpture
Publ: Ms.
Rec: video of a performance


LABoratorio (2010/11)
Mixed-media performance for viola, percussions, live-electronics, dancers and video [60']
Commissioned by the festival Música y Escena
Première: 3 Sep 2011, Mexico City (MEX)
Alexander Bruck: viola
Ivan Manzanilla: percussion
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics, visuals
Nadia Lartigue: dance, choreography, staging
Iván Ontiveros: dance
Julia Reyes Retana: light design
Publ: Ms.
Rec: audio and video recording of the premier


Familiar Strangers (2011)
Electronic music in three parts based on photo collages by Christoph Überhuber on Franz Kafka, Hanna Arendt and Max Weber [21']
Première: 9 Nov 2011, Vienna (A)
Familiar Faces, Mixed Feelings: photo/video exhibition by Christoph Überhuber
Karlheinz Essl: computer and live-electronics
Publ: Ms.
Rec: audio and video recording of the premier


juncTions (2011/2012)
for grand piano (two players) and live-electronics [12']
Commissioned by the keyboard collective junctQín
Funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
Première: 17 Feb 2012, Toronto (CAN)
junctQín keyboard collective: Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti (piano), Stephanie Chua (live-electronics)
Publ: Ms.
Rec: audio and video recording of the premier


Si! (2012)
for tenor tuba (or trombone), live-electronics and surround sound [17']
Commissioned by the festival Klangspuren Schwaz
Première: 26 Sep 2012, Uderns (A)
Karlheinz Siessl: tenor tuba
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics
Publ: Ms.
Rec: radio and video recording of the premier


under wood (2012)
for two amplified toy pianos (one player) and ensemble (fl, bcl, acc, tp, tmb, vl, vla, vcl, db) [13']
Commissioned by the ensemble die reihe (Vienna)
Première: 7 Nov 2012, Radiokulturhaus Wien (A)
Isabel Ettenauer: toy piano
Ensemble die reihe, Dir. Alexander Drčar
Publ: Apoll-Edition AE 4114
Rec: radio and video recording of the premier


Miles to go (2012)
for 4 prepared and amplified toy pianos [15']
Commissioned by the Philharmonie Luxembourg for the "Toy Piano World Summit"
Première: 2 Dec 2012, Philharmonie Luxembourg (LUX)
Isabel Ettenauer, Xenia Pestova, Pascal Meyer, Phyllis Chen: toy piano
Publ: Ms.
Rec: audio and video recording of the premier


Suspended Suspense (2012)
generative sound environment for an art installation by Xenia Hausner [45']
Première: 23 Oct 2012, Essl Museum (A)
Exhibition Xenia Hausner: Überleben
Publ: Ms.
Rec: studio production


WalkürenWalk (2013)
electronic sound performance for computer and controllers [8']
Premier: 9 Apr 2013, Hsinchu (TW)
News from Vienna
Karlheinz Essl: computer and controllers
Publ: Ms.
Rec: studio production


Tristan's Lament (2013)
electronic sound performance for computer and controllers [10']
Premier: 13 Apr 2013, Taipei (TW)
Lacking Sound Festival
Karlheinz Essl: computer and controllers
Publ: Ms.
Rec: studio production


not yet over (2013)
electronic sound track for a video installation by Guido Kucsko [9']
Premier: 12 Jun 2013, Vienna (A)
Sigmund Freud Museum
Publ: Ms.
Rec: studio production


Parsifal-Kristall (2013)
electronic sound environment for a painting by Hannes Mlenek [25']
Premier: 17 Jul 2013, Vienna (A)
Wagner Extase - Zeitgenössische Künstler interpretieren Richard Wagner
Exhibition in connection with Paulus Manker's theater performance Wagnerdämmerung
Publ: Ms.
Rec: studio production


STERN (2013)
for electric violin, prepared piano and vibration speaker [4']
Dedicated to Ernst Kovacic
Première: 1 Nov 2013, Festival WIEN MODERN, Konzerthaus Vienna (A)
Ernst Kovacic: electric violin, Mathilde Hoursiangou: piano
Publ: Ms.


Pachinko (2013)
for toy piano and computer [5']
Dedicated to Víctor Trescoli Sanz
Première: 30 Jan 2014, Valencia (E)
Víctor Trescoli Sanz: toy piano and computer
Publ: Ms.


Herbecks Versprechen (2014)
electronic sound performance upon a poem by Ernst Herbeck [12']
Commissioned by Museum Gugging
Première: 10 Mar 2014, Vienna (A)
Publ: Ms.


VIRIBVS VNITIS (2014)
for two toy pianos (one player) and two-manual harpsichord [10']
Commissioned by Isabel Ettenauer and Goska Isphording
Dedicated to my father
Première: 3 Dec 2014, Essl Museum (A)
Isabel Ettenauer: toy piano, Goska Isphording: cembalo
Publ: Ms.


RESONAVIT (2014)
for electric violin, zither and vibration speaker
Commissioned by Barbara Lüneburg and Martin Mallaun
Première: 21 Sep 2014, St. Vigil Chapel in Obsaurs/Schönwies (A)
Festival Klangspuren
Barbara Lüneburg: electric violin, Martin Mallaun: zither
Publ: Ms.


N.N. (2014)
for pipa and live-electronics
Première: 22 Apr 2015, Essl Museum (A)
Hui-Kuan Lin: Pipa, Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics
Publ: Ms.



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