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  Karlheinz Essl: SNDT®X

Album artwork: Simon Essl
  Six years after his last CD ©RUDE, Karlheinz Essl has released a new album with electronic music, entitled SNDT®X. As the name already suggests, the music on this release is related to other arts, serving as a comment or a sonic subtext to paintings, movies and performances of artists from other fields. Furthermore, several pieces are dealing with music of from various origins, namely psychedelic rock music (a tribute to CAN), advanced classical music (remixing Mozart's Dissonanzenquartett), chants from various religious contexts, or the ringing of a church bell.

Besides exploring the possibilities of free improvisation in his live performances, Karlheinz Essl uses his idiosyncratic electronic instrument m@ze°2 for his compositional work as well. All tracks on this release have been modeled with his algorithmic sound environment and were performed by himself at various occasions through the last years.

SNDT®X is comprised of 11 tracks with a total length of 137:37 minutes. It was released for the first time on 28 May 2007 as mp3 download on last.fm. The album was re-released on 2 Feb 2008 on the experimental net lable Two Left Hands on Two Right Arms. Since 2014, it is available for free on SoundCloud.



1 Father Earth
Computer music live performance in reference to CAN
Recorded live at the Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
Festival CHAIN_REACT_CHAIN_ (27 Apr 2005)
2 action rituelle
Computer music live performance on religious chants
Recorded live at Studio kHz (16 Jan 2006)
3 Carl Mayer Scenar(t)ist - Berlin
Soundtrack for a short movie dedicated to Carl Mayer
Produced at Studio kHz (2003)
4 Balkonszene
Live soundtrack accompanying an art performance by Josef Trattner
Recorded live at Studio kHz (23 Sep 2005)
Electronic music for a light installation by Martin Kaar
Recorded live at Studio kHz (5 Aug 2002)
6 Sonnez la cloche!
Computer music live performance on the sound of a church bell
Recorded live at Studio kHz (16 Jan 2006)
7 Deconstructing Mozart
Electronic de/re-construction of Mozart's Dissonanzen-Quartett
Recorded live at the Austrian National Library, Vienna
Portrait Concert Karlheinz Essl (29 Nov 2006)
8 Nach viermal geht die Sonne auf
Live-electronic sound track for a multimedia performance
Recorded live during the GLOBArt Academy 2004 at the Minster of Pernegg (26 Aug 2004)
9 and thank you...
Live soundtrack for a performance by Jack Hauser and Sabina Holzer
Recorded live at Studio kHz (1 May 2005)
10 Rouge de Rouge
Live soundtrack accompanying an exhibition by Josef Trattner
Recorded live at Studio kHz (9 Dec 2005)
Soundtrack for an image supplied by the web-label tu'm
Recorded live at Studio kHz (16 Jan 2001)


Many thanks to my son Simon Essl for creating the album's art work, Markus Åberg for releasing SNDT®X on his experimental net label Two left hands on two right arms and to all the artists who have inspired me to create this music.


Karlheinz Essl performing music from his album SNDT®X
Wohnung Miryam van Doren, Vienna
5 Aug 2011

Updated: 18 Jan 2020