Karlheinz Essl



for 4 loudspeakers and carousel

Commissioned by ISA Festival / Musikprotokoll 2019

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Premier of VERTIGO at Schloss Reichenau
Filmed on Aug 17th, 2019 by Karlheinz Essl

Binaural recording - listen with headphones!

The swing carousel project “Let’s merry-go-round!” is paying a visit to isa19, this year’s International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). Though it may look like the kind of merry-go-round one knows from the amusement park at Vienna’s Prater, it has a special secret: every year takes it into a new acoustic present that opens up a hitherto unknown sonic world. Only those who let their bodies swing round and round will hear, feel, and experience the music composed for this carousel and tested by means of a computer simulation while flying through the air.

For this occasion, Karlheinz Essl has created a swirling sound environment based on his composition Kalimba for toy piano and electronics.


Listen with headphones to enjoy the ride!


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Updated: 18 Aug 2019