Bernhard Lang (* February 24, 1957 in Linz) is an Austrian composer, improvisationalist and programmer of musical patches and applications. His work can be described as modern contemporary music, with roots, however, in various genres such as 20th-century avant-garde, European classical music, jazz, free jazz, rock, punk, techno, EDM, electronica, electronic music and computer-generated music. His works are performed on all relevant festivals of modern music and range from solo pieces and chamber music to large ensemble pieces and works for orchestra and musical theater. Besides music for concert halls, Lang designs sound and music for theater, dance, film and sound installations. Bernhard Lang came to prominence with his work cycle “Differenz / Wiederholung” (“difference / repetition”) in which he illuminated and examined the themes of reproductive and DJ cultures based on the philosophic work of Gilles Deleuze. Socio-cultural and societally critical questions, as in “Das Theater der Wiederholungen”, 2003 (“The Theatre of Repetitions”), are as closely examined as intrinsic musical and music-cultural problems (“I hate Mozart”, 2006). Another focus is the “recycling” of historic music, which Lang performs using self-programmed patches, applying filter and mutation processes (as in the “Monadologie” cycle). Alongside classical European instruments, Lang also makes use of their amplified electrical counterparts (e.g. electric viola) as well as mutually microtonally de-tuned ensemble groups. Analogue and digital synthesizers, keyboards, rock music instruments (electric guitar and bass, drumset), turntables (the trailblazing instrument of the reproductive culture), rappers, Arabian singers, speech and live-electronics (mainly the self-programmed “Loop Generator”) are similarly used.
Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. It is in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 kilometres south of the Czech border, on both sides of the River Danube. The population of the city is 204,846, and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about 789,811.
Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher who, from the early 1950s until his death in 1995, wrote on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art. His most popular works were the two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980), both co-written with psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. His metaphysical treatise Difference and Repetition (1968) is considered by many scholars to be his magnum opus. A. W. Moore, citing Bernard Williams's criteria for a great thinker, ranks Deleuze among the "greatest philosophers". His work has influenced a variety of disciplines across philosophy and art, including literary theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism.
Bernhard Lang studied at the Brucknerkonservatorium in Linz (Austria). In 1975, he moved to Graz to study philosophy and German philology, jazz theory (D. Glawischnig), piano (H. Neuwirth), counterpoint (Hermann Markus Pressl), harmonics and composition (A. Dobrowolski). From 1977 to 1981, he worked with various jazz ensembles as composer, arranger and piano player. At the Institute of Electronic Music (IEM) in Graz, he started to confront electronic music and computer-based composition systems. From 1984 to 1989 he worked at the Conservatory in Graz while continuing his studies with G. F. Haas and G. Neuwirth. In 1987 he co-founded the composer's club “die andere saite” (loosely “the alternate string”, a German-language pun referring also to “the other side”). Together with W. Ritsch he developed the software CADMUS in C++. In 1989 he began teaching at the Graz University of the Arts. In 1999 he moved to Vienna as a freelance composer.
since 2003: associate professor for composition at the University of Arts, Graz
since 2003: activities in theatre and dance, cooperation with Xavier Le Roy, Willi Dorner, Christine Gaigg
2004/05: Scholarship of the International Artist House Villa Concordia in Bamberg
2007: Working residence in “Künstleratelier”, Thomas Bernhard Archiv, Gmunden
2007/08: “Composer in residence”, Theatre Basel
2008/09: Capell-Compositeur of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. It directly borders the German capital, Berlin, and is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel 24 kilometres southwest of Berlin's city centre.
Lang frequently collaborates with artists form other genres including choreographers, electronic musicians, video artists and DJs. He is particularly known for the provocatively titled opera I Hate Mozart, with libretto by Michael Sturminger, composed for the Viennese Mozart year festival in 2006. Das Theater der Wiederholungen, based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade and William S. Burroughs and choreographed by Xavier Le Roy, was premiered at the Graz in 2003. His Monadology II was given its British premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in September 2008, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Monadology uses a concept Lang calls "musical-cellular processing", which Lang says is derived from Leibniz’s Monadology.
Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, was a French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name while others appeared anonymously, which Sade denied having written. Sade is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, suffering, criminality, and blasphemy against Christianity. He gained notoriety for allegedly putting these fantasies into practice. He claimed to be a proponent of absolute freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion, or law. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.
William Seward Burroughs II was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name William Lee. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual art works, including his celebrated 'Gunshot Paintings'.
BBC Radio 3 is a British radio station operated by the BBC. Its output centres on classical music and opera, but jazz, world music, drama, culture and the arts also feature. The station describes itself as 'the world's most significant commissioner of new music', and through its New Generation Artists scheme promotes young musicians of all nationalities. The station broadcasts the BBC Proms concerts, live and in full, each summer in addition to performances by the BBC Orchestras and Singers. There are regular productions of both classic plays and newly commissioned drama.
Der Golem, based on texts by Gustav Meyrinck. musical theater for large orchestra, quire and voices [100']. commissioned by Nationaltheater Mannheim for 2016 (2014)
DW26 "The Exhausted" for voice and ensemble, based on texts by Beckett und Deleuze [40'], commissioned by Ensemble SoundInitiative Paris and 2015 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (2014)
DW23b "Loops for Dr. X" for clarinet, electric flute, cello and pickup, electric guitar, keyboard and laptop, double bass [25'] (2014)
DW25 "..more Loops for U." for double bass solo [15'] (2014)
Monadologie XXIX "London in the Rain" for flute, recorder, harp and cembalo [17'] (2014)
Monadologie XXVIII "Seven" for flute, violin, cello, keyboard and piano, adaption of Beethoven VIIth Sinfony [24'] (2013)
Songbook 3 for soprano voice and piano, based on texts of "West-Östlicher Divan" [20'] (2013)
DW24 "Loops for Al Jourgensen" [24'] (2013)
DW23 "Loops for Doctor X" for clarinet, violin and pickup, cello and pickup, electric guitar, keyboard and laptop (2013)
Songbook 2 for bariton voice and piano, based on texts by Dieter Sperl and Christian Loidl [18'] (2013)
Monadologie XXVII "Brahms-Variationen" for clarinet, violoncello and piano (2013)
Monadologie XXVI "...for Pauline and Conrad" for two violins detuned in quarter tones, based on materials by Paganini and Bach [18'] (2013)
Monadologie XXV "10 Paintings" based on artworks by Lisa-Abbott-Canfield for large orchestra [10'] (2013)
Monadologie XXIV "The Stoned Guest", chort opera for 3 voices, flute, clarinet, cello, akkordeon and percussion [15'], commissioned by IGNM (2013)
Monadologie XXIII "...For Stanley K." for large orchestra [6'], commissioned by RSO commissioned by Wien Modern (2013)
Epilog 2 for soprano voice, clarinet, violin, viola, double bass, akkordeon and laptop [8'], nach Texten von P. Levi (2013)
Der Reigen musical theater for 23 instruments, commissioned by Schwetzinger Festspiele (2012)
Monadologie XXII "SolEtude for Re" by PurcelLang für countertenor solo
Monadologie XXI "...for Franz II" for flute, cioloncello and quarter tone akkordeon (based on Schubert op.99) [15'] (2012)
Monadologie XX "...for Franz I" for piano trio (based on Schubert op.100) [20'] (2012)
Monadologie XIII "The Saucy Maid" for 2 orchestral groups mutually a quarter tone detuned (based on Anton Bruckner's "Linzer Sinfonie - Das Kecke Beserl" ) [60'] commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013 (2011/12)
Monadologie XIX "SacRemix....for Igor" for large orchestra [30'] (2012)
Monadologie XVIII "Moving Architecture" for voice, fl, cl, hrn, tp, synth, perc, 1-1-1-1 and choreography by plans of ACF (by R. Abraham) and texts by B. Dylan and Rose Ausländer (U.A. NYC 2012) [55'] (2011/12)
Monadologie XVII "SheWAsOne" for fl, cl, ob, bsn, hrn, tp, synth, perc, 4-1-1-1 (10') (2011)
Hermetica V "Fremde Sprachen" for bass clarinet and 7 voices [30'] (U.A. 2013, Stuttgarter Vocalsolisten) (2011)
Hermetica IV "O Dolorosa Gioia" for double quire and two organs mutually quarter tone detuned [30'] U.A. Heidelberg 2012 (2011)
Schrift 5 für Stimme Solo [10'], based on texts by Christian Loidl (2011)
Monadologie XVI "Solfeggio" for flute solo [5'] (2011)
Monadologie XV "Druck" for 4 saxophones, 2 pianos and 2 percussionists [40'], U.A. Witten 2013 (2011)
Conference" for the same titled film by Norbert Pfaffenbichler (2011)
Monadologie XIVa "Puccini-Variationen: Butterfly-Overtüre" [9'], commissioned by Ostrava Center for New Music (2011)
Monadologie XIVb "Puccini-Variationen: Im weiten Weltall fühlt sich der Yankee heimisch" [15'], commissioned by Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam (2011)
Monadologie XII for tp, sax, clar, akkordeon, piano, contrabass + 2 perc [40'] (2010–11)
Monadologie XI "for Anton" (by Webern's II.Kammersinfonie), commissioned by MusikFabrik Köln [30'] (2010)
DW22 "Winterlicht" for bassflute and contrabass,commissioned by Riccarda Caflisch [25'] (2010)
TablesAreTurned for turntables and amplified ensemble by a song of Amon Düül2 [60'] (2010)
DW21 "..and we just keep on pretending.." for flute and percussion [20'] (2010)
Hermetica III for mixed choir [7'] (2010)
Maschinenhalle#1 for 12 sounding disks, player pianos und 12 dancer [60']
Standards-Project Preview: "MyFunnyV" for bassclarinet and tape, commissioned by WDR [8'] (2010)
Monadologie X "alla turca" für player piano, commissioned by SWR [5'30] (2010)
Monadologie IX, III. Streichquartett, für Arditti String Quartet, commissioned by Donaueschingen, [60'] (2010)
Monadologie VIII: Robotika II for Big Band, commissioned by HR [24'] (2009)
Monadologie VII "Kammersinfonie" für Kammerorchester commissioned by Klangforum Wien [30'] (2009)
Haydn bricht auf: Sieben Tage die die Welt verändern Puppentheater/Kabinettheater, Theater an der Wien (2008–09)
Monadologie VI IN NOMINE for flute, clarinet, string trio and percussion, commissioned by ensemble recherche [5'] (2008)
Monadologie V "Seven Last Words of Hasan" for piano solo [30'] (2008–09)
Monadologie IV for 3 percussionists, U.A. Dresden 2009 [15'] (2008)
Die Gläserne Kapelle interactive soundinstallation in the "Gläserne Manufaktur" for the "Saechsische Staatskapelle Dresden"'s 460th birthday
Monadologie III "Lamentatio/Metamorphosis" for sring orchestra, commissioned by Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden and the Münchner Kammerorchesters [22'] (2008)
Playhouse sound installation for 8-channels for an installation by Norbert Pfaffenbichler (2008)
DW20 (Differenz/Wiederholung 20)"con complicatione": Hermetica I for boy's choir[5'] (2008)
DW20 (Differenz/Wiederholung 20)"facile": Hermetica I for boy's choir [5'] (2008)
Monadology II: A New Don Quichotte, commissioned by Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (2008)
Montezuma Fallender Adler musical theater based on texts by Christian Loidl (2007-2009)
DW4d for viola, trombone, piano and loopgenerator, commissioned by Ensemble Mosaik, Berlin (2007)
Monadologie I for electric zither and large orchestra, commissioned by Musica Viva München, UA 2008 (2007)
Paranoia for 2 rappers, tape and CD, commissioned by Donaueschingen (2007)
Die Sterne des Hungers based on texts by Christine Lavant, U.A. Kunstfest Weimar 2007 (2007)
MOSAIK MÉCANIQUE music installation for Norbert Paffenbichler's film (2007)
Der Alte vom Berge musical theater for 6 voices and amplified ensemble, UA Schwetzingen 2007 [ca 90'] (2007)
DW6c for electric guitar and electric bass guitar, drumset and loop-Generator, commissioned by Wien Modern (2006)
a1b2c3" music for a video by Pfaffenbichler and Schreiber
ODIO MOZART / I HATE MOZART musical theater in two acts, libretto by Michael Sturminger, Wiener Mozartjahr 2006 (2006)
Schwarze Bänder.Hartmann-Studien sound installation for Musica Viva München 2005 (2005)
the scythe remix of a music by Christoph Dientz [7'] (2004)
esc#5 Impostors musical theater for 5 voices and amplified ensemble based on a text by Jonathan Safran Foer, U.A. Deutsche Oper Berlin 2005 [ca 20'] (2004)
DW17 Doubles/Schatten II for electric viola, electric cello and surround orchestra [40'] U.A. Donaueschingen 2005 (2004)
DW16 Songbook I for voice, saxophone, keyboards and percussion based on texts by Bob Dylan, Peter Hammill, Amon Düül2, Dieter Sperl und Robert Creeley [ca 35']U.A. Witten 2005 (2004)
OP. 6.1 for electronics, U.A. Mittersill 2004 [13'] (2004)
Mozart 1789 for actress and nine tape recorders, premiere styriarte Graz 1989 [21'] (1989)
Relief for flute, viola and harp, U.A. Die Andere Saite, Graz 1989 [14'] (1988)
Stele for 2 quarter tone detuned pianos, U.A. Musikprotokoll Graz 1988 [12'] (1988)
Hexagrammatikon for six computer controlled synthesizers, U.A. Allentsteig 1988 [60'] (1988)
Romanze for piano, U.A. Klangzeichen 1992 [6'] (1988)
Kohelet for choir, orchestra and soloists, U.A. Belgrad 1988 [28'] (1987)
Deformazioni della Notte Concert for recorders, string orchestra and percussion, U.A. Komponistenportrait Graz 1987 [16'] (1986)
Zeitmasken for string quartet, U.A. Die Andere Saite 1987 [24'] (1986)
V for 64 analogue generators, U.A. Tage Absoluter Musik Allentsteig 1989 [9'] (1985)
Necronomicon for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano, U.A. Die Andere Saite, Graz 1986 [7'] (1985)
Neue Tänze for violin and piano, U.A. Die Andere Saite, Graz 1987 [10'] (1985)
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