Thomas Köner

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Goethe-Institut Boston (2010)

Thomas Köner (born 1965 in Bochum, Germany) is a multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. The BBC, in a review of Köner's work in 1997, calls him a "media artist," one who works between installation, sound art, ambient music and as one half of Porter Ricks dub techno. [1] A noted characteristics of Köner's dark ambient style are low drones and static soundscapes evocative of desolate, Arctic places. [2]

Bochum Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Bochum is the sixth largest city of the most populous German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg, and its 364,920 (2016) inhabitants make it the 16th largest city of Germany. On the Ruhr Heights (Ruhrhöhen) hill chain, between the rivers Ruhr to the south and Emscher to the north, it is the second largest city of Westphalia after Dortmund, and the fourth largest city of the Ruhr after Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg. It lies at the centre of the Ruhr, Germany's largest urban area, in the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, and belongs to the region of Arnsberg. It is surrounded by the cities of Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten, Hattingen, Essen and Gelsenkirchen. Bochum is the sixth largest and one of the southernmost cities in the Low German dialect area. There are nine institutions of higher education in the city, most notably the Ruhr University Bochum, one of the ten largest universities in Germany, and Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

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During Köner's exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal, the museum described him as a major innovator in the contemporary music scene, as well as noted his collaborative practice which has led to his working with musicians, filmmakers and visual artists on installations and sound performances, and to his creation of six video works produced in two cycles, starting in 2003. [3]

2006 Köner produced Station Eismitte, a work inspired by Alfred Wegener's 1930 arctic expedition and named after the expedition's site. [4]

Alfred Wegener German meteorologist, geologist and astronomer

Alfred Lothar Wegener was a German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist.

Eismitte

Eismitte, in English also called Mid-Ice, was the site of an Arctic expedition in the interior of Greenland that took place from July 1930 through August 1931, and claimed the life of noted German scientist Alfred Wegener.

2009 Köner created The Futurist Manifesto, a digital opera, to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the famous manifesto published in 1909 by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. This work has been performed live several times in festivals across Europe with Carl Faia and Iris Garrelfs.

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Italian poet and editor, founder of the Futurist movement

Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti was an Italian poet, editor, art theorist, and founder of the Futurist movement. He was associated with the utopian and Symbolist artistic and literary community Abbaye de Créteil between 1907 and 1908. Marinetti is best known as the author of the first Futurist Manifesto, which was written and published in 1909; and also of the Fascist Manifesto.

Carl Faia American musician

Carl Faia is an American composer and live electronics designer and performer.

Album discography

Nunatak Gongamur is the first studio album by the electronic artist Thomas Köner. It was released in 1990 on the Barooni record company. The album contains only one electronically controlled timbre, the gong. Roland Speckle helped with the production of the album. A nunatak is a mountainous rock summit not covered with ice or snow within an ice field or glacier, and is found mostly on the North Pole.

<i>Teimo</i> album by Thomas Köner

Teimo is the second solo album from German Ambient music producer, Thomas Köner. Köner has already fully developed his characteristic drone style here. It is also the record which made Köner known in electronic scene and together with next album, "Permafrost" is considered by many critics and fans as his best work. Köner used a variety of techniques to record sound on "Teimo". One of which was recording gongs underwater, thus creating an almost disorienting yet beautiful drone.

<i>Permafrost</i> (album) album by Thomas Köner

Permafrost is the third solo album from German ambient music producer, Thomas Köner. Considered by many as his greatest work, he further develops the icy drone style of previous works, making its climax in the title track. In 1996, the album was re-issued by Mille Plateaux along with his previous album, Teimo, on one disc.

Re-releases

Unerforschtes Gebiet is the seventh solo album from German ambient music producer, Thomas Köner. Originally released in 2001 only as a limited number picture disc LP. Re-released on CD in 2003.

Nuuk is the fifth solo album from German ambient music producer, Thomas Köner. Originally released in 1997 as a part of the Driftworks 4-CD box set, it was re-released in 2004 by Mille Plateaux with a DVD containing films made from still images to accompany the music.

Mille Plateaux is an electronica record label founded 1993 by Achim Szepanski in Frankfurt, Germany. It mostly releases minimal techno, glitch music and other experimental electronic music.

as Porter Ricks (with Andy Mellwig)

as Kontakt der Jünglinge (with Asmus Tietchens)

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References

  1. BBC - Experimental Review - Thomas Köner, Nuuk
  2. Perceptions Of Sublime Simplicity: Thomas Köner Interviewed
  3. "Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal ::: Newsroom ::: Thomas Köner". 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2017-05-24.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. "WDR3 - Station Eismite". Archived from the original on 2011-01-24.