Ludger Brümmer

Head of the Institute for Music and Acoustics
ZKM Centre For Art And Media, Karlsruhe
Professor for Composition in Digital Media, School of Music, Trossingen

Born and raised in Werne, Germany. Masters in psychology/ sociology at University Dortmund. Composition studies with Nicolaus A. Huber and Dirk Reith at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. Collaboration with choreographer Susanne Linke and the Nederlands Dans Theater for “Ruhrort” with his work “Riti Contour” for orchestra. International Performances at GRM, Paris at ICMC’s in San Jose, Tokyo, Banff, Thessaloniki. Visiting scholar at CCRMA Stanford University, teaching assistant at the Folkwang Hochschule, TU Berlin, School of Design Karlsruhe, research fellow at Kingston University, lecturer for composition at the Sonic Arts Research Centre Belfast. Since 2003 head of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at ZKM|Karlsruhe and guest professor at School of Design. Member of the „Academy of the arts“ Berlin. Since 2017 Brümmer became a Professor for composition in digital media at the school of Music in Trossingen Germany switching between the ZKM and Trossingen.
Publications in Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound and on several ICMC’s. 2010 Amazonas, Opera Biennale Munich / Sao Paulo, 2012 “The origin of Noise, the noise of the origin”, Donaufestival Krems, concerts and exhibitions of installation around the world.
Focus in physical modelling of sound, Video, granular synthesis, sound synthesis techniques, spatial music, databases. Awards: Folkwang Award Essen, WDR Award Cologne. Busoni Award Akademie der Künste Berlin, Golden Nica Ars Electronica 1994 and second prize at the Ars Electronica 1997, Larry Austin Award, ICMA, Pierre d’Or Bourges 1997 and 2001, first prize at Rostrum for electroacoustic music by the UNESCO. Musica Sacrae 2001, Fribourg Switzerland. Menzioni D’Onore at the Luigi Russolo Award, Italy and the Stockholm Electronic Music Award.

Limitations And Features Of Spatial Audio/Visual Systems

Up to now different spatial technologies from wavefield or Klangdom to interactive binaural environments are used either as pure audio systems or in the context of visual environments to display spatial audio. In this talk the limitations of certain technologies are discussed including principles of spatial perception. Finally the approach of ZKMs newest software version of Zirkonium is presented as a case example.

Deconstructing Double District I

2010, Stereoscopic 3D Video with Surround Audio

This work explores slitline visualisation in stereoscopic 3D. Applied to a dancer’s body in motion, the result is a ever evolving abstract shape and 3D volume. The music was created by Ludger Brümmer using a multichannel format adaptable to soundome display environments. In this version it is adapted for a quadraphonic spatial environment.. The project is based on Double District by Saburo Teshigawara with Volker Kuchelmeister, 2008. Performer Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato.