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01 September 2019 Nevada (US) - Burning Man Festival

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I played a concert at Burning Man Festival in Nevada (United States) on the 1st of September 2019 — if you were there it would mean a lot to me if you would share your impressions and thoughts and maybe even some pictures with me!

I studied Media Art & Design at Bauhaus-University in Weimar and there I actually spend most of my time programming with my fellow wingman Ives – with a heavy emphasis on making music with it: Generative Music, Computer Music, Random Music, and so on.Of a particular interest for me in this instance was music that composes itself: With this goal in mind I could venture further and further towards the origin of music – intangible and free of logic or other in a way constraining variables like the subconscious, the meditative, intuition, improvisation, or the need for communication. Freedom emerges!Early in my journey I started to hold on to my approaches and compositional ideas in patches, a “ modular musical vocabulary“, if you will. But of course it always had its limits, and every limit I found in it adversely opened up a lot of potential for development and a step towards discovering the real human beneath all of it.„But what has all of that to do with Burning Man?“ you ask?Together with beautiful crew of people we were invited to create an installation where a prototype of our envisioned „composition machine“ will run: It feeds off of the noises and sounds around it, learns its own vocabulary, analyzes and processes it and feeds it into its own composition while also interacting with the people around it. Currently I am feeding this little creature with my playing techniques and all my pieces so it is prepared for one of the most spectacular art festivals in the world in the desert of NevadaMartin Kohlstedt

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