Thursday, April 2, 2009

class in acoustic poetry

april 2009 to march 2010

the mediation of acoustic poetry has a long tradition in the history of
the schule für dichtung ('vienna school of poetry'), or sfd. in the
course of its 15-year existence, authors, sound poets and sound artists
such as ernst jandl, gerhard rühm, henri chopin, sainkho namtchylak and
curd duca -- to name but a few -- have all taught at the school, giving
instruction in the theory and practice of a wide variety of directions
and subgenres of acoustic poetry.

now, in 2009/10, the sfd is offering its first-ever class in acoustic
poetry, in the form of regular workshops that explore the various
possibilities of making literary combinations of language, voice,
writing and sound. the workshops will provide a thorough grounding in
the practice, history and theory of acoustic poetry, and also
investigate multimedia approaches, the basis of text-sound composition,
live performance and recording and studio technology.

together with the class teachers, the participants will not only design
a performance evening but, as a conclusion of the five-part series of
workshops, also produce a cd in a professional recording studio.
renowned authors and sound artists will be invited to join the programme
as guest speakers.
the locations, computers, audio software and audio equipment will be
provided by the sfd.

class teachers:

christoph amann

* 1961
after visits to southern england and instrumental studies at the
conservatory of feldkirch, he completed the first part of his medical
studies at the university of vienna, before studying computer music at
the university of music and the performing arts in vienna. involvement
in various cultural initiatives (incl. the co-founding of the music
venue 'flex' and the freien radios wien ('free radio of vienna'). since
1992 he has been responsible for the sound and image archive, as well as
sound engineering, at the literaturhaus in vienna. since 1995 he has run
his own sound studio in the 7th district of vienna.

juergen berlakovich

* 1970
author and sound artist. studies of german philology, philosophy and
theatre science. performances, texts, music (also for films), radio
plays, sound essays and audio caricatures. employs language, among other
things, as the starting point for electronically produced compositions
and improvisations. co-initiator of the music and literature performance
project "sergej mohntau" ( member of the
"gemüseorchesters" (

mia legenstein

* 1979
study of music science. certificate of the sae institute: electronic
music producer.
member of the sound poetry duo "legéNi" (installations, performances,
sound poetry theatre); co-founder of a sound artist collective (sound
studio in "k48", 1070 vienna): electronic sound installations,
performances, appearances as live artist and dj in austria and abroad;
training: phonetics, singing, performance, courses at the sfd and on
various instruments.

jörg piringer

* 1974
works as a freelance artist and academic in the fields of electronic
music, radio art, sound poetry, visual poetry, interactive collaborative
systems, online communities, performance, sound installations, computer
games, video art and poetic software. member of the "gemüseorchesters"
( institut für transakustische forschung ('institute for
transacoustic research')


5 blocks of approx 18 hours of teaching, each lasting from thursday
evening to sunday afternoon

in addition: private tutorials

1st block:
30. 4. - 3.5.2009

2nd block:
11.6. - (13.)14.6.09

3rd block:
3.9. - 6.9.09

4th block:
19. - 22.11.09

5th block:
18.2. - 21.2.2010 (+ final presentation)

march 2010: cd presentation

(stand: march 2009)

registration fee: 500,- €

limited no. of places available

teaching language: german (english)

registration form: online soon


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