Johannes Kretz
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Instrument: electro acoustics

Photographer: Lukas Beck ©

Kretz Johannes

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 culture wormhole 2015 15m
2 Drei Orgelstücke mit Live-Elektronik 2015 10m
3 inside outside 2015 6m
4 ocean 2014 5m
5 Tiny Twelve Tone Tune Thing 2014 8m
6 like a painting 2013 15m
7 ubu-ntu 2013 11m
8 mining 2013
9 evolution 2012 14m
10 Entschleunigung 2012 12m
11 evolution and thought 2012 12m
12 the devil dances in the empty pocket 2012 - 2014 12m - 18m
13 Psalm 148 2011 14m
14 black tide echo - for vocals (SATB) and electronic 2010
15 Hoquetus II 2010
16 LASER TURING TEST 2010
17 Wortlose Räume I und II 2010
18 TWO ARIAS AND ENCORE 2010 9m (3 mal 3m)
19 Collaborative Music Theater ]...obscene...off scene ...[ - by ikultur.com 2010 2h
20 D(e)rive 2010 60m
21 stehenbleiben - for soprano and piano 2009
22 minotaurus - for saxophone, E-guitar, double bass, zheng, erhu and electronics 2008
23 Hoquetus Africa 2008
24 drifted field 2008
25 Baschet Bizinium 2008 10m
26 KlangLogBuch - for piano and electronics 2007 90m
27 Insel Musik - for clarinet in B and piano 2006 6m
28 ausser sich - für Ensemble und Elektronik (ad lib.) 2006
29 four sound islands - for solo violin 2006
30 Quintessence 2006
31 "... eine Meeresschildkröte anlocken ..." - for clarinet in B (and bass clarinet ad lib.) 2005 3m
32 URBAN GYPSIES - für Oboe, Elektronik und Stummfilm (Stummfilm: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy 1932) 2005 22m
33 KOPFJÄGERGESÄNGE - für Klavier und Elektronik-Ensemble 2005 20m
34 in tune - for five recorder 2005
35 Bridges 2005
36 Ko kon nashi 2005 - 2006
37 FULL SCOPE FANCY - für 2 Klarinetten und 2 Saxophone und Elektronik 2004 22m
38 EIGHT FLUTE MAGIC - für 8 Flöten 2004 12m
39 quiet calling 2004
40 TAKE CARE - for flute, percussion, accordion and violoncello 2003 20m
41 DANCING - for clarinet and piano 2003 14m
42 manuscript - für Zheng (chinesische Zither) und Elektronik 2003 10m
43 MATERIE - für Viola und Elektronik 2003 - 2004 16m
44 SUITE - for baritone saxophone and piano 2003 15m
45 DOWN TO EARTH - for flute, viola and Harp 2003 12m
46 MONOLOG - für Violine und Elektronik 2002 8m - 10m
47 PEACE AND LOVE SONGS - für Sopran, Baßblockflöte und Elektronik 2002 16m
48 SECOND HORIZON - für Klavier und großes Orchester 2002 26m
49 CYBER DRIFT THOUGHTS - für Chor und Elektronik 2001 16m
50 INNERLICH STARK BEWEGT - 7 liturgische Miniaturen zu Bildern von Christian Macketanz für Violoncello und Orgel 2000 25m
51 DYNAMISCHE GEWÄCHSE - for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, keyboard and electronics 1999 18m
52 INTRODUKTION und ETUDE - for piano and electronic 1999 8m
53 TIME-COLOUR-CONVOLUTION - Interaktives sound environement zwei bis acht improvisierende Instrumentalisten/Sänger und realtime signal processing computer (work in progress) 1999 10m - 30m
54 "ELIA '98" UNERREICHBAR, VORÜBERGEHEND - KirchenMusikTheater in einem Akt 1997 - 1998 1h 50m
55 SYMBIOSE - for accordion and live-electronics 1997 - 1998 17m 15s
56 ROOTS OF EMOTIONS - for tape 1997 - 1999
57 "... BEWEGT ... VON KOMMENDE ZEITEN ..." - Musik für Ensemble und Elektronik 1996 ~ 12m
58 MENSCHENBAUWERKWEGE - Kantate für Sopran, gemischten Chor, 2 Oboen, Trompete, Orgel, Streichquartett und Tonband 1996 16m
59 VON AFFEN UND ENGELN II - Fragmentarische Betrachtungen für Mezzosopran, Ensemble und Elektronik 1996 16m
60 PASSACAGLIA – Hommage an Rupert Riedl - für Orchester 1995 ~ 14m
61 Nocturne - for recorder and Live-Electronics 1995 ~ 14m
62 Von Affen und Engeln - Fragmentarische Betrachtungen für Mezzosopran, Violoncello und Klavier 1995 ~ 15m 30s
63 MOVED BY COMING TIMES - for clarinet, bassoon and piano 1995 - 2005 16m
64 Passacaglia für Orchester - Hommage an Rupert Riedl 1995 20m
65 Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit III - für acht Posaunen und computergenerierte Klänge 1994 ~ 16m 30s
66 "Wo hat sich dein Gott hingewandt?" - Kantate für Mezzosopran, Chor, Trompete, Klavier, Schlagzeug und Computer-Klänge 1994 ~ 20m
67 ETUDE - für Klavier und Elektronik 1994 6m
68 INTERMEZZO - for tape (L. Andriessen "Sweet" for recorder) 1994 2m 35s
69 Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit I - for recorder, violoncello, drums und computer-generated sounds 1993 16m 30s
70 Etude - für Klavier und die Station d'Informatique Musicale d'IRCAM (SIM) 1993 ~ 6m
71 Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit II - für vier Posaunen und computergenerierte Klänge 1993 - 1994 ~ 16m 30s
72 Ariel - for 10 instruments 1992 15m
73 Trumpet-Squiggle - for solo trumpet 1991 4m
74 Requiem für die Untoten - für großes Streichorchester 1991 12m
75 Zwei Fragmente zum Mozartjahr - for tape (solo) 1991 5m
76 EXKURS - für Baritonsaxophon solo 1991 5m
77 Vier Orgelstücke 1990 5m
78 Monolog - für Violine solo 1990 8m - 10m
79 3 piano pieces 1990 10m
80 Berührungsflächen - für acht Posaunen 1990 10m
81 Niemandslandverschmelzung - for trumpet and tape 1990 16m
82 Exkurs - für Bariton-Saxophon in Es 1990 2m
83 Strukturen - für Baßposaune und zwölf Streicher 1989 12m
84 BEGEGNUNG - für Sopranblockflöte und Klavier (oder Synthesizer) 1989 - 1990 5m
85 D(e)rive - for network ensemble and GPS Multimedia system 1h

General Information

Year of Birth:  1968
Date of Birth:  8. May 1968
Place of Birth:  Vienna
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Born 1968 in Vienna, studies (composition, pedagogy) at the music academy Vienna with F.BURT and M.JARRELL and mathematics at the University Vienna • 1992/93:  studies at IRCAM, Paris with Marco Stroppa and Brian Ferneyhough • co-founder of NewTonEnsemble Vienna, of the international composers group PRISMA, of ikultur.com and of aNOther festival Vienna • teacher for music theory and composition at the conservatory of Vienna • since 1997: teacher for for computer music at the university for music and performing arts Vienna, since 2001 also music theory, since 2004 also composition, since 2009: habilitation in composition, associate professor • Since 2008: Head of ZiMT ("center for innovative music technology") of the university for music and performing arts Vienna, since 2013 dean/head of department of the Institute for composition and electro-acoustics • Co-curator of aNOther festival Vienna together with Wei-Ya Lin und Mahdieh Bayat.

 

Scholarships and awards: Austrian State-Scholarship 1997, Foundation Delz (CH, 2001), Theodor Körner Award 2004
Commissions: amongst others from the Konzerthaus Wien, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble On Line, Vienna Flautists, quartett22, Internationale Lemgoer Orgeltage, Haller Bachtage, Triton Trombone Quartett, Wiener Kammerchor
Performances:
in Austria, Germany, Poland, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina

 

Johannes Kretz, 2013

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1974 - 1986
1986 - 1994

mathematics (teaching certificate)

1986 - 1989

music theory

1989 - 1992

composition

1990

summer course "Computer and Art"

1990 - 1992

seminar "Electro-Acoustic Music"

1992 - 1993

year course in computer music

1993 - 1995

composition

1993 - 1994

music education (teacher)

1994

diploma in music education

1994

diploma in mathematics

1995

composition diploma with honors

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1987 - 1992

director of brass choir

1991 - 1992

Evangelisches ORG Oberschützen: teacher of music theory

1991 - 1992

teaching commission for aural training

1994

International Bartok Seminar, Workshop for Computer Music: professor (cooperation with Marco Stroppa, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey and others.)

1994

board member

1995

workshop, composer portrait and commission

1995

lectures on computer music in Austria, Germany and Korea

1996

founding member

1996

presentation at the Symposium Forum Young Church Music of the XIX. International Organ Days in Lemgo

1996

organizing director and artistic assistance in the master class for composition

1996 - 2001

teacher of composition, harmonics and counterpoint

1997

head of the workshop for computer music at the adult education centre Meidling

1997

teacher of computer music

1999

speaker at the international conference "Diderot 99" (Conference on Mathematical and Computational Methods in Music)

2000

compact course "live-electronics"

assistant in the composition class of Michael Jarrell

2001

teacher of composition theory, form analysis and aural training

2001

speaker at the international symposium "music+engineering" in Kassel Herbst

2001

board member

2001

board member

2003

professor of composition: "sommer video studio: Vision of on sound in film" at the Lithuanian Music Academy

2004

secretary

2004

board member

2005

ethnomusicological research trip to the indigenous peoples of Taiwan

2005 - 2006

visiting professor of religious composition

2006

lecture and concert performance at the international congress "Connecting Media"

2007

lecture and concert performance at the international congress "music in the global village"

2008

director

2009

lecturer (habilitation) for the subject composition, associate professor

2010

aNOther festival: co-curator

2013

from this time on head of the institute and dean of students

founding member

founding member

PRISMA - International Composer Group (centro tempo reale, Florence): founding member

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1991

Rainbow Music Festival Kattowice

1991
1993
1993
1994
1995

portrait concert

1995

Lange Nacht der Neuen Klänge (Long Night of New Sounds)

1996
1996
1997
1998
1998
1999
1999
2000
2000

KUNST.ZEICHEN.TECHNIK

2001
2001

International Bartok Seminar

2002
2002
2003

summer-video-studio

2003
2004
2004
2005
2005
2006
2006
2007
2008
2008
2009
2009
2010
2010
2011
2011
2011
2011
2012
2012
2012
2013
2013
2013

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1994
1996
1996
1998
1998
2001
2002
2003

Matej Kozub

2003

Quartett 22

2004
2005
2005
2005
2005
2006
2006

Section Carinthia

2006

Rupert Stelzer

2006

Section Carinthia

2007
2011
2012
2012
2013
2013

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1991

scholarship

1991

merit scholarship

1992

exchange scholarship

1996

scholarship

1996

work scholarship

1997

state scholarship for composition

2001

award winner at the Composition Competition Stiftung Delz/Switzerland

2001

work scholarship

2004

promotional award for music

2004

Theodor Körner Award

2005

research scholarship from the Taiwanese government

2007

recognition award

Description of Style

Characteristic for my compositions is the great emphasis on the formation of tone color and harmony, which build an inseparable unit. Sounds are interpreted as chords, chords that are merged and can be understood as tone colors. The importance lies in the production of synthetic sounds with the help of the computer, which I apply in various ways to my work:

 

  1. Analysis of instrumental sounds (Fast Fourier Transformation) in order to understand its inner structure, and to derive models for the synthetic sound production - but also for the harmonious structure of the composition. 
  2. "Computer Aided Composition": facilitating the manipulation of complex microtonal chords by filtering those chords with particular sound attributes - according to the wishes of the composers in a given moment - from hundreds of similar structures.
  3. Monitoring and implementation of sound synthesis: to facilitate the "handling" of sound transformations, deformations, distortions, etc., composing sound curves.
  4. Post-processing and assembling of artificial sounds.

 

Understanding the psycho-acoustic processes of listening has to be just as well exercised as the ability to formalize the artistic intentions (e.g. to implement them with the computer). These skills combined with the sound material can be found both in the works that use artificial sounds, as well as in the purely instrumental works. In this way, a whimsical but finely ordered soundscape can be created, which invites the listener to discover a similar order in the tone colour area which can otherwise only be heard in terms of harmonic structure.

 

Johannes Kretz, 1994

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