Photographer: Christian Prasser ©

Gál Bernhard

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Under the Jazz Nut Tree - Listening Environment | Sound Gardening 2016
2 Un-Un | ununtitled 2015 20m
3 Das himmlische Kind - Multi-channel sound installation 2015
4 Alsógál - Intermedia Installation 2014
5 schwarzenberg 2013 ~ 5m
6 Silap Inua - Intermedia Performance for two Audionauts and Piano 2013 ~ 10m
7 Klangschatten II - Intermedia Music Project for a Young Audience 2013
8 homesweethomes - Series of Electroacoustic Compositions | Intermedia Installation 2013
9 Silence is quiet. Listening. - Radiophonic Composition 2013 52m
10 textur #8 2013
11 betwixt 2012 9m
12 Void - Electroacoustic Composition 2011 10m - 20m
13 Lin-jiang Ye-chang - Soundscape Composition 2011 5m
14 earlift - Electroacoustic Composition / Quadrophonic Sound Installation 2011 16m
15 The Sea of Trees - Electroacoustic Composition 2011 11m
16 ¡Pasarán! - Quadrophone Klanginstallation 2010
17 stromlinien - Audiovisuelle Installation 2010
18 Die Spitze des Eisbergs 2010 5m
19 textur #5 - Audiovisuelle Performance/Installation 2009
20 mil águas - Intermedia Installation 2009
21 textur #4 - Audiovisuelle Performance/Installation 2009
22 textur #3 - Audiovisuelle Performance/Installation 2009
23 mil águas - Intermedia installation 2009
24 becuadro - Composition for brass quartet and light projection 2008
25 Hyohaku-no-Hakobune 2007
26 Jukai - Audio-architektonische Installation 2007
27 solo - Intermediale Installation 2007
28 behape 2006 22m
29 Infinitation 2006
30 Reinstallation 2006
31 Die Grüne Hölle - Intermediale Installation 2006
32 Airport - Klanginstallation 2006
33 textur #2 2006
34 dub/ber/vie - multichannel composition 2006
35 shinkai - Audio-architektonische Installation 2006
36 Utakata - Audio-architektonische Installation 2006
37 textur #1 2005
38 Defragmentation - Seattle 2005
39 Defragmentation - ISCP 2005
40 Defragmentation - Krems 2005
41 bee bee - (B^B version) 2005 3m
42 Installations 2005 1h 14m
43 Defragmentation - Krems 2005 54m
44 uh-jeh-gal 2004 20m
45 belit 2004 16m
46 UTOO - für Kammerensemble und Klangprojektion 2004 13m
47 Klangschatten 2004 45m
48 soundbagism - Klanginstallation 2004
49 Oelbilder - Intermediale Installation 2004
50 Night Pulses - Intermediale Installation 2004
51 Three Whites - Klanginstallation 2004
52 hechre 2004 10m
53 klangwuerste 2004 25m
54 Hinaus:: In den, Wald. - (surround remix) 2004 17m
55 le gocce dell' uomo del campo 2004 7m
56 soundbagism 2004 44m
57 Oelbilder - Series of 5 compositions 2004
58 Night Pulses - Series of 4 compositions 2004 42m
59 going round in serpentines 2004 1h
60 This is for real 2004 1m 30s
61 h-b-c-a 2003 8m
62 88 2003 8m
63 vür fier 2003 10m
64 Dreiband - Intermediale Installation 2003
65 Klangbojen - Intermediale Installation 2003
66 z.....z - pt.1 & 2 2003 20m
67 Machina temporis - new radio version 2003 30m
68 Sur-Face-Berlin 2003 ~ 30m
69 Dreiband 2003 42m
70 Three Whites 2003 30m
71 Klangbojen 2003 45m
72 Recycling 846 2003 12m
73 beshadowed 2002 34m
74 Mount Blanc 2002 25m
75 Flüssige Musik 2002 22m
76 Defragmentation - for six instruments 2002 19m
77 Green Voice / Green Box - audio-architektonische Klanginstallation 2002
78 enelten - Intermediale Installation 2002
79 I am sHitting in a room - Klanginstallation 2002
80 Made in Austria - Klanginstallation 2002
81 Machina temporis - audio-architektonische Installation 2002
82 Green Box 2002 27m
83 Green Voice 2002
84 enelten - (CD-Version) 2002 5m
85 Café Sperlhof 2002 30m
86 c.s.a.g. 2002 6m
87 Made in Austria 2002
88 E-E-E-e-e-e 2002 7m
89 Untitled 2001 12m
90 Hinaus:: In den, Wald. - Klanginstallation 2001
91 RGB - Intermediale Installation 2001
92 In fusion 2001 7m
93 RGB 2001 42m
94 Hinaus:: In den, Wald. 2001 1h 4m
95 zhu shui 2001 7m
96 57A 2001 7m
97 beebee 2001 15m
98 lv, nv 2001 13m
99 Of Sound and Time 2000 11m
100 zhu shui - Klanginstallation 2000
101 bestimmung darmstadt - Klanginstallation 2000
102 Defragmentation/red - audio-architektonische Installation 2000
103 Defragmentation/white - audio-architektonische Installation 2000
104 Vienna traffic - Klanginstallation 2000
105 Earshot 2000 55m
106 bestimmung darmstadt - 9 voice sculptures 2000 41m
107 Defragmentation/red 2000 54m
108 Vienna traffic 2000 5m
109 destination: nyc 2000 25m
110 sprachklanggesetzt 2000 7m
111 ..or send a fax 2000 30m
112 Dissociated Voices - Intermediale Installation 1999
113 Defragmentation/blue - audio-architektonische Installation 1999
114 Dissociated Bodies - audio-textile Installation 1999
115 Tong-hua yie-shi - Internetinstallation 1999
116 House for a blind man - Klanginstallation 1999
117 Defragmentation/blue 1999 56m
118 Herren 1999 12m
119 House for a blind man 1999 7m
120 Radio - intermediale Installation 1998
121 bestimmung new york - Klanginstallation 1998
122 NYC Subway - Klanginstallation 1998
123 It's like.. 1998 5m
124 Radio 1998 14m
125 Jon's a.m. - Electro-acoustic composition based on sounds taken from the answering machine / fax of a NYC gallery 1998 5m
126 NYC Subway 1998 20m
127 68th Street 1998 14m
128 Tong-hua yie-shi 1998 5m
129 bestimmung new york - 15 voice sculptures

General Information

Year of Birth:  1971
Date of Birth:  19. November 1971
Place of Birth:  Vienna
Region of Birth: 
Country of Birth: 
Nationality: 

Composer, sound artist and musicologist. Born in Vienna in 1971. Since 1985 intensive studies of music and (sound-)art. Studies at the Vienna University of Music (sound engineer training) and the University of Vienna (musicology). Since 1997, concentration on his work as composer and sound artist. Concerts, exhibitions, sound installations and art projects in Europe, Japan and the USA. (including Studio Five Beekman/New York, Konzerthaus/Vienna, Werkstadt Graz/Graz, Sigpro Gallery/Tokyo, Institute Mathildenhöhe/Darmstadt, Deutschlandfunk/Cologne, Museum Essl/Klosterneuburg). Attending festivals and conferences (including ESCOM Uppsala, Hörgänge Vienna, ICMC Berlin, Kryptonale Berlin, Phonomanie Ulrichsberg, Vienna Modern). Cooperations in regard to the combination of music with other artistic expressions such as architecture, painting, performance and object art, including cooperations with Yumi Kori, G.S. Sedlak, John Roach, Mandy Morrison, Christian Aichinger and Emre Tuncer. Compositions for video-, dance-, theater- and radio-art-projects. Lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin and Vienna.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1986

since then, private studies (self-taught) in installation art, sound art, composition, media art

1990 - 1993

courses for sound-engineering

1992 - 1997

musicology (in combination with theater science, philosophy, psychology)

2009

since then interdisciplinary Phd-studies

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1998

 since then, been working as a freelance artist, composer, musician and musicologist

1999

foundation of the label

2002

since then, international concert activity as laptop musician (about 200 concerts on five continents)

2003

"Trändi Händi, yo!" music-theatre-project for children in cooperation with Xenia Hu

2004

Klangtheater ORF: "Klangschatten" music-theatre-project for children

2005

founder and artistic director of the arts-initiative

2006

Kunsthaus Graz, Landesmusikschule Ried: "Klangwuerste, Klangei" - intermedia music project and workshop for children in cooperation with Michael Schultes

2006

Shut up and listen: foundation and artistic director of the Festival of Music and Sound Art

2006 - 2007

Studio for Electroacoustical Music and Sound Art: lecturer (sound installation)

2010

since then, research associate of the interdisciplinary doctoral program "Art and the Public"

realization of numerous sound installations and multimedia projects for museums and festivals such as Kryptonale Berlin, Hörgänge Vienna, Musikinstrumentenmuseum Berlin, MATA Festival New York, Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and many others

lectures at universities (Institute of History of Architecture - Technical University of Vienna, University of Music in Vienna, Chung Yuan Christian University Taiwan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and others)

numerous appearances and performances, solo and collaborations (with Tung Chao-Ming 2002, with Kai Fagaschinski 2004 and 2006)

occupation with installation art, sound art, media art and contemporary music

numerous guest lectures and workshops in Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, United States

research interests: sound art; phonography / Soundscape composition; music & intermedia, music and architecture, music and language

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
2000

Festival Hoergaenge

2000

ICMC

2001
2002

Fast Forward

2002
2003

MATA Festival

2003
2004

Sound Field Festival

2004
2004

Festival Inventionen

2004
2004
2004

ORF Klangtheater

2005
2006

San Francisco Tape Music Festival , ODC Theater

2006
2006

Nuova Consonanza

2006

Sound Travels

2006

Festival Sonambiente

2006
2007

Musicacoustica

2007
2008

Festival Sonic Circuits, Washington D.C.

2008

FILE | Hypersonica

2010
2011

Festival Sláturtíð

2012

International Computer Music Conference

2013
2015

Festival Punto de Encuentros

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
2000
2000

Festival Kryptonale

2000

China Found Music Workshop

2000
2001

Museum Essl

2002
2002

AsianCultureLink

2002

ÖKS

2003

Werkstadt der Kulturen Berlin

2003

singuhr - hoergalerie in parochial

2004

Ensemble Noamnesia

2004
2004
2004

Festival Inventionen

2005
2006

Museum of Music Instruments

2007
2009

Goethe Institute, Porto Alegre

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1999

research scholarship

2000

 grant from the Arts Department

2000

composition award

2001

Karl Hofer Gesellschaft: Karl Hofer Award

2002

annual scholarship of the SKE-fonds

2003

annual scholarship

2004

state scholarship for composition

2005

travel grant 2006/07

2010

Oustanding Artist, Award for music

 

2013

Official representative of Austria at the World New Music Days

2016

state scholarship for composition

Description of Style

 Bernhard Gál is represented alike by its interdisciplinary approach in the field of contemporary music, installation art and media art. In so far about 50 intermedia installations and media art projects he combined sound, light, objects, concepts of space and video projections into perceptual and often site-specific pieces of art. He also composes music for acoustic instruments and electroacoustic music and he gives concerts as laptop musician. His works have been world-wide presented in concerts, exhibitions, installations and radio-portraits, including the Festival Vienna Modern, MaerzMusik Berlin, Sonambiente Berlin, Donaueschingen Music Days, Nuova Consonanza Rome, MATA Festival in New York, Soundfield Chicago, Mutek Montreal, Musicacoustica Beijing and FILE São Paulo. Artistic collaborations are another aspect of his work, among others cooperations since 1998 with the Japanese designer Yumi Kori ("audio-architectural installations"). As a practicing (laptop) musician Gál has performed on five continents and has developed joint projects together with musicians such as Chao-Ming Tung, Kai Fagaschinski and Jennifer Walshe.

 

(Gromoga Productions)

 

Press Reviews

2004

Gals Vertonung ist gelungen. Das Lauter-Leiser; das Wechselspiel von Natur, Mensch; die kindliche Stimme, die Laute voller Unverständnis ausspricht, Worte die im Kopf dann doch irgendwie Sinn ergeben, Gestalt annehmen ... Liegt es daran, dass ich eine Frau bin? Dass allein die Biographie Wölflis Ängste in mir freisetzt, die sich beim Hören dieser CD manifestieren? Ich weiß nur, dass ich nach dem Anhören dieser CD unter dem Bett nachgesehen habe und das Fenster hab ich auch zugemacht.
(CD "Hinaus:: In den, Wald", Klanggalerie, Österreich 2004) 

SKUG (Sanna Samsara)

 

2001

[...] a subtle and intriguing release. Highly recommended.
(CD "relisten", Intransitive, USA 2001) 

Weekly Dig (Susanna Bolle)

 

2000

[...] both beautiful and disquieting, this work manages to say a lot with very little. Recommended as one of the most significant releases on the German label Plate Lunch.
(CD "Defragmentation/blue", Plate Lunch Deutschland, 2000) 

All-Music Guide (François Couture)

 

2000

[...] Temporally and spatially disorientating, truly inhabiting and uprooting whatever space it's played in.
(CD "Defragmentation/blue", Plate Lunch, Deutschland 2000) 

The Wire (David Keenan)

 

1999

[...] die sehr virtuos gestalteten Sprach-Loops, die in sich verschobenen Phonem-Kanons prägen Stimmungs-Pattern, die spannend, ja aufregend sind, die Klangmischungen stimmen immer [...]
(CD "bestimmung new york", Durian, Österreich 1999) 

Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (Stefan Fricke)

 

1999

[...] disorienting in sound, orienting in thought, gorgeous and dense [...]
(CD "bestimmung new york", Durian, Österreich 1999) 

Other Music (Robin Edgerton)

Discography, Projects

Main publications:

  • 2015: Zwischenbrücken (CD Gromoga/Austria)
  • 2010: same difference (CD, Gromoga Records/Austria)
  • 2008: relive (CD, Gromoga Records/Austria)
  • 2007: Installations (DVD, Gromoga Records/Austria)
  • 2005: Installations (CD, Gromoga Records/Austria)
  • 2005: going round in serpentines (CD, Charhizma/Austria)
  • 2005: Installations (Katalogbuch & CD, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg/Germany)
  • 2004: Hinaus: In den, Wald. (CD, Klanggalerie/Austria)
  • 2001: relisten (CD, Intransitive Recordings/USA)
  • 2000: Defragmentation/blue (CD, Plate Lunch/Germany)
  • 1999: bestimmung new york (CD, Durian/Austria) 

 

CDRs, DVDs, catalogues, compilations, publications in the internet:

  • 2015: flut (CD '17/2 - Beclic-Gal)
  • 2014: The Sea of Trees Mandorla (Autumn Net-Project. Mandorla Records/Mexico)
  • 2013: schwarzenberg (CD "Black and White Statements" - Seda Roeder, Gramola/Österreich)
  • 2012: Void (Somewhere on the edge-Projekt, Gruenrekorder/Deutschland)
  • 2010: RGBuSW (Katalogbuch/DVD "singuhr 1996 - 2006", Kehrer Verlag/Germany)
  • 2010: Die Spitze des Eisbergs (CD "Sudamerica Electronica 3", Sudamerica Electronica/Argentina)
  • 2009: solo (DVD "stadtklaenge | klangstaetten", Allgemeiner Konsumverein Braunschweig/Germany)
  • 2007: 57A (Buch/CD "Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Media." Rizzoli/USA)
  • 2006: hechre (CD "henri chopin remixed"-project, Schule fuer Dichtung / Extraplatte/Austria)
  • 2006: gocce dell'uomo del campo (CD "triMIX", Innova Recordings/USA)
  • 2006: Jon's a.m. revisited (Limited CDR-Edition. Gallery Lukas Feichtner, Wien/Austria)
  • 2006: Earshot (Zusammenarbeit mit B. Loibner u. T. Sherman. CD "_gestalt", allquiet/Austria)
  • 2005:This is for real (CD "90 Sekunden Wirklichkeit", DEGEM/Cybele/Germany)
  • 2004: Night Pulses (Katalog & CDR, O.K Center for Contemporary Art/Austria)
  • 2004: Hinaus:: In den, Wald. (surround remix) (DVD "Text & Language". Aspect, Magazine of New Media Art/USA)
  • 2004: Three Whites (CD "Rock’s Role (After Ryoanji)", Art in General/USA)
  • 2004: In fusion (CD "Intransitive Twenty-Three", Intransitive Recordings/USA)
  • 2003: c.s.a.g. (CD "Danza De La Muerte", Klanggalerie/Austria)
  • 2002: enelten (CD "Typewriting Aloud. Typos Allowed"/Slovakia)
  • 2002: zhu shui (CD "lowercase sound 2002", Bremsstrahlung/USA)
  • 2001: Tong-hua yie-shi (CD "because tomorrow comes #4"/Germany)
  • 2001: bestimmung darmstadt (CDr, Gromoga Records/Austria)
  • 2000: sprachklanggesetzt (CD "klanggesetz", Initiative Minderheiten/Austria)
  • 2000: Dissociated Voices (Katalog & CDR, Werkstadt Graz/Austria)
  • 2000: Art’s Birthday 2000 (CD "Beams and Waves", Sound Off Festival/Slovakia)