Photographer: Christian Prasser ©

Gál Bernhard

Compositions

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

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

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:

  • 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:

  • 2010: The Sea of Trees Mandorla (Autumn Net-Project. Mandorla Records/Mexico)
  • 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)