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OUTER EAR: Stefan Roigk: 'sprachmusik'

The concept of sprachmusik begins with a series of poetic lectures that feature detailed and very subjective descriptions of sounds, background noises and musical structures. Between text segments, Roigk adds short vocal improvisations to the fixed text. He feeds these improvisations into an 8-channel Max/MSP patch, which arranges fragments the recordings and randomly modulates their pitch, direction and destiny, creating an abstract atmosphere similar to that of a radio drama. The project emphasizes the difficulties of accurately describing sound with words—a difficulty that arises from each individual's deeply subjective perceptions and experiences of sound.


Stefan Roigk's Chicago appearance is supported through a partnership with the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stefan Roigk is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Berlin. He studied fine arts with a focus on sound art under professors Ulrich Eller and Dietrich Klakow from 1998 to 2002 in Hannover, Germany. Roigk deals with the borders between abstract sound collages, sculptures, installations, film and graphic scores. His artistic strategy lays in combining different types of media to one single composition. In addition to his work as a fine artist and composer, he is curates concerts and performances at Ausland (Berlin), gives lectures on the role of sound in fine art practice, and works with children in educational sound art programs.