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Inspired by her many years of working with composers and fascinated by the possibilities of technology, Barbara Lüneburg has started to create electroacoustic works herself.

She writes for chamber music settings with electronics. A few pieces also include special performative aspects such as "My favourite reading" for five performers with gettoblusters. Occasionnaly she includes unsusual instruments such as fir-cones, stones, balloons, balls or fir-cones in her pieces exploring them their sonority.

Selected compositions:

For the artistic reserearch-project "Transcoding | what if":
"Mad Maddy" for violin, synthesizer and soundsamples, 2015
"Catrina" for violin, video and soundsamples, 2015
6 short video portraits of what-if-artists to be scored by the community
"What if we had wings?" for violin, live-electronics, soundtrack and video 2014 (in collaboration with Cathy van Eck, David Stalling and Anthony Kelly)

For diverse occasions:

"Soundwaves" for electric violin and quadrophone soundtrack (2014)

"Smithsonian Remix" a fun remix on occasion of a remix challenge of the Smithsonian Institution (2014)

"Mix-Down" (amplified zither, violin, live-electronics and soundtrack) 2013
premiered at festival "Gemischter Satz" in Alte Schmiede, Vienna

"Favoriten" - a Soundscape from the 10th Bezirk in Wien composed for the festival musikprotokoll im steirischen Herbst (2013).

"Vonk" (three players with water, stones and fir-cones, live electronics and soundtrack) 2004
premiered at Festival "Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik", recorded by the ORF

"My Favourite Reading" (for five players with gettoblusters) 2004
premiered at festival "Hamburger Musikfest" in 2004.

"Wribbeln" (three players with different sorts of balls/balloons, live electronics) 2006
Commissioned by the FIFA, premiered in the FIFA-globe Hamburg/Germany

"R.E.M.-cycle" (inside piano, electric guitar, live-electronics and light) 2006
premiered at festival "sound around" in Malmö (Sweden)

In close collaboration with composer she has jointly developed works that were performed internationally. A prominent example is her collaboration with Alexander Schubert for "Weapon of Choice"for violin, motion sensors, live-electronics and live-video, with Sascha Demand for "Blenden" for two electric violins and soundtrack using prepared violins, and the cycle "A journee" of three compositions she has created together with the duo David Stalling/Anthony Kelly.

A journee

  • a way into a place (viola, soundtrack, splitted video images) 2010
  • possible flightpaths (violin, two improvisers on analogue gadgets, soundtrack and video) 2011
  • inner self (violin, record player, video, lighting, loudspeakers) 2012

All premiered at "Hilltown New Music Festival" in the years 2010/11/12.


Soundwalk (2013):

Favoriten-Wien_short morning walk in early summer: from Columbusplatz to the new main station back to Favoritenstrasse via supermarket Hofer finishing at Columbusgasse at the corner of Columbusplatz

7.30 hrs–Columbusplatz

We start the soundwalk at Laxenburger Strasse at the corner of Columbusplatz next to Hotel Kolberg:

We hear a busy street, the tramway and as a special acoustic signal the Tack-Tack-Tack of the traffic lights. The light signalling rhythmisizes the traffic. If the weather is fine, guests of hotel Kolberg have their breakfast in front of the building on the square. We might hear the sounds of a foreign language (Scandinavian, Japanese, English). Often the flags that frame the entrance to the parking garage strike against their posts. If you close your eyes you could imagine to be in a seaport (gulls are missing, though).

We pass Hotel Kolbeck and walk towards Columbuscenter. There we turn left into Favoritenstrasse. Wir kommen an zwei Cafés vorbei, die erst ab 11 Uhr vollbesetzt sein werden (dann hört man viele Unterhaltungen auf Serbisch, da Favoriten eine Sammelbecken für viele Ex-Jugoslawier ist).

An acoustic keynote of the square is the fountain that runs for hours in the summer heat. It is the main attrction for Turkish, Serbian and Austrian speaking kids. From noon on they jump through it, shouting, shrieking and splashing about. We turn left into Favoritenstrasse,which here is still pedestrain zone, leaving the traffic noise behind us. From Favoritenstrasse we take the first turn to our right and walk into a quiet alley: Reisingergasse.

7.40 hrs_Reisingergasse
The Reisingergasse leading us to the new main station is a quiet hardly frequented side alley. Still, we experience a typical sound of Vienna, namely the wind swooshing along our ears. Reisingergasse is a wind channel.

7.55_Main station entrance hall and platform 9
With a little luck we will hear how passengers pull their suitcases on roles across the indentations that are guides for blind people. It makes a rattling rhythmic noise.

On platform 9 trains come in, we listen to the female voice with aslight Austrian accent announcing places from around Vienna sterring memories and images from visits to Eastern countries such as Slovakia (Bratislava).

The station is still in the state of building. On the opposite platfrom workers converse in rough dialects or shout in Trukish, Croatian, Sebrian, Slovakian, Hungarian language.
Leaving the station we turn into Johannitergasse that leads us back to Favoritenstrasse.

8.10_Johannitergasse no.2
Network Innovation: we stop in front of the house no 2 with the ventilator. We admire the blunt anachronism that is so typical for Viennese life and at the same time enjoy listening to the heavily working ventilator.

Johannitergasse© Marko Ciciliani

Following the street we return to Favoritengasse and head towards Columbusplatz

8.15 hrs_Through Favoritengasse-passing Columbusplatz-outbound towards the supermarket "Hofer"

Here we watch and listen to the deliveries for shops and cafés of the pedestrian zone. Lorries drone, shhets of foil are torn off, glass bottles cling in their crates, the workers shout at each other in thick dialect.

If we are lucky we will hear the clopping of the horses pulling the tourist coaches into town. It's the start of their shift.

On Saturdays music or political groups, citizens' initiatives or political campaigners built up PA, tnts and tables to tune the consumers who will come to the shopping mall a little later to their ideas. We will hear folk music, disco, speeches, or just the babbling of many people who discuss, enjoy or just want to be entertained.

We walk the Favoritenstrasse outbound towards "Hofer", the Austrian version of a cheap discounter.

8.25 hrs_supermarket "Hofer"
A round through the supermarket introduces us acousticly and language wise to the multi-culturell residents of the neighbourhood. We will hear people of different age, acents and voice colours: the whining baby, a crotchety toddlers, stroppy or cool adolescents, irritated parents, people of medium age up to senior citizens wo might represent the autochthonous population of favoriten, and whose language is accordingly coloured by the local dialect.

Afterwards we walk back to Columbusplatz, taking the quiet street parallel to Favoritenstrasse, the Columbusgasse.

8.40 hrs_Columbusgasse 2/corner of Columbusplatz
Having walked circle we lastly listen from a relative distance, out of a quiet sidestreet, to the basic tonality, the keytone, of the square (steady rhythmic drone of traffic and the clicking of the traffic lights, the plash of the fountain and if the weather is fine the screeching of the swifts.