The Tangible Music Lab at the University of Art and Design Linz is offering an academic master program on Postdigital Lutherie, dedicated to the design and performance of postdigital musical instruments in collaboration with the Institute of Computer Music at the Anton Bruckner University Linz. Led by Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner and Prof. Volkmar Klien this international English program explores the multidisciplinary aspects of design & technology and composition & performance as well as the artistic & theoretical foundations of New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME).
The admission for the next academic year 24/25 will be open again in spring 2024 and the first round of entrance exams will take place in early early July 2024, please contact Enrique Tomás for further information. Studying in Austria is generally free for EU-citizens, information about tuition fees for non-EU students can be found here.
The design of musical instruments is already looking back to a long cultural and artistic tradition throughout the millennia. With the development of electronic music during the last century we have experienced a radical paradigmatic shift, which accelerated during the past decades through the further advances in digitalization of music and the following virtualization of instruments. Postdigital Lutherie intends to reflect these developments by reconnecting the various aspects of acoustic, electronic and digital design of musical instruments again within tangible sonic artifacts for musical expression. This opens new design perspectives and artistic possibilities for established cultural techniques and musical practices in the context of an ongoing digitalization.
Postdigital Lutherie is an academic four-semester master program (120 ECTS) in English language, which reflects the overall topic of musical instrument design from the various perspectives in Design & Technology, Composition & Performance as well as Media- and Art Theories. These three core columns (each 15 ECTS) are supported by the central Artistic Subject (30 ECTS) and a block of Free Electives (15 ECTS), and are concluded with a practical and theoretical Master Project (30 ECTS). Admission to the program requires a diploma or bachelor degree in a related subject, candidates are required to successfully pass an entrance interview.
The complete list of lectures offered by the department can be found here.
Our program engages faculty members, staff and resources from a number of renowned institutions in Linz. The Kunstuniversität Linz is well-known for its experimental art, interactive media and industrial design focus. It provides an extraordinary pool of art courses eligible for all students: from fashion technology, interface design to creative robotics just to name a few. Our musical partner Anton Brucker University is the place where contemporary music research meets Austrian musical tradition. It not only provides cutting edge studios like the sonic lab but it also offers recording labs and great auditoriums. The historical buildings of Tabakfabrik Linz are an environment of creative industries and atelier spaces and the home for our Tangible Music Lab department. Our alliance with the neighboring Grand Garage maker-space provides 4000sqm of professional machines, from CNC to 3D printers and industrial robots! The UNESCO City of Media Arts Linz also hosts the international Ars Electronica festival and center.
You can get more information about our technical resources and facilities here.
Univ. Prof. Dr Martin Kaltenbrunner: Postdigital Design, Postidigital Lutherie & Seminar, Scientific and Artistic Research Methods, Journal and Publication Club, Master Colloquium, Creative Commons and Programming.
Univ. Prof. Dr Volkmar Klien: Theory and History of Electronic Music, Electronic Music Composition, Postdigital Lutherie Seminar, Master Colloquium.
Dr Enrique Tomás: Predigital, Digital and Postdigital Lutherie, Electronics, Artistic Research Methods, Postdigital Lutherie Seminar http://ultranoise.es
Dr Stefanie Wuschitz: Feminist Hacking
PhD Candidate Jens Vetter: Analog & Digital sound, Digital Sound Synthesis
Angélica Castelló: Postdigital Ensemble and Theory of Electronic Music
Photo: David Murobi
Cedrik Fermont: Non-Western Experimental Music http://syrphe.com/c-drik.html
Univ. Prof. Tina Frank: Sound Visualization https://www.tinafrank.net/
PhD Candidate Enrique Mendoza: Electro-Instrumentarium, Digital-Instrumentarium
Hasi Raber and Jerobeam Fenderson: Sound Visualization Workshop
PhD Candidates Peter Silvan and Emmanouil Karystinaios (Institute of Computational Perception JKU Linz): Sound and Music Computing
DI Michael Eckl: Digital Fabrication (Grand Garage) https://grandgarage.eu/de/team/michael-eckl
Workshops, Guest Lectures and Artists in Residence in the Lab:
Ioana Vreme Moser: Guest Lecture and Artist in Residence: Fluidics computer memories and circuits
Tuni Panea: Workshop on Experimental Lutherie and Artist in Residence https://tunipanea.com/
Amélie Nilles: Guest Lecture (Ottosonics Artist in Residence) https://soundcloud.com/amelie-nilles
Datu Arellano: Digital Lutherie Workshop and Lecture (Tahigami Controllers) https://datuarellano.com/
Ida Hiršenfelder: Guest Lecture (Ottosonics Artist in Residence) https://beepblip.org/
The Vegetable Orchestra: Postdigital Design Workshop and Lecture https://www.vegetableorchestra.org/
Mariam Gviniashvili: Guest Lecture (Ottosonics Artist in Residence) https://www.mariamgviniashvili.com/
Svetlana Maraš: Guest Lecture https://www.svetlanamaras.com/
Elisabeth Schimana: Guest Lecture
Hugo Morales: Guest Lecture https://www.hugomorales.org/