Marcus Schmickler

The Graham Foundation

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

More good news from Lampo, as Marcus Schmickler returns. Lately the composer has been interested in the correlations between music, language, thought and representation. Here, he’ll work out some of those ideas in a new multichannel piece, Semiotic Chora, using sonifications of logical functions and electroacoustic artifacts.

Marcus Schmickler (b.1968, Cologne, Germany) studied composition and electronic music and works in both composed and improvised forms. He has won numerous prizes and honors and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik. As a composer along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherche, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the musikFabrik, the Paragon Ensemble, the Ensemble Zeitkratzer, among others. As a musician he works with artists such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, MIMEO and Julee Cruise. His discography consists of over 50 titles, and he has performed internationally. He lives and works in Cologne.

Schmickler has appeared at Lampo several times—in June 2011 he performed new quadraphonic computer music, particle/matter-wave/energy, a sonification of various astrophysical data. He and Peter Rehberg performed together in May 2009, in the duo’s first live appearance. A recording of that concert was later released on USA (PAN). In December 2007 he presented the U.S. premiere of Altars of Science. Schmickler performed with Thomas Lehn in September 2005, later released on Navigation Im Hypertext (a-Musik). He made his Lampo debut in September 2002.

Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation; support provided by the Goethe-Institut Chicago

Please also join Lampo and Marcus Schmickler as we journey to infinity, for about 45 minutes. The esteemed German composer offers a unique audio illusion at the Comfort Station, part of Comfort, a Post Family curatorial residency. March 13, 8pm.