Holger Zschenderlein is a composer / sound artist.
His work encompasses creative practice and research aspects in the field of soundscape composition, composition and narrative structures within the wider context.
He is subject leader for the Master of Fine Arts /BA(Hons), Digital Music and Sound Arts course programme at The University of Brighton.
Holger Zschenderlein (MMus RCM) is subject leader for the Master of Fine Arts /BA(Hons) Digital Music and Sound Arts course programme at the University of Brighton. He is a composer / sound artist. His work encompasses creative practice and research aspects in the field of soundscape composition, composition and narrative structures within the wider context.
Zschenderlein trained initially in classical piano at the Musikhochschule in Cologne (1978 – 83) and subsequently Jazz piano and composition at Duisburg University (1983 – 1987) completing a Music Staats Diploma in Jazz Education in Germany. After moving to London, he played Jazz piano and keyboards as a live band musician, he studied and graduated with a BMus (Hons) from Goldsmiths College in 1994 and completed an MA in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music 1996. His musical experience extends from composing and arranging to performing and sound engineering. Zschenderlein has composed for film and television, multi-media, installations and contemporary dance, as well as a number of contemporary compositions for ensemble and voice.
The key area of Zschenderlein's research concerns music composition and sound design as narrative forms in the context of the moving image and the relationship of composition/sonic design and narrative structures within the wider context. He has been developing collaborative practice linking music, film, production, performance and installation since early 1990s. His current research project 'The Breathing City' is an Arts & Science collaboration between a Urban Meteorologist, Designer and Composer, which centres on developing multi-sensory perspectives based on the interpretation and representation of scientific data. Within this project Zschenderlein is interested in how alongside the abstraction of pure data, sonic design and composition can present and develop, through intellectual, sensory and emotional dimensions, human context and narrative.
He has developed collaborative practice linking soundscape, music composition, sonic design, moving image, audio-visual production, performance and installation. He collaborated with Brian Eno on several projects (Passengers & Channel 4) and his collaborative work in film and moving image have been screened internationally and won international awards in London (British Animation Award, Time Out Award), Montreal (Canadian Radio and TV Society Broadcast Prize), Rome (First Prize Int. Film Festival), San Francisco (Int. Film Festival), Brest / France (Top Award, 11th European Short Film Festival), Chicago (Gold Plague, Int. Film Festival).He has also composed music and created sound design for contemporary dance, opera, theatre, for instrumental music and voice, video and interactive audio – visual installations.
Zschenderlein, Holger (2011) STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art/Science Pedagogy National Science Foundation, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Zschenderlein, Holger (2010) Ice- Traffic [Exhibition]
Zschenderlein, Holger and Rose, Chris (2009) From the Sensory to the Rational: Between Embodied Experience and Disembodied Knowledge/Theory In: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Canada. Publication of Proceedings Vol. VII, Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, IIAS - InterSymp 2009, Baden-Baden, Germany, 3 Aug 2009.
Zschenderlein, Holger, Barlow, Janet, Letschka, Patrick and Rose, Chris (2009) Arts and Science Research Residency and Work-in-Progress Exhibition of The Breathing City, Ice – Traffic Installation at Lighthouse [Exhibition]
Rose, Chris and Zschenderlein, Holger (2008) The Breathing City Project: drawing interpretations from the atmosphere - patterns of behavior and the negotiation of knowledge In: Systems Research in the Arts & Humanities, Vol. II: On Interaction / Interactivity in Music, Design, Visual & Performative Arts, Baden-Baden, Germany, 29 July 2008.
Zschenderlein, Holger (2008) The Breathing City [Exhibition]
Since 2005 Zschenederlein has been a member of the ‘Spring Group’, an inter-faculty Arts and Science research group of artists, designers, scientists, composers and musicians based at the Universities of Brighton, Reading and Sussex. As a composer he is working together with Urban Meteorologist, Dr Janet Barlow (University of Reading) and Designer Chris Rose (University of Brighton) on the project entitled ‘The Breathing City’. This joint research project brings together diverse fields of research and practice ranging from sonic design, composition, narrative, sensory experience, haptics and cognition to urban meteorology, pollution dispersion, in a creative and exploratory dialogue.
‘The Breathing City’ examines the characterisation of statistical information of airflow in urban environments, and the use and development of languages to interpret and communicate data through multi-sensory experience. As a work in progress, ‘The Breathing City’ takes the form of a soundscape composition that explores the relationship between experiential knowledge and data representations, analysis and interpretation of complex dynamic systems within the context of urban climate. Other directions within this research include multi-sensory access to data through multiple perspectives and conceptual models especially connected with cyclical and co-dependent properties presented in a multi-media exhibition/installation.
'The Breathing City' presentations of research project work in progress and seminar with Chris Rose (School of Architecture and Design) at Rhode Island School of Design, USA.
'The Breathing City' research project work presentation at the University of Reading, Open Day & Alumni Reunion, 40th Anniversary of the Meteorology Department at University of Reading, as part of the work in progress presentation of the ‘Spring Group’.
'Confronting Silence' composition for solo dance performance by choreographer Karen Hall, Cockpit Theatre, London.
'Mirror Mirror' sound design for Interactive Sculpture by Gail Pearce, exhibited Royal College of Art.
'The Challenge, House of Obession' and 'The Canterville Ghost' soundtracks and sound design, The Musical Theatre Company, Britten Theatre, London.
1992 and 1993
'Treading Upon the Tail of the Tiger' and 'Running Out – Still Running' composition for dance, Streets & Rivers Dance Company, The Place Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Lilian Baylis Theatre, London.
'Picture This: Silvering Up'. BBC Documentary. Directed by Kirkham Jackson and produced by Adam Keelan.
'Pieces of the Moon', short film drama Anglia Television. Directed by Kirkham Jackson and produced by Adam Keelan. First prize awarded at screenings in Montreal, Rome, San Fransisco, Brest and Chicago International Film Festivals.
'Ghost in a Shell', animation, Manga Productions, Japan. Collaboration (programmer and musician) with Brian Eno and U2 at Westside Studios, London. Worldwide broadcasts and cinema screenings/film festival. Released on CD ‘Passenger: Original Soundtracks 1' (Island Records, 1995).
Eno, Brian: A Year With Swollen Appendices. Faber & Faber.