KISDtalk: "Video Killer"

KISDtalk: "Theories and Practice of Design" , 23. Januar 2018

Video Killer  (Bild: KISD )

What happens when live and prerecorded video and audio come together at the same time? What happens when instrumentalists do what they are told, but also deviate from that due to the overall compositional process? In this public lecture, Prof. Michael Beil will elaborate on the combination of electronic and instrumental music, video, and the interplay of composer and musician.

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KISDtalk: "Video Killer"

KISDtalk: "Theories and Practice of Design"


  • 23. Januar 2018
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln


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KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Prof. Michael Beil, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln


KISD – Köln International School of Design der TH Köln

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Michael Beil's work focuses on the combination of electronic music, instrumental music, and video. His compositions are based on concepts concerning the situation on stage in a concert in connection with the development process of musical works. Therefore, the instrumentalists are mostly involved in the compositional process and their participation is documented to be part of a composition.
So, the temporal formation and coherence of a musical work becomes perceivable and transparent for the audience in the performance. In order to do this, Michael Beil employs live and prerecorded audio and video. Thus, what is then the genuinely exciting moment is to transform the obvious doubling into an imaginary and ambiguous one and, in doing so, to generate uncertainty made possible only through the precedent clarity.
Michael Beil studied piano, music theory, and composition. In 1996, he taught music theory and composition at the music conservatory in Berlin-Kreuzberg as director of the precollege department and the department of contemporary music. At this time, Michael Beil also directed the Klangwerkstatt – a contemporary music festival in Berlin, and founded in 2000, together with Stephan Winkler, the team Skart to present concerts based on interdisciplinary concepts. In 2007, he became Professor for Electronic Composition at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and director of the studio for electronic music.
The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks take place mostly on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.