Tunings of the World 2.0

plur(e)alities in music 2019 – 2021


concerts, concert_installations and tunings_salon with the Ensemble KNM Berlin and the composers Laure M. Hiendl, Carlos Iturralde, Bumki Kim, Fang-Yi Lin, Dick Raaijmakers, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others.

tunings of the world 2.0 – plur(e)alities in music collects various musical practices and sonic identities of places, with reference to R. Murray Schafer's visionary book »The Tuning of the World«. Forty years after the book's publication and with the expansion of digital cultures, the question emerges: how do local and historical sonic-cultural identities shape, change and co-exist while dealing with the pressures of standardization in a networked world? The subtitle »plur(e)alities« points to the intertwined link between local and global perception as well as singular and pluralistic realities.


Vor 40 Jahren veröffentlichte R. Murray Schafer sein visionäres Buch »The Tuning of the World«, das entscheidend für ein Verständnis der akustischen Umwelt beitrug und ein Bewusstsein für die klangliche Identität von Orten etablierte.
40 Jahre später fragen wir, wie sich lokal und historisch geprägte klangliche-kulturelle Identitäten in Auseinandersetzung mit dem Standardisierungsdruck einer vernetzten Welt formieren, wandeln und zeitgleich existieren. Oder verlieren?

tunings of the world 2.0 ergänzt also Schafers Hörblick auf die konkrete, akustische Realität durch die plurale Perspektive, der sich heutzutage fast alle Lebensbereiche stellen müssen. Der Untertitel »plur(e)ality« weist auf die nicht mehr aufzulösende Verknüpfung zwischen lokaler und globaler Wahrnehmung sowie singulärer und pluralistischer Realität hin. tunings of the world 2.0 ist so lesbar als eine Sammlung von verschiedenen ästhetischen Ortsbestimmungen und differenten musikalischen Praxen.

#berlin – germany 29./30.10.2021

Tunings of the World 2.0 – plur(e)alities in music
#berlin – germany

October 29 + 30, 2021

Friday, 29.10.21 | 20:00

AnA Maria Rodriguez
slow meditation in frequencies  35’   2021, WP
for trumpet, trombone, violoncello, gongs and effect devices

Laure M. Hiendl
In Abeyance  40’   2021, WP
for ensemble

public talk with Laure M. Hiendl, Ana Maria Rodriguez and Pablo Druker
hosted by Dahlia Borsche

Saturday, 30.10.21 | 20:00

Fang-Yi Lin
Heterotopia Sketch   2021, WP
for flute, violoncello, video and tape

Carlos Iturralde
Portal 2021, WP
for ensemble

Emre Dündar
Uptalk     2021
for bass flute and bass clarinet

public talk with Carlos Iturralde, Emre Dündar and others
hosted by Dahlia Borsche

Pablo Druker
, conductor

Ensemble KNM Berlin & guests
Rebecca Lenton, flutes | Theo Nabicht, contrabass and bass clarinet | Matthew Conley, trumpet | Johannes Lauer, trombone | Wu Wei, Sheng | Theodor Flindell, violin | Nikolaus Schlierf, viola | Juan Lucas Aisemberg, viola | Cosima Gerhardt, violoncello | Jonathan Heilbron, doublebass

Fred Pommerehn, light design

Wouter Jaspers, sound design

8 / 12 € (per day)
Online tickets: https://www.xing-events.com/vi/tunings

Herzbergstraße 40–43, 10365 Berlin (Tram M8: Herzbergstr./Industriegebiet)


KNM’s Salon #2 – Historical Instruments in Contemporary Music

Samstag, 29. Mai 2021, 18 Uhr
Stream aus KNM's Garage 51 | Fahrbereitschaft

guests: Dr Pia Palme, composer (AUT) | Chao-Ming Tung, composer (TWN) | Matthew Conley, musician (USA/DEU)

host: Dr Liam Cagney

With interviews, keynotes and musical works by the invited guests, the salon wants to address the convergence of historical, traditional and contemporary practices on the international music stage. What challenges and different transformations can be observed? In this salon within the Tunings of the World 2.0 project, the Ensemble KNM Berlin brings composers and interpreters from different parts of the world together to talk about how locally and historically shaped sonic-cultural identities co-exist in a networked world.

Programme: talks, interviews & concert videos 

Chao-Ming Tung: Lotus Fragrance(2008)
for guzheng solo
Yu-Chen Wang, performer

Ana Maria Rodriguez: Piedras (2021)
for contrabass clarinet, baroque trumpet and live-electronics
Ensemble KNM Berlin
Theo Nabicht, contrabass clarinet   |  Matthew Conley, baroque trumpet  |  Ana Maria Rodriguez, live-electronics

Pia Palme: KREIDEBLEICH (2019-2021)
a piece for harpsichord with microtonal tuning and preparations
version #4 (2021) with video
Sonja Leipold, harpsichord

Chao-Ming Tung: Y.Y.J.Y. (2015-18)
for pipa and string quartet
Pacific Quartet Vienna
Yuta Takase, Eszter Major, violins | Chin-Ting Huang, viola | Sarah Weilenmann | cello
Huikuan Lin, pipa

Editorial Team: Dr Karin Weissenbrunner, Thomas Bruns
Sound & Video: Andre Bartetzki, Thomas Bruns


Pia Palme is a composer, performer, and artistic researcher from Vienna, Austria, with a focus on experimental music theatre. Known for her interdisciplinary formats, her practice often involves interactions with electronic music, writing texts, and visual art. The backbone of her work is the physicality of performance, a theme she regularly and personally revisits as a musician with her bass recorders. She currently (2019-2021) directs the comprehensive artistic research project ‘On the Fragility of Sounds’ funded by the Austrian Science Fund PEEK FWF at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, where she explores alternative forms of music theatre and composition as feminist practices. Pia Palme studied music, mathematics, and geometry in Vienna before beginning her professional career as a classical oboist, recorder player, and music educator. From there, she turned to experimental and electronic music, improvisation, and composition, completing her doctoral thesis at the University of Huddersfield, UK in 2017. Palme’s compositions, improvisations, and performances have been presented at numerous festivals such as Wien Modern, Klangspuren Tirol, hcmf, Ars Electronica Linz, Ultima, and at Q-O2 Brussels. Her recognitions include the and the ‘Outstanding Artist Award’ of the Republic of Austria as well as a number of scholarships and residencies, including from Sound and Music UK, the City of Vienna, Siemens Foundation, the Austrian Republic and The Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada.

Chao-Ming Tung is a Taiwanese composer and guzheng player (Chinese zither). His music encompasses stage, instrumental, vocal and electro-acoustic works as well as multimedia-performances with visual arts and dance. He studied composition with Chien Nan-Chang, Johannes Fritsch, Mauricio Kagel, and Nicolaus A. Huber and graduated his composition studies in 1999 at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen Germany with distinction. In 2004, his ensemble work »X« for mixed ensemble with Chinese and Western instruments was performed in the Philharmonie Berlin. He began to perform publicly with guzheng and live electronics in 2003 and created the compositions with computer real-time interaction: »Washed Sand with Sea Waves« (2003), »Heart Sutra«(2004), »Screaming Space« (2010), which he performs in person. In 2004, he founded Zheng Ming Guzheng Trio with Fengxia Xu and Ming Wang in Vienna and attempted to open up a new horizon of sound aesthetic for the traditional instruments. He was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Scholarship for Composers from the City of Cologne in 1999, the Scholarship of National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan in 2001 and Artist-in-Residence Grants of Villa Aurora Los Angles in 2004. From 2006 – 2007, he was composer in residence of Chai Found Music Workshop Taipei. In 2013, he was awarded the Taiwanese Cultural Prize from International Rotary Club Taipei West of Taiwan. In 2014, he founded the mixed chamber ensemble »C-Camerata Taipei« with famous musicians from Taiwan and serves as an artistic curator. Since 2007, he teaches composition, new music theatre and multimedia new music at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Trumpeter Matthew Conley performs as an active performer of contemporary music frequently with ensembles such as Ensemble Musikfabrik (Köln), Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt am Main), Ensemble KNM Berlin, œnm . œsterreichisches ensemble fuer neue musik, among others. He is a founding member of the Berlin-based Ensemble Apparat. Matthew appeared as soloist on Matthias Pintscher’s sonic eclipse at the cresc… 2011 Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main and the 2012 Slowind Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was a prizewinner at the 2011 Stockhausen Courses for his performance of OBERLIPPENTANZ für piccolo-trompete, and has subsequently been invited by the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik to perform the piece on many occasions. In 2010/2011 he was stipendiary of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie. Matthew holds a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he completed a Master’s degree in Solo Performance at McGill University in Montreal, where he studied with Edward Carroll. Additionally, Matthew has worked intensively with Markus Stockhausen and studied four consecutive summers at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale.

#TAIWAN 2020/2021

reading music part II  / virtual performances
presented at

at The National Taichung Theater, Taichung December 3-12, 2021
at Guling Street Avant-garde Theatre, Taipei December 21-26, 2021


reading music part I / virtual performances
presented at

2021 Weiwuying TIFA Contemporary Music Platform April 12–25, 2021
2020 One More Festival December 12 –13, 2020

Reading Music is a collection of text composition works within the ongoing project tunings of the world 2.0. It explores how composers and musicians reach mutual comprehension without the score as a medium and it further elaborates on the relationship between sound art and space.
Based on the concept of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s »Music for a House«, Studio Acht and KNM Berlin invited six composers from Taiwan, Germany, Argentina, and Mexico in 2019 to create Music for an Opera House, a work tailor-made for the spaces in Weiwuying Opera House. Music for an Opera House is completed after a year of discussion, research, and creative brainstorming. Due to the pandemic, this piece is unable to perform live; however, the challenge of the reality, in fact, spurred the team to go deeper into Stockhausen’s groundbreaking concept of musical composition. KNM thus filmed the experimental results as Reading Music III – VIII in Berlin. It serves not only as a record of the creating process of Music for an Opera House but also as a way for composers and performers to profoundly present the thinking of musical performing styles put forward by Stockhausen in the last century through unconventional space and the sense of space.

Kaiyi Kao (TWN) – Counterpoint
Carlos Iturralde (MEX) – Elastic semantic transfer
AnA Maria Rodriguez (ARG) – Gold and Silver
Wei-Chih Liu (TWN) – Burst Forth
Fang-Yi Lin (TWN) – Let’s Read Some Poems
Laure M. Hiendl (GER) – Practise

Ensemble KNM Berlin

Rebecca Lenton – voice, flute
Theo Nabicht – voice, bass/double bass clarinet, gongs, mutes, feedback
Matthew Conley – voice, trumpet
Theodor Flindell – voice, violin
Kirstin Maria Pientka – voice, viola
Cosima Gerhardt – violoncello
Jonathan Heilbron – voice, double bass
AnA Maria Rodriguez – filters


Peng-Hui Wang – bassoon, gongs, mutes, feedback
Yu-Ting Huang – piano

Andre Bartetzki, Thomas Bruns – sound, camera
Thomas Bruns – direction
recorded at KNM's Garage 51 | Fahrbereitschaft, November 2020

2021 Weiwuying TIFA Contemporary Music Platform
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts – Weiwuying, Kaohsiung City

2020 One More Festival
– Listen to the Calling from Afar and Follow the Sounds of the Heart
Spiritual Nomads – Launches on 12-13 December @Taiwan 

One More Festival is an initiative organized by Studio Acht that believes in equality in art. By crossing the boundaries of nations and cultures and through different methodologies, One More Festival abandons all unnecessary burdens and returns to the essence of music, touching the senses to present the musical frequencies of a new generation.


Tunings of the World 2.0 is a project by the Ensemble KNM Berlin in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Taipei, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, Studio Acht Taiwan and Jinju Music Festival (JMF). Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (Taiwan).

#chennai – india 2020

Music for a Park
– postponed – April 2nd 2020
Natesan park, Chennai
based on Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘From the Seven Days’ (1968)

Connection – Landscape
Connection – Universe
Intensities – Four Islands
Meeting Point and Crab
Set Sail for the Sun

Music for a House
– postponed –
April 5th 2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai
based on Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘From the Seven Days’ (1968)

Gold Dust
Meeting Point
Set Sail for the Sun

#chennai – india, part of the international project tunings of the world 2.0, focuses on a collaboration between Indian musicians and the Ensemble KNM Berlin from Germany.
The performances are based on the collection of fifteen text compositions ‘From the Seven Days’ by the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. After reading Satprem’s book on the philosopher, yogi, poet and nationalist Sri Aurobindo in spring 1968, Stockhausen wrote these text compositions within seven days. He called these compositions intuitive music that is not related to the intellect of the interpreting musician.

The ensemble has chosen to perform this work in the City of Chennai not only for its evolutionary connection to Indian culture, but also because of its verbal notation which facilitates creating a true cooperation between the Indian and German musicians to unite harmoniously in music. Karlheinz Stockhausen has been a pioneer in developing a universal musical language already since the late 1960s. An artistic re-enactment of those thoughts might be seen as a contribution to defend the multilateralism.
The musicians present two different musical readings of the texts according to the architecture of the performance spaces in Chennai. The 1st version Music for Park developed for the Natesan park will include the sonic environment as part of the performance to dissolve the limits between in- and outside and hopefully strengthen a non-exclusive musical experience. The decision to use a park as performing space can be further seen as the wish to support Chennai’s change into a green metropolis.
Music for a House, arranged for the building of the Goethe-Institut, offers the audience a listening walk through the entire building. The musicians invite audience members to make their own journey and, in this way, be part of the artistic process.

Ensemble KNM Berlin:
Theo Nabicht, Saxophone/Doublebass Clarinet | Pascal Viglino, Percussion | JD Zazie, Turntable/CDJ | Ana Maria Rodriguez, Electronics/Keyboard | Theodor Flindell, Violin | Kirstin Maria Pientka, Viola | Thomas Bruns, Dramaturgy/Production Management

Musicians from Chennai:
Anantha Krishnan – Mridangam / Indian Percussion
Harini Iyer – Vocals
Vijaygopal – Flute
and others

Tunings of the World 2.0 is a project by the Ensemble KNM Berlin in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Taipei, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, Studio Acht Taiwan, Jinju Music Festival (JMF) and Berghain Ostgut GmbH. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (Taiwan).

#jinju – south korea 2019

Jinju Music Festival

November 3, 2019, 6 pm
Concert hall of Gyeongsang National University

Lee Han
huff/puff  2019
for violin, bassclarinet and doublebass

Han Jae Ho
string  2019
for flute, bassclarinet, violin, viola and doublebass

The C-A-R-E-L-E-S-S words  2019
for bassclarinet and doublebass

Youngkwang Yang
Vox Nihili...  2019
for flute, bassclarinet and doublebass

Seung-wan Baek
’eine Perzeption’  2019
für flute, bassclarinet, violin, viola and doublebass

Leon Lee
[Shin-Byeong]  2019
solo violin

November 6, 2019, 6:30 pm
Concert hall of Gyeongsang National University

Seunghyun Yun
"The Bird Comes..."  2019
for clarinet, viola, doublebass and kayagum

Seil Oh
Rest II: Challa   2019
for flute, bassclarinet, violin, viola, doublebass, percussion and kaygum

Laure M. Hiendl
tonus  2014 (2017)
version for violin, doublebass with electronics

Ana Maria Rodriguez
D&S  2019
version for flute, double bass clarinet, percussion, cardboardboxes and electronics

Luigi Nono
A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum  1985
for doublebass clarinet and bassflute

Ensemble KNM Berlin
Rebecca Lenton, flutes | Theo Nabicht, clarinets | Pascal Viglino, percussion | Ana Maria Rodriguez, keyboard/live-elektronics | Theodor Flindell, violin | Kirstin Maria Pientka, viola | Jonathan Heilbron, doublebass| Thomas Bruns, sound, live-electronics


Künstler*innen / Artists

Laure M. Hiendl (DEU) *1986 arbeitet und lebt in Berlin. Laure schloss ihre Promotion an der Columbia University New York ab und ist derzeit an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg für eine Assistenzprofessur. www.lauremhiendl.com

Carlos Iturralde (MEX) *1976  studierte Komposition an der CIEM Mexico City und am Königlichen Konversatorium von Den Haag (NLD). Er lebt in Mexico City. http://www.carlositurralde.com

Bumki Kim (KOR)  earned D.M. and Master's degree in composition at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA) and Bachelor degree from Seoul National University.

Anantha Krishnan (IND) *1983  Masterstudium in elektronischer Musik und Schlagzeug am Mills College in Kalifornien (USA). Er wohnt in Chennai (Indien). https://theaalaap.com/site/theqs/AnanthaRKrishnan

Fang-Yi Lin (TWN) *1974  studierte Komposition an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien bei Michael Jarrel und Klaus Huber. Sie lebt in Taiwan.

Se il Oh (KOR) earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from the Mannes College of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Texas Austin.

Dick Raaijmakers (NLD) (geb. 1930 in Maastricht; gest. 4. September 2013 in Den Haag) war ein niederländischer Komponist, Performance- und Installationskünstler. http://www.dickraaijmakers.nl

Ana Maria Rodriguez (ARG) *1966  studierte Philosophie, Geschichte, Klavier und Komposition in Buenos Aires sowie algorithmische Musik in Barcelona. Sie lebt in Berlin. https://www.anamariarodriguez.net

Karlheinz Stockhausen (DEU) *1928 † 2007 war ein deutscher Komponist.

Tsan-Cheng Wu (TWN) *1973  absolvierte das Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts der Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan). Er lebt in Taiwan.

Seunghyun Yun (KOR) *1966  M.M. in Composition and Computer Music, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University; D.M.A. in Composition, University of Maryland in College Park).


Fred Pommerehn (USA) *1964 in Madison, Indiana. Er studierte von 1982 bis 1986 an der North Carolina School of the Arts (USA). Er lebt in Berlin.    http://fredpommerehn.com

Musicians for #chennai – india
Charumathi Raghuraman, Violine (IND) Ramana Balachandar, Veena (IND) Anantha R.Krishnan, Mridangam (IND) L. Balaji, Tanpura (IND) Sai Subramanium, Morshing (IND)

Tunings of the World 2.0 ist ein Projekt des Ensemble KNM Berlin in Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut Taipei, dem Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, Studio Acht Taiwan, Jinju Music Festival (JMF) und der FAHRBEREITSCHAFT. Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa und der National Culture and Arts Foundation (Taiwan).
Medienpartner: rbbKultur

Tunings of the World 2.0 is a project by the Ensemble KNM Berlin in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Taipei, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, Studio Acht Taiwan, Jinju Music Festival (JMF) and FAHRBEREITSCHAFT. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (Taiwan).
media partner: rbbKultur


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