Prof. Dr. Gerhard Eckel



Prof. Dr. Gerhard Eckel
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria
Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics



“Movement sonification and interactive sound art“

In my practice as a composer and sound artist, movement sonification has become an essential means for creating interactive sound sculptures. Using vision-based human motion capture with high temporal and spatial resolution allows creating/to create a quasi-tactile relationship between movement and sound, something the audience experiences as very captivating. I will report about my approach towards movement sonification using some of my pieces as examples and explain the details of the movement-to-sound mapping, which I consider an essential element of the compositional process leading to my works.


Gerhard Eckel (* 1962) is a composer and researcher, working as a Professor of Computer Music and Multimedia at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Eckel holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Vienna and studied Composition of Electro-acoustic Music as well as Sound Engineering at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna. In the past Eckel worked at IRCAM, the computer music department of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication IMK in St. Augustin, Germany. Eckel takes both an artistic and scientific interest in matters of sound. His research topics range from psychoacoustics, over sound analysis, visualization, processing, spatial rendering and synthesis to virtual and augmented reality systems. His artistic work focuses on the possibilities of installations to convey formal openness to the audience in a tangible way. He creates sound and music installations for real and virtual spaces, which are presented at international festivals, conferences and trade fairs. He initiated and coordinated the EU-IST-project LISTEN, which defined and explored Immersive Audio-augmented Environments from a scientific and artistic perspective. In a recent artistic research project he developed a new form of intermedial expression: Embodied Generative Music. His current artistic research project (The Choreography of Sound) funded by the Program for Arts-based Research (PEEK) of the Austrian Science Fund FWF explores the spatial in electroacoustic composition. Since 2012 Eckel serves as Professor Affiliate at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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