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Marcus Schmickler
Lampo Performance Series
Jun 11, 2011 (8pm)

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In 2002, Marcus Schmickler presented "<22-gliders>rule," a simulation of cellular automata transforming a string quartet at his Lampo debut. Since then, researchers at Germany’s Argelander Institute for Astronomy, have called Newton’s law of gravity into question.

For his June 11 performance at the Graham, Schmickler takes up these questions in his continuing astronomic investigation, with "particle/matter-wave/energy," a new computer generated composition that asks the question: What does it sound like when galaxy clusters of 30 objects reciprocally influence each other by means of gravitation? Using a sonification of astrophysical data, Schmickler will collide first two, then three simulated galaxies.

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–solo in September 2002, together with Thomas Lehn in September 2005, and again solo in December 2007 when he presented the U.S. premiere of "Altars of Science." In May 2009 Schmickler performed at Lampo with Peter Rehberg in the duo's first live appearance.

This performance is presented in partnership with Lampo. Founded in 1997, Lampo is a non-profit organization for experimental music, sound art and intermedia projects. For information and to add your name to the Lampo list, contact or visit