Programming and Music for Ears

Joachim Heintz


Tuesday September 26 to Thursday September 28.


Producing a sound by a human via an instrument, and producing a sound by a computer via programming — these two seem to be very different. One is connected with a human body, with practising and performing; the other is based on abstraction, calculations and machines.

This workshop will focus on the question how we can produce living electonic music. It will look at different situations and dimensions of this approach, and will return to the ear and comparisions of hearing in the discussion about differences and decisions.

Joachim Heintz

Joachim Heintz studied first literature, than composition with korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan in Bremen, Germany. Since 2004 he is head of the Electronic Studio FMSBW in the Institute for New Music Incontri at Hanover University for Music Drama and Media, responsible for teaching electronic composition. In 2016/17 he was also invited as guest professor to ICEM at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Although in a way specialized in working with electronic media, his compositions are not purely electroacoustic works. He also works for instruments alone, and in particular for instruments with live electronics (e.g. "S‘io non miro non moro" for soprano and electronics 2013, or "Wege" for string quartet and electronics 2017). Except for concerts, he also works for installations and performances (theatre and readings).

Since 2005 he is part of the Open Source Software movement, in particular the well-known audio programming language Csound. He hosted the first International Csound Conference 2011 in Hanover and founded the Csound FLOSS Manual which is now the standard textbook to learn Csound. He is one of the authors of the new Csound Book in Springer Publishing.

He held classes in many countries, recently in Tehran (Iran), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Seoul (Korea). He tries to teach not only programming but to discuss questions of composition and art in general and in the field of electronic music in particular.

A list of his compositions and texts can be found at