The debut solo release from Andreas Kühne, captures a city at the edge of the Earth. Based on field improvisations recorded from 2018–2020 in Murmansk – the largest city above the Arctic Circle – the two-part electro-acoustic album channels a voice at once metallic and ghostly. The sounds of objects across Murmansk shimmer and rattle as they are transformed into a vivid, multi-layered musical structure, together speculating on the identity of this remote city – and how its inhabitants adjust to its extreme conditions and isolation.
As a composer, sound artist, and drummer, Andreas Kühne creates electroacoustic music, collaborative audiovisual performances and interactive installations. He researches non-idiomatic free improvisation as a lingua franca for transdisciplinary and transcultural art production, presentation and participation. Aiming to enable established disciplines to interact in all their characteristics and urgency, Kühne develops audio(visual) interfaces for the improvising body through extended (analogue) techniques, live electronics and electronics design. In today’s sample-based practice of musical borrowings and appropriation in electronic musics he aims to introduce new conceptions of instruments as an original and representative sound source through the concept of field improvisation – the creation of sounds with on-site inert objects visible to the eye, yet hidden in the sonic presence of place. His music is featured in documentaries, art works and film.
Kühne’s work has been exhibited and performed at Sonic Acts Festival (NL), Ekaterinburg History Museum (RU), Inversia Festival (RU), Lofoten International Art Festival (NO), Lighthouse (UK), A4 cultural spaces (SK). He is a tutor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and has been a guest tutor at the Utrecht University of the Arts.
The Informals II (A/V)
in collaboration with Polina Medvedeva
The Informals II is an improvised documentary experience: a two-part event consisting of a gallery exhibition and a one-off live scored and live edited documentary performance by artists Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne, in collaboration with emerging talent from Brighton's music subcultures. Comprising an immersive multi-channel audiovisual installation and a live one-off improvised performance, The Informals II challenges the stigmas surrounding youth culture, instead portraying a vibrant community of eloquent, driven, talented and opinionated young people. Inspired by the artists' interest in improvisation, non-conformity and ways of living in the digital age, The Informals II explored the lives and stories of Brighton's youths. In a time when the political climate is not representative of them, they use their music culture to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and to reclaim public spaces.
The Informals II is a new commission by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL. The Informals was originally commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inversia Festival, Murmansk. Thanks to AudioActive for introductions and supporting the artists to align this project with the talent across the city.
The Informals / Неформалы (A/V)
in collaboration with Polina Medvedeva
The Informals / Неформалы is partly an autobiographical work, partly a universal statement on the notions of decentralisation, collectivism, and non-conformist ways of living in the digital age. Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne research improvisational techniques in the medium of documentary. Their methodology resembles the patterns of the ‘digital natives’ of Murmansk. In order to escape the norms and social constructs of the North of Russia, young people in Murmansk gravitate to deserted spaces in their area, where they collectively improvise with space, adding a new layer to its genealogy. Medvedeva and Kühne traveled back to the former military zone where Medvedeva was born and through documentation and field improvisation – much like the youths of the Murmansk region – temporarily transferred it into the present. The data they have collected is divided into elements and prepared for live triggering and processing. It resembles an audiovisual instrument which, when played by the artist duo, produces new unscripted versions with each live performance.
The piece has been commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inversia Festival, Murmansk as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Lisa and the F.I.X. (music group)
in collaboration with Luke Deane, Uldis Vitols
Lisa and the F.I.X. is a bard, pop star, and musician who weaves raw stories together with delicate songs. She’s the alter ego of the hyper-productive composer Luke Deane (UK 1990), now based in the Netherlands together with Andreas Kühne (Drums) and Uldīs Vitols (Bass). At Rewire 2022, Lisa presents her debut album, "Footsteps On The Wall" produced by and featuring leading musicians from Asko|Schönberg and Slagwerk Den Haag. Together they combine the sensuality and vulnerability of pop with brooding textures from contemporary club music. These ensemble-musicians enrich Lisa’s bass-infused harmony with analogue flourishes from instruments such as the duduk, cimbalom, pan-flute, and cello. Footsteps on the Wall is an intimate, yet epic work, offering shimmers of light and brightness on a murky, hazardous sonic journey.
404: An Error Occured (A/V)
in collaboration with Benedikt Wöppel
In these audio-visual improvisations designer, moving image maker Benedikt Wöppel and composer, artist Andreas Kühne intend to challenge the unconscious. At “404” the unconsciousness is represented by an archive of images, symbols and audio-samples, that refer to today’s digital media. By means of musical and virtual audio-visual instruments we select, manipulate and project the material of the archive in order to generate spontaneous and unpredictable scenarios. Visual world and soundscape emerges intuitively and manifest to ephemeral utopias and dystopias. The collaboration '404 - An error occurred', referring to the notification's appearance as a portal to the vaporous interconnectedness of internet, is an instant science fiction machine, which suggests possible realities from the unknown, immortal part of the world, from which everything mortal arises, before it collapses and returns to subconsciousness.
RAMSES /MPRO (series)
by Andreas Kühne
RAMSES /MPRO is a non-disciplinary series reflecting on free improvisation: exploration of X << party of no one in particular >> spawn of the now.