LANDESZENTRUM MUSIK–DESIGN–PERFORMANCE

Studio for Innovation in Artistic Practice, Research and Teaching in the Digital Age

The Landeszentrum MUSIK-DESIGN-PERFORMANCE at the Trossingen University of Music sees itself as a bridge builder between innovative approaches of our digital age for artistic practice, research and teaching and traditions of artistic disciplines. In the sense of a studio, it creates new spaces for the preservation and updating of the musical-artistic heritage, formulates musical design demands and scrutinizes media sound design.

MUSIK

The musical perspective and expertise – with the aesthetic demands and musical as well as sonic materials – form the starting point and goal.

DESIGN

Design can be understood as the "practice of creation as a cultural technique" (Bernhard Siegert) and formulates an often context-related design claim. The term implies the future, the possible, but also the improvised.

PERFORMANCE

The Performance is the moment of realization, of presentation, of staging. The broader term refers to the connection to traditional music making, but goes beyond that to music mediation and teaching-learning situations.

Background

Music streaming on audio and video platforms, permanent digital networking in social media and new formats of musical expression and performance show the development lines of digitalization: Digital technologies are changing the way music is handled on a daily basis to a great extent and are enabling new ways of musical production and reception. In their diversity, they permeate almost all musical activities and have long since become the ubiquitous composition and production tool in creative workshops. The transformations in the interplay of digital technologies and musical practices create genuinely new things, and at the same time traditional things are touched by new perspective.

This change can be felt in music and its reception as well as in the music business and the professional profile itself and has a direct effect on the demands placed on musicians today.

Universities of music face the challenge of addressing this change in research, teaching and artistic practice.

How do behaviour, perception, communication, design approaches and aesthetic categories change in connection with music in the digital age? How will music be composed, produced, marketed, heard? What kind of music is it then? How will and how could a university of music change against the background of digitalization?

The Landeszentrum MUSIK–DESIGN–PERFORMANCE at the Trossingen University of Music is dedicated to these questions.

Conception

A university of music is a place of versatile music-related learning in different faculties and with different target groups. The Landeszentrum MUSIK–DESIGN–PERFORMANCE sees itself as a bridge builder between traditional artistic disciplines and innovative approaches of our digital age for artistic practice, research and teaching. The musical perspective and expertise – with aesthetic demands and musical as well as sonic materials – form the starting point and goal. Music education is just as involved as science, digital media and artistic design in composition, improvisation and performance.

The topics of the Landeszentrum are in particular:

The interaction of traditional musical practices with the possibilities of digital music processing and communication creates a new ensemble culture: rehearsal room, concert stage, digital music processing and the Internet do not form contradictions, but open up a homogeneous, perspective-rich space for creativity and performance.

Computer science and algorithms play the central role in digital technology. Algorithmic, i.e. rule-based action, can also be traced back to the beginnings of music. This special connection between traditional and innovative musical thinking underlines the omnipresence of algorithmic composing in all musical genres. The knowledge about this per se deepens digital-musical competences. The programming of electronic music in playful design processes expands the understanding of "historical" music with new perspectives and can at the same time set in motion one's own creative processes.

A special focus is on the parameter of spatial sound. With the help of dome-shaped loudspeakers, the sound dome creates an environment with which sounds can be placed anywhere around the listener. This immersive environment can integrate the listener more strongly into the sound happening.

Successful audio-visual performances, i.e. stagings in space with music as well as light, image and movement, are based on well reasoned scenographic concepts. The possibilities for new performance formats range from sculpture and image staging, video works and interactive exhibition to musical and dancing live performances with space and motion tracking.

In both extended and virtual realities, a whole new horizon opens up in which the interplay of digital technologies and artistic practice is explored. Systems of augmented and virtual reality are casting an ever-increasing spell over more and more people, as sound, music and visual environments are not only experiencable, but also multimodal and holistic.

Concepts and formats of digital presentation of artistic identity are "state of the art". Strategy development, a digital portfolio and presence in social networks are therefore core competencies of musicians in the digital age. In order to reach the selected target groups, strategies for the analysis and implementation of a personal communication concept are needed in addition to the high musical expertise.

Smartphones and apps are often attributed with the role of encouraging students' creativity and motivation. Various research projects and practice reports show that this is only true to a limited extent and that the use of digital technologies in learning processes can be successful, but depends on many factors. The majority of young people have a critical-reflexive attitude towards smartphones in the classroom and a desire to limit the use of digital media to individual learning phases. At the same time, the research results show that the musical activities of young people with digital media relate almost exclusively to reception and consumption.

The music-didactic research project "Musik erfinden mit Smartphones" in the format of design based research at the Landeszentrum Musik–Design–Performance focuses on dealing with interactive media and material things within the framework of sociological theories of action and practice.

Music-related learning and design processes with digital mobile devices are complex interactions that take place between acting persons, musical practices and digital technologies. Which apps are suitable for which learning and design processes and which music-related competences do learners develop through apps? The range of music-related applications and software solutions is now unmanageable. Almost 100,000 music-related apps are offered in the AppStore and PlayStore alone. Out of this necessity, ways were sought to arrange and select apps for music in schools and to use them purposefully for learning processes. The result is a cluster model that arranges the apps – similar to human action – according to their competencies and is oriented towards four fields of activity respectively profession for which or from whose application context the apps were primarily designed. All apps are connected by the handling of sounds (KlangApps).

The Trossingen University of Music sees its social responsibility in the development of the Landeszentrum: Uncompromising quality of the classical canon of subjects without compromising or shifting emphasis, but coupled with openness to new media and technologies in an increasingly digitalised world. Digital hardware and software elements have become indispensable not only in pop and film music, but in all areas as well. It is therefore also the task of the Landeszentrum to explore the relevance in the classical sections of a university of music such as composition, music education, work on the artists' portfolio, etc., and to establish it accordingly for the respective areas.

Impact

The Trossingen University of Music, in addition to its strong roots in musical traditions, devoted itself early on to repositioning itself as a cultural and educational institution in the digital age. In 2011, the innovative study programme Musikdesign was introduced in cooperation with the Hochschule Furtwangen University (HFU). Since 2012, students of the University of Music have been trained in the three important areas of artistic media competence, educational media competence and media competence for communication and networking in the unique project Medienkompetenz.

The ensembles OSG and TROLL represent the artistic development at the Trossingen University of Music. The "Open Source Guitars" have long successfully combined traditional ensemble culture with digital music processing and communication. Various sounds of guitars, electric guitars, prepared and self-constructed guitars are recorded in a sound library and artistically processed in various ways, but also performed in live performances without digital feeds. The Trossinger Laptop-Ensemble TROLL strives, among other things, for interdisciplinary networking within the university of music: if, for example, a natural trumpet ensemble meets the laptop performers in artistic cooperation projects, the performance practice of digital and analogue music is explored and the understanding of the artistic possibilities in and with the digital music world is opened up. In Trossingen, the artistic initiatives and projects as well as the structural efforts laid the foundation for innovation and reflection processes in the interplay of digital technologies and musical practices.

You will find an overview of the impact of the Landeszentrum in the various areas in the Projects section of this website.

History

The Trossingen University of Music, in addition to its strong roots in musical traditions, devoted itself early on to repositioning itself as a cultural and educational institution in the digital age. In 2011, the innovative study programme Musikdesign was introduced in cooperation with the Hochschule Furtwangen University (HFU). Since 2012, students of the University of Music have been trained in the three important areas of artistic media competence, educational media competence and media competence for communication and networking in the unique project Medienkompetenz.

The ensembles OSG and TROLL represent the artistic development at the Trossingen University of Music. The "Open Source Guitars" have long successfully combined traditional ensemble culture with digital music processing and communication. Various sounds of guitars, electric guitars, prepared and self-constructed guitars are recorded in a sound library and artistically processed in various ways, but also performed in live performances without digital feeds. The Trossinger Laptop-Ensemble TROLL strives, among other things, for interdisciplinary networking within the university of music: if, for example, a natural trumpet ensemble meets the laptop performers in artistic cooperation projects, the performance practice of digital and analogue music is explored and the understanding of the artistic possibilities in and with the digital music world is opened up. In Trossingen, the artistic initiatives and projects as well as the structural efforts laid the foundation for innovation and reflection processes in the interplay of digital technologies and musical practices.

In 2015, following a competitive process, the state of Baden-Württemberg named five Landeszentren which are intended to serve as beacons with their outstanding profiles as well as to strengthen profession-related skills in their study programmes. The Ministry of Science and the rectors of the states' universities of music had agreed on an open-ended, quality-oriented procedure for the selection of the Landeszentren, which was divided into two rounds according to the usual competition procedures in the university sector. The music academies submitted 9 draft proposals, 7 of which were forwarded to the second round for a full proposal. An independent panel of experts was set up to review the proposals. The establishment of the Landeszentren is designed to be permanent. To finance them, a pool of positions was set up, for which the state will provide five professorships (W3) for five years as well as five medium-level positions (E 13). The universities of music participate in this pool with two professorship positions (W3) each.

The Trossingen University of Music applied with the concept for the Landeszentrum MUSIK–DESIGN–PERFORMANCE and was awarded.

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