Floating Sound Gallery

Elisabeth Schimana

schimana_01Elisabeth Schimana has been working as a composer, performer and radio artist since 1983. She studied electro-acoustic and experimental music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, musicology and ethnology at the University of Vienna and computer music – composition at the IEM (Institute for Electronic Music) in Graz. Her work concentrated for many years on space / body / electronic. She has ongoing cooperations with the Austrian Kunstradio and also focus on research in the field of woman, art and technology. 2005 she founded IMA Institut für Medienarchäologie where she is the artistic director. She had residencies in York, Keele, London, Amsterdam, Oslo and Moscow, where she has lived for two years and has been working at the Theremin Center. 2011 she received the SKE Publicity Award, 2012 the award for composition from the Austrian Ministry of Culture and 2013 the appreciation award of Lower Austria for media art. She is giving lectures internationally and was a jury member for the Prix Ars Electronica in the category digital music (2006/7).

Seppo Gründler Elisabeth Schimanathe great score.

Broadcast live on air in 5.1 Surround Sound and on line: Ö1 Kunstradio – Radiokunst, January 1st, 2006.

Over the course of five years, the „great score“ was performed in Budapest (2001), Moskow (2002), Amsterdam (2004), Linz (2004), Vienna (2005), Ljubljana (2005) and Graz (2005) leaving the basic structure of the piece for interpretation to varying artists and musicians. These artists contributed to the last version of the „great score“ which took place in form of a net concert by sending sound streams from their respective locations.
With their radio version in 5.1 Surround, Seppo Gründler and Elisabeth Schimana finally combined the different musical interpretations of the defined structure on air. At the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna, they were making a live mix of the incoming sound material from the network, namely from the Budapest-based artists Zsolt Sores and Pal Toth who were performing live at Radio Tilos in Budapest, from Yuri Spitsin, a Moscow-based artist who was streaming from Dartmouth College in the USA; in Hainburg, Anne Wellmer, an artist from Amsterdam, was performing at the IMA Institute of Media Archeology whilst Günther Gessert was participating at Radio FRO in Linz and the artist group alien productions were performing at the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna. Borut Savski and Brane Zormanwere sending their sound contributions from the premises of Radio Student in Ljubljana and finally the Austrian media artist Reni Hofmüller was performing live at Radio Helsinki in Graz.