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Phillip Sollmann (DE)

Modular Organ System

Sound Installation by Phillip Sollmann & Konrad Sprenger

Since 2017 the Berlin musicians and artists Phillip Sollmann and Konrad Sprenger have been developing their "Modular Organ System". As an expansive sculpture and sound installation, it provides an environment that visitors can explore independently. All functional parts of the instrument are visible and can be grasped in their spatial dimensions and pictorial qualities. The Modular Organ System remains in operation for the entire duration of the Triennale, while it alternates between installative and concertante states.

Gegen die Zeit II

Phillip Sollmann_string instruments and live electronic
John Gürtler_blaswandler and live electronic

The Berlin duo Sollmann & Gürtler plays music characterized by implosions and decay. Wind converters, string instruments and live electronics are used. In Monheim they will modulate each other with a feedback system.

About Phillip Sollmann

Phillip Sollmann (born 1974 in Kassel, Germany) is DJ, producer as well as sound artist who addresses numerous levels of sound in his scope of music. Since the late 1990s, he produces electronic music, first with imprint “Tobin” (together with Alexander Polzin), later and currently mostly under the project name “Efdemin” and with Hamburg-Berlin label “Dial”. He is resident DJ at the Berlin club Berghain and its electroacoustic salon, and he is well appreciated all over the world for his broad-ranged techno productions and DJ sets. 

Phillip Sollmann studied Electroacoustic Music (ELAK) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Besides his current involvement in club culture, he explores the tension between mechanical sound production, sound installations and electro-acoustic compositions in various projects. He currently works with Konrad Sprenger on the development of the Modular Organ System, a modular spatial sound concept based on air-powered organ pipes, controlled via Midi.

Together with John Gürtler, with whom Sollmann released the album “Gegen die Zeit” under the signet Sollmann & Gürtler on the label “Sky Walking”, he currently composes works for the Berlin Zafraan Ensemble with crossovers of New Music, improvisation and Ambient.
Sollmann's conceptual composition “Monophonie”, which he wrote (funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds) for Harry Partch’ instruments, Harry Bertoia’ sound sculptures and for one of Hermann von Helmholtz’ sirens, was premiered at the Berliner Volksbühne in collaboration with the Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2017 and was also performed at Kampnagel in Hamburg and at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. A new record release is currently planned for 2020.

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