Carl Michael Von Hausswolff (SE)
A sonic precursor to Berlin’s Raster-Noton family of artists and a living legend in the world of electro-acoustic sound art, Carl Michael von Hausswolff began composing in the late-70s using only a tape recorder, radar, and sonar. Since then, Hausswolff has produced literally dozens of recordings of his experiments, many of which revolve around the permutations of electrical sound in its most literal manifestation. Equally feted in the world of installation art, his sonic sculptures have been featured in major exhibitions around the world, including Manifesta, documenta X, the Johannesburg Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica. In this past decade, a new generation of electricity musicians has fallen under the influence of Hausswolff’s explorations, including former MUTEK performers such as SND, Frank Pommasl and John Duncan, as well as Jakob Kierkegaard, BJ Nilsen and Machinefabriek. These days, Hausswolff makes appearances as a member of the 12-member freq_out orchestra, a collection of sound artists all working together within a specified frequency range. He also continues to release solo works on labels such as Oral, Sub Rosa, and Die Stadt.