Hubert Bognermayr

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Hubert Bognermayr (born April 6, 1948 in Linz ; † March 17, 1999 ibid) was an Austrian musician, composer and pioneer of electronic music . He was a founding member of the Austrian rock band Eela Craig (1970), one of the founders of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (1979) and founder of the Blue Chip Academy (1989). He also used some pseudonyms such as Luis Fernandez and Umberto Hohenstirn .


A focus in Bognermayr's bands and projects was the merging of pop, classical and world music as well as classical composition work including electronic music. He has had a significant number of international performances in opera houses or festivals, including premieres broadcast live on television. He created electronic bells for Herbert von Karajan ( Parsifal , Salzburg 1980).

Bognermayr did pioneering and internationally recognized work in the field of computer acoustic music. Around 1980 he set up his recording studio called “Electronic Försterhaus” at home with Harald Abschrader and began to experiment with the possibilities of the music computer Fairlight CMI , the first digital synthesizer with sampling technology, which processed digitized and stored sound pieces. This is where the work Erdenklang - computer-acoustic sound symphony - was commissioned for Ars Electronica . The premiere was on September 28, 1982 in the Brucknerhaus Linz. The work was performed together with a dance theater and five music computers played live on stage. In the liner notes of the LP Erdenklang , Wendy Carlos raves :

“… With the appearance of Erdenklang by Bognermayr and Abschrader the medium of electronic music has crossed another threshold. [...] To me it has been a long tedious way for this to happen ... "

"The medium of electronic music has crossed a new threshold with Bognermayr / Abschraders Erdenklang [...] For me it was a long and stressful way to this event ..."

In quick succession he recorded Christmas melodies on the LP Sternenklang and composed the Sermon on the Mount . These publications were also played entirely on the first generation of the Fairlight CMI with the aid of samples of natural tones and noises. There were other productions and technical collaborations with Klaus Pruenster and Gyan Nishabda, for example . Both were also involved in the Erdenklang premiere on stage; In their further projects they explored the new technical possibilities in very different ways.

At the beginning of 1984 Mike Oldfield became aware of Bognermayr and Zusatzrader because of the continued success of the Erdenklang LP and engaged them for the tour for his LP Discovery . Bognermayr took part in the sound programming for several months, while Abschrader also played as a keyboard player on the two Fairlight CMIs on the tour.

In 1988, Bognermayr and Abschrader founded the Blue Chip Orchestra . The debut recording Blue Chip Orchestra received a lot of international attention. It followed u. a. the works Donau so blau in collaboration with the composer Josef Resl and White River - Red Spirit (acoustic music of native Americans, combined with sampled natural sounds and electronic music). During these projects, they developed completely new instruments, for example the “ultrasonic harp” and “Danube tuba”. The Blue Chip Academy, founded in 1989, deals with computer music and its playing technique as well as new methods of digital education.

In 1987, 1988 and 1989, Bognermayr gave the jury's official statement on the Prix ​​Ars Electronica in the computer music category .

On March 17, 1999, Hubert Bognermayr committed suicide in his hometown.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bolero from the edge of the bed . In: Der Spiegel . No. 10 , 1982 ( online ).
  2. ^ ARS Electronica. Retrieved January 11, 2018 .
  3. ^ Manfred Gillig-Degrave: Farewell to Bognermayr . In: MusikWoche . The news magazine for the music industry. No. 15 , April 12, 1999, scene, p. 18 .