Robert Beyer

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Robert Beyer (* 1901 in Wittlich ; † 1989 in Düsseldorf ) was a German sound engineer and composer .


Robert Beyer was one of those radical innovators in music who had dreamed of timbre music since the 1920s. Contributions can be found u. a. with Arnold Schönberg and Ferruccio Busoni . After studying in Halle, Berlin and the Cologne University of Music , he was the sound engineer at Tobis from 1928 to 1934 , where he was able to practice the technical procedures of electroacoustics . From 1946 he was sound engineer at the NWDR . After 1949, those interested in musical progress met at the Darmstadt Summer Courses . Together with Herbert Eimert and Werner Meyer-Eppler , he gave lectures on electronic music there . These three people were instrumental in founding the world's first studio for electronic music in Cologne. After some free works together with Eimert, which was the very first publication in this new field of music, it became clear that there were opposing views here. Eimert was more of a structuralist, which later led to the studio's strict serial orientation. Beyer said that serialism was only a transitional stage, away from the previous practice of music and towards new forms. He saw the technical necessity of a temporary, strict order in order not to revert to previous stages. In the long term he considered completely free timbre painting to be necessary and the serial rules to be a hindrance. The consequence of these differences was that Beyer left the studio. It is currently unknown whether Beyer continued to work on his own and made other compositions. The city of Düsseldorf has no information on this in its archive.



  • The problem of the coming music , in: Die Musik 9 (1928), pp. 861–866
  • "Music and sound film", in: Kestenberg, Leo (Ed.), "Art and Technology", 1930, pp. 365–396, republished by EpOs-Music



  • Marietta Morawska-Büngeler: Vibrating electrons. A documentation about the studio for electronic music of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln. Cologne-Rodenkirchen 1988

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