ongoing projects  

relative realities
an enhancement of reality and an ongoing effort that over the last couple of years has been exhibited in different locations and incarnations.
TO BE PRESENTED IN A NEW VERSION @ ars electronica festival in Linz
September 8 - 12 2016.

assisted excercises in an installative setting
solo show at schallform gallery / vienna

Vertrauen in den Westen
a series of compositions for Rhodes, recorded sounds & electronics

curating the 'Stromschiene'
an ongoing series of 30 concerts of electronic music & soundart
at the Alte Schmiede

nahen - weiten
a series of compositions for piano & electronics

recent projects  

In Schwachstroemen
A concert for 2 musicians and an orchestra of paper-screen loudspeakers
with Boris Hegenbart

trailer to No food No money No jewels by Eve Sussman and simon Lee
with music by Volkmar Klien

score for 'excarvation site usa'
a chroeographic installation by michael klien for the martha graham dance company in co-operation with the new museum and ps122
premiere: january 16th 2016 at coil festival in New York City

aus den papierwerken 1
Eine Vorrichtung, um mit einem faden eine rolle papier der länge nach zu trennen. /An apparatus to lengthwise cut a roll of paper with a thread.

Tondenkmäler der tiefbaukunst in österreich
Ein Beitrag zur Klangtopografie der Heimat
sonic monuments to the splendour of civil engineering in Austria
a Contribution to Homeland Sound Topography

Die Totalverschlumperung
multi-channel work for fixed media
presented by the electroacoustic project
10. November 2013 / Museum der Wahrnehmung / Graz

Im Strom der Dinge
for cello, vinyl & portable turntable
commissioned by 'cercle - konzertreihe für neue musik'
premiered october 9th 2013

choreography for Blackboards
video of the performance at the hayward gallery (London) now online

Personal Soundscapes
Participative radiophonic artwork for ORF ö1 kunstradio & musikprotokoll festival live on site (Kunsthaus Graz) & on air
2013 / Austrian National Radio / orf ö1 / duration: 50'

The Artist and the Listening machine
Book chapter in 'On Listening', ed. by Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane,
2013, Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) / CRiSAP, ISBN: 9780956902443

Mein Instrument in seiner Stadt
Workshop für Kinder im Alter von 9 - 12 Jahren
in zusammenarbeit mit den wiener Musikschulen und dem
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
September 13 - 14, ORF Funkhaus Wien

Neue Musik und die Verteidigung des Abendlandes (in german)
article concerning the situation of new music today
Positionen, heft 96, august 2013
also in: Der Hammer
, Zeitung der Alten Schmiede, nr.61
english translation: 'contemporary Music and the Defence of the West'

Das Phantom der Erinnerung
music to Friedemann Derschmidt's upcoming documentary about and with Ilana Shmueli
best Austrian documentary short @ Diagonale 2013.

Zum Grossen Ganzen
composition for multi-channel electronics commissioned by the electroacoustic project to be premiered October 8th 2012 at the Semperdepot, Vienna.

Denn Leistung muss sich wieder lohnen
participatory Installation presented at reheat festival, August 2012

Die angegrauten Riten der Neutöner, Wie aus Revolutionären musterschüler wurden
a full page article (in german) concerning the situation of 'new music' today published in the Wiener Zeitung (14.8.2012 edition) -> read it online
an extended version of the pamphlet is available in german and English.

on automated annotation of acousmatic music
research paper by Klien V., Grill T., Flexer A., Journal of New Music Research, Volume 41, Issue 2, 2012

Variations In Air Pressure
Weiping Lin - violin
Volkmar Klien - composition, Electronics

Durchsichtige Musik / see-through music
part of paraflows 2012, 'Listening Comprehension'

A performance by Volkmar klien
part of Kunstradio's celebration of Art's birthday 2012
Austrian national radio / ORF Ö1/ FM 92.00

Kristallgatsch / Strahlung
electronic music
composed during a residency at wonderful EMPAC / 44.4 channels

Contributions to Homeland Sound Topography 01 - The Right Side of the Road
a media installation to be premiered at TransitioMX 2009
further information available here.

cd released in january 2009

laut fahrplan
an enhancement of reality in real time
in co-operation with thomas grill
info (english / german)

Má vlast
a symphonic Poem in the Form of a Radiophonic Roadmovie
more information (german / english)
commissioned by Ö1 Kunstradio
broadcast: September 7th, 2008, 23:05 - 23:45, ö1 (ORF)
archived stream available here.

klanglandschaft karlsplatz
a multi-channel sonic portrait of 'karlsplatz', a square in Vienna's city centre.
part of the exhibition 'Am Puls der Stadt. 2000 Jahre Karlsplatz' at the wien museum.
Mai 29th - Oktober 26th 2008.

art's birthday 2008
kunstradio's art's birthday party.
january 17th 2007, 20:00 - 24:00.
online on air (
more information available here, further details here.

a performance for violin and electronics in collaboration with weiping lin /
rauschkinder will be approx. 55' of violin and noise / november 16th 2007 at wien modern
info (german)

sport & trauma
synchronisation sequences
media installation /october 19 - 21 2007 at the nweamo festival / morelia / mexico

art's birthday
kunstradio's art's birthday party.
january 17th 2007, 20:00 - open end.
online, onsite (radio cafe, argentinierstr 30A, wien) on air (
more information available here.

wiencouver 1906
january 14th 2007, 23:00 - 23:00
a kunstradio Wiencouver project in collaboration with Anna Friz, Glenn
Gear and Absolute Value of Noise.
broadcast on Austrian national radio, oe1 & online at

a commission by visiones sonoras 2006 / mexico city /
electronics / duration: 7'08

freundlich, ein wenig unbestimmt
a composition for two (bass-)clarinets commissioned by the duo stump-linshalm (vienna/a) / premiere: 31.03.2006, echoraum (vienna/a)

a participation in a locative sound project by matt smith and sandra wintner organised by kunstradio (vienna/a) and mak-nite (vienna/a) / radio ö1: 09.10.2005, 23:05 / mak-nite: 12.10.2005, 20:00

traces of fire
barium meals for the city
a joint media/exhibition project with ed lear presented by ev+a (limerick/irl) / on display: until 23.05.2004, limerick city hall (limerick/irl) / exhibition: 22.10–04.11.2004 (vienna/a)

music to sediments of an ordinary mind
a dance performance by daghdha dance company / choreography: michael klien / music: volkmar klien / premiere: 06.10.2004, dublin fringe festival (dublin/irl)

lockerungen 4–7
an ensemble piece for violin, viola, clarinet, trumpet and trombone commissioned by the ensemble early reflections (prague/cz) / premiere: 26.06.2004 (prague/cz)

music to einem …
a performance for one dancer and electronics commissioned by ballett frankfurt (frankfurt am main/d), zkm (karlsruhe/d) and tanzquartier wien (vienna/a) / choreography: michael klien / music: volkmar klien / programming: nick rothwell / premiere: 18.12.2002, tanzquartier wien (vienna/a)

music to duplex
a nonlinear performance for two dancers and electronics commissioned by ballett frankfurt (frankfurt am main/d) / choreography: michael klien / music: volkmar klien / programming: nick rothwell / premiere: 06.03.2002, theater am turm (frankfurt am main/d)

aural codes
a rewiring of reality
a network based interactive radio installation funded by the arts council of england / september 2001–january 2002 (london–manchester–huddersfield/gb)

music to nodding dog
a full evening dance performance commissioned by volksoper wien (vienna/a) / choreography: michael klien, nick mortimore and davide terlingo / music (for 15 instrumentalists and electronics): volkmar klien / video: rafal kosakowski / programming: nick rothwell / premiere: 20.12.2001, volksoper wien (vienna/a)

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