Johannes Kreidler Composer

Living in a Box (2010)

for large Ensemble, Sampler and Video (optional)

(Flute/piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 2 Percussionists, Keyboard, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Duration: 29'30''

Premiere: 29.1.2011, Frankfurt, Ensemble Modern, Hartmut Keil, Cond.



Commissioned by Ensemble Modern for the festival "Frankfurter Positionen".

Living in a Box is released on the Portrait CD "Musik mit Musik" of the Edition Zeitgenössische Musik by Deutscher Musikrat as a productions of Ensemble Modern.


For some years now, my compositional work has concentrated on the idea of "music with music": reproductions of music are collaged and digitally altered, re-contextualized with live instruments and overwritten. Through all possible processing techniques - cutting, transposing, filtering, layers, damping etc. - and instrumental combinations I explore the field between "pure" sounds with a certain parametric order and "meaningful" sounds with empirical values.

As material I mainly use flat, anonymous pop music, which can be used as a medium for a new music. It is also the everyday acoustic reality, the media noise, which I musicalize again (I deliberately use poor Mp3 quality for this).

In "Living in a Box" this approach addresses the expansion of the human body. Instruments extend the human movements, samples extend the instrumental possibilities. On the one hand, this is the general achievement of technology and fundamentally culturally welcome; on the other hand, the Iraq war is also considered in the piece from this point of view: In the second movement sounds of prostheses of mutilated Iraq veterans are musicalized, a nutcracker suite.

Related works:
Der "Weg der Verzweiflung" (Hegel) ist der chromatische
in hyper intervals
cache surrealism
windowed 1

See also:
Lecture Music with Music