Biography

Bernhard Loibner

Bernhard Loibner is a composer, musician and media artist from Vienna, Austria.

With his music Loibner treats various musical genres: from experimental and electro-acoustic, to post-rock and pop, from audio-visual to radio art. His musical compositions are characterized by the use of live electronics and computers as unique instruments based on software he writes himself.

The music he creates oscillates between intricate 3-dimensional sound textures and harsh noises. His sounds often imply a pulsating moment while developing continuously reconfigured rhythmical structures beyond metrical beats. A carefully composed balance between movement and quietness is at the centre of his musical aesthetics.

He performs live on a regular basis and he realized compositions for contemporary theatre and dance as well as video, film and radio and he extended his work into the audio-visual domain by creating sound/video compositions.

Ongoing collaborations include the sound/video/voice duo “Nerve Theory” with US video artist Tom Sherman as well as live concerts and recordings with musicians such as Melita Jurisic, Clementine Gasser, Karlheinz Essl, Franz Hautzinger, o.blaat, Peter Szely, Joao Castro Pinto, Rhys Chatham, Didi Bruckmayr a.o. Commissioned work includes compositions for films by Austrian director Mara Mattuschka, the extravaganza of the French performance collective SUPERAMAS, the Austrian National Public radio and for the young swiss choreographer Janyce Michellod.

He received several project and travel grants and in 2009 he was chosen for the composition grant of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Culture.

His work has been released on CD and DVD and has been presented in numerous live concerts, performances and screenings all over the world e.g. Generator Wien, Elektra Montreal, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Ars Electronica Linz, The Whitechapel Art Gallery London, Videomedeja Festival Novi Sad, Videoformes Festival Clermond-Ferrand, Kortfilmfestival Leuven, File HIPERSÔNICA Sao Paolo, Sonoimagenes Buenos Aires, Thailand New Media Arts Festival Bangkok etc.

Releases

unidentified musical subject, CD/Vinyl, moozak, 2010
A Completely Random Order Never Yields Meaning, Net Release, AudioTong, 2007
Nerve Theory – There is no privacy at the speed of light, CD-R, Voicespondence, 2007
_gestalt, CD, allquiet 2005
Fragmented Memory, DVD, allquiet 2004
Trans/Mute, CD, allquiet 2002

Selected Concerts & Performances

Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2013, Moozak Festival, Vienna, 2012, Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania, 2010, Boundary Signal, Fluc_Wanne, Vienna, 2009, K08, Museum for Contemporary Art, Klagenfurt, 2008, Sammlung Essl, Museum for Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, 2008, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, USA, 2007, Moving Closer Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2007, ICEBOX, Cape Town, South Africa, 2007, Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006, Tonspur, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria, 2006, Generator, Konzerthaus, Vienna, 2006, Unsound Festival, Krakow, Poland, 2005, HERTZ_extend #1, Barcelos, Portugal, 2005, Arsonica04 Festival, Seville, Spain, 2004, AlpenDuetz, Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium, 2004, Share, New York, USA, 2004, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA, 2004, Time Based Arts, Hull, UK, 2002, Elektra Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2001

Selected Screenings

Boundary Signal, Open Space, Vienna, 2009, File Hipersonica, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2008, K08, Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg, Austria, 2008, Videoformes Festival, Videomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006, Wormhole Saloon V, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, 2006, Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, 2006, Videoformes Festival, Clermond-Ferrand, France, 2006, VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain, 2006, Electrofringe Festival 2005, Newcastle, Australia, 2005, Festival Sonoimagenes 2005, Buenos Aires, Argentinia, 2005, 2. Media Arts Festival, ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia, 2005, MAF05 Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival, Bangkok, Thailand, 2005, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, USA, 2003, Cybersonica 2003, Institute For Contemporary Arts, London, 2003