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Bernhard Loibner

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

With his music Loibner treats various musical genres: from experimental electronic and electro-acoustic to post-rock and free improv, from audio-visual to radio art. His musical compositions are characterized by the use of analogue and digital electronics but also “real” instruments.

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 center of his musical aesthetics.

He performs live on a regular basis, realized compositions for contemporary theatre, dance, video, film and radio as well as audio-visual compositions and collaborated with many different artists and musicians from Austria and well beyond (e.g. as duo “Knurrhahn” with Flautist Reni Weichselbaum, as “Nerve Theory” with US video artist and author Tom Sherman or under the moniker “Bruckner” with vocalist and performer Didi Bruckmayr). More recently he focuses on improvised music e.g. with the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra.

He received several project and travel grants, 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 live concerts, performances and screenings in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa 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 Hipersonica Sao Paolo, Sonoimagenes Buenos Aires, Thailand New Media Arts Festival Bangkok.

Selected Releases

Electropoeisis, Digital, No Label, 2021
Knurrhahn – So Far, Digital, SmallForms, 2020
Bruckner – Happy End, Vinyl/Digital, Moozak, 2015
Unidentified Musical Subject, CD/Vinyl/Digital, Moozak, 2010

Selected Concerts & Performances

Moers Festival, Moers, Germany, 2022
Tonspur Festival, Vienna, 2022
Interpenetration, Graz, 2019
Wow! Signal, Vienna, 2019
Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2013
Artacts, St.Johann/Tirol, Austria, 2009
Unsound Festival, Krakow, Poland, 2005
AlpenDuetz, Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium, 2004
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA, 2004
Time Based Arts, Hull, UK, 2002
Elektra Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2001

Selected Screenings

Blöder Mittwoch, Online Screening, 2020
Boundary Signal, Open Space, Vienna, 2009
File Hipersonica, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2008
Videomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006
The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, 2006
Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, 2006
Videoformes Festival, Clermond-Ferrand, France, 2006
Cybersonica 2003, Institute For Contemporary Arts, London, 2003