Bernhard Loibner

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, from audio-visual to radio art. His musical compositions are characterized by the use of computer instruments based on software he writes himself but also analog electronics and sometimes “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 “Nerve Theory” with US video artist and author Tom Sherman or under the moniker “Bruckner” with vocalist and performer Didi Bruckmayr).

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.


Bruckner – Happy End, Vinyl/Digital, moozak, 2015
unidentified musical subject, CD/Vinyl/Digital, 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

The Future Of Demonstration, Vienna, 2017, Interpenetration, Graz, Austria, 2015, WeAreNotSissi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014, 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