Marcus Schmickler is a key figure in German contemporary experimental music. While rooted in electronic music, Schmickler has a background in contemporary composition, having studied under prominent Stockhausen collaborator Johannes Fritsch in Cologne. Since then has worked in the most diverse fields of composed and improvised music. He has won numerous prizes and honours and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik, as well as with editions Mego and Mille Plateaux. As a composer along with his many works of electronic music, he works with Pluramon as well as his works have been performed by the ensemble recherche, musikFabrik, Paragon Ensemble, Ensemble zeitkratzer amongst many more. As a musician he works with musicians such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, Julee Cruise and MIMEO. His discography so far consists of over 50 titles, and he has been performing on the world’s stages and at international festivals for years. He also works as an author in the field of theatre, radio plays and film. Lately he is been interested in sound’s potential for epistemic and research- based domains. Schmickler has been part of the faculty at Bard College in Music/Sound. In 2014 he was a guest-professor for composition at CalArts in Southern California. He currently teaches at Institut fuer Musik und Medien in Dusseldorf.
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