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The double album “Spheres of Resonance” contains central works from Ludger Brümmer's compositional oeuvre. In these, Ludger Brümmer not only explores new timbres or new musical architectures, but also attempts to resolve the ontological discontinuity between macro- and microstructure inherent in traditional musical writing.

Central to Ludger Brümmer's compositional concept are the methods of granular synthesis and physical modeling all controlled by custom-made algorithms. The pieces “Gesualdo”, “Carlo”, “Glasharfe” and “Falling” on these album were created with the help of granular synthesis. This micro composition method can be described as an image that is cut into small particles and reassembled. The sonic results of such an operation can certainly be compared to the painting of the pointillists. For the works “Cellularium”, “Spheres of Resonance”, “Lizard Point” and “Gestalt” the simulation software GENESIS was used. This is a method by means of which the material and vibration properties of real objects can be imitated extremely realistically and the slowed down course of the vibration can be viewed in detail.

Ludger Brümmer uses these means to create a dramatic world of sound in which the sound structure plays a major, almost expressive role. In many works the interaction with historical material is central – an attempt to build a new language on old foundations, with sometimes astonishing results.

The album “Ludger Brümmer: Spheres of Resonance”, published by WERGO within the Edition ZKM, is a result of the project EASTN-DC and funded by the program “Creative Europe”. The second double album “Ludger Brümmer: Sonic Patterns” will be released by WERGO at the end of 2022.

A production of ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe.



  • CD 1: Cellularium
    Lizard Point
  • CD 2: Glasharfe
    Spheres of Resonance


Ludger Brümmer: electronics

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Spheres of Resonance
2 CDs
Nov 15, 2022
German Record Critics’ Award, List of Best Recordings 4/2022, category Electronic and Experimental

Images inevitably arise in front of the inner eye. The works of Ludger Brümmer lead to sound spaces of hypnotic quality. Brümmer, who created important innovations for sound generation at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), is one of the most important composers of electronic music. All tracks of this double CD were produced with up to 42 channels for playback via a surround sound environment. With »Spheres of Resonance«, Wergo offers a kaleidoscope of examples of Brümmer’s methods of granular syntheses, such as early music and physical modeling. Fascinatingly perfect and beautiful. (For the jury: Isabel Steppeler)

Aug 28, 2023
German Record Critics’ Award, Nomination for Annual Award 2023

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