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The music of Sergej Maingardt is at the pulse of time. He draws inspiration from socio-political topics and the effects of the digitised and globalised world on our perception and thought processes. The use of modern technologies, pop cultural influences and “noise”-elements form a sonic connection in his works.

The pieces of the album “straight run” interrelate, complement, and comment on each other. “SMOG” (2012) is the initial point of this portrait. Its sonic material is generated from electromagnetic fields of computers scanned and selected with solenoids. “The noise inherent to SMOG leads subtly to a continuum spanning all nine pieces. The sonic noise is partly joined by ‘pictorial noise’”, as Egbert Hiller points out in the booklet’s essay. Six audio-visual works were created in productive interaction with video artist Jens Standke. The musical journey leads from distorted (self-)perception in social networks (“Construct ­– deconstruct”) to the splitting up of features and patterns of pop and rock music („It’s Britney, bitch!“ and „HeroIn“) and ends with a declaration of the own artistic independence of the composer in the last work of the CD: ‘Moreover, Declare Independence is a rebellion and is meant to show that above all I am curious, always on the lookout and ready to embark for new shores.’

A release of Edition Zeitgenössische Musik
Production Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH (1), coproduction of Deutschlandfunk and Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH (2-3 + Online-Videos).


Rush for large orchestra, enlarged ensemble and electronics
Flower’s silence in empty guns for piano, live electronics and Wii sensors
Declare Independence for drum set, electric guitar, electric bass and synthesizer


Krisztián Palágyi: accordion / Tal Botvinik: electric guitar / Bundesjugendorchester / Lothar Zagrosek: conductor / Paulo Álvares: piano / Sergej Maingardt: live electronic / Ensemble electronic ID (Dirk Rothbrust: drums / Daniel Marx: electric guitar / Constantin Herzog: electric double bass / Felix Knoblauch: synthesizer)

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Straight Run
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