Cerebri Machina

The life and opinions of Martin Huenniger, Musician, Audio-Enthusiast and Mathematician.

Recording Sessions

Mr. Green Genes are recording in the StudioJena right now. A cool time for all of us. We are looking forward hearing the final results!

Aletheia

Ben Paetzold recently released a video on Vimeo that contains some of my music. Be sure to check it out, for I find it very beautyful and interesting. It is called: Aletheia [was Ich vergessen hatte…]

Helbig & Huenniger

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Tim Helbig and I had a great concert friday evening at the SeaM in Weimar. All performances were very impressive. Most astonishing to me were “Respiro” by Andreas Vorwerk and “Black Fox and Three White Rabbits” Nawar Jnedee/Christian Helm.

The picture was taken by Ludger Henning.

Spaces

Talking about music, I forgot this little experiment I made up with SuperCollider this July. All the people in Boulder were so inspiring an d told me a lot about things that could be done with it. In Weimar I had a seminar on the recently passed away Bernard Parmegiani and his “De natura sonorum” and we talked a lot about the perception and the psychoacoustically modelling of space in music. Since I was concerned with spaces during my Ph.D. on discrete topological spaces, I used this as an inspiration to create something musically out of it.

There are Points and Lines interacting in three imaginary spaces. The first is artificial, the second is some kind of Inside space (taken from an impulse response of a shutdown railroad tunnel) and the third is an outside scenery. Topological spaces define notions of connectedness, and I use granualsunthesis to build connected structures from the points (the clicks) and to decompose the lines (the sine sounds).

The composition is also interesting to me, since I never uses SuperCollider before to actually generate a whole piece of music. And I learned a lot about the mighty features SuperCollider provides to use algorithmic and aleatoric Ideas in a composition. Something that would not be possible with Max or Csound alone.

So if you want to listen to it, give it a try and leave me a comment, wether you like it or not. There is still a lot to learn for me…

PS: I later discovered, that a composition I had the chance to listen to in Boulder by Erik Nyström had also this topological background. He wrote a very interesting Ph.D thesis on this topic. So if you are interested in his stuff, check out his site here: www.eriknystrom.com

Triptych

Finally, after a long time, I finished working on this piece. I started around July, when Astarte came up with another experimental movie she needed a soundtrack for. Because of the time taken to prepare my work in Zwickau and some minor stupidity - I wrecked the Granulator Audio Unit that plays a central part in this piece and spend a whole weekend on fixing it - I only got to it during this Christmas holiday. The piece uses a lot of timestreched audio material from guitars, former compositions and improvsations and a lot of strange stuff that appeared under the messy surface of my working room or at least in the memory of the good old Nord Modular. It feels very impressionistic to me. I think, somehow I have to explore this blurry feeling. At least all the photos I take look like this stuff sounds, so it has to have something to it…

In the hope of getting some listeners, here it is: Enjoy yourself and drop a comment if you like or dislike it. I need a lot to learn so input is always appreciated.

Wir auch

Everybody is talking about themselves… Us too! Especially us… So here we go again: Thuringias one and only most widespread reading-stage. After the lauded performance at the great KTS Jena, we are going to perform again in different towns all over the Bundesland. This Sunday it’s Ilmenau. We’ve been there last June. It was a pleasant evening with flattering resonance by the press and so we think that it’s going to be aweful (again).

Be there or be square, especially since we’re accompanied by the most charming Sarah Teicher!

Picture: André Helbig
Website: wir-auch.org

2013 - A Train Odyssey

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When I was travelling home after work last week, I had a very interesting, let’s say adventure. I was going by train from Zwickau via Glauchau and Lehndorf to Jena and when I changed the trains in Glauchau, a greek guy named Costas approached me. He said, he accidentally missed his train and he now had to take this small regional slow-ride and he didn’t know where to transfer.

Actually, Lehdorf is not the most attractive place to let foreign travellers cope with the delicate subject of getting on the next train. It looks more or less like a fallow, where accidentally someone installed a train station aeons ago. Since then, all the DB-customers may leave their train, walk over the muddy field to the connecting ride and wonder whose idea it was to still use this place.

Anyway, Costas and I were chit-chatting about the ongoing matters, interesting stuff, eventually on the greek crisis, Angela Merkel and all the neo-Nazi ideas going round as well in Greece as in Germany. As a matter of fact, Zwickau and Jena are connected by the recent NSU-affair, three people, charged with 10 murders, possibly supported by german governmental institutions. As we were inside this conversation, a look out of the window and on my watch suggested that the turnip field, where we would need to get off the train was now a long way behind us. Costas immediately felt in twist of fate, since he already missed his train on that day. For our satisfaction, the friendly conductor informed us of the possibility of going back directly from the next station and then taking the train from Gößnitz towards Jena.

So we did and we felt quite lightened, especially inside the train back to Gößnitz, when I realized that I forgot my bike on the last train. I even locked it, so no one could ever take it away. This sense for security made it a little complicated in this very moment, since the friendly conductor of the last train could have sent the bike back with another train, so that Costas and I could have gotten to it at the station in Gößnitz. But in this case, I had to get back to Neukieritz, were the train we were leaving half an hour ago was waiting for its next passage to Glauchau. Costas was so friendly to accompany me. A nice move because it made the oddyssey a little more greek and therefore enjoyable.

Finally we got the bike and after another hour or so on the station in Neukieritz, we took the train to Gößnitz and finally transfered to Jena, where we arrived after 5 hours of enjoying Thuringia and Westsaxony in utter darkness.

Costas asked me the following Question: “Why do we know that Homers Odyssey is just a fictional story?” “I don’t know” I replied. “When Odysseus came home after 30 years, the only one who recognized him was his dog.”

I’m glad it only took us about 5 hours, because if I had a dog, he would certainly still be alive to recognize me…

Zwickau

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For some time now, I am teaching again. At the West-Saxony Technical University in Zwickau. Nice colleagues, a beautiful office and a nice view from its window. Unlike Jena, where I had the coice between looking into the local shopping mall or at the tunnel, where the trolley cars came rumbling through, this contemplative view on a small market place pleases my eye. Maren said, the chrismas fair might be not so quiet, but actually I’am curious about all the saxonian goodies for sale on this occasion.

Teaching is fun - again. This semester it’s logic, declarative programming in scheme and a seminar on scientific work, where I hope to inspire the students with some of the papers that were quite mind-opening to me. The students of the declaritive programming paradigm are set to build some games and puzzle solvers. They had some nice ideas and I’m looking forward to see the outcome of their work at the end of the semester.

Koenigssoehne

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It’s been quite silent around here for the last weeks, but not without a cause: A new film project is going on in Jena for the last month. “Königssöhne” A feature length movie about a homosexual student having a hard time falling in love, by Sebastian Franke. It is a big project and there’s a lot of work to do. The filming started in late July and is still going on. We had a lot of help from the city of Jena, the Bauhaus University Weimar, lots of private sponsors and institutions around the city, as the FSU Jena, Schleichersee lido, Quirinius, Kunsthof, Stadtbäckerei, Landgrafenverein, just to mention a few. Main actors are Maik Pevestorff and Ben Petzold.

All the people involved are supporting the project with great commitment and we hope to get all the shoots as good as possible. So, many thanks go to: Tillmann Lützner, Paul Helfrich, Stefka Nalani, Phillip, Claudia Krüger, Franziska Brandt, Henriette Istas, Christoph Worsch (for the great Photos) Daniel Schmidt, Laura Rub, Terence McGoil, Stephan S. Hepper (for rescuing data), Maiks roomates, Alex and all others which I forgot.

Midsommar

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Midsummer night in sweden. Light all day and even at night. I did not dance around a pole with fancy flowers nor did I put flowers under my pillow, but it was mighty impressing.