The Tangible Music Lab at the University of Art and Design Linz is offering an academic master program on Postdigital Lutherie, dedicated to the design and performance of postdigital musical instruments in collaboration with the Institute of Computer Music at the Anton Bruckner University Linz. Led by Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner and Prof. Volkmar Klien this international english program explores the multidisciplinary aspects of design & technology and composition & performance as well as the artistic & theoretical foundations of New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME). Admission will be opened soon, please get in contact with Martin Kaltenbrunner for further information.

The Reactable synthesizer by Jordà, Kaltenbrunner, Geiger and Alonso

The design of musical instruments is already looking back to a long cultural and artistic tradition throughout the millennia. With the development of electronic music during the last century we have experienced a radical paradigmatic shift, which accelerated during the past decades through the further advances in digitalization of music and the following virtualization of instruments. Postdigital Lutherie intends to reflect these developments by reconnecting the various aspects of acoustic, electronic and digital design of musical instruments again within tangible sonic artifacts for musical expression. This opens new design perspectives and artistic possibilities for established cultural techniques and musical practices in the context of an ongoing digitalization.