Giga-Hertz Award 2009 & Walter-Fink-Prize of ZKM
Web banner Giga-Hertz Award 2009 at ZKM | Karlsruhe
Concert by the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR Freiburg
Fri, November 27, 2009 – Sat, November 28, 2009, Festival

ZKM will be awarding the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music together with the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR.

The prize sum of € 15 000 is to be awarded a composer for his life work; four prizes for production are each endowed with € 8 000. The jury 2009 comprises artistic directors of the participating studios: Ludger Brümmer (ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics), Detlef Heusinger (EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR Freiburg), Vinko Globokar (composer and interpreter), Frank Kämpfer (editor for Deutschlandradio), Armin Köhler (chief editor for New Music at the SWR), Peter Weibel (Chairman of the ZKM | Karlsruhe) as well as Trevor Wishart (composer, awarded the Giga-Hertz Prize 2008)

Walter-Fink-Prize of the ZKM
Performance and award ceremony at the ZKM | Karlsruhe

Furthermore, in 2009 the Walter-Fink-Prize for Dance, Electronic Music and Media of the ZKM will be awarded for the first time. The production prize for the technical and innovative connection of choreography and sound amounts to € 10 000 and is directed at teams made up of composers, choreographers, dancers and stage designers. The prize benefactor is the patron of music Walter Fink. The jury was constituted of Norbert Beilharz (director and actor), Ludger Brümmer (ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics), Walter and Renate Fink (prize benefactors) and Achim Heidenreich (ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics / HfG Karlsruhe).


Poster Giga-Hertz Award 2009 at ZKM | Karlsruhe

Main Award Winner 2009 | Jean-Claude Risset (France)

The main prize of the Giga-Hertz Prize 2009 goes to the french composer and researcher Jean-Claude Risset for his life's work. Born in Le Puy in March 1938, Risset is considered one of the great pioneers of computer music. He first developed the resynthesis of brass instruments in Bell Labs and conducted a series of experiments in the field of FM synthesis and wave shaping. In 1978, Pierre Boulez appointed him technical director at IRCAM before working at the Laboratoire de Mécanique of the CNRS in Marseille. As a composer, he was particularly interested in aspects of psychoacoustic illusions, such as Shepard Glissandi, also known as Risset Glissandi. He is one of the few personalities who can simultaneously look back on a historical oeuvre as a researcher and as a composer, and who has had a significant influence on computer music.

Jean-Claude Risset

Jean-Claude Risset at Giga-Hertz-Preis 2009

Jury Statements on the Award Winners


Fri, November 27, 2009

8 p.m. in the ZKM_Media Theater, admission € 9/6
Concert by the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR Freiburg
Among others Luigi Nono "La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura" for solo violin and electronics (1988–1989)
Violin: Melise Mellinger, live-electroncal realisation: EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR, Director of sound: André Richard, Reinhold Braig

Sat, November 28, 2009

7 p.m. at the ZKM_Media Theater, free admission
Awarding of the Giga-Hertz-Prizes 2009

8 p.m. at the ZKM_Foyer
Awarding of the Walter-Fink-Prizes of the ZKM
with a performance by the prize winners

after the awards in the ZKM_Cube, free admission
Prize Winner Concert
Among others with premier performances of the Giga-Hertz Production Prize 2008 by Natasha Barrett and Åke Parmerud


Giga-Hertz Award 2009


Ludger Brümmer (Composer, Head of ZKM | Hertz-Lab)
Vinko Globokar (Composer, Trombonist and Avant Garde Theoretician)
Detlef Heusinger (Artistic Director of SWR Experimentalstudio)
Frank Kämpfer (Editor for New Music at Deutschlandfunk)
Armin Köhler (Managing Editor for New Music at SWR and Artistic Director of Donaueschinger Musiktage)
Peter Weibel (Artistic Director of ZKM | Karlsruhe)
Trevor Wishart (Composer and Giga-Hertz Lifetime Award Winner 2008)

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