Michael Berth
abstract about-image is a double-image with the titles: music - multimedia works - giclée-prints – photo-paintings. Other titles are arranged horizontally and vertically on the other image: Michael Berth - music - multimedia projects - printings - interferenze sequenziali

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Native of Offenbach am Main, (Germany), growed up at Stuttgart (from the second year of life) and Hannover (from the eleven year of life), study of music (clarinet, piano and harpsichord) at Hannover, Hamburg and Milan, then afterwards, since the second half of the 1980's, an intense dedication to sound synthesis technologies. This dedication to these technologies represented the basic prerequisites in order to reach the works listed here.
In his compositions they are frequently simbolic elements which play a part for the evolution of a poetic-descriptive discours which stays naturally in a certain relation to the title of the work in question. This symbolism comes to acquire an other accentuation exactly thanks to the twine of the musique concrète (true sounds and noise from the environment).
In this context it's significative his multimedia exploration, including in some projects besides the matter of sound also this of
Digigraphics (Giclée-prints) as sometimes the video-art . His compositional language stays near to the transavant-garde-ambience, in which they are present different experimental streams (e.g. the utilization of electroacoustical instruments, several forms of sound-synthese, Physical Modeling applications, Live-electronics) and the musique concrète) which goes away in a considerable measure from a stiff-academic indoctrination, often also unconsciously initiated by that historical avant-garde of the sixties and seventies of the 20th century (Darmstadt school).
The last three compositions of the composition-list, with the yellow written titles, are impregnated by some of those already abovementioned streams, however, in a lot of more modest dimensions than with the orange coloured titles. These three compositions are instead of this from a definitely esoteric thread passed through in which is more likely present, however frequently attenuated, a tonal structure.

Music-Works



Works (on the other side and on this side of Adorno):
Atmosphère délirante en evolution continue vers l'extase hyperparadisiaque avec la présence temporaire de Alexander Scrijabin
(1991) op.4
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(Delirious atmosphere in continuos evolution towards the hyperparadisiacle extasy with the temporary present of Alexander Scrijabin)
(8'12'')
For piano and sampler-sequencer.


Apparizioni paranoidi passano al lido degli enigmi ultramorganici
(1990 und 2012) op.5
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(Paranoid apparitions pass through the lido of ultra morganatic enigmas)
16'37'')
For Orchestra, Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler* and Sequencer.


Szenen einer Metamorphose
(2002) op.6
(auf dem Pfad Siddhartas)
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(Scenes of an Metamorphosis) (on the road of Siddharta)
(14'49'')
For Orchestra, Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler* and Sequencer


Elegie der Engel
(2003 und 2014) op.7
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(Elegy of the angels)
(12'19'')
For Orchestra, Speaking Chorus**, Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler* and Sequencer.


Frantumi.......
Frantumi di un'anima scissa che palpitano ancora in uno scenario spettrale - paranoide
(2003) op.8
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(Scraps.......)
Subtitle: Scraps of a split soul which are trembling still in a spectral-paranoid scenery.
(16'22'')
With a optional videosequence.
For violin, sampler-sequencer and live-electronics.

Xanthesilea.....
Gli echi di Xanthesilea rimbalzano nella valle Maggia dove brillano ancora le meravigliose luci azzurre.
(2004) op.9
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The echis of Xanthesilea bounce in the valley Maggia where they still shine the marvelous blue lights.
(16'06'')
With a optional videosequence.
For Violin, Sampler* and Live-Electronics


Verklärte Einöde in dem Tal der schizophrenen und gleichgültigen Seelen
(2005) op.10
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(Transfigured desert in the valley of schizophrenic and indifferent souls)
(17'04'')
For Piano and Sequencer.


Fragmente.......
Fragmente einer verborgenen und untergehenden Morgenlandfahrerseele, die noch in einer geisterhaft-paranoiden Szenerie beben
(2010 /2011) op.11
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(Fragments of an hidden and sinking soul of a traveller from Journey to the east are trembling still in a spectral-paranoid scenery.
(15'12'')
For Clarinet, Oboe, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Marimbaphone, Tubular Bells, Tamtam, Live-Electronics and Sequencer


Paesaggio spettrale e celestiale della memoria
(Persistenza della memoria.....)(1995 und 2012) op.12
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(Spectral and celestial landscape of the memory) (Persistance of the memory.....)
(24'53'')
For Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophon, Live electronics, Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Hammond-Organ and Sequencer****.


Esercizio meditativo che viene deviato dal paesaggio spettrale e celestiale della memoria
(Persistenza della memoria.....)(2012) op.13
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(Meditative exercise which comes diverted from the spectral and celestial landscape of the memory) (Persistance of the memory.....)
(22'34'')
For Bass Clarinet, Timpani, Vibraphon, Marimbaphon, Tamtam, Piano, LiveElectronics, Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler* and Sequencer


Morgenlandfahrt..... (Persistenza della memoria.....) (2013) op.14
Morgenlandfahrt mit den Impressionen der einsam-ruinösen und himmlischen Landschaft der Erinnerung
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(Journey to the east.....) (Journey to the east with the impressions of the spectral and celestial landscape of memory)(Persistance of the memory.....)
(26'55'')
For Timpani, Vibraphon, Marimbaphon, Tamtam, Piano, Piano Rhodes (optional), Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler* and Sequencer*****.

Obsession sous le ciel triste e beaux
(avec une apparition bref de Claude Debussy)
(2000 und 2013 / 2014) op.15
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(Obsession under the sadly and beautiful sky) (with a short appearance of Claude Debussy)
(18'38'')
For Bass Clarinet, Violin, Speaker***, Timpani, Marimbaphon, Tamtam, LiveElectronics, Piano Rhodes (optional), Hammond-Organ(optional), Physical-Modeling-Instruments, Sampler and Sequencer

Scenario delirante-paranoide in metamorfosi verso l'orizzonte con l'incanto dei lumi magnificamente azzurri
(2015) op.16
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Delirious-paranoid scenery in metamorphosis towards the horizon with the enchantment of the enlightenment magnificently azure
(28'13'')
For Bass Clarinet, Live-Electronics, Marimba Lumina, Physical Modeling-Tone Wheel-Organ (Tassman4) and Sequencer.


Il lido degli enigmi ultramorganici (1990) op.3
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(The lido of ultra morganatic enigmas)
(7'19'')
For Sequencer or synthesizers.

Nous deux dans la baie onirique (1989) op.2
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(The two of us in the oniric bay)
(17'55'')
For semi-acoustic-guitar, piano, orchestra, synthesizers and sampler-sequencer.

Ricordi persistenti di una primavera lontana e perduta (1988) op.1
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(Persistent memories of a lost and distant spring)
It consists of three times (1. = 9'18'' 2. = 7'56'' 3.= 13'08'').
For piano, orchestra, synthesizer and sampler-sequencer.

*otherwise, if available, with the original synthesizers.
**Text: Elegie der Engel by Michael Berth
***Text: Harmonie du soir from Fleur du mal by Charles Baudelaire
****from the sequencer the reproduction of a voice, like a radiophonic trasmission (slightly jamming), which recites the text Paesaggio spettrale e celestiale della memoria by Michael Berth and to the end of the work an another voice recites a short poem from the Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.
*****from the sequencer the reproduction of a voice, like a radiophonic trasmission (slightly jamming), which recites extracts from The journey to the east by Hermann Hesse.


Multimedia-Works

Frantumi.....
Frantumi di un'anima scissa che palpitano ancora in uno scenario spettrale-paranoide.
(Scraps.......
Subtitle: Scraps of a split soul which are trembling still in a spectral-paranoid scenery.)
Frantumi.....
consists of music, 23 Giclée-prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Torchon and Photo Rag Baryta (limited edition of 11).
The prints also are available as Non-Giclée-Prints on Backlight, D-Bond and vinyl in a smaller dimension (limited edition of 100).
Frantumi.....(selection):
Frantumi.....1 Triptychon , Frantumi.....2 Triptychon , Frantumi.....3 Triptychon , Frantumi.....4, Frantumi.....5 , Frantumi.....6 , Frantumi.....7 , Frantumi.....8 , Frantumi.....9 , Frantumi.....10 , Frantumi.....11 , Frantumi.....12 , Frantumi.....13 , Frantumi.....14 , Frantumi.....15 , Frantumi.....16 , Frantumi.....17 , Frantumi.....18 , Frantumi.....19 Triptychon , Frantumi.....20 Triptychon , Frantumi.....21 , Frantumi.....22 , Frantumi.....23
Frantumi.....(representation and selection)