History of the Siemens-Studios for electronic music.
-The directors of Siemens decide, inspired by
the German composer Carl Orff, to create a soundtrack of electronic music
for the documentary movie about the Siemens Company- "Impulse of our
Time". To create this soundtrack Siemens began the devlopment of the
equipment and apparatus necessary for the creation and manipulation of
-The work group of the
Siemens Central Laboratory starts the construction of the equipment in the
electro acoustic laboratory in Gauting, near Munich. The apparatus
consisted of; a vocoder (already installed in the laboratory for the field
of language & music modulation), a specially designed punch tape-strip
controller that controlls the pitch, duration and colour of a bank of
oscillators, A punch tape reader, a sawtooth generator, reverb plate and a
-Making of the music for the
movie. Internal showing of the film. First showing of the film with live
punch-tape contolled sequenced electronic music.
-Visits ito the laboratory by Pierre Boulez, Herbert Brün,
Werner Egk, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Ludwig Heck, Ernst Krenek, Henri
Pousseur, Fred K.Prieberg, Hermann Scherchen with his disciples.
to interest caused by the showing of the Siemens documentary and from
other composers it was decided on the 17th july 1959, to install a
permanent studio for electronic music.
electronic music studio moves into a two room area in the Siemens building
at the Oskar-von-Müller-Ring, Munich.
-Installation of a picture
scanner ("bildabtaster") for sound generation and volume modulation.
-Start of work in the field of applied music, electronic sound
arrangement, electronic sounds for film, television, radio, theatre.
-Visits at the studio by Werner Meyer-Eppler, Gottfried Michael König,
-Installation of the studio in
six rooms in the Siemens building at Oskar-von-Müller-Ring.
permanent development work for the studio, amongst other things
development of technique of sound synthesis, e.g. paper strip sequencing
of 20 sine-generators with special installations.
-Possibility of two
work shifts at the studio.
-Visits by Niccolo Castiglioni, Mauricio
Kagel, György Ligeti, Andrzej Markowski, Jaques Wildberger, Yannis
July 1961 onwards
-1961 saw a concentration on
individual composition and sound experimentation.Contacts were made with
Pierre Boulez, Niccolo Castiglioni, Maurizio Kagel, Bruno Maderna, Henri
Pousseur, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yannis Xenakis who contributed to a
series of record releases in 1961.
-"Introduction to Electronic Music"
by Henri Pousseur released on vinyl record with a book.
Boris Blacher, Gottfried von Einem, Franco Evangelisti, Jacques Guyonnet,
Rafael Kubelík, Otto Luening, Myron Schaeffer, Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Josef Anton Riedl.