Stefan Roigk:
frombergMIX 2015

Field-recordings, hypnotic swarms of organic chants, cascades of rustles, rattles and drones, short cracklings, scratches and moments of exhausting compressions or restful silence generate a rousing maelstrom of expressive gestures and film-like atmospheres.


The multi-channel installation frombergMIX is based on a very subjective interpretation of John Cage’s Fontana Mix (1958). Instead of manually evaluating the 20-page score, Roigk has developed a 16-channel software patch which utilizes the idea of the aleatoric composition to create an ongoing soundscape with his own artistic vocabulary.


For that purpose, Roigk arranged 24 fragments with a length of three minutes each. These fragments are sorted into four different groups by dynamic characteristics (lowercase, organic drones, movements & dynamic actions) with six classes per group (city, home, electronic, concrete, air/voice & microtonal). Every group functions as a separate module and is limited to a maximum of four fragments at a time. The simultaneous random processes of each module control class, pitch, direction, volume, fades, size and position of the looped fragments and are restarted parallel after a randomly defined time frame.


Curated by Lou Mallozzi.




Friday, April 3rd, 6-9PM



04.04-05.03, Saturdays & Sundays, 1–5pm

or email info@ess.org to schedule an appointment


Roigk will perform his work sprachmusik as part of Outer Ear on April 4th. Admission is free. Click here for more information.



About the artist

Stefan Roigk is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Berlin. He studied fine arts with a focus on sound art under professors Ulrich Eller and Dietrich Klakow from 1998 to 2002 in Hannover, Germany. Roigk deals with the borders between abstract sound collages, sculptures, installations, film and graphic scores. His artistic strategy lays in combining different types of media to one single composition. In addition to his work as a fine artist and composer, he is curates concerts and performances at Ausland (Berlin), gives lectures on the role of sound in fine art practice, and works with children in educational sound art programs.



Goethe Institut  SAIC

Stefan Roigk's Chicago appearance is supported through a partnership with the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.