Photo: Lendita Kashtanjeva

Phillip Sollmann (DE)

Modular Organ System

Sound Installation by Phillip Sollmann & Konrad Sprenger

In 2017, the Berlin musicians and artists Phillip Sollmann and Konrad Sprenger began developing their Modular Organ System. As an expansive sculpture and sound installation, it provides an environment that visitors can explore independently. All functional parts of the instrument are visible and can be grasped in their spatial dimensions and pictorial qualities. The Modular Organ System remains in operation for the entire duration of the Triennale, while it alternates between installative and concertante states.

Gegen die Zeit II

Phillip Sollmann_string instruments and live electronics
John Gürtler_wind controller and live electronics
Dirk Rothbrust_percussion

The Berlin duo Sollmann & Gürtler will open the second festival evening, the first night at
the Kulturraffinerie K714. Wind converters, string instruments and live electronics are used.
In Monheim they will modulate each other with a feedback system. They will be supported
by the drummer of the Ensemble Musikfabrik, Dirk Rothbrust.


Phillip Sollmann, aka Efdemin, kicks off the late-night hours with an abstract ambient acid set.

About Phillip Sollmann

Phillip Sollmann (born in 1974, Kassel, Germany) is a DJ and producer, as well as being a sound artist who addresses numerous levels of audio in his musical scope. He’s produced electronic music since the late 1990s, first on the Tobin imprint (with Alexander Polzin), later (and currently) under the project name Efdemin, with the Hamburg-Berlin label Dial. Sollmann is a resident DJ at the Berlin club Berghain, and its electroacoustic salon. He’s well appreciated globally for his broad-ranged techno productions and DJ sets.

Sollmann studied Electroacoustic Music (ELAK) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Besides his current involvement in club culture, he explores the tension between mechanical sound production, sound installations and electroacoustic compositions in various projects. Sollmann currently works with Konrad Sprenger on the development of the Modular Organ System, a spatial sound concept based on air-powered organ pipes, controlled via MIDI.

Sollmann and John Gürtler released the album Gegen die Zeit on the Sky Walking label. Now, he’s composing for the Berlin Zafraan Ensemble, making crossovers between new music, improvisation and ambient. Sollmann's conceptual composition “Monophonie”, which he wrote for instruments built by composer Harry Partch, sound sculptures made by Harry Bertoia, and for one of Hermann von Helmholtzs’ sirens, was premiered at the Berliner Volksbühne in collaboration with the Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2017. It was also performed at Kampnagel in Hamburg, and at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. A new record release is planned for 2020.

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