SELECTED WORKS

COMPOSITION FOR A RADIO PLAY BY TOMER GARDI

 

„Erinner’ deiner Traum an der Nacht nach Rainers Tod. Die riesigen Dinosaur Knochen am windigen Strand, weiß und kahl. Und wie in deiner Traum kein Geräusch von Meer war. Kein Geschmack von Salzwasser in deiner Mund, kein Gefühl von Wind auf deiner Haut. Kein Meer Geruch in deiner Nase. Ein Traum aus Sicht. Ein Bild nur. Die riesigen Dinosaur Knochen am windigen Strand. Erinner, das Sehen ist der Sinn der Gesellschaft des Spektakels. Der Sinn von Kauf und Konsum. Der Sinn von Massenwerbung und Waren Bulimia. Der Sinn von Diäten und Haarentfernung, Plastik in Brusten und Lippen. Der Sinn der Augenwischerei. Augen zu. Heute hören wir Stimmen.“

Im neuen Hörspiel von Tomer Gardi berichten drei Blinde in einem Schlaflabor von ihren Träumen, ein Klangkünstler arbeitet an deren akustischer Übersetzung, eine Folkloristin nimmt Einordnungen vor. Doch die Frage nach der Bedeutung der Träume der Blinden gerät zunehmend zu einem Kampf um die Deutungshoheit.

Premiere: 17.02.2019, SWR2
> listen to the full radio play here
> soundtrack available on Bandcamp

  • Speakers: Tomer Gardi, Sofia Flesch-Baldin, Josefine Israel, Grazia Pergoletti, Meik van Severen u. a.
    Music: Tobias Purfürst
    directed by: Noam Brusilovsky .

COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN FOR A PERFORMANCE PIECE BY KAT VÁLASTUR

 

After a showcase and the premiere of “Rasp Your Soul” in 2017, HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents the new premiere by choreographer and performer Kat Válastur. Divided into two parts, a video installation and a performance, in “Stellar Fauna” – similarly to her last work – two dancers gradually embody mutant and digital attributes in a poetic way. They repeat a mysterious mantra: “We are waiting for the floods to break free although that would be the end of us.” In a set suggesting an untamed ecosystem, the boundaries between their private and social behaviour are suspended. “Stellar Fauna” is the creation of an uncanny world made by our world. A discourse about bodies in the wilderness of our time. 

Premiere: 21.11.2018, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin
further performances: 22., 23., 24.11.

  • Concept/ Script/ Choreography Kat Válastur
    Performed by Maria Zimpel, Harumi Terayama
    Set design and sculptures: Leon Eixenberger
    Artistic consultant: Filippos Kavakas
    Sound design: Constantin Engelmann, Tobias Purfürst
    Light design and light constructions: Martin Beeretz
    Costume concept : Kat Válastur
    Costume assistance and realisation: Ottavia Castellotti Suzan Çamlik
    Production management HAU Artist Office: Sabine Seifert
    Touring & distribution HAU Artist Office: Nicole Schuchardt

    Production: Kat Válastur / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, co-production: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Theater Freiburg, Fonds Transfabrik – deutsch-französischer Fonds für darstellende Künste.
    Funded by: Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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COMPOSITION, SOUND DESIGN & EDITING FOR A SONIC STAGE INSTALLATION

Paruresis describes the inability to urinate in front of others. What makes some people feel ashamed is made exciting for others. A sonic production about stage fright and shy bladders.

Premiere: 16.05.2018 at Sophiensaele, Berlin
as part of the performance series ‘Dirty Debut’

directed by: Noam Brusilovsky
Dramaturgy: Lotta Beckers
Composition / sound design: Tobias Purfürst
Set design / lights: Magdalena Emmerig

Photographs © Anna Agliardi

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COMPOSITION FOR A RADIO PLAY BY NOAM BRUSILOVSKY

 

WE ♥ ISRAEL is a radio podcast series by Noam Brusilovsky and Ofer Waldmann

radio play of the month, awarded by the German Academy of Performing Arts
nominated for radio play of the year 2018

premiered in May 2018, SWR2

directed by: Noam Brusilovsky
Music: Tobias Purfürst /w Yair Elazar Glotman
Editorial work: Manfred Hess

> soundtrack available on Bandcamp

COMPOSITION FOR THE DOCUMENTARY BY GILAD BARAM

 

Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Russian Invasion of Prague in 1968, acclaimed Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka (Magnum Photos), travels to Israel and Palestine to embark on a photographic journey involving yet another conflict zone. The wall built by Israel in the West Bank sparks his interest as his own experience of life behind the Iron Curtain surfaces. Shot over five years by his Israeli assistant, this is a unique record of Koudelka’s solitary creative process, offering an intimate look at one of photography’s greatest living masters.

 

Director: Gilad Baram
Starring: Joseph Koudelka
Authors: Gilad Baram, Elisa Purfürst
Composition: Tobias Purfürst
Producer: Nowhere Films, Produkce Radim Prochazka

 

For more information and current screenings, please head over to the website or to facebook.com/koudelkafilm

Photograph © Gilad Baram

 

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LIVE IMPROVISATION

Un_/Prepared is an interconnected environment of algorithmic and analog sound sources, which offers a high potential for improvisation.
 Solely processed in real-time, different noises, feedback and a Rhodes Piano’s harmonic timbre intertwined to modulating patterns and complex sound structures with a strong character, yet with a poetic depth.

Un_/Prepared premiered at FEED / KUNSTWERKE in Feb/2015 and was performed in several art spaces throughout the year.

Photograph © Stini Roehrs

SOUNDTRACK FOR A VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ANNA ANDERS

‘Out of the black frame the heads of divers arise, equipped with different snorkels, glasses and caps. They observe us and descent again in the underground.

The voice-over commentary let the divers appear as strange creatures. They seem to be aggressive and voracious, they disguise and defend themselves, they mate and vanish. […]

The soundtrack, created by Tobias Purfürst, makes stylistic references to electronic music of the 1960s.’

For more information, click here.

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION / VISUAL INSTRUMENT

 

Versicolor is an audio visual environment.
 It refers to abstract works of the expanded cinema movement and is translated to contemporary technologies and it’s endless possibilities, by confusing the audience’s perception of physical facts through subtle digital manipulation.
 Three beamers project single colours which generatively slowly change on a cube and the wall behind it. A white background, layered by colour addition and surrounds a spectrum of coloured shadows. Additionally, each shadow / cube surface is separately mapped, letting shadows partly disappear from time to time.

The sound layer is based on sine waves, processed with filters in dependence to the projected surfaces and becomes a rich drone sound, also depending on the viewers position. While playing and improvising live, physical shadows can be even more drastically deconstructed and new arrangements of colour / shadow / mappings can be achieved.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A VIDEO INSTALLATION BY YALDA AFSAH

 

Videoinstallation by Yalda Afsah
DVD release autumn 2016

EXPERIMENTAL COMPOSITIONS

 

Particulate Matter is a site-specific piece with real time influences that are affected by moving traffic and other unforeseen sounds. 
Cars and pedestrian’s become unknowingly performers. The street becomes their stage and the front window avails itself as a big screen, while the musical setting manipulates by bend and remixing their ‘acoustic behaviour’.
live recording , performed at LEAP (Berlin, 2012), sampling and processing with SuperCollider

Foursquared is a piece which is completely coded in SuperCollider, pure digital sound synthesis.
live recording, performed at echoraum (Vienna, 2011) with a drumpad controller

_humpulse is a multichannel piece based on sampled sounds from the EMS Synthi A, AKS.
performed at zkm, next_generation 4.0 festival (Karlsruhe, 2011),
stereo version

Tobias Purfürst

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