Koenraad Ecker is a composer, sound designer and field recordist based in Berlin.


He is fascinated by the dialectic interplay between the acoustic environment and the social relations contained within it ;

by the magic of the ordinary and the ordinariness of magic.


Characterised by an unorthodox use of foley, extensive field recording and a love for electro-acoustic hybrids, his work attempts

to make the empty spaces in between things heard & felt, and to find a delicate balance between the fragile and the visceral.


Over the years, he has had the opportunity to record or perform in a variety of places ranging from freezing squats to

humid jungles in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.






Selected activities


Commissions

2011 „BDE“, composition and live performance, theatre, Walpurgis, Belgium

2013 „Oedipe“ composition for dance performance, José Besprosvany, Brussels, BE

2014 „Wasteland“, composition & live performance, Göteborgs Danskompani (choreography Ina Christel Johannesen)

2014 „A collection of short stories“, composition for dance performance, Carte Blanche, Norway

2016 „...and a spark lit the blaze“, spatial audio composition, ZKM / 4Dsound, Karlsruhe, Germany

2017 „Frozen Songs“, composition for dance performance, Zero Visibility/Dansens Hus Oslo, Norway

2018 "Tantalum River", a 3-hour hörspiel commissioned by Gernot Centre, Prague

2018 "The Heart of A Stone", a composition for stones in HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics), commissioned by Cristian Vogel for Sentralen Oslo /EAU

2018 "Transparent Bodies, Submarine Roots", a composition for water in HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics), commissioned by Cristian Vogel  for Audiorama, Stockholm


Past performances (selection)

ZKM Karlsruhe (DE), Gaudeamus Festival (NL), Göteborg Opera (SWE), STEIM (Amsterdam, NL), De Singel (BE), Bozar Electronic Arts Festival (BE), SOUP (Tokyo, JP), Constant Value (Seoul, Korea), Muziekgebouw aan het IJ (NL), Spatial Sound Institute (Budapest, HU), MUTEK Mexico & Montréal, CTM Festival (DE), Berlin Atonal (DE), Berghain Kantine (DE), Islington Mill (UK), Node festival (IT), Dansens Hus (Oslo, NO), Lunchmeat Festival (Prague, CZ)


Artistic residencies

2011-2013 nOna, Mechelen, BE

2011-2014 several shorter residencies at Pianofabriek, Brussels, BE

2012-2015 several shorter residencies at STEIM, Amsterdam, NL

2012 STUK,Leuven , BE

2013 IPEM, Ghent, BE

2013-2014 several shorter residencies at WORM, Rotterdam, NL

2015 iMAL, Brussels, BE

2014 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE (during CTM festival)

2016 Sivenlu New Media Studio, Beijing, China (with Zero Visibility)

2016 ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE

2016-2017 several shorter residencies at Ausland, Berlin, DE

2018 Akademie der Künste, Berlin


Awards/nominations

2017 Prix Ars Electronica nomination for „..and a spark lit the blaze“, spatial audio composition commissioned by ZKM Karlsruhe


Presentations/Talks/workshops

2016 “Points on the Curve”, ZKM Karlsruhe, DE

2016 “Spatial audio composition”, Liszt Academy of Music Budapest. HU

2019 Field recording workshops Interflugs, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin DE