Elektronengehirn [DK] – piece for modular synthesizer and real estate data
Malte Steiner wrote software which harvests the data of Berlin real estate websites and their ads, e. g. prices and square meters, but also the visuals of the advertisements. These are analyzed with a machine learning algorithm, performing image segmentation and separating objects found in these images into picture fragments. The thematic departure point is the instability of the real estate market as a consequence of extreme gentrification. Something that is actively taking place in all bigger cities around the globe. There is a pending ‘big bubble crash’ as a consequence of this, and the piece deals with the growing instability this creates and its effects on society. This part of The Big Crash is based on the database of the harvested information, where the data derived from it is controlling a custom software synthesizer and the analogue modular synthesizer. This will be manifested as a concert piece by Steiner’s electro-acoustic entity Elektronengehirn, and was premiered in Berlin on the 18th of September 2019 at ExperimenTik.
Important: Due to force majeure, the event has been moved to ONLINE (live.fubar.space) but will also be streamed into the MaMa Zagreb space
German media artist (born 1970), electronic musician and composer currently living in Aalborg in Denmark. Steiner started creating electronic music and visual art around 1983, developing his own vision of the interdisciplinary Gesamtkunstwerk, working with, and not limited to, film, theater, paintings, video games, interactive installations and sound. First exhibitions already in 1983. In 1986 Steiner took a course in electro-acoustic music in Lüneburg by H.W. Erdmann and gave his first live concerts in the following years, e. g. in Germany, France and Belgium and started 1987 to release his music on cassette, later on vinyl, CD and online. In 1998 he started creating electronic art and installations and in 2003 additionally several netart projects including a collaborative visual networking environment, shown in the Java museum in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2011 Steiner moved to Berlin. Besides diverse music projects Steiner is also involved in several open source projects and has done lectures, radio features and Pure Data workshops, e. g. for Access Space in Sheffield (UK) and Vivid in Birmingham (UK) as well as for the multimedia composition class of Georg Hajdu at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and HfbK Hamburg (DE) and latest at the Piksel Festival 2016 in Bergen (NO). 2018 he relocated to Denmark. Started 2019 to work on the art project The Big Crash, reflecting on the housing crisis, urban development and gentrification. Physical exhibitions of that project in Aarhus and Aalborg, Denmark and Bergen, Norway.