I am an audio-visual artist from Solothurn, Switzerland. I primarily concentrate on field recording of all kinds, the development of new tools for digital audio manipulation, experimental electro-acoustic music and audio montages, and sounds/visuals for the English speaking theatre society The Caretakers.
Born in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, I found a fascination in anything related to sound and music when I held the first record in my hands, which happened to be Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. After several years of playing the drums in a Death Metal band with the original name of Creeping Vengeance, I started dabbling around with recording techniques for the purpose of making the band’s own demos. Death Metal soon turned into experimental Post Rock, and so I learned that analog synthesizers are not just here to bring about the end of the art of music, but could indeed produce some interesting and fascinating sounds.
This interest in electronic (and then still analog) sounds slowly but surely evolved into an obsession, and so came the time when I wanted to take things to the next level and started my still ongoing exploration of digital sound synthesis and sound manipulation. But only using ready made tools and not understanding how they work has never been an option for me, so I started to learn anything I could about digital audio. At this time, I was working on my Master’s Thesis in English Linguistics at the University of Bern, for which I wrote a tutorial on digital time-stretching mechanisms for speech synthesis. This is when it became clear to me that some serious programming skills were in order. I then began to increasingly work with Max by Cycling ’74 and soon started to develop a set of custom granular synthesis objects to be used within the framework of Max. This is where circuit.music.labs was born, to serve as a platform for all things I do in the world of sounds and visuals.