We Actually Make Music

podcast in four parts for ON – Neue Musik Köln

Part I
Artistic work means inner dialouge, outer dialouge very often as much. Exchange is a good choice: to speak with people, receive feedback, talk to your audience, to have an inspiring conversation. But how do you get in touch with an artist? How do you reach the layers of a meaningful contact? – Hear the artist, listen closely, discover a language beyond words: We actually make music.
ONpodcast #33 We Actually Make Music (mit HOENING + SONAE) Part I

Part II
Artists are a mirror to society, they breathe their time, they witness conditions of the world. They gather impressions. They hoard snippets of lifes, stories, fortunes, people, places, things. As an artist you cannot turn away your eyes from what obviously is going wrong. Demonstration is an option, get loud, raise your voice. Opposition is an option, kill your stereotypes, desintegrate. — Artists accumulate a collection of uncountable impressions with fragments of ongoing and endless public debate, and it resonates through their work. We actually make music.
ONpodcast #34 We Actually Make Music (mit HOENING + SONAE) Part II

Part III
Artists get asked many things: they get invited to give a workshop, or a class, to join a panel, an artist talk, to write an article, to host a venue, or a radio show, to deliver a podcast. As an artist you can be a teacher, a journalist, a curator, a host or a radio star. There are many things to do for an artist. — Let’s keep the focus:
We actually make music.
ONpodcast #35 We Actually Make Music (mit HOENING + SONAE) Part III

Artists live with the tension of having things to say on the one side, and a strong inner need of retreat and escape – to reflect and actually make art – on the other. It is a balancing act between extroversion and introversion, between going out and locking yourself away, between noise and silence. A demanding way to be. Beeing an artist means to see things, to inhale them, to struggle with them. And to decide what to do with it. We actually make music.
ONpodcast #36 We Actually Make Music (mit HOENING + SONAE) Part IV

photography | pia bergerbusch

NICA artist development

a three years support program for artists
inspired by music patron pannonica de koenigswarter
Unterstützung, Mut, Unabhängigkeit”

Music For People Who Shave Their Heads

article about the work process of the same-titled album

Institut für Betrachtung

sommer, eine künstlerische beschäftigung | radiobeitrag

4artwork | markus guentner

Institut für Betrachtung

kummer und künstlerische arbeit | radiobeitrag

artwork | markus guentner


Music For People Who Shave Their Heads


People who shave their heads have good reason. 
To shave the head often stands for a conflict, circumanstances not necessarily choosen freely, for inner and outer friction or an overdue decision. A buzz cut is not an ordinary hairstyle but marks a visual gap between majority and the others.
What would be your reason to shave the head?

ten remixes by sonae for
agf | blint | derek piotr | katsunori sawa | kelli ali | mimicof |
natalie tba beridze | nokuit | phasenmensch | zoe mc pherson
formats: digital album + mixtape released with bit-phalanx


artwork | markus guentner

live performance preview | sound-visual-edit by sonae
including the video works
»Shave« by bum lee
»Head Shave« by willowdarling
»STRP« by chris shadbolt

If there was reason for me to shave my head, it would be pain: expression of my inner friction, chafing at unacceptable political circumstances, and I suffer with every victim these claim. As much chafing at smaller circumstances which directly surround me and leave me desperate about common issues, opinions and moral values.

artist photography | katja ruge


The work on Music For People Who Shave Their Heads opened discussion and thinking toward the album title in a wider context: Considering head shaving as a cultural praxis, the reception of symbols and what it reveals about our cultural socialisation – How Do You Look At People? How Do You Read People? – , and in how far artist work has to cover aspects of research, discourse and mediation.

article | meakusma magazine
artistic report about the album’s work process

Women in Computer Music

article about favorite female artists and where to find them

Stichwort: Gewalt

hans arp museum rolandseck

Score for Everything Belongs To The Future

schauspielhaus dortmund
laurie penny | director: laura junghanns | photo: birgit hupfeld


I Started Wearing Black Tour

#CologneMusicExport of kulturamt der stadt köln

25.11.2018 klang und raum festival cologne
22.-24.11.2018 klangstärke festival hildesheim
09.11.2018 2o years female:pressure @ mensch meier berlin
06.10.2018 23rpm festival london
06.-09.09.2018 chouftouhonna festival tunis
01.+02.09.2018 um festival uckermark
16.08.2018 tweak #2 london
16.06.2018 atelier automatique bochum
09.06.2018 transdisciplina a/v málaga
07.06.2018 a-musik spätkauf cologne
26.05.2018 urban frictions festival @ pact essen
02.05.2018 kolonia artystów gdansk
27.04.2018 spektrum berlin
31.03.2018 köln ist kaput @ gold+beton cologne