Sergej Maingardt graduated from the University of Music and Dance in Cologne with a B.Mus. in electronic composition, received a B.Eng. from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf in Media Technology and holds an M.A. in Media and Cultural Analysis from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. He is currently studying electronic composition as master student with Michael Beil.
The tension between his activities as a composer and as a scientist is an important aspect in his music. His interests are influenced by modern technologies as well as the way they change human perception. In his works he explores the limits of aesthetic principles of contemporary music as well as those of aural cognition. Musical pieces for audio tapes belong to his work as much as pieces for acoustic instruments, live electronics, electronics with sensors, and sound installations. In addition to his solo projects, he collaborates with choreographers, video artists and pop artists.
His works have been performed at: International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt 2014, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012, Europe meets Vietnam in Contemporary dance 2013 (Hanoi, Vietnam), Gdansk Dance Festival 2013 (Poland), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany), Acht Brücken Festival 2012 / 2011 / 2010 (Cologne, Germany), Kunstmuseum (Bonn, Germany), Art & Arcade (Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel, Switzerland), “Who Inspires Us? Tadeusz Kantor!” (Cracow, Poland), “Next_generation_4.0/5.0” (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), “In Front” (Aachen, Germany), Audio Art Festival (Cracow), “Now & Next” (tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany), Platina Festival (Cologne, Germany), Globolize:Cologne 2013 (Germany).
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