Alex Nowitz uses game controllers to send electronic sounds through space. Incredibly controlled choreography and an accuracy of composition are the hallmarks of Nowitz’s creativity. Nowitz has been an artist in residence at STEIM since 2007 and his piece Minotaur won the ECPNM Prize 2009 (European Conference of Promoters of New Music).
Alex Nowitz is a composer and voice artist, a whistling and singing virtuoso, a tenor and countertenor with incredible extended techniques in his vocabulary. In 2009 he won the 2nd European Competition for Live-Electronic Music Projects of ECPNM. With kind support from MWFK Brandenburg (Germany), EMS Stockholm and STEIM Amsterdam, he premiered the new work “Minotaurus”, for amplified voice and live-electronics with gestural controllers at the final concert of the ISCM (International Society of Promoters of New Music) World New Music Days 2009 in Gothenburg/Sweden. Click here to read more about this.
Since autumn 2007, Alex Nowitz has been invited by STEIM in Amsterdam to develop setups for live electronics as extensions for his vocal performances. Currently, he uses two gestural controllers (Wii-Remote controllers), a computer (MacBookPro) and STEIM-software (LiSa, junXion). In 2010, together with artist Florian Göttke and the staff at STEIM he developed a new setup/instrument which contains of two controllers built from scratch, without using commercial components provided by the game industry. On April 12, 2011 the first public showing of that instrument, called The Shells, took place during the solo show Homo Ludens as being part of the new music series Amuse-Geules at the Radialsystem Berlin.
READ MORE: Alex Nowitz – STEIM projects 2007-2008.