Terminal Quartet Graz Debut

To sync or drift… a little of each I suspect as this new iteration of the Terminal Quartet sets about to sync three operating systems, two software applications, five computers, one network switch and a single turntable from which we receive tempo from. All this and a CD burn station conceived just for our forthcoming performance, CDs of the completed work, Graz-Stadt Drift, will be available almost as soon as we step off stage. Gotta love open source!

Terminal Quartet Graz debuts ‘Graz-Stadt Drift’ at Stockwerk Jazz, 29 Jan.

[singlepic=5,220,140,,left] Graz-Stadt Drift is a site specific structured improvisation for three operating systems, four computers and one turntable, conceived of and performed by the Terminal Quartet, originally founded by Australian composer / producer, Andrew Garton.

The Terminal Quartet grew from a Melbourne based project in 2003 to an international Quartet with members that have included Robert Henke (aka Monolake), Ash Wednesday (Einstürzende Neubauten), Ross Bencina (Audiomulch) and Australian luminaries Ollie Olsen, Steve Law, Julian Knowles, Andrew Kettle, Paul Abad, Andrew Kettle, Andy Bagley, Lawrence English and John Grant.

Graz-Stadt Drift will be performed by the Graz chapter of the Terminal Quartet – Josef ‘Seppo’ Gründler, Ludwig Zeininger, Peter Venus and Andrew Garton.

The Quartet performs structured improvisations. Each performer researches and arranges individual movements in isolation from each other. The completed movements are heard for the first time during performance.

Listen to: Terminal Quartet performances 2003 to 2008.

Supporting the Terminal Quartet is the Garton Zeininger Duo, co-founders of the late 90’s European based, Electro Pathological Consort.

  • Who: Terminal Quartet + Garton Zeininger Duo
  • When: Thu 29 January 2009, 8 pm
  • Where: Stockwerk Jazz, Jakonminiplatz 18, 8010 Graz
  • Cost: 7/10 Euros

CD’s of the concert will be available for purchase directly after the performance.

About Terminal Quartet Graz

Andrew Garton

Andrew is a composer, producer and new media arts advisor. He was motivated at an early age towards collaborative media art works, combining interests in music, performance, public media and policy during which time he advocated for and assisted in the earliest test broadcasts of both community radio and television and eventually public computer network access in Australia.

Andrew began producing and performing music in the late 70s as synthesist, saxophonist and spoken word performer. Bands of note include the punk/soul group Private Lives (1979 – 1983) and fusion ensembles and Lingo Babel (1985-1987). In the late 80s he formed the acoustic based White Punks on Hope and the jazz-punk trio, Return from Nowhere.

Andrew has composed numerous film soundtracks, conceived and produced interactive installations, both on and offline; published articles on independent media, generative music and radio art; and worked with pioneer community internet provider, Pegasus Networks. His main instruments are guitar, piano and studios. Andrew is founder of Secession Records, an independent Australian contemporary music and net label. When not playing music he is a new media arts and open content / rights advisor working remotely from numerous locations globally.

Josef ‘Seppo’ Gründler

Seppo Gründler lebt und arbeitet in Österreich und beschäftigt sich seit 25 Jahren mit Musik, Sound, Kommunikation und ?Basteln? (Medien, Software, elektronische Geräte). Er ist in Klagenfurt geboren, lebt in Graz und spielt mit Gitarre / Elektronik / Computer. Seine laufenden Projekete sind das Klammer&Gruendler Duo sowie Nomadic Producers (mit dem Schauspieler Rupert Lehofer) und seine Soloperformance ?tun was geschieht?. Er ist Leiter des Master Studiums ?Media und Interaction Design? an der FH-Joanneum.

Seppo Gruendler lives in austria, works over 25 years with music, sound, communication and tinkering(media, software, electronics). Born in Klagenfurt, his flat is in Graz, his main instruments are guitar, electronics and computer. Current projects are klammer&gruendler duo, nomadic producers (with actor Rupert Lehofer) and hs solo-performance “tun was geschieht”. In his day job he is head oft the master degree programme “media and interaction design” at FH JOANNEUM Graz.

Peter Venus

Peter Venus ist in Dresden geboren und aufgewachsen. Nach Graz hat es ihn des Studiums der Tontechnik wegen verschlagen, nachdem er einige Zeit in London gelebt hat. Sein muskalisches Schaffen umfasst ein breites Spektrum und wurde bis jetzt auf den Labels Phonocake und Pumplanerecords veröffentlicht.

Peter Venus was born and raised in Dresden. He came to Graz to study sound engineering after he lived in London for a while.  He is involved in making music for a long time and released on the net labels phonocake.org and pumplanerecords.

Ludwig Zeininger

Musician, composer, programmer, network/system administrator – lives and works in the dark backwoods of Styria, Austria.

During the 1980s, lz participated in several multi media projects, played in free-jazz bands, was co-founding member of the alternative pop-band Novi*Sad.

He then studied Electroacoustics, worked as a computer / network / sound technician for many art projects, realised independent projects – sound installations, collaborations with other musicians, web projects and programming.

Artist and participant at Hybrid Workspace (documenta X, Kassel, 1997), Recycling the Future (Kunstradio, Vienna, 1997), Open X (Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, 1997 + 98), Liquid Music (Judenburg, 2002, 2003, 2004), localtask03 (graz03/mur.at, 2003).


This performance would not be possible without the support of Stockwerk Jazz, Seppo Gründler and Peter Venus.

Andrew Garton’s appearances in Austria have been made possible with the support of Reni Hofmüller (ESC im Labor), Jogi Hofmüller (mur.at) Doris Carstensen (University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz), Elisabeth Zimmerman (KunstRadio) and Grant McHerron (Secession Records, Australia).

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