duo-mono-lith / David Moss & Boris Hegenbart

Vinyl Release by :  duo-mono-lith / David Moss & Boris Hegenbart – on the new label of the Misbits Record Shop

Online Release by :  duo-mono-lith / David Moss & Boris Hegenbart – waywordsandmeansigns.com

 Two travelers in the world of sound.   

David Moss – vocalist, composer (voice), words/stories www.davidmossmusic.com
Boris Hegenbart – performer, composer (electronics), producer www.soundblocks.de

Moss, with his unpredictable vocal fantasies, meets Hegenbart and his machinery of sonic disassembly. Using Moss’ roaring river of vocality as source material, this duo rises from an energized ocean of sound.
duo-mono-lith combines minimalistic rhythmic variations, voice cut-ups, personal electronics and eccentric storylines. duo-mono-lith is layers and revelation mixed with the poetry of daily life.

David Moss is considered one of the most innovative singers in contemporary music. He has performed his solo and theater work from New York (Lincoln Center) to Venice (Theatro La Fenice) to Brisbane (Festival). In 1991 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship; in 1992, a DAAD Fellowship (Berlin).
Moss has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra. He was twice a featured soloist at the Salzburg Festival. He was a 2008-09/2016-17 fellow of the “Interweaving Performance Cultures” research center at the Free University of Berlin. He has been the artistic director of the MADE Festival in Sweden and is the co-founder/artistic director of the Institute for Living Voice, which has conducted master classes, workshops and seminars internationally since 2001.
In 2016 he celebrated 25 years living in Berlin by curating a concert for the DAAD MikroMusik Festival.
Boris Hegenbart, from Berlin – Germany. Composer and performer of electroacoustic music and sound-art since 1996. Sound installations, electroacoustic concerts, performances, workshops and lectures in Europe, Asia and America. Soundscapes for theatre plays, dance performances and experimental radio- and video-art. Solo-performances and collaborations with different performers, composers, improvisation musicians and ensembles: Zeitkratzer, Kairos Quartett, Michael Vorfeld, Stephan Mathieu, David Grubbs, Fred Frith, Martin Brandlmayr, Felix Kubin, and many others. At Transmediale, Club-Transmediale, MaerzMusik, Inventionen, Steirischer Herbst and at many other venues.
„Boris Hegenbart, whose collages sound like meditations at a street crossing with an invading swarm of locusts.“ – (taz Berlin)


TM-CTM Vorspiel-Opening / Boris Hegenbart & Jan Thoben / 20 January 2017

Video & Sound Club-Performance @ ACUD MACHT NEU 

The Squint
by Boris Hegenbart (Audio DSP) & Jan Thoben (Video Synthesizer)

On 20 January 2017 at 18:00 the Vorspiel opens at ACUD MACHT NEU, preceding the transmediale – festival for art and digital culture berlin and CTM Festival.
The pre-festival program, coordinated by transmediale/resource, transmediale, and CTM festival continues the mission of strengthening and expanding the Berlin based network of organizations, galleries, independent project spaces, and other venues from the field of digital art and culture as well as experimental music and sound art. Corresponding festival events run until 5 March 2017.

Opening on 20.1.2017 at ACUD MACHT NEU, Vorspiel 2017 continues with daily events until 5.3.2017. More on the complete Vorspiel program: https://vorspiel.berlin



Photos #1/2/3/4/  by ©CTM Festival / Udo Siegfriedt

Block&Tackle (Boris Hegenbart // Jan Thoben)

Block&Tackle is an ensemble project founded by Berlin-based musicians Boris Hegenbart and Jan Thoben. Hegenbart is a composer and sound artist who works mainly in the fields of sound installation, electro-acoustic music and computer performance. Thoben is a drummer and percussionist whose activities range from post-rock oriented bands to improvised … >>>

duo-mono-lith / David Moss & Boris Hegenbart


David Moss (voice) & Boris Hegenbart (computer)

Next concert:

Ken Jacobs / David Moss / Boris Hegenbart / diNMachine

Ken Jacobs’ immersive analog 3D eternalisms will be projected at BKA Club on the very last Saturday of August, 2016.
Collaborating with David Moss, Boris Hegenbart and Michael J. Schumacher’s diNMachine, an exploration of
minimalistic rhythmic variation, noise, diegetic soundscapes and rock in convincing depth without 3D glasses,
will ignite the night in enveloping sound.

27. August 2016 :  Concert //

diNMachine (Michael J. Schumacher)

Nervous Magic Lantern KEN JACOBS

David Moss & Boris Hegenbart

BKA Club – Berlin-Germany

60Hz (Jan Thoben & Boris Hegenbart)

The Squint / Video & Sound Performance by 60Hz (Jan Thoben & Boris Hegenbart): 5. August 2017 at the Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund 

Ausschwaermen – Zustand // Sound & Video Installation :  19. February 2017 @ zwitschermaschine (part of :  Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM)

Ausschwaermen – Bewegung // Video & Sound Performance :  18. February 2017  @ zwitschermaschine (part of :  Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM)

Video & Sound Performance : 20. January 2017 @ ACUD MACHT NEU – Vorspiel/TM/CTM (Berlin – Germany)

Video & Sound Performance :  15. June 2016 @ FRAMELESS (Munich – Germany)

Jan Thoben (Video Synthesizer)

Boris Hegenbart (Audio DSP)

The Squint is an audiovisual performance series by Jan Thoben and Boris Hegenbart. Rooted in video synthesis techniques from the 60s and 70s, this project explores the signal-based creation of sound and image from inside the electronics. The hard-synced action of wild voltages is digitally processed and gated, almost tangible, as if perceived through a small opening.



machida & matsui

(showcase: Yoshio Machida & Boris Hegenbart / 2x tracks)

surround / synergy

■日時:2014年9月28日 [日] open 19:30 start 20:00
■会場:Ftarri, 水道橋
ボリス・ヘーゲンバルト (from Germany, electronics)
Ftarri / 03-6240-0884 / info@ftarri.com / www.ftarri.com

[Max/MSP, プロセッシング] www.soundblocks.de
ウィーンELAK在学中Max/MSPによる作曲、即興音楽を学ぶ。フレッド・フリス、デヴィッド・グラブスらと自身のコラボ作[3/TAU]をStaubgold, Monotypeよりリリース。transmedialeなど国内外音楽祭に参加。ライブプロセッシングで様々な楽器の演奏家と競演、作品を発表。Werner Dafeldecker (Polwechsel)、Martin Brandlmayr (Radian)、F.S.Blummとのデュオプロジェクトでも活動。

[EMS SYNTHI AKS] www.yoshiomachida.com
音楽家、スティールパン奏者/美術家。多摩美術大学在学中、秋山邦晴に師事、アート/音楽/映像を総合的に学ぶ。山本達久とのduoオハナミを含め、Jazz~電子音響まで幅広く活動。ISEA、Sonar Tokyo、Maerz-musik等国内外の音楽祭に参加。2014年春、フランスBaskaruより70年代のアナログシンセSYNTHI AKSのみを使ったアルバムをリリース。


surround / synergy
Synergetic electronic beat improvisation by Boris Hegenbart (from Germany) and Yoshio Machida. Using 4 channel system, Hegenbart plays sound processing of Max/MSP and Machida plays 70s analog modular synthesizer.

DATE: 28, September 2014
TIME: open 19:30 start 20:00
PLACE: Ftarri, Tokyo
Boris Hegenbart (from Germany, electronics)
Yoshio Machida (EMS SYNTHI AKS)
CHARGE: 2,000yen
INFO: Ftarri / 03-6240-0884 / info@ftarri.com / www.ftarri.com

[Max/MSP, sound processing] www.soundblocks.de
Musician/composer of electroacoustic music and sound-art. Studied composition and improvisation using Max/MSP at ELAK in Vienna. Hegenbart has played live processing with various instrument players for art and music festivals; transmediale, Maerz-Musik, etc. Released his collaboration project [3/TAU] with Fred Frith, David Grubbs, etc. from Staubgold/Monotype. Working duo projects with Werner Dafeldecker (Polwechsel), Martin Brandlmayr (Radian) and F.S.Blumm.

[EMS SYNTHI AKS] www.yoshiomachida.com
Sound and visual artist, Steelpan player. Studied minimal art, music and movie extensively under Kuniharu Akiyama at Tama art university in Tokyo. Machida has played for art and music festivals; ISEA2004, Sonar-Tokyo, Europhonics Jazz Festival, Maerz-Musik, Cyberfest. Released an album using only 70s analog synth “SYNTHI” from a French label Baskaru.


(photos: Duo-Tour 2011 Yoshio Machida & Boris Hegenbart)


2011 – TOUR part I.) in Germany & Netherlands : September

1. NACHTJOURNAL : stadtgarten koeln : 20.Sep. (Tue)
2. EXTRAPOOL : Nijmegen : 21.Sep. (Wed)
3. AUDIOSCOOP at Intro in SITU : Maastricht : 22.Sep (Thu)
4. GENERAL PUBLIC : Berlin : 23.Sep (Fri) + DJ Iku Sakan

2011 – TOUR part II.) in Japan : October & November

1. Velvet Sun : Ogikubo, Tokyo : 16.Oct. (sun), 07:30pm
Artist : Koe (Teruyuki Oshima, Atsuko Hatano,
Hiroki Chiba, Masatsugu Hattori)
Duo (Boris Hegenbart & Yoshio Machida)
2. The Foxhole : Kichijoji, Tokyo : 06.Nov. (sun), 07:00pm
Artist : Seiichi Yamamoto, Christophe Charles,
Boris Hegenbart, Yoshio Machida
3. A Kind Of Bar Nearby Asakusabashi Station : Tokyo
Duo Concert : Christophe Charles, Boris Hegenbart : 24.Nov.
4. Velvet Sun : Ogikubo, Tokyo : 27.Nov. (sun), 07:30pm
Artist : (Takutrujuk Vol.3) Luis Nanook, Boris Hegenbart, Cuushe
5. The Foxhole : Kichijoji, Tokyo : 02.Dec. (fri),
Artist : Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Yoshio Machida, Boris Hegenbart


Sound & Video installtion / 09.11 – 07.12.2008

by Boris Hegenbart and Volker Straebel.

At  Collegium Hungaricum Berlin in commemoration of “Kristallnacht” on November 9th, 1938.
1st prize of the international sound art competition / Collegium Hungaricum (2008)



Hegenbart/Straebel: 9-11-1938

Sound installation at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin in commemoration of “Kristallnacht” on November 9th, 1938 at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (2008)

Based on the belief that the persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust cannot be represented in narrative accounts, and that an atmospheric or illustrative approach to the pogrom of November 9th 1938 results in the trivialization of this genocide and injures the dignity of its victims, we have created a sound installation which conceptually focuses on empty space, that the extermination of Jews and other groups has left in the life of European nations.


1st prize of the international sound art competition


The sound installation in the interior of the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin consists of two parts: one two-channel installation in the south window of the stairway of the ground floor and a six-channel installation directly on the stairs on the first, second, and third floors.

Hegenbart/Straebel: 9-11-1938 windowThrough the south window located directly at the entrance on the first floor there is a view onto Dorotheenstraße. The street noises can be heard through loudspeakers. From this sound material, one to three small frequency sound-bands are filtered out. An acoustic empty space is produced. This alludes to the evictions and attrition of the Holocaust. The frequency bands that are filtered out live from the street, change over time. They come from an extremely slowed-down counterpoint study derived from a piece written by Arnold Schönberg in exile in California on November 10th, 1938, the so-called “Kristallnachtfuge”.

In the staircase area on the other hand, the frequency bands play back the sounds from Dorotheenstraße which had been filtered out. In this way, the first voices can be heard on the first floor, the second on the second floor, and the third on the third floor. The filters in this section of the installation are as carefully selected as those at the south window on the first floor, so that these disembodied voices sound like sinus-tones. The location of these voices cannot be traced. In relation to the ongoing street sounds, these become articulated and modulate in volume. The transitions and interactions between the three voices/levels are noticed by the visitor while they move through the stairway.


Hegenbart/Straebel: 9-11-1938 outsideOutside we create empty space in a visual way. On the levels of the second and third floors on the south façade of the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin there is a large panoramic window which can be used as a video screen via a reverse projection. Here a live video signal will be transmitted, which comes from a camera, which is directed out of a window on the north face of the building, towards a row of houses on Bauhofstrasse. This produces a visual opening on the south façade, which enables the viewer to look through and into the building.




leicht verändert im Katalog, CHB Berlin 2008

© Volker Straebel kein Abdruck ohne schriftliche Genehmigung des Autors / no reprint without author’s written permission



Rui Eduardo Paes, about the Duo : 9kHz, Boris D Hegenbart / Sascha Demand

“boris d hegenbart ist der Spezialist, wenn es um die Ehe von Digital-Elektronik und konventionellen Instrumenten geht, wie er es ja z.B schon anhand seines Duos mit dem Kontrabassisten und Gitarristen Werner Dafeldecker demonstriert hat. […] Die Art und Weise, wie sich hier seine Klanglandschaften extremer Desolation verbinden mit diesem vibrierenden Pointilismus der Gitarre von Demand, koennte man der Form halber in jene Schublade stecken, die durch Fennesz ans Licht gerueckt worden ist, aber jenseits davon besetzen 9kHz bereits einen ganz eigenen Platz.”

VITAL about : 9kHz at EN/OF

“And on the second issue of En/Of Deluxe, in which all the art stuff is unqiue, also a well-known musician makes the art: a pigment print by Christina Kubisch. Boris D Hegenbart plays computer and Sascha Demand electric guitar. Hegenbart might be known for his Quecksilber CD or his self-released 1/Tau CD. Here he presents twenty short tracks of him processing the guitar playing of Demand, although it’s not easy to recognize any of the guitar playing in these carefully manipulated microscopic detailled humms. This is a strong continuation of his previous work and probably the only real successor to Oval. (FdW)”