Together with everyday life, today’s artistic creations are becoming more and more hybrid. They make use of many media, sources and perspectives, different interactions between physical and virtual identities and are presented on different platforms. They are breaking down barriers between different disciplines and presentation models.
The Hybrid Music Lab (former Studio für Elektronische Musik) offers the surroundings, infrastructure and educational context for such musical endeavors.
The field of expertise in electronic music is an integral part of the composition studies at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden. With teaching hours and student time expense taken into account, this makes it one of the three most important parts of the curriculum – together with individual lessons and elective choices.
During the first two years of the curriculum, lessons include 0,75 seminar hours per week to teach the technical basics. Furthermore there is continuous individual support in teaching during the first 3 years of study with 0,75 lesson hours per week, focusing on practical realisation of your own compositions, deepening technical understanding where relevant.
After the first 3 years, work in the lab can be continued through electives or project-based.
The consecutive composition Master then offers the possibility to select electronics as individual focus, and work on related projects in that area in the lab.
The studio offers a high quality surround monitoring system from Neumann (KH 420 and KH 310) which delivers detailed audio, even for demanding projects. The equipment reflects the constantly changing modern production environment, with regular additions of novel and useful gear.
In 2020 we will be purchasing high-end video and projection gear.
We are working towards purchasing professional video gear in 2020.
Mac Pro (pre 2013)
RME Fireface 800
Mixer Yamaha DM-1000
Stereo Neumann KH 420
Surround Neumann KH 310
Triple Meyersound HD-1
Sonos Force 505 Drumset
Geforce GTX 1080
Iyama 24" Dualscreen Setup
Stereo Neumann KH120
Acer Windows Mixed Reality
Wacom Graphire4 Classic XL
iPad Pro + Liine Lemur
Essential Reality P5 Cyberglove
Behringer BCF 2000
Behringer FCB 1010
Rode NTG 3B
K&K Bigshot Contact Mic
Shure SM 57
Epiphone Special II Humbucker Pickup
Emtec USB DMX Pro
Yamaha DX 7
Electro Harmonix Bigmuff
Electro Harmonix Freeze
3 Logitech C270
1 Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle
2 Orbecc Astra Depthcams
2 MacBook Pro 13“ (2016)
3 Beyerdynamic DT 770 Headphones
2 Zoom H-6
IRCAM AudioSculpt, Diphone Studio, Modalys, OM
Max/MSP/Jitter, Puredata, Supercollider, Processing
Touchdesigner, Resolume Arena
NI Komplete Ultimate
The studio was founded by Friedbert Wissmann in 1984 as a cooperation between the Hochschule für Musik and the Technische Universität Dresden, and named „Studio für Elektronische Klangerzeugung“ initially.
The training was focused on electronic keyboard instruments in connection with computers, while at the same time developing MIDI software for the Commodore C64 and Amiga.
From 1993 until 2006 the studio was led by Prof. Dr. Wilfried Jentzsch. During this time, the aesthetic and pedagogical approach changed. The technical equipment was modernized (to Macintosh and Protools and a more software driven workflow).
In the winter semester 2002/03 the composer Lothar Voigtländer headed the studio temporarily.
After that from 2006 until 2008 Michael Flade stood in for the professorship.
This changed after September 1st 2008, when Prof. Franz Martin Olbrisch started administering the studio until his retirement in March 2020.
The studio is now led by Prof. Stefan Prins, and the name of the studio was changed into Hybrid Music Lab.
Responsible for the studio equipment/informatics is Dipl. Ing. Christoph Mann.
Sound&Fury is a newly founded hybrid ensemble that will convene every two weeks in the Studio. It is offered as a seminar with practical aspects and focuses on improvisatorial strategies.
It is a non-hierarchical playground in which composers, performers, instrumentalists and vocalists from all departments of the school (classical, jazz, rock, opera,…), as well as artists from other art schools from Dresden (dancers, video artists,…), will meet and create hybrid music together through improvisational strategies.