Ludwig Berger was born in 1986 in Bad Bergzabern, Germany and was raised near Wissembourg, France. In 2012 he received a Master’s degree with distinction in musicology, art history and literature from the Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University (Germany). While studying there he began composing music for film and theatre and performed spokenword-projects throughout Europe. In this context he was awarded a “Netzresidenz” from the Literaturhaus Bremen and the “Poetry-Clip Prize” from the 3Sat / ZDF Theatre Channel. He is currently studying electroacoustic composition under the direction of Robin Minard at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar (Germany).
1959 sounds out the relationship between recording and remembering,
between the fixed time of the medium and the fluent time of memory.
Different scenes and reflections gel in an in a “theatre of the past that is
constituted by memory” (Gaston Bachelard).
The composition includes sounds of a harp, a piano, flute, electronics,
cassettes, telephones, wind, water, my family, my family home, my
hometown and Henry Purcell. The recordings were taken the past
six years and the first eight years of my life.
The piece came into being in the second half of 2012 and was composed
inbetween moving from my old apartment in Erfurt and my new
apartment in Weimar, at my family home in Alsace und the SeaM studio
Harp: Veronika Ehrensperger.
The work is dedicated to the memory of my mother (born 1959).
A radio dramatization of Ernest Hemingway's short story "Old man at the Bridge" (1938).
Steppes, deserts, and high mountains dominate
the region of Cuyo in west Argentina. It is as if this quiet landscape
were playing itself: hunks of earth fly through canyons, ebbing water
crackles across salt deserts, small wood chips fall on cactuses, sand
trickles down heaps of metal. Where water runs, fertile valleys and
oases, rich with vegetation, pose a fascinating contrast to the barren
The condensed soundscape moves between these extremes. All composed sounds are unprocessed (except panning and equalization) and were only produced on location.
Winning piece of the 14th Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva 2013.