Stefan Fraunberger is an Austrian composer and artist exploring themes related to transformation and liminality in sound through a focus on schemes of perception. Stefan engages in electro / acoustic dialogue with different instruments and conceptions through relating discontinuity of geometries and languages beyond nature and culture. By investigating embodied understandings of the unthinkable his work touches on time, periphery, memory, and transience.
Approaching music as an otherwordly dialect relating physical entities and interiour states of being lies at the core of his research concerning the relation of human and non-human / material and spiritual domains.
Fraunberger holds a degree in electro-acoustic music and a diploma in arabic language, oriental studies and euro-philosophy from the university of vienna. He wrote a thesis on 12th century conceptions of liminality comparing pre-modern sufi cosmology to contemporary sonic agency, including arab-german translations of key passages. Stefan is speaking several european and non european tongues.
Based in Vienna, he has lived and worked in Aleppo, Sana'a, London, Tehran, Sibiu, Benares and Brussels for social work, research, residencies and studies. Since 2008 he has undergone sonic research in deserted saxon churches in central-transsylvania - his long term project „Quellgeister“ is dealing with the influence of the non-human on terrestric organ-machines. The album Quellgeister #1 was released 2014 on chmafu nocords. The second part of the series called „Wurmloch“ (LP) was released 2016 on Interstellar Records has received international critical acclaim.
Fraunberger is frequently performing with different hammered dulcimers and electrons, does installations, compositional-concepts for instruments and electricity, as well as creating sound tracks for selected movies and performance. He attended a variety of residencies, received the austrian scholarship for composition, was part of „shape-platform 2017“ and developed comissioned pieces for different contexts. His work was presented at (selection): Donaufestival, Krems / CTM Festival, Berlin / Tadaex and Radical Tehran, Teheran / Musikprotokoll, Steirischer Herbst, Graz / Outernational Days, Bucharest / UH-Fest, Budapest, Les Brigittines; Bruxelles / DNK-Days Amsterdam / Imago Dei, Klangraum Krems and others.
short: Stefan Fraunberger is a composer-performer-artist transforming things since 1980. His music engages in electro/acoustic dialogue with uncanny states and instruments such as dulcimers or decaying baroque church organs, reshaping the liminal conditions of culture and perception while inhabiting "sonic ambiguities and touching the void." (The Wire)
„between melodies and noise washes, that never stop being engaging and provocative" (Quietus)
„aural narratives don't come more stunning / there’s an uncanny beauty both to Fraunberger’s seemingly absurd actions & to the, frankly, amazing results" (4against5)
„megalithic sonic sculptures... fraunberger's approach to transition is ceaslessly inventive“ (Auralaggravation)
„highly dissonant madness bordering the realms of lurking entities populating an intersecting parallel universe“ (Nitestylez)
„eschewing the pomp of sacred music for the fragile drone of an organic death knell“ (The Wire)
Links to interviews:
The Attic, August 2017
Shape, January 2017
Mica (german), April 2016
Amusio (german), June 2016