This is a space for the works of Andi Otto, stage name "Springintgut".
My recent Springintgut album "Where We Need No Map" has been released on Pingipung.
It features many Fello recordings, field recs from Japan and India, and Sasha Perera on vocals.
Prelisten: on my soundcloud page.
Next Live Dates:
July 25 Springintgut (live) @ Club JOULE, Osaka, Japan
July 26 Springintgut (live) @ Club SHRIKE, Osaka, Japan
July 29 Springintgut (live) @ Club METRO, Kyoto, Japan
Aug 30 Springintgut (live) @ Platzfestival, Hamburg
- Music Projects
- Fello (Live)
- What's Fello
- Fello is my performance instrument.It connects the cello and the computer in one instrument,using the bow as a special interface.The bow plays the cello, traditionally, but in Fello it also holds a set of sensorswhich measure the movement, acceleration, and finger pressure.This data can be used in audio software which tweaks the cello sounddirectly in relation to my hand and arm gestures.I've developed Fello at STEIM in Amsterdam since 2005,using their junXion software for the mappings.ByungJun Kwon and Marije Baalman engineered the sensors and the wireless receiver.I perform Fello solo sessions, duos with DJs or other musicians, and sometimes play in dance choreographies.Fello needs to be amplified loudly.Here's a video of a Fello concert in Kyoto, Japan 2011.For more details, please take a look at this Fello feature on 100QuirkyLegs.
- Sutsche & Fello
Sutsche & Fello is my duo project with Axel Kochmeier (DJ akaak) from Hamburg.
He is part of the glorious sound system "Sutsche" who play techno maxis pitched down to 33rpm.
The "Sutsche" sound is sluggish, heavy, full of energy, and with a lot of air in between the slowed down beats.
In our shows, I fill in these gaps with Fello sounds.
Certain parts are pre-composed, others are totally free.
We mainly play in clubs, and we like to play loud.
Our first gig took place at the Kubik Club in Hamburg 2009, since then we played at Dockville Festival Hamburg, Berghain Kantine Berlin, Golden Pudel Club Hamburg, Fusion Festival, De:sonanz Festival Skopje, and more.
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- PandA System
- P and A is for Prashant and Andi, together we're PandA System.We've met in India in 2009 and played a tour there in winter 2010.Prashant Pallemoni is a DJ based in Bangalore.He creates beats on two turntables using recordings of Indian percussion instruments (mainly of South Indian "carnatic music").His setup is similar to my "Fello", conceptually, as he plays traditional instrumental sounds live through an electronic system.All info on our shows and workshops, press reviews and picturescan be found on our blog for the tour.More gigs are planned for 2012. This project is funded by the Ministry For Culture And Media Of The City Of Hamburg and the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad/ India.
Review in Times of India
- Springintgut (Studio / DJ)
Springintgut is the name of my studio project since 2002. Electronic music in the studio and on stage are two different ideas to me. For the Springintgut records I like to record my instruments and treat them over hours in the machines, record them again and again, and find a few seconds of new sound in the end. It usually takes long until a track or song is finished. It's tricky to take this process onto a stage, that's why Springintgut live-sets are rare. I rather perform live with my Fello System, or as DJ.
What's that for a name?
I get alot of curiousity about this moniker. Especially from people from outside Germany. Well here's some background: "Springintgut" is a street name in the town of Lueneburg in Northern Germany. The word unintentionally blends the names of two fairytale characters, "Springinsfeld" and "Tunichtgut", which sums up to someone who does nothing of value and has his head in the clouds. Apart from that: I like the "spring in the guts" sound that it carries in English.
- Discography (+ listening!)
- Where We Need No Map (LP / CD)
- Summer Of Seven 1/7 (Single/ mp3)
7inch. Label: Pingipung, April 2011
Two tracks I recorded in India found their way on this vinyl single. It opens the 7inch series "Summer of Seven" on Pingipung records: seven 7inches in seven months. "Bangalore Eagles" and "Bangalore Dawgs" are two odes to the animals in the city of Bangalore, combining string samples from found records with Fello recordings and a drum machine.
Buy at Pingipung Shop
- Operation Pudel 2010 (Doppel-CD/ mp3)
Compilation. Label: Pudel Produkte, 2010.
The Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg celebrates its 21st birthday with a compilation of associated artists. I made them an exclusive track, "Ikea Because You Do".
- Park And Ride (LP/ CD/ mp3)
Album. Label: City Centre Offices, 2008.
"Park And Ride" is my second full-length album, released on City Centre Offices in 2008. It was partly recorded at STEIM in Amsterdam during easygoing spring times in the beautiful city, partly recorded in my studio in the autumn forest near Lueneburg in Northern Germany. One half of this record is a ride, the other one is contemplation. That's why it works best on vinyl. Artwork by Natalie Bothur (Photo) and Jochen Ruderer (Design).
- Pingipung Blows the Brass (CD/ mp3)
Compilation. Label: Pingipung Records, 2008.
This compilation puts the sound of Brass instrument into the centre of the electronic compositions. I have contributed "Outpost", a slowly stomping track with swelling walls of brass recordings. The record also features exclusive tracks by James DinA4, Mouse On Mars, Lawrence, and many more.
- Schlammpeitziger Remix (CD/ mp3)
Label: Sonig, 2008.
Schlammpeitziger is one of my favorite musicians, and persons. The CD version of his Album "Schwingstelle für Rauschabzug" features my remix of "Bassbesties Blässe". The akkordeon hookline is played by Laura Steenberge. The whole record is very very good!
- Pingipung Plays the Piano (CD/ mp3)
Compilation. Label: Pingipung Records, 2006.
This compilation puts the piano into the centre of the electronic compositions. I have contributed "Canvas", an ode to Clicks & Cuts and piano sounds sampled from old vinyl recordings. The record also features exclusive tracks by Lawrence, Hauschka, Adam Butler, Nils Frahm, and many more.
- Posten 90 (LP/ CD/ mp3)
Album. Label Pingipung Records, 2004.
Posten90 is my first longplayer, released on Pingipung. The album title is the name of the forest house near Lueneburg where I lived and worked at the time. The house next to a river formerly was an ancient outpost for commuter train services. Sheep all around. Hamburg city never far. These were good days, you can hear that.
- Springintgut EP (Vinyl EP/ mp3)
Springintgut EP is my first solo release, released on Pingipung in 2004.
These tracks came out of the attempts to program my drum etudes in drum samplers to listen to them. Replace drum sounds by a melody, and another, and another, suddenly the snare sounds like a guitar, here we go. It's a vivid sound which in my ears goes well together with this moniker which no one can pronounce. "Springintgut" is a blend of two german fairytale characters, "Springinsfeld" and "Tunichtgut" which implies a happy-go-lucky/ trial-and-error attitude. For those not familiar with this, just focus in the "spring" part of the name… says enough.
- Kami Eins (Vinyl EP/ mp3)
Compilation. Label: Pingipung Records, 2002.
Kami Eins is an early compilation on my Label Pingipung. It features "Nacht am Meer", my first track which was ever released. This whole record is really good by the way. Very few copies left.
I play Electronica, Dubstep, Skweee and House records, and I like the breaks most.
Every first wednesday of the month I play with DJ Heiko H. Gogolin and guests at the Thier club in Hamburg.
We are the Pingipung Sound System.
- Short Films
- Soft Skills (2009)
- Composition for the Shortfilm directed by Max Fey (HFF Munich), Winner of the Panther Award 2009, Jury Award Landshuter Kurzfilmfest 2010.Soft Skills is about the integrity of a young man. He fails to concentrate in interviews in an assessment centre while his awareness of domestic violence in the neighbourhood takes away his sleep.
- Brei (2009)
- Kosher (2007)
- After Hour (2006)
After Hour (2006), Composition for the Shortfilm directed by Max Fey (HFF Munich), nominated for Cannes (Shortfilm-Reel) 2006. After Hour is the portrait of a ruthless chap who tries his boundaries. The track "Damokles" from my Springintgut album "Park And Ride" has originally been composed for this film. Max Fey plays the guitars.
- Königskinder (2005)
Königskinder (2005), Composition for the Shortfilm directed by Max Fey (HFF Munich). This movie shows a girl who temporarily lives in Barcelona and loses touch with her boyfriend in Germany. With no dialogue but distant phone calls the main character here is the city which pulls her in and makes her alienate from her relationship.
- Everyday Sunday (2005)
Everyday Sunday (2005), Composition for the Shortfilm directed by Harun Najib (Rietveld Academie Amsterdam). This movie shows the takeoff from the inside of an aircraft, with no cut from rainy budapest airport to the endless horizon above the clouds. Sounds like nothing much, but it is.
- Dance & Performance
Befreier Fall (2011).
Fello is featured live on stage in this new dance-meets-theatre production by Phillip van der Heijden and Franziska Henschel. "Befreier Fall" deals with the various implications of falling, in body work as well as in language. The Fello bow falls in love with the motion of the dancers in a one hour nonstop live music session. Premiered at Kampnagel in Hamburg in June 2012.
... And Then I Wake Up (2011).
Dance Performance by Victoria Hauke with Philipp van der Heijden and Chris Lechner. The music was precomposed and selected by the dancers in the process of the rehearsals, similar to the model of "Fluid Acts..." from 2010. The piece reflects the states of body and mind in dreams and brilliantly tackles the difficult task to present this idea in a defined movement. Premiered in december 2011 at Kampnagel, Hamburg.
"Meeting With You And Me" (2011)
A dance duo by Victoria Hauke and Dr. Alekhya Punjala from Hyderabad/ India. Two different traditions and techniques clash on stage in a fruitful state of curiosity. I contribute the electronic soundtrack, additionally Indian traditional musicians play live on stage. The piece has opened the German-Indian year-long cultural festival in 2011 in Hyderabad. More shows played in Trivandrum, Ahmedabad and Hamburg.
Fluid Acts Of Deviation (2010).
Composition for a dance performance by the choreographer Victoria Hauke. The music I recorded for this piece should adopt to the individual timing of each performance. Therefore I developed a setup in which the performers could selct little snippets, parts, and loops of sound on a control panel on the wall. Like in a musical canon, every bit is compatible with the others. Additional motion sensors on the bodies allowed for continuous control of the sound. I was surprised with the result of every evening myself. Premiered at Fleetstreet Theater Hamburg on June 24 2010. With Victoria Hauke and Philip van der Heijden.
Fello Soundtrack for a Dance Performance with members of the Nomad Dance Academy Skopje, Macedonia.
The piece exposed the work in progress of a group of dancers, one musician and a choreogrpher, site-specific in the city museum of Skopje which has been partly destroyed in the big earthquake in 1969. The giant clock on the wall stopped then and has never been repaired. Performed at the City Museum of Skopje on Oct 6 2010. Funded by NGO Kontrapunkt.
Composition for a dance performance by Victoria Hauke and Olaf Reinecke. The first work in which I've performed solo with "Fello" on stage. The performance reflects the different states of mind and body in communication. How an expression reaches someone else cannot be stripped off the context in which we operate. Just as the word "else" cannot stand by itself. Premiered at Sprechwerk Hamburg, March 2009.
Composition for a dance performance by Victoria Hauke and Stefan Dreher. Two pieces by two individual choreographers are super-imposed, (= layered over each other). Premiered at Kampnagel Hamburg, May 2008.
The Power Play (2012)
Flinntheater. Director: Sophia Stepf. Cast: Toks Körner, Lisa Stepf, Andi Otto. Premiered at Dock4, Kassel on Sept 25, playing in Lagos (Nigeria) at Lagos-live Festival in December 2012.
Based on research which we did in Nigeria with the whole Flinntheater group in early 2012, we have written this performance / play about the physical powers of electricity (and the blackout), the (il)legal powers of state and the human powers of performing. My "Fello" bow is claimed to be one of Nicola Tesla's unregistered patents which emerged from his research about wireless energy transmission.
Das A-Casting (2011)
Flinntheater. Director: Sophia Stepf. Cast: Toks Körner, Lisa Stepf, Javeh Asefdjah. Premiered at Dock4, Kassel on Sept 22, playing at HAU3 (Berlin) in November.
A fast, multi-layered performance on how we are trained to see and categorize others. The story plays partly in Germany, partly in India. I composed a soundtrack in cooperation with the Indian vocalist MD Pallavi Arun.
Here's a short video Trailer.
And here's a review (Deutsche Welle World).
Edgar Wibeau (2005)
Composition for a theatre play, directed by Julius Seyfarth. Premiered at Kampnagel Hamburg
Ach ja, nein wirklich... (2003)
Assistant composer to Biber Gullatz in the theatre play by Rudi Beckaert, directed by Stefan Kimmig. Premiered at Staatstheater Stuttgart.
Bad Hotel (2003)
Music advisor in a theatre play, directed by Mathias Kaschig. Premiered at Gessnerallee Theatre Zürich (CH)
"Metropolis" (by Fritz Lang, 1927) is the classic of all silent movies with its depiction of the futuristic city and a romantic socialist plot. In 2004 I've composed a live soundtrack for the 90 min version (referred to as "American Cut") together with Jan Drees on guitar and electronics.
Playing alongside a silent movie is a very nice way around the dilemma of electronic live music. We don't like the image of an audience who watch musicians who watch their screens. Let's watch a movie together, and we musicians sit in the dark. It's like a modern orchestra pit, as the visual attention is not on us.
The movie is our conductor, we improvise, we synchronize, but also play pre-composed bits and samples. The biggest compliment from the audience is when they say that they forgot that there was actually a live band playing. "Metropolis" is very much fun to play to.
Streik is a brilliant movie by Sergej Eisenstein from 1926. It tells the story of a russian factory in which the workers revolt to the oppression of their bosses. The montage techniques were revolutionary at the time. Eisenstein paints a moving image of this factory rather than following a straight narration. I've prepared a DJ set to play along to the movie, with live percussion on an amplified metal tube and some Fello improvisations. Premiered at Frankfurter Kinowoche in 2009.
Youtube Link to a snippet of the premiere
- Der letzte Mann
In English this movie is called "The Last Laugh" (by F.W. Murnau, from 1926). It features Emil Jannings, one of world's first great movie stars in the 1920s. The plot shows him being thrown out of his job as hotel portier with high social reputation, then creep in the dirt, but in the happy ending get re-established by a strike of luck and smoke cigars. The movie is partly funny, partly disturbing, with a theatrical sense of timing. Together with Jan Drees on guitars and electronics I composed a soundtrack which was premiered at Filmmuseum Frankfurt in 2008.
I've composed the music for the radioplay "Blood Empire" by A.L. Kennedy, directed by Beate Andres, commissioned by the SWR in 2010. The Dracula plot reflects capitalism and hierarchy through the metaphor of the hunger for blood of a Vampire. I've used my "Fello" instrument in the studio for the first time. Here's the intro:
- Sound Installations
- Bangalore Overdrive
"Overdrive" is an interactive sound installation on the rooftop of the Jaaga buidling in Bangalore, India. I was invited for an artistic residence at Jaaga in winter 2010/11. They asked me to do a site specific sound installation. The traffic noise is permenantly present in Bangalore that found that I was bound to use it for this work, instead of looking (probably with little success) for a sound proof room. Two mics capture the noise from the street on the ground level of the building. Two speakers in the car cockpit on the roof amplify the noise. As soon as someone touches the steering wheel and the pedals (Logitech Gamecontrollers) the sound gets processed, tweaked and distorted immediately. It's most fun to play during traffic jams when everybody hits their horns. Opened on Dec 19th 2010.
MASKE is a movement sensitive interactive sound installation made with a big red punching bag with a Nintendo WiiMote inside. It's a cooperation with Andreas Stolze. The bag moves and swings when people hit it, obviously. When the bag is hanging untouched in the room, a massive noise drone is sounding, which gets gradually calmer as soon as it's battled successfully. The harder it gets hit the less sound comes out of the speakers. The drone gives way for a more silent, harmonic ambience over which samples from Hamburg's infamous MC Jacques Palminger can be triggered. His diss towards the boxer Henry Maske is a brilliant piece of poetry, and it provides a motivation to the "audience" of this installation to keep on boxing and boxing, as they don't want to miss any of these samples.
Premiered at Dockville Festival, Hamburg, 2009.
Shown at Golden Pudel Club Hamburg, during Pudel Art Basel 2009.
- Loop Kitchen
Loop Kitchen is an interactive sound installation in which two Gamepads are presented in a 5.1 surround sound space. Two players can play various sounds, create patterns and harmonies and move them in the room. It's a video game without a screen, just believe your ears and gestures, and nobody will lose. Premiered at Fusion Festival, Lärz, 2009.
The same configuration was used for a series of duo improvisations together with drum'n'bass producer Bassrk. At this time it was called "Querschlaeger" (German for Ricochet), and we played with two Gamepads, one for the beats, one for the bass. We also played one gig in the Klangdom of the ZKM in Karlsruhe: In this venue we've even had the opportunity to rotate the sounds with the sticks on 42 speakers!
- Stumbling Bulb
I did the sound design for "Stumbling Bulb", a video installation by Max Fey und Jan Gassmann. Their project was a combination of a 360 degree ceiling projection and sculpture objects which consist of discarded TV sets. Video snippets contributed by international artists interfere with subway ride simulations and recordings of a cloudy summer sky. Sounds confusing, and that's what it's about, confusion and distraction through media. It's a very poetic, subtle work to which I composed a 5.1 soundtrack, premiered at HFF school in Munich in 2008. Alot of footage on this work can be found in their archive.
"Noise Cabin" is a sound installation for a concert space, which Jan St. Werner developed in cooperation with Florian Grote and me in 2006. Many small loudspeakers are hidden in the venue during a music festival. In between the shows (by Akufen, Junior Boys, Dani Siciliano, Jame Lidell etc.) the "Noise Cabin" would reflect the sonic input recorded from the recent concert. A chaotic echo of what has sounded before fills the room, without a defined spatial origin, and hides again as soon as the next act starts to play. The visual installation frameworks have been developed by Diango Hernandez, Rosa Barba and Anne Pöhlmann. Premiered at 5daysoff Festival, Melkweg club in Amsterdam in 2006. An adaptation for a piano in public space has been shown at the Weltbühne in Hamburg in 2006.
"Leierkasten" is a mechanical hurdygurdy with a digital heart.
A camera/ jitter interface translates coloured drawings on a blank CD surface into sound. Everybody can draw their own images on the white CD. The sounds can then be played by turning the crank of the machine, bleeping arpeggios refer in tempo to the speed of the crank, the sound output fades out as soon as there is no movement. Finally, the music can be burnt onto this CD and everybody may take it home. "Leierkasten" is a cooperation with Florian Grote, Corine Wiesenbach and Jan Torge Claussen. Premiered at Hyperkult14 Festival, Leuphana Universität Lueneburg, 2004.
- Steim SensorLab
My central research project is about the STEIM SensorLab, a pioneering device for digital music practice from the 1980s. The mini-computer has been one of the major developments of Amsterdam's "Studio For Electro Instrumental Music" (STEIM). When MIDI was introduced in 1983, this device was the first interface which allowed for the translation of sensor data into MIDI code in real-time. Synths (and later samplers and software) could be played directly with body gestures which were measured and captured via sensors for acceleration, tilt, pressure, temperature, and more. Industrial cybernetic technologies have been applied to electronic music performance with alot of tinkering and coding experiments. Nowadays we have a broad variety of sensorboards available, even most contemporary game controllers offer a set of sensors which can be hacked and used for music-performance. My research therefore aims at an understanding of the technological and aesthetic traditions (call it history) of musical interfaces and Human-Computer-Interaction in sound.
From 2011 on I will record interviews with technicians and artists who worked at STEIM in the past 20 years, and document parts of the undiscovered STEIM archives.
I offer workshops called
"Designing Musical Instruments With Game-Controllers",
"Gestural Control in Sound",
"History Of Interactive Music", or similar.
How can we manage to get in touch with digital audio processes?
Today's audio software is incredibly powerful,
and it's maybe not the best idea to operate it only with the mouse and keyboard.
It's fasciniating for beginners and also for experienced composers how a gestural interfacing approach to well-known audio-processes can bring about surprisingly new sounds and structures.
In the workshops, we first look at historic developments of interactive music devices together and try to link these to reflections in media and music theory. In a next step, all participants are encouraged to build their own configurations with game controllers and software. The WiiMote, Joysticks and recently the Kinect are useful, inexpensive interfaces for that purpose. Originally designed to play video games, we translate their data into MIDI and OSC code which can then be used in sound software like Ableton or Cubase.
International workshops (in Skopje/Macedonia, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai/India) have been funded by the Goethe Institut, NGO Kontrapunkt, and the Ministry for Culture and Media in Hamburg.
- Lectures / Teaching
Selected Seminars and Lectures:
HKB, Bern (CH): Toolbox "Repetition is Change". Project week with students from various disciplines.
HKB, Bern (CH): Seminar "Media Theory", Department of Music and Media Art (since 2009)
MHMK Hamburg: Seminar "Einführung Audiotechnik" (2011)
CEMA, Shrishti Media Art School, Bangalore (IN): Lecture "Interactive Music with 'Fello'" (2010)
Leuphana University Lueneburg: Seminar "Designing Gestural Music Interfaces" (2009-2010)
University of Hyderabad: Lecture "Contemporary Dance and Electronic Music in a live Performance" (2009)
ZKM, Karlsruhe: Lecture "Musical Mapping of a Game Controller", next_generation Festival (2007)
STEIM, Amsterdam (NL): Lecture "Using Fello 1.0 as a Performance and Studio Instrument", STEIM Micro Jamboree (2006)
Leuphana Lueneburg: Lecture "Sound as Interface - Creative Work with Cello and Pure Data", Hyperkult 14 (2005)
STEIM, Amsterdam (NL): Lecture „Developing a Live Interaction Model for Cello & PureData“ (2005)
STEIM Geschichten. Kurzschlüsse zwischen Klang und Körper seit den 70ern.
In: MAP # 3. PERFORMING SOUND – Hören / Sehen. HTWK Leipzig, 2012. - german
"Systemic aspects of auditory interactive art in the public sphere."
in: V!RUS # 3. University Of Sao Paolo, 2010. (with Rolf Grossmann) - english
"Crackle Box", in: De:Bug - german
"Virtuelle Musikinstrumente", in: ((audio)) - german
"Produkt des Monats - Kinect Hacks", in: ((audio)) - german
"Produkt des Monats - Moldover's Circuit Board Instruments", in: ((audio)) - german
"Produkt des Monats - Sutsche", in: ((audio)) - german
"Produkt des Monats - Locus Stream", in: ((audio)) - german
I'm a cellist, drummer and composer of electronic music, which I release under the name "Springintgut" on various record labels. Liveness within electronic / digital sound is central to my work. Therefore I've developed a combination of amplified cello, software and sensors from videogame controllers called "Fello", with the support of STEIM. Besides various music projects such as silent film live-scoring, solo concerts, commissioned compositions, Club DJing and interactive sound installations, I also research and teach about sound and new technologies: I currently write a PhD on sensor-based music projects in STEIM's history and I teach in Music and Media Art at the HKB art school in Bern.
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- Contact / Links
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