Daily Archives: 30.09.2014

upcoming events

We are happy to be part of this sampler with two pieces:

Noise of Cologne 3
Compilation of experimental music from Cologne,
curated by Frank Dommert and Dirk Specht

Noise of Cologne Release Party & Live Performances:
SAT 16 March 2024 at 8 pm at 674.fm-Club

674.fm-Club, Ubierring 13, 50678 Köln


in conversation with Dirk Specht and Dietmar Bonnen about their endless run in dis and harmony across the universe of enigmatic Dada.

27 February 2024 | 4 – 6 pm LIVE


reihe M @ Loft, Köln

Jeugdbrand / Andreas O. Hirsch

THU 14 December 2023 at 8:30 pm

LOFT, Wissmannstr. 30, 50823 Köln



The Castle – Greetings from the kitchen
@ Radiophrenia 2023

FRI, 01 September 20223, 11:20 pm GMT ///
SAT 02 September 2023 00:20 am (CET)


With Ursula Döbereiner (no input system), Andreas O. Hirsch (electrified palm leaf & morse key), Patricia Koellges (tashigoto, electric bass & voice), Gaël Moissonnier (modular synths & various electronics), Thomas Rehnert (doepfer modular synths & percussion).


Thursday 8 December 2022 at 8 pm
KUP, Gemeinde Köln und GOLD+BETON
Köln Ebertplatz (Passage)


Klangkunst / Apero

Christian Faubel, Ralf Schreiber, Karen Geyer, Andreas Oskar Hirsch
Saturday 3 December 2022  at 7:30 pm
O-Tone Studios, Gallusstrasse 4, 8006 Zürich


Andreas Oskar Hirsch: Minimal Sauvage @ Kaiser Wilhelm Museum
Concert & Screening, Thursday 1 December 2022 from  5 – 9 pm
On Air. Der Klang des Materials in der Kunst der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Joseph-Beuys-Platz 1, 47798 Krefeld


MME dUO’s Headdress for Day Dances as part of
Meakusma Festival
in Eupen, Belgium.

Thursday night, 1 September 2022, 1 am @ Alter Schlachthof / Speicher


We are happy to announce that MME dUO and Poly Palms are part of


RADIOPHRENIA is a temporary art radio station broadcasting intermittently from the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow – a two-week long festival exploring current trends in sound and transmission arts.

24 HOURS A DAY: 7th – 20th February, 2022

Please note the different time zones below
GMT (EUROPE / Glasgow / London /…)
CET (EUROPE / Amsterdam / Berlin / Paris /…)

MME dUO – I All Go Rythmus
A commissioned radio production
Friday, 11th Feb, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT / 4 pm – 5 pm (CET)
Saturday, 12th Feb, 12 pm – 1 pm GMT / 1 pm – 2 pm (CET)

MME dUO – if you see me on the road
Thursday, 10th Feb, 2 pm – 2:30 pm GMT / 3 pm – 3:30 pm (CET)

Poly Palms – Windows Wide Open, 35°C
Friday, 18th Feb, 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm GMT / 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm (CET)


Poly Palms
Electrified Palm Leaf Ensemble
With Jan Arlt, Patricia Koellges, Volker Hennes, Andreas O. Hirsch

THU 21 October 2021, Alte Feuerwache Köln, 8 pm
& SAT 30 October 2021, Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, 8 pm

Poly Palms is an ensemble founded in 2020 by Andreas O. Hirsch that collectively explores the possibilities of his self-developed plucked instruments. The Electrified Palm Leaves date back to a trip to Morocco around the turn of the millennium, during which Hirsch discovered that withered palm leaves have the potential of naturally grown kalimbas, as their thorns can be plucked and tuned. Hirsch continued to develop the instrument over the years, using it in the course of solo performances and collaborations with other instrumentalists. With Poly Palms, this work is now being expanded in the ensemble. Abstract signals versus rhythmic structures, woody-warm sounds versus Palmtronix – peculiar chamber music at the transition between the oasis, experimental electronics and Fluxus.

video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1cjkc7eHVw&ab_channel=makiphon

With many thanks to the Cologne Cultural Office and Kunststiftung NRW for their support.


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We are happy to announce our next release

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MME dUO: awholerunboom
Double 12″ & Digital

Release Evening at kjubh / Cologne
SAT 23 November 2019 from 7 pm on
Concert starts at 8 pm



YouYou Video

Divi Divi Video




Live at Meakusma Festival 
SAT 7 September 2019


Andreas O. Hirsch live

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SAT 31 August 2019 @
 Flick the World 
with Oliver Jäggi, Urban Bieri, Kent Clelland
Rote Fabrik / Doc 18, Zürich

SAT 3 August 2019
Karlsruher Museumsnacht
@ Badischer Kunstverein

FRI 28 June 2019
Concert at RTHC BootshausKöln Stammheim

FRI 14 June 2019
Botschaft Transit, St. Guido-Stifts-Platz, Speyer

WED 5 June 2019
Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden


MME dUO’s track rzck as part of the Radiophrenia programme:

TUE 14 may 2019 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm /// 2:00 – 3:00 pm CET

rzck is like moving one little step ahead and then sidewise, a little step around, over and over. Like a movement à la Beckett it could go on and on. You might hardly move forward but this is a question of perspective. MME dUO are Patricia Koellges and Tamara Lorenz.


Andreas O. Hirsch live at ArkaodaBerlin
SUN 14 April 2019

Andreas O. Hirsch live
Sprout Session @ dublab.de 
THU 28 March 2019


Vrooom #69 / SAT 23 March 2019 at 9 pm 
Ryosuke Kiyasu, Andreas O. Hirsch, Koolwijk & GJ Prins

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam



Early Carbophonics album release concert (excerpts)
Andreas O. Hirsch live at Kyoto Bar, 7 December 2018 



We are happy to announce our next release

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Andreas O. Hirsch: Early Carbophonics
10″ Vinyl

official release

with a performance at Kyotobar
Friday 7 December 2018, concert starting at 8pm
+ DJ Set by dUO (Tamara Lorenz & Patricia Koellges)
Kyotobar, Gereonswall 75, 
50670 Köln

In summer 2015 Andreas Oskar Hirsch finished constructing the Carbophone, an electroacoustic invention pushing the concept of the African Kalimba or Mbira. Vertically set up carbon rods, metal bars as well as a rubber band gamut make up this plucking instrument which opens up a whole variety of sound possibilities and features rather particular overtones.

AO_Hirsch - Carbophon

Initially, Early Carbophonics was produced upon invitation by Radiophrenia, a Glasgow based temporary art radio station run by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns, and the pieces were broadcasted for the first time in late summer 2016. Here, Early Carbophonics are compiled on vinyl, and in contrast to the also digitally distributed tracks, the pieces are mixed into each other on the record. Sketches from the rehearsal room are combined with more refined pieces through editing processes, sampling and effects resulting in electronic music with a warm analogue lo-fi feel of its own. Straightly rhythm driven tracks are followed by ambient oddities like the promenade of an octopus or a probably senile shipwrecked robot that emerges from a castle moat and starts speaking to you with a haunting voice. Occasionally, the Carbophone is accompanied by some other instruments like a Morse key, a Moroccan flute or the Electric Palm Leaf.






The Carbophone is Hirsch’s own invention and the first one was only constructed in 2015, so there’s a tongue-in-cheek aspect to the name “Early Carbophonics”- but despite being an acoustic instrument built with a wooden base and carbon rods, the tone of the instrument, and of this 26-minute mini-album as a whole, is so close to the playful weirdness of 1960’s experimental electronics that it really does sound like a throwback to what might get labelled early electronic music. In terms of intention, it references the African Kalimba or Mbira, and the layered rhythms in pieces like “Octopus Promenade” do have shades of traditional African music, while others like “Balfolk” sound more like Eastern European folk instrumentation reworked into mesmeric repetition that borders on analogue techno. “Castle Moat Robot” would not sound out of place in a Radiophonic Workshop retrospective, while “Full Moon Hula Hoop” sounds like an attempt to construct a more modern, faintly glitch-steppy piece but solely using a wood-toned instrument. Will the Carbophone reinvent music and invite retrospective compilations fifty years from now? I very much doubt it. But is it a pleasant and strangely nostalgic attempt to build something solid and new that rekindles the spirit of musical experimentation? Yes, it is that. And does it work? In a rather sweet way, it does.
Bruce / Chain D.L.K.

(…) This album is a document of pure creativity. The time Hirsch must have spent in constructing the instrument to be a deep and fully performable compositional interface is on full display with one listen to this album, a treasure trove of fresh sounds and visionary arrangements inspired by them. Like the best works of Zoviet France or Stockhausen, Early Carbophonics seems to channel the trends and logic of a civilization which never existed, to catch some wisp of a mystic, instinctual ancientness within its modern means. Highly recommended to fans of musique concrete, industrial, and other psychically active sound texture.
Josh Landry / Music Machine 

(…) It is quite a lovely record. If it was just his instrument I think I would have loved to see it rather than hearing it, thinking it might not be possible the way it sounds now. But since we know there are electronics used, it makes quite a difference, and the record is no longer a demonstration of an invention, but it becomes lovely little pieces. Most of these with rhythm, but he can as easily drift off in a more ambientesque pattern or overload his effects with a robot like effect. It is not difficult to see why a radio program would transmit this, as it is all full of life and little drama. Excellent record, again. 

FdW / vital weekly

(…) The plucking instrument which can be seen as a modernist, electro-acoustic evolution of traditional African instruments like Kalimba or Mbira is the foundation of the eight untitled, partially blended tunes to be found on this mini-album which combines a playful feel of time- and locationless subaquatic tribalisms with bits of Ambient and leftfield Indietronica, bringing forth a dreamlike, slightly psychedelic feel over the course of its total runtime of 26 minutes, getting especially trippy and fascinating in its fourth track which makes us wonder if these takes would be even greater if experienced throughout a live performance in a small intimate microclub setting for a maximum of 50-80 spectators. Interesting stuff, this and maybe one of the 2018-blueprints for the Future Tribal-genre as well.

(…) Auf der Mini-LP klöppelt sich Hirsch locker durch die klanglichen Möglichkeiten seines Instruments. Ähnlich wie bei den Rhythmusminimalisten vom ersten Wiener Gemüseorchester (siehe Motherboard November 2018) erhalten Hirschs mehr oder minder dichte elektroakustische Soundscapes über ihre quasi-westafrikanisch anmutende Klangcharakteristik einen organischen lässigen Groove.


Carbon Chimes & Shadow Sheets 
Ralf Schreiber & Andreas Oskar Hirsch

WED 12 September 2018
Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden


Ankuendgung In the Woods
Andreas Oskar Hirsch
@ Deep In The Woods
SAT 8 September 2018 


Ankuendigung Les Digitales
Hirsch & Eigner
SAT 1 September 2018 @ Les Digitales, Luzern


Umbo Hirsch Eigner
Hirsch & Eigner
FRI 31 August 2018 @ UMBO, Zürich



Sculptress of Sound live at 

Kunstraum Düsseldorf – RINGMODULATOR

Friday 11 May 2018 at 7:00 pm
Kunstraum Düsseldorf

Himmelgeister Str. 107 E, 40225 Düsseldorf



The Knob The Finger & The It


live at Extrapool –  Cellulose Congres

Saturday 21 April 2018 at 9:00 pm
Extrapool (Nijmegen, NL)



Sculptress of Sound live at

YUP – Young Urban Performances

Saturday 11 November 2017 at 8:00 pm
Haus der Jugend Osnabrück 


MSP_2560_kleinFoto: Michael Schaab

Sculptress of Sound live at

O&O Depot – „Die Stadt als Bühne“ im Rahmen der
Berlin Art Week 2017

Friday 15 September 2017 at 9:00 pm
Ortner & Ortner Baukunst, Leibnizstr. 60, Berlin 



Jagla Ausstellungsraum, Köln


Sculptress of Sound live at

TAVIDAN – Artistic Dialogue between Georgia and Germany

Friday 16 June 2017 at 9:00 pm
CCA Center for Contermporary Art Tbilisi, Georgia


We are happy to announce our next release:

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12 inch transparent vinyl

official release 2 June 2017

Initially the music by The Knob, The Finger & The It was conceived as some sort of ritual background ambient during extensive electroacoustic picnics by the river or in the fields. In the course of these sessions, The Knob, The Finger & The It make use of battery powered miniature electronics, DIY synths and acoustic bricolage, which mingle with the sounds of the open space: some wind, a crackling campfire, a train passing by over a bridge nearby…

However, local weather conditions as well as annually recurring festivities made The Knob, The Finger & The It escape to their inside homes now and again, where they started to explore the miraculous possibilities of modern studio technique.

Two tracks on this album – F. F. Erde and Grasebene 3, were taped live outside, and no posterior changes were made. All other pieces were recorded in the studio. Astro Camping is based on recordings from 2012-2016. The first 50 copies come with an interstellar gimmick.

The Knob, The Finger & The It are: Tobias Grewenig, Andreas Oskar HirschVolker Hennes. Cover photographs by Andreas Oskar Hirsch.

Order via Bandcamp


(…) It’s a very accomplished set of tracks with a sound that manages to be both distinctive and familiar at the same time, a bubbly but not jokey set of electronics that are bordering on the timeless. Stuart Bruce / Chain D.L.K.

A ranger entre The Residents et certaines oeuvres de Mouse On Mars, Astro Camping joue avec les ressorts de l’improvisation, créant des zones perméables dans lesquelles les mélodies faites de brisures et de conglomérats éparses, forment une entité étrange naviguant dans des marécages de fin du monde, à la faune bizarroïde. Roland Torres / Silence and Sound

Astro Camping straalt een naïef aandoend SF-sfeertje uit dat wel past bij een hallucinatie aan een rivieroever. Gonzo Circus



We are happy to announce our upcoming release in February 2017

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Andreas O. Hirsch: ROW 
12 inch LP | 180g Vinyl | b/w Inlay

ROW goes back to a collecting of field recordings that Hirsch took for Oerol, an annual theatre festival taking place on the West Frisian island of Terschelling / NL. The recording was taken aboard the ARAD, a lifeboat of the Dutch rowing team Roeiteam Terschelling Recreatie during a training exercise on 25 April 2011. The course stretched from the harbour of West-Terschelling out into the Wadden Sea and back again. The focus is on the coxswain’s commands which resemble a funk singer’s ones and which make the team become one body working their way through the waters.

Steersman: Cees Plug

Rowers: Iense Roos, Rein Jan Buren, Iemke Ruijg, Jelle Cupido, Cor Langerak, Rik Plug, Jauk Hek

In memoriam Cees Plug † 2013


This is some highly conceptual record from the world of field recordings and it is also a highly fascinating piece of sound art.
Frans de Waard,
 vital weekly

The first time I heard this, I became somewhat over-stimulated and I have enjoyed it more every time I have played it. This is the best straight field recording record I have heard since Davide Mosconi’s La Musica Dell’Anno Zero, the foghorn LP. Scott Foust / Swill Radio

 Geweldige muziek, werkelijk waar. Je komt er als luisteraar van in trance en als je niet zo wars van lichamelijke inspanning zou zijn als ondergetekende zou je er bijna zin in krijgen om mee te doen. Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten

Official release Friday, 17 February 2017
Order via Bandcamp


With particular thanks to Oerol as well as the cultural office of the city of Cologne for making this record possible.


Friday 28 October 2016 at 8 pm (approximately)


Andreas Oskar Hirsch
Drei Stücke für 7 Fenster (Early Carbophonics)

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:30 pm
C/O AIC @ Jagla Ausstellungsraum 
as part of the exhibition ISMUS by Tamara Lorenz
8 October – 4 November 2016



25 June 2016 at 7 pm
St. Gertrud-Kirche, Krefelder Str. 57, 50670 Cologne

22 June 2016 at 6 pm

live at The Paradox of Knowing Universals by Ralf Baecker
Kasseler Kunstverein


SOS Bredelar


Sculptress of Sound
Live at Sculptuur Bredelar Bredelar Monastery (Germany)
As part of the exhibition Hybrid Modus
Saturday 28 May 2016 at 4 pm


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Andreas O. Hirsch: Minimal Sauvage
Live at Maximiliansforum Munich
As part of the exhibition zeige deine Wunde
Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 7 pm

older news


The Knob, The Finger & The It

Live at Favorit Bar
Monday 18 April 2016 at 8:15 pm

Image by Gerald Schauder, drawn from Microchiroptera: POND


Sculptress of Sound
Sculptress of Sound live at Totale 19

Friday 11 March 2016 at 8:30 pm
Maschinenhaus Essen


Andreas O. Hirsch: Concert as part of
‘The Details Made Me Do It’

Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7:30 pm
Kunstverein Leverkusen


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Andreas O. Hirsch: Summe 1
12 inch officially released on May 7, 2015

Summe 1


Obwohl auf ‚Summe 1‘ nichts konventionell arrangiert ist, die Stücke vielmehr auf avancierten Klangversuchen fußen, ist die Musik sehr anschaulich geraten, nicht wuchtig und schroff, sondern immer gut durchhörbar, offen und skizzenhaft, wie eine Einladung, sich der Reise ins Innere zu stellen.
Felix Klopothek / Stadtrevue

Seems this Cologne-based artist studied film as his first discipline, and it’s possible a certain cinematic sense has passed into his first solo release Summe 1 which has been released as a very nice and not-overlong slice of 12-inch vinyl. On it, he’s shooting for some sense of other-worldly travel, the voyager surveying the more exotic and remote parts of the globe – some tracks do indeed convey “instant jungle danger” or “blistering desert heat” if viewed as a slightly unusual form of library music. You’ve only got to look at the cover art also, with its faux-naif imaginary maps, where important landmarks (or imagined connections between such landmarks) are apparently designated with kitchen implements, such as four egg whisks and a funnel.
Ed Pinsent / The Sound Projector

Poco più di trentacinque minuti di musica che mescolano visioni da quarto mondo alla My Life in The Bush of Ghost con un’attitudine naif degna del più visionario Felix Kubin. Brian Eno se ne innamorerebbe all’istante.
Roberto Mandolini / Rockerilla

Andreas Oskar Hirsch prend nos sens pour les plonger dans un magma de viscéralité mouvante, voyage incessant entre sonorités ethniques et démarche conceptuelle à l’immédiateté accrocheuse, bain bouillonnant de textures acoustiques et de synthétique climatique, d’allers-retours sur des cimes escarpées dont chaque conquête est une ode à la liberté.
Roland Torres
/ Silence and Sound

Two tracks & videos here


The 12 inch is available via
 a-musik or here
Digital versions on BandcampJunoother platforms

Andreas O. Hirsch: Summe 1 
12 inch LP | 180g Vinyl | 14,90€

After numerous concerts and performances throughout the last years, Summe 1 is Andreas O. Hirsch‘s first release on makiphon. The album concentrates on peculiar soundscapes and drony pieces, carefully interwoven by means of pitched harmonicas, electric guitars, mini fans, delays and the electric palm leaf, an electroacoustic invention of the artist. The eight titles evoke a space somewhere between interstellar geography (Maxwell Mountains – a plateau on planet Venus), abstract physics (Teilchenbeschleuniger), botanical scenery and animality: Kemeri 5 am features nocturnal crane calls that Hirsch recorded on a bike trip in a swamp near Riga while he was busy with decoding bird messages via morse code. Opossum Pravda is dedicated to the tenacious marsupial that likes to wander around at night and which is able to hang from trees by its tail. Kautschukwaage seems to suggest an exotic setting and provides a link to the rubber bands which one hears resonating in the miniature. Sleeve designed by the artist. 300 copies. Mastered by Joseph Suchy. 


Side A
In A Seldom Land  3’09
Konnektor  2’40
Kemeri 5 am  4’21
Opossum Pravda  3’39
Kautschukwaage  1’57

Side B
Summe 1  5’50
Maxwell Mountains  3’45
Teilchenbeschleuniger  9’04



Sculptress of Sound at Marta Herford

Friday February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm 

at the opening „(un)möglich! Künstler als Architekten“

Goebenstr. 2–10
32052 Herford



Andreas O. Hirsch at Nocturne 60: Klanglaborians – past & present

Friday January 30, 2015 at 8 pm

Aula der Kunsthochschule für Medien
Filzengraben 2
Köln Altstadt



Sculptress of Sound at Weltkunstzimmer

Saturday November 29, 2014 at 8 pm, closing event of TAVIDAN 

Ronsdorfer Str. 77a
40233 Düsseldorf



Sculptress of Sound at MOFF’s 5th anniversary

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7 pm

Kyotobar – Projektraum Schilling
Gereonswall 75, 50670 Köln



Der Flüsternde Raum
A project by Andrés Krause & Maria Wildeis

The Knob, The Finger & The It
Natascha Nike
Joseph Suchy
Holger Mertin

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm (door will close at 8 pm) 

St. Gertrud Kirche
Krefelder Str. 57, 50670 Köln




Sculptress of Sound: SPECTODRAMA
makiphon ist höchst erfreut, die erste Veröffentlichung anzukündigen!

Mit ihrem Debut SPECTODRAMA schreiben Julia Bünnagel, Patricia Koellges und Tamara Lorenz ihren ungewöhnlichen Sound auf Vinyl: 3 Stücke geprägt von Wortcollagen, brüchigen Klängen und minimalen Noise-Elementen.


makiphon is very pleased to announce the first release!

Julia Bünnagel, Patricia Koellges and Tamara Lorenz release their extraordinary sound on vinyl: The debut SPECTODRAMA contains 3 tracks formed by word collage, brittle sound and elements of minimal noise.



Un maxi aussi extraordinaire qu’intriguant qui aurait figuré si j’en avais fait un, dans mon top 10 de 2014. Sorti donc en ce début d’hiver 2014, ce „Spectodrama“ présente trois titres autour de la voix, sur une musique entre électroacoustique et compositions, présentée dans une enveloppe en forme de collages et de musiques industrielles. On croirait, sans aucune mauvaise critique ou intention, cette musique sortie du milieu des arts plastiques. Dans une approche très détachée de ce trio allemand, comme peuvent aussi bien le faire Ezramo sur Corvo Records ou The Jist sur Va fongool. Avec une sacrée touche no-wave qui offre un savoureux mélange à l’ensemble. CYRILLE LANOË /
Revue & Corrigé

A l Eriside – 4’27
A ll Andy – 2’54

B l Moi – 7’50

12 inch EP | 45 rpm | 180g Vinyl



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