Composer, music informatician and enterpriser
Thomas Hummel (*1962)
lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau/Germany. Founder and owner of the enterprise conTimbre (www.contimbre.com). Diploma in chemistry. Studied composition in Cologne and Freiburg, with Johannes Fritsch, Klaus Huber and Mathias Spahlinger. Diploma in composition. From 1992 to 1994, he was a guest composer at IRCAM (Paris). Works at the Experimentalstudio des SWR.
His compositional work ranges from solo to orchestral settings, often in conjunction with electronic media. His compositions have been performed by such renowned ensembles as Ensemble Court-Circuit Paris, Itineraire Paris, Aventure Freiburg, LENsemble Vilnius, MaM Cologne, Surplus Freiburg, Holst-Sinfonietta Freiburg, Kairos Quartett Berlin and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and have been broadcast internationally.
sound director, he has performed at Wien Modern, Bregenzer Festspiele, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival Éclat Stuttgart, Wittener Tage für Kammermusik, IRCAM Paris, Huddersfield Festival, Warzaw Automn, GAIDA Festival Vilnius and many more.
Hummel's speciality is "speech-sound composition." This refers to instrumental works that are orchestrated to simulate the phonemes of human speech. Since 2014, he deals with Eastern European culture and politics and the music setting of contemporary russian literature. In addition to his mother language German, he speaks English, French and Russian.
Hummel has been developing the database conTimbre, which has become the world's largest database of the sounds of the contemporary orchestra. It was commercialised in 2012. The ePlayer and the Orchestrator - part of conTimbre - allow for the first time the authentic interpretation of contemporary scores and the algorithmic orchestration.
In his instrumental compositions, he uses virtual instruments from these databases. The resulting compositions employ three contrasting timbral families: from traditional physical instruments to optimized recorded instruments played over loudspeakers to pure virtual sampler instruments.
Thomas Hummel has received composition awards from Villa Concordia Bamberg and Musikprotokoll Graz (in conjunction with the Steirischer Herbst Festival) as well as scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the DAAD, and the Helene Rosenberg Foundation.
He taught at the University of Freiburg and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. His composition Aus Trachila was released on CD by NEOS Music (www.neos-music.com NEOS 10804). Frequent international invitations.