Thomas Hummel (*1962)
German composer, music informatician and sound director. He lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau. He is coworker of the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg, Germany.

From 1992 to 1994, he was a guest composer at IRCAM (Paris). Since 1994, he has worked as a sound designer and music technician at the SWR Experimentalstudio in Freiburg. There, he is engaged in research and composition in the field of instrumental sound blending and database composition.

Thomas Hummel - KomponistHis 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, Holst Sinfonietta, Ensemble SurPlus, Kairos Quartet, and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and have been broadcast internationally.

 Hummel's specialty is "speech-sound composition." This refers to instrumental works that are orchestrated to simulate the phonemes of human speech.

Hummel has been developing the databases "Virtual Orchestra" since 1996 and "conTimbre" (www.contimbre.com) since 2006, the latter of which has become the world's largest database of the sounds of the contemporary orchestra. 

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 texts have been published in Musiktexte and Dissonances as well as by Pfau and Bärenreiter publishing houses. His composition "Aus Trachila" was released on CD by NEOS Music in 2008. Frequent international invitations.

Thomas Hummel (*1962) German composer, music informatician and sound director . He lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau. He is coworker of the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg, Germany.... read more »
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Thomas Hummel (*1962)
German composer, music informatician and sound director. He lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau. He is coworker of the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg, Germany.

From 1992 to 1994, he was a guest composer at IRCAM (Paris). Since 1994, he has worked as a sound designer and music technician at the SWR Experimentalstudio in Freiburg. There, he is engaged in research and composition in the field of instrumental sound blending and database composition.

Thomas Hummel - KomponistHis 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, Holst Sinfonietta, Ensemble SurPlus, Kairos Quartet, and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and have been broadcast internationally.

 Hummel's specialty is "speech-sound composition." This refers to instrumental works that are orchestrated to simulate the phonemes of human speech.

Hummel has been developing the databases "Virtual Orchestra" since 1996 and "conTimbre" (www.contimbre.com) since 2006, the latter of which has become the world's largest database of the sounds of the contemporary orchestra. 

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 texts have been published in Musiktexte and Dissonances as well as by Pfau and Bärenreiter publishing houses. His composition "Aus Trachila" was released on CD by NEOS Music in 2008. Frequent international invitations.

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