Rolf Gehlhaar

Rolf Gehlhaar DLitt  

(see also www.gehlhaar.org)

pioneer in musical interactivity (SOUND=SPACE 1984), generative visuals and music, computer-aided composition and computer controlled kinetic sculptures, studied Philosophy and Science at Yale University and undertook postgraduate studies in Music at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1967 he was engaged by Karlheinz Stockhausen as his personal assistant to from 1967-70. After three years in this position he became a freelance composer and performer.

From 1971 onwards he received numerous major commissions, prizes, appointments at many international institutions such as Sydney Conservatorium (composer-in-residence), IRCAM, Paris (research fellowships), The Centre Pompidou, Paris (commission for an installation), The Sydney Opera House (sound designer) , CEM, Netherlands (research fellow), University of New England, NSW (research fellow), MIT, Cambridge (Visiting Lecturer), Hayward Gallery (commissions for two installations, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (commission for an installation) and many others, including more than 10 interactive installations throughout Europe. 2002-2009 he was MA Course Director in Design & Digital Media at the Coventry School of Art & Design.

He has completed over 60 instrumental and instrumental-electro-acoustic compositions, all of which have been recorded and broadcast throughout the world.

A fruitful collaboration with Max Eastley began in 2000 for the Sonic Boom exhibition, Hayward Gallery, and has continued to flourish, with numerous exhibitions and commissions for our reactive kinetic sculptures.

He is currently a research collaborator and board member of the research consortium “Skilled Art” focussing on computer vision, projected graphics and generated music. This consortium involves Artshare, Porto University, Aveiro University and the Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University. His main collaborators are Luis Girao (Artshare) and Paulo Rodrigues (Aveiro University).