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„Music for Applied Media“: Soundtrack for Interactive Games
New Collaboration between the celebrated Ars Electronica Center in Linz and the Center for Contemporary Music at Danube University Krems!
Just before the new semester starts CCM MA Program Course Director, Miguel Kertsman will be participating in the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz including an interactive media and E-sports show featuring Course Director Miguel Kertsman and his Music Alchemy Ensemble, Chicago Interactive Media Lab ZoopTek, and Ars Electronica and the u19 Build Your World festival. The new initiative marks the start of exciting collaborative projects between the two institutions including educational, and interactive multi-media projects.


Avatars Ready For Glory

Credit: ZoopTEK LLC

The synergy has very quickly produced results, including an "interactive social experiment & e-sports game event" featuring live interactive game soundtrack music performances! Chicago indie game design lab, ZoopTek LLC, lead by Music for Applied Media MA Program guest lecturer, Alan Reck; Keyboardist, Composer and, Chicago based drummer extraordinaire Ernie Adams  will perform at the Ars Electronica Festival and present "KnightLight" -- visitors compete by playing the main game, while all others in the public can also have a direct impact on the main game action by playing "parallel micro-games"  while the music scoring is done on the fly supporting the game action absolutely live!

Additionally, Miguel Kertsman and Ernie Adams (aka Music Alchemy will also provide a live, improvised Jazz oriented music soundtrack to the project "The Play Sphere" in the context of the u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD pavilion within the Ars Electronica Festival.

Furthermore, Miguel Kertsman will also be participatin in the Future Education Summit, discussing new ways of education. And he will be presenting one of the 15 awards at the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Ceremony.

Ars Electronica and the Center for Contemporary Music at Danube University are also discussing future educational endeavors, as well as exchange initiatives involving students, producers, and faculty.



Knight Light


Knight Light is ZoopTEK’s vision for the next generation of e-sports, as an immersive live gaming event. Strongly inspired by Roman gladiator contests, it combines the skill of sword-wielding avatars, the chaos of animal-themed minions, with the influence of the crowd, in an abstract futuristic arena.


The Play Sphere

Music, improv theater and computer games blend in this interactive performance. Spectators become players and make their way through their own personal game theater accompanied by live music and sound under the direction of Miguel Kertsman.


Credit: ZoopTEK LLC

The Play Sphere is a musical dance game for young and old. Players dance across a game board marked out on the space’s floor and around a conductor positioned in the middle.  In improvised levels and scenes, references are created to game memes and genres. A set of rules that allows for ramified decisions and alternative endings makes each participant’s walkthrough a highly individual one.



The Ars Electronica Festival

The 2016 Ars Electronica Festival focuses on our modern-day alchemists—a new generation of artists, hackers, do-it-yourself 3-D printers, genetic engineers and artificial intelligence researchers who are on the verge of changing our world The main venue of these happenings will be—one last time—POSTCITY, the former Austrian Postal Service logisticsfacility at Linz’s main train station. Other Festival locations are the OK Center for Contemporary Art, CENTRAL cinema, Linz Art University, the LENTOS Art Museum, the Brucknerhaus, the new Bruckner University, St. Mary’s Cathedral (Mariendom) and, of course, the Ars Electronica Center. Anotherhotspot this year is Donaupark, Linz’s riverside park that’s theplace to go to witness Linz’s annual open-air extravaganza, the Klangwolke (2016 theme: “River of Knowledge”), as well as the spectacular European public debut of the world’s largest swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Future Festival of the Next Generation is a hotbed of ideas and a playground for the exchange of solutions, concepts and experiments focused of the future by young people under age 19. Amidst a colorful festival village set up, up-and-coming young artists, programmers and tinkerers can show how they see the world of tomorrow. Accordingly, youngsters aren’t just members of the audience; they’re also festival co-producers.




Dates – Ars Electronica Festival / u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival, POSTCITY Linz, 8.-12.9.2016


u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD-Ceremony: 9.9. 2016, 10:30 | POSTCITY
The Play Sphere: 11.9.2016, 13:30-14:15 , 15:00-15:45 | POSTCITY
Knight Light: 11.9.2016, 16:30-17:30 | POSTCITY
Future Education Summit: 12.9.2016, 10:30-12:00 | POSTCITY

Further Information:


>> Music for Applied Media

>> Ars Electronica Festival

>> u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival




Contact & Information

Mag. Dr. phil. Martina Kalser-Gruber, (maternity leave)

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2565
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4570
Danube University Krems
Center for Applied Music Research
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems