Volkmar Klien

100 years after the very first broadcast of voice and music, Kunstradio invites an international network of artists to search their own territories for further firsts in radio history: the first transmission in stereo, the first of the longest, most popular, or weirdest series of shows, etc.

Soundfiles of these, Kunstradio provides to everybody in the network to re-interpret, re-combine, to mix and mince. The artists involved subsequently stream their versions of other people's magic media moments as their presents to Kunstradio’s Art’s Birthday Party in Vienna.

Feeding on these (un-)educated re-interpretations of numerous firsts in radio, Volkmar Klien will, in real-time, intertwine the radiophonic results of the networked efforts regarding the history of radio and Robert Filiou's 'Whispered History of Art'.
This, again, will be remixed using sounds from artists' performances and contributions to Kunstradio’s party at the Kulturcafe in Vienna to form a satellite present to the EBU Special on the event of Art's Birthday.
Volkmar Klien works in various areas of the sonic arts; from electronica to interactive installations, from sonic interventions to orchestral compositions. Presentations of his work have included concerts and installations at festivals and institutions such as Ballett Frankfurt, Volksoper Wien, the Institute for Contemporary Art London, Musikverein Wien, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

Born in 1971 near Vienna, Klien studied composition at the city's University of Music and Performing Arts and philosophy at the University of Vienna. From 1997 to 2002 he lived in London working as a freelance artist, a research fellow at the Royal College of Arts, and as an external lecturer at the London Institute. He received a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the City University London, and currently holds a lectureship at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.