shut up and listen! 2020
Freitag, 4. Juni 2021, 19:00
Christoph Amann gibt einen Einblick in seine Tätigkeit als Betreiber der Amann-Studios und präsentiert ausgewählte Audiobeispiele der letzten 25 Jahre.
2014 was an important year for me because it was the 20th anniversary at the present location Neustiftgasse 68/23b in Vienna’s film and media quarter as you could call it, considering how many local film companies are nearby. A part time job as live technician, mixing an own album together with a co-musician and an interest in the local music scene and sound art in general finally lead to my decision – 20 years ago – to engage in the endeavor of setting up and running a sound recording studio with the necessary infrastructure and finding my place in the local market. During those years there have been shifts and changes in the way of music making, the change of technologies from analog to digital and market ups and downs, that kept me quite busy adapting to all of those. The ongoing support by musicians, especially Christof Kurzmann, sound engineers like Jupp Prenn and Record Labels like Hoanzl/Geco with its Co-Manager Christoph Moser helped to survive the critical first years and finding the niches fitting best for the existing capabilities. The studio was originally designed by and built under the supervision of Inge Manka, Hans Schartner and Nico Kirisits and adapted in 2011 by Doris Kainacher from Architekturbüro Stelzhammer. The acoustic design was done in cooperation with DI Bernd Quiring. Developing from a small post production studio to a recording facility for instrumental recordings that specializes also in movie sound production and audio books, realizing a concert series at the studio – the Live Recording Sessions (2001 – 2013), and hosting musicians - Christian Fennesz is producing his music at Studio B since 2003 – it was part of the every day work to meet the constantly changing demands and it has always been most inspiring to work with people from around the world who made Amann Studios my small but interesting workplace in a city with a long standing tradition but also a thriving international community of young and young at heart musicians.
[Christoph Amann, 2014. http://www.amannstudios.com/retrospective]
Christoph Amann is an Austrian sound engineer and sound designer based in Vienna where he runs Amann Studios, founded in 1994/1995. He specializes in sound engineering and studio recordings, sound design for film, music and speech recordings, as well as audio mastering. Born in 1961 in Lower Austria, Christoph grew up in Switzerland and Western Austria (province of Vorarlberg). He took piano and percussion classes at the Conservatory of Feldkirch (1979-1981). He studied Medicine at the Vienna University for several Years, experimental music at the Vienna University of Music’s Electroacoustic Institute from 1992 to 1996 and worked as a live sound technician for many years. He taught classes for sound engineering basics/history as part of the acoustic poetry class at the Vienna Poetry School in 2009/2010. The Amann Studios “live recording sessions”, which took place at the studio between 2001 and 2013, made the location a well known place for contemporary music in the fields of Jazz, composed and electroacoustic music.