Marcus Schmickler

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Marcus Schmickler
Birth name Marcus Schmickler
Also known as Pluramon
Born 1968
Origin Cologne, Germany
Genres Contemporary classical music, Computer music, Postmodernism, New Complexity, New Simplicity
Occupation(s) composer, producer
Labels A-Musik, Mille Plateaux, Editions Mego
Associated acts Pluramon, MIMEO, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury, Julee Cruise, Hayden Chisholm, Peter Rehberg

Marcus Schmickler (born November 15, 1968 in Cologne) is a German composer, musician and producer. He is also known under the pseudonym Pluramon.

In 1968 he was born as the son of an industrial salesman and a baker's daughter in Cologne. Soon his parents moved to Kuerten where he met the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1991, after spending a year in London, he started studying music in Cologne and became a member of the seminal collective Kontakta. 1992 his first solo release appeared with the French label Odd Size. In 1995, he was co-initiator of the A-Musik record store and the DJ collective Brüsseler-Platz-10a-Musik, together with Georg Odijk and Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars).

Since 1995 he works as a composer, for film[1][2] theater[3] and radioplay.[4] In 1996 he released one of the first fully digitally produced post-rock albums under the pseudonym Pluramon on the German label Mille Plateaux. After a concert in Cologne, in 1998, he became a member of the 12-piece electro-acoustic ensemble MIMEO (Music in Movement Electronic Orchestra). In 1999, he completed his studies in electronic music with Hans Ulrich Humpert and the composition with Johannes Fritsch with a thesis on Gottfried Michael Koenig.

In 2000 he published jointly with Thomas Lehn the CD Bart, which enjoys a reputation to be one of the most impressive synth-improv performances ever made.[5] With Lehn thereupon follows a long musical collaboration. In September 2001 he recorded the Pluramon album Dreams Top Rock with American singer Julee Cruise, and went on an extended tour through South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela) on the initiative of the Goethe-Institut in 2003 . Since 2004 he has been working on various theater projects, with among others, Felix Ensslin[citation needed]. He created numerous works of electronic music, and compositions for choir, chamber-ensemble and orchestra. In 2009 he composed Bonn Patternizationon on behalf of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the German Music Council, an electronic music with projections based on astrophysical data[citation needed], which attempts an epistemological exchange between the arts and sciences.

Marcus Schmickler has received prizes and scholarships, including the Ars Electronica,[6] the state of North Rhine-Westphalia[citation needed] and curated festival programs in the Berliner Akademie der Künste[citation needed] and the ZKM[citation needed]. He was a longtime member of the jury of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council). As an author, he wrote articles on various topics of electronic music.[7] [8]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Solo
    • Rule of Inference, a-Musik, 2011
    • Bari Workshop, Presto?!, 2011
    • Palace of Marvels [queered pitch], Editions Mego, 2010
    • Altars of Science, Editions Mego, 2007
    • DEMOS for Choir, a-Musik, 2005
    • Param, a-Musik, 2001
    • Sator Rotas, a-Musik, 1999
    • Wabi Sabi, a-Musik, 1996
    • Onea Gako, Odd Size, 1993
  • As Pluramon
    • The Monstrous Surplus, Karaoke Kalk, 2007
    • Dreams Top Rock, Karaoke Kalk, 2003
    • Bitsand Riders, Mille Plateaux, 2000
    • Render Bandits, Mille Plateaux, 1998
    • Pickup Canyon, Mille Plateaux, 1996
  • With MIMEO
    • Wigry, Bolt Records, 2011
    • Sight, Cathnor, 2008
    • Lifting Concrete Lightly, Serpentine Gallery, 2004
    • The Hands of Caravaggio, Erstwhile Records, 2001
    • Electric Table & Chair, Grob, 2000
  • Collaborations
    • Marcus Schmickler Julian Rohrhuber "Politiken der Frequenz", Tochnit Aleph / Editions Mego 2014
    • Marcus Schmickler/Thomas Lehn Live Double Séance [Antaa Kalojen Uida], Editions Mego, 2011
    • R/S USA, Pan, 2011
    • Schmickler/Gratkowski/Nabatov Deployment, Leo Records, 2010
    • Marcus Schmickler/Thomas Lehn Navigation im Hypertext, a-Musik, 2008
    • Marcus Schmickler/Thomas Lehn Kölner Kranz, a-Musik, 2008
    • R/S One(snow mud rain), Erstwhile Records, 2007
    • Marcus Schmickler with Hayden Chisholm Amazing Daze, Häpna, 2007
    • Marc Ushmi Doshhammer Mixes (without Label), 2007
    • Claudio Bohorquez, Solo and Accompaniment, Aulos, 2006
    • Marcus Schmickler/John Tilbury Variety, a-Musik, 2005
    • Schmickler/Lehn/Rowe/Nakamura Untitled, Erstwhile Records, 2004
    • Schmickler/Lehn Amplify Balance 7 CD Box, Erstwhile Records, 2004
    • Marcus Schmickler/Thomas Lehn / Keith Rowe Rabbit Run, Erstwhile Records, 2003
    • Marc Ushmi meets Reverend Galloway Mein Kopf verlor ein Dach, Whatness, 2003
    • Soundcultures, Suhrkamp, 2003
    • Marc Ushmi/Thomas Brinkmann Chevrolet Corvette Max Ernst, 2001
    • Marcus Schmickler/Thomas Lehn Bart, Erstwhile Records, 2000
    • 2:3 Oswald Wiener zum 65. Geburtstag, Supposé, 2000
    • Prix Ars Electronica Cyber Arts 2000 Ars Electronica Center, 2000
    • Brüsseler Platz-10a-Musik Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, WDR, 1998
    • Brüsseler Platz-10a-Musik sT, Sieben, 1997
    • Brüsseler Platz-10a-Musik / Agentur Bilwet 1000 Fehler, Supposé, 1996
    • Pol Baby I Will Make You Sweat Odd Size, 1995
    • Pol Transomuba, Odd Size, 1994
    • Kontakta s/T, Odd Size, 1992


  1. ^ de:Der große Ausverkauf Der große Ausverkauf
  2. ^ [1] Die Anwälte, eine deutsche Geschichte
  3. ^ [2] ARTE Felix Ensslin inszeniert „Die Räuber“ in Weimar
  4. ^ [3] WDR3 Akustische Kunst: E-UROPAS
  5. ^ [4] Published in Spex (Magazine), Oktober 2008
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ [6] kunstMusik: Autorenliste
  8. ^ [7] Ensslin, Blumenstein: zwischen zwei toden

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