Arnold Dreyblatt

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Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is an American composer and visual artist. He studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier (at Wesleyan University) and media art with Steina and Woody Vasulka. In 1982 Dreyblatt obtained his master's degree in composition from Wesleyan University.[1]

He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, he was elected to the Academy of Arts, Berlin.[2]

In his installations, performances and media works, Dreyblatt creates complex textual and spatial metaphors for memory which function as a media discourse on recollection and the archive. His installations, public artworks and performances have been exhibited and staged extensively in Europe. "Dreyblatt's project, maintains its edge--and its importance for the rethinking of identity, history, culture, and memory--by refusing to retreat from or transcend [...] public, archival traces." - Jeffrey Wallen, Hampshire College.

Among the second generation of New York minimal composers, Arnold Dreyblatt has developed a unique approach to composition and music performance. He has invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. His compositions are based on harmonics, and thus just intonation, played either through a bowing technique he developed for his modified bass, and other modified and conventional instruments which he specially tuned. He originally used a steady pulse provided by the bowing motion on his bass (placing his music in the minimal category), but he eventually added many more instruments and more rhythmic variety.

Dreyblatt received a 1998 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.He has also worked with Paul Panhuysen, Pierre Berthet and Ex-Easter Island Head.

Dreyblatt's mother, Lucille Wallenrod (1918–1998), was a painter.


In recent years, Dreyblatt has collaborated on material with the psych-folk band Megafaun. They've recorded a forthcoming album in 2012 and performed at the third annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina in September 2012.[3] They also performed at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City in February 2013.[4]


  • Nodal Excitation, (India Navigation, 1982)
  • Propellers in Love, and "High Life" (HatART, 1986)
  • a haymisch groove, Extraplatte, Vienna (1994)
  • Animal Magnetism, (Tzadik)
  • The Sound of One String – Previously Unreleased Live Recordings 1979–1992, (Table of the Elements, 1998)
  • "Escalator" on Renegade Heaven, Bang on a Can All-Stars, (Cantaloupe, 2000)
  • The Adding Machine, (Cantaloupe, 2002)
  • Lapse, (Table of the Elements, 2004)
  • Live at Federal Hall, (Table of the Elements, 2006)
  • Resonant Relations, (Cantaloupe, 2008)
  • Appalachian Excitation, with Megafaun (Northern Spy, 2013)


  1. ^ M.A. Theses in Ethnomusicology and Composition, Wesleyan University. Department of Music. Dreyblatt, Arnold, 1982. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Allmusic biography
  3. ^ Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup Archived 2012-04-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Festival

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