Arnold Dreyblatt

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Arnold Dreyblatt
Born1953 (age 69–70)
EducationUniversity at Buffalo,
Wesleyan University
Known forComposer, performance artist, visual artist

Arnold Dreyblatt (born 1953) is an American composer, performance artist and visual artist.


Arnold Dreyblatt was born in 1953 in New York City.[1] His mother, Lucille Wallenrod (1918–1998), was a painter.[2]

He started his studies at Wesleyan University in the 1970s and transferred to the Center for Media Study at the University at Buffalo.[2] In 1982, Dreyblatt obtained a master's degree in composition from Wesleyan University; his thesis was titled, "Nodal Excitation".[3] He studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier (at Wesleyan University), and new media art with Steina and Woody Vasulka.

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 2006 sculpture "Innocent Questions", which resembles the layout of an IBM punch card, is installed at the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, Norway.[4]

Among the second generation of New York minimal composers, Dreyblatt developed a unique approach to composition and music performance. He 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 double bass, and other modified and conventional instruments which he specially tuned. He originally used a steady pulse provided by the bowing motion on his double 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.[citation needed] He has worked with Paul Panhuysen, Pierre Berthet and Ex-Easter Island Head.[citation needed]

He has been based in Berlin, Germany, since 1984. In 2007, he was elected to the Academy of Arts, Berlin.[5]


Dreyblatt has collaborated on material with the psych-folk band Megafaun.[citation needed] They recorded an album in 2012 and performed at the third annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, in September 2012[6] and at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City in February 2013.[7]


  • 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. ^ "Arnold Dreyblatt". Berliner Festspiele. February 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2020.
    - "LUX 03: Lapse – Arnold Dreyblatt". LUX. Comune di Città Sant’Angelo, Fondazione Pescarabruzzo. 2018. Archived from the original on 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Freerix, Michael (October 2014). "Arnold Dreyblatt". Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014.
  3. ^ M.A. Theses in Ethnomusicology and Composition, Wesleyan University. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  4. ^ Dreyblatt, Arnold. "Innocent Questions". Arnold Dreyblatt. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Arnold Dreyblatt". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012.
  6. ^ Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup Archived 21 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Festival

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