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Language: English

Andi Otto, a sound artist from Hamburg and a teacher in the Sound Arts department at the HKB in Bern, focuses on the intersection of the human body in electronic music and digital media in his artistic endeavors. The masterclass aims to facilitate an exchange panel with interdisciplinary artists to explore contemporary opportunities for individual expression and physical engagement with digital media. The workshop encompasses three key aspects –

Fello This segment comprises a demonstration and in-depth discussion of Andi Otto’s extended cello, referred to as “Fello.” It involves the self-built sensor-extended cello bow allowing performers to manipulate cello sound through gestures in the air. Since 2011, Andi Otto has showcased this instrument globally. The session will feature a breakdown of the technological setup, mapping concepts, and associated musical aesthetics.

Steim History/New Musical Instruments This part offers insights into the history of experimental sensor-interfaces developed at STEIM in Amsterdam. Andi Otto’s research for the “Dutch Touch” PhD project explored the STEIM SensorLab, a pioneering device from the 1980s enabling the connection of gestures and digital media via sensors. This presentation provides an overview of experimental electronic music pillars in Europe, delving into questions about musical instruments in the past and present, as well as how technology alters sound interaction.

Falling Matters (Sound through Dance) Andi Otto has collaborated closely with choreographer Victoria Hauke (New York/Hamburg) for over a decade, developing setups where the dancing body generates music as a dancer rather than a musician. Their show “Falling Matters” (2019) features a silent score audible only when one of the three dancers falls onto the floor, captured by contact microphones. In this semi-improvised setting, the dancing body triggers and performs the sound while the resulting sound influences the body’s movement. This presentation details the sensor-technology, composition, and choreography of the piece, aiming to transcend traditional hierarchies between music and dance.


Andi Otto

Andi Otto performs electronic music with the cello. He has released eight albums on labels such as Multi Culti, Shika Shika, City Centre Offices and Pingipung. Together with the Indian singer MD Pallavi, he creates decelerated electronic dance music with a “mystically futuristic sound design”, as the Igloomag puts it. The duo will present their new album “Songs For Broken Ships” on an India tour in 2023 and a Europe tour in 2024.


On stage, Andi Otto plays a selfmade sensor-extended cello bow which he has developed in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam. This instrumental system which he calls “Fello” allows for gestural performance of the electronically processed sounds of the amplified cello. Andi Otto regularly composes for theatre and dance performances in which he also appears as a performer, and he closely collaborates with musicians such as F.S. Blumm or Perera Elsewhere. His work has taken him around the world, for example to Rwanda, India and Japan. Andi Otto is also a DJ and one of the founders of the Pingipung label. He is a member of the Flinnworks theatre collective from Berlin, creates interactive sound installations and regularly works with dancers and choreographers.





2023: MD Pallavi & Andi Otto: Songs For Broken Ships (LP) (Pingipung)
2022: Andi Otto: Zwischen Uns (Original Movie Soundtrack) (digital)
2021: Sophia Nzayisenga & Andi Otto: Abagore Barashoboye (7’’) (YNFND)
2020: Andi Otto & F.S.Blumm: Entangleland (LP) (Pingipung)
2019: Rwandance (LP, CD) (Shika Shika)
2018: Andi Otto: Bow Wave (LP) (Multi Culti)
2017: Andi Otto: VIA (2LP, CD) (Pingipung)
2016: Andi Otto: Bangalore Whispers (7”) (Pingipung)
2015: Andi Otto: Unter Tieren (Tape/DL) (Pingipung)
2014: Springintgut & F.S. Blumm: The Bird and White Noise, CD/LP (Night Cruising, Japan)
2013: Springintgut – Where We Need No Map, CD/LP (Pingipung)
2012: Springintgut – Bangalore Eagles, 7’’ (Pingipung)
2007: Springintgut – Park And Ride, CD/LP (City Centre Offices)
2004: Springintgut – Posten 90, CD/LP (Pingipung)
2003: Springintgut – Springintgut E.P., 12” (Pingipung)