Nachtstrom is a concert series organized by the Audio Design Department in collaboration with Gare du Nord. With 4-6 concerts over the school year, our aim is to open up our activities to a wider audience and provide a platform for presentation, experimentation, and learning. The concert programs are crafted in connection to the teaching curriculum, helping develop a synergy between students and professors through concert organization. Invited local and international guest artists are also given a space to present their work at Nachtstrom to further enrich the experience of our students.
ESB Noise Ensemble
The ESB Noise Ensemble was founded in the scope of the Eartraining course taught by Svetlana Maraš. In addition to listening and analyzing works of electronic and experimental music, students also find themselves in a performance setting to improvise within a group with their own performing setups. As a result, a new ensemble was formed with a focus on improvisation and live electronic sound.
ESB Noise Ensemble at Museum Tinguely
ESB concert at Museum Tinguely
Collaborations and partners
On June 29, 2022, Radio SRF 2 Kultur presented the results of a collaboration with the Electronic Studio Basel: Electro-acoustic radio art works composed and performed (live) by Audio design students exclusively for Radio SRF 2 Kultur.
The H.E.I. Guide is an interactive audio walk. Its development happened in close collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik FHNW and the Electronic Studio Basel. The program was further utilized by audio design students for the creation of an audio walk for the Game Theory Symposium at Theater Basel in January 2023.
Theater Basel, specifically their audio/video-department, is a frequent collaborator. The head of its department, Robert Hermann, also teaches at the ESB and several alumni have worked there.
Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord - Bahnhof für Neue Musik - is a concert venue for contemporary music and a longtime partner of the ESB. Many of our concerts - e.g. Nachtstrom - take place at Gare du Nord.
Idee und Klang Studio and Audio Design
Idee und Klang Studio and Audio Design were founded by the ESB alumni Daniel De Wiler and Ramon de Marco. Next to being a professional service in the field of audio production and sound design, they offer
internships and freelance work as well as occasional workshops and presentations.
We strongly encourage our students to develop their own creative projects. These projects represent the core of our teaching; each student is trained to implement their skills and knowledge to better shaping their personal and artistic development. These projects showcase the variety of artistic forms our students work in. From electro acoustic composition, electronic music albums and performances, sound installations, to software and hardware solutions – our students are free to pursue their personal goals and ideas. This essential work allows our students ways to practice and prepare themselves for their professional career in the field of contemporary sound practices.