Gerriet Krishna Sharma

Gerriet Krishna Sharma
Soundartist, Composer
Born 05.03.1974 in Bonn.
Lives in Graz and Cologne.

Key aspects of activity

• Spatialization of electroacoustic compositions in Ambsonics and Wave-Field Synthesis and transformation into 3D-soundsculptures.
• Site-specific sound installations.
• Concerts, workshops, installations and performances at several festivals for electroacoustic music and sound art in Europe and abroad.
• Composition, production and performance of radiophonic ‘Hörstücke’ (ars acoustica) with focus on the equitable combination of speech, text and sound
• Artistic research in the field of sound-picture relations in audio-visual installations film, tv and theatre.
• Since 2008 curator of “signale-graz” a concert series for electroacoustic music, algorhytmic composition, radio art and performance at the MUMUTH Graz.

Grants / Awards (selec.)

• DAAD postgraduate grant for Austria.

• Lexus – Crossover Award.
• German Sound Art Award.
• Artist in residence at PACT Zollverein, Essen, together with Daniel Burkhardt.
• Grant kunst:raum-Syltquelle, Isle of Sylt.
• GEMA-award at the international Hamburg Film Festival for the best music in a short film (national).

• ELIA Art Schools Jury Selection for NEU/NOW Festival 2009, Vilnius.
• Chargesheimer Award, City of Cologne.
• CO-ME-DI-A (EU) Artist in Residence 2009.
• Nomination Media-Art Award State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
• DAAD - One year grant for Austria.

• bm:wf research grant 2010 by the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.
• RONDO one-year atelier grant by the state of Stayria.
• Nomination Media-Art Award by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

• Artist in residence at Pact Zollverein Essen.
• Grant by the University of Music and Performing Arts for Artistic Research.

• Artist in residence at Atelier Klangforschung at the Institute of Musicology, University of Wuerzburg.
• Research grant by the state of Styria/Austria (A 9) for the soundinstallation project ‘Archipel’ (Archipelago).

• Funding by the Sparkassenstiftung Cologne for the project “Oblivious to Gravity” a building-soundcomposition in Cologne.
• Scholarship by the artistic doctoral school of the University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG), Graz.
• Artist in residence at the Centre for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe, spring 2014.
• Grant by the Art Art Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia for the soundinstallation cycle ‘Archipel’ in 2014.
• Artist in residence (Artistic Research Felllow) PEEK/FWF project “Emotional Improvisation”. Head of project: Deniz Peters, 2014/15.

2015 - 17
• Austrian Research Fund (FWF) PEEK project “Orchestrating Space by Icosahderal Loudspeaker”


Postgraduate Studies in MEDIA ART at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne with Anthony Moore, Siegfried Zielinski, Klaus Schöning, Jürgen Klauke. Degree: Diploma Media Arts.

Master Studies in ELECTROACOUSTIC COMPOSITION / COMPUTERMUSIC at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) with Gerhard Eckel, Winfried Ritsch, Gerhard Nierhaus, Elena Ungeheuer. Degree: Master of Arts.

2013 - 2016 doctoral candidate (Dr. artium) at the Artistic Doctoral School of the KUG. Thesis: “Composing with Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Computer Music”, doctoral adviser: Marko Ciciliani, Robert Höldrich, Elena Ungeheuer and Marco Stroppa.

October 2016 Rigorosum.
Degree: Dr. Artium


  • 2011 - 13 University assistant at Institute for Musicology at University Wuerzbug. Conception, setup and implementation of “Atelier Klangforschung” at former U.S. general villa at Hubland Wuerzburg. Initiation of concert evenings for sound art and electronic music with international composers and performers. Conception and supervision of the artist in residence programme. Conception and implementation of seminars and workshops about the history of sound art, electronic music, hearplay, ars acoustica and spatial soundcomposition, involvement in the establishment of the research field “Kraftwerk”.

  • Since 2013 University assistant at Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). Research field: Spatial Soundcomposition, 3D-Audio, verbalization of plastic sound phenomena in computermusic. Teaching: Soundinstallation Art, Sound Design in narrative media. Responsible for organizing the concert series signale-graz, signale-soirées, signale-workshops, signale-masterclasses und signale-lectures until 2015.

  • Since 2015 artistic researcher at Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) within the three-year artistic research project “Orchestrating Space by Icosahedral Loudspeaker” (OSIL) funded by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF)/ Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK).

  • Since 2016 senior scientist within the artistic research project “Emotional Improvisation” AR-188 at Institute of Aesthetics of Music at KUG, funded by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF)/ Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK).


>Sound Compositions/Performances/Installations/pieces for Radio (selected)

Composition of the cd “shelly sessions”, songwriting, toys, no drum machine

Composition and production of the cd “Geuge” with the electronic ensemble SWAAI (G. Weitenhagen an G. S. Sharma

Co-composition of the compilation “Difficult easy listening” for the label Nonplace Urbanfield (Cologne) by the electronic ensemble SWAAI

(New) artist at Freibank Musikverlage (Hamburg)

Composition, studio recordings and production of the radiophonic listening piece“RISS” for speaker and electronical sounds by G. Geltinger and G.K. Sharma with Simon Roden and Georgette Dee, Live performance at the sound laboratory of the University for Media in Cologne.
Concert and performance in the House of Literature in Cologne with the projects “RISS” and “During the afternoon of these Days”

Video sound installation and group exhibition “Good morning you lucky young captain”, Neue Welle building Frankfurt.

Soundcomposing for radioplays “The Hand” and “Love” by Koraljka Meštrovic (translation: Jana Mayer-Kristik), directed by Ulrike Brinkmann.
First radio performance for both productions by German Federal Cultural Radio

Spatial soundcomposition “Aubaine” and recordings with the sound art ensemble NooK in the studio of the Fraunhofer Institute in Ilmenau, recording with dummy head, production of double CD.

The composition “Aubaine” was presented during the “Spark Festival for Electronical Music 2005” in Minneapolis/USA and on ZKM radio during the “New World Musical 2006” in Stuttgart by Deutsche Gesellschaft für elektronische Musik (DEGEM).
Honorable mentioning in the Eastman Computer Music Centre Electroacoustic Music Competition 2006, New York/USA.
Listening stations in the Museo Paco das Artes in Sao Paolo/Brazil.
Presentation during the “Audience” Festival Delhi/India in 2008.
First time presentation in radio by Deutschlandradio Kultur (29.06.2007).

“differing paths” – The open art work in motion (Eco), installation (text, video, sound, interface) and internet platform. Simultaneous performances at various locations (amongst others Moltkerei Cologne, Media Art School Cologne, Parallel Record Shop Cologne).

Concert of the sound laboratory of KHM at Stadtgarten Cologne, organization and performance together with the sound-art ensemble NooK and mint.

Performance with the sound-art ensemble NooK, the Japanese flutist Ritsuko Hanao and VJ Cal during the “Freshcell”-Festival in the municipal gardens in Cologne.
Additional Concerts in the electrical transformer station Severin and in the Art Factory Cologne during the long night of the museums.

Space-sound composition “Abandonee” as guest composer at the IEM in Graz, promoted by a DAAD grant. First performance: 26.07.2007. CD production. Presented 2009 by DEGEM webradio and by SWR 2 (German public radio).
Invitation for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2009.

Composing and producing the experimental hearplay “The Sea” by Gunther Geltinger and Gerriet K. Sharma. World premiere during the Altitude 2006, University of Media Arts Cologne, public performance with live sound composition in three parts.
Honorably mentioned at the Radio Art Award of Leipzig Book Fair and at the competition during the Leipzig summer of radio plays.
Various life performances since 2007.

Performance with Simon Roden at the opening of Rheinau Harbour Cologne in 2008.

Organisation and implementation of the “Evenings of Listening” at the room for art and music in Cologne. 10 topical evenings for “History of Recording and Radio Art”. Live-mixing, performance. Presentation of several works and multi-channel performance in a public room.

Performance with the audio-visual ensemble Slope at the Freshcell-Festival/Autumn in the historical enter of Düsseldorf.

Invitation for the International Computer Music Festival (ICMC) New Orleans/USA.

Concert and performance in the Museo Paco des Artes, Sao Paulo/Brazil.

Sound composition for the audio-visual installation “Those and other uncertainties” by Tessa Knapp (Moltkerei Cologne).

Sound composition for the video installation “shu – blue hour lullaby” by Phillip Lachenmann and Matthias Neuenhofer, can be listended to/looked at in K21, Düsseldorf.

Composition “Orphée49/Edit 1 (Hommage à J.C.) of the Ensembe NooK on the compilation cd “Orpheus400” by the DEGEM.

Acousmatic concert and performance with three chanell live video projection and 40 loudspeakers in the Trinitatis Church in Cologne.

Performance during autumn in Graz together with Staalplaat Soundsystems.

Concert an performance at the Encontros De Musica Experimental (EME) Festival in Lisbon/Portugal.

Ambisonc space-sound composition “I_LAND”, promoted by a grant from kunst:raum Syltquelle on the island of Sylt/Germany.
World premiere 07.04.2009 in the Cube (IEM, Graz).
ELIA Art Schools Jury Selection for the NEU/NOW Festival 2009 in Vilnius.
Production of CD in 2009.

Sound composition for the audio-visual installation “detournements I-III” by Susanna Schönberg, Bau- & Kunst-Schlosserei Gallery in Leipzig“again and never” multi-channel sound composition for one pressure-chamber loudspeaker and six walkman headsets in public space, townhall of the city of Marl/Germany. Awarded with the German Federal Award for Sound Art.

“Oh Knight in Shining Armour” multi-channel sound composition for a slewing crane. Presented at the official opening of the Rheinau Harbour during the new talents young biennale Cologne: Awarded with the Lexus-Crossover Award.

Finishing the tour through Brazil “Itinerante” for the Goethe Institut Sao Paulo (09.08 til 01.10.2008) with a performance together with NooK in Sao Paulo.

4-channel loudspeaker concert with the listening piece “Basic opinion against destructive work in the audioeditor for a catalogue on the topic of martyrs” in the context of an atelier event at PACT Zollverein, Essen.

“staircase” permanent reactive sound installation for a public building with Martin Rumori, David Pirrò, Christos Zachos and Gerhard Eckel in Graz.

Listening station/installation with a choice of own works at the SOUNDART Cologne.


“TIDE” audio-visual sound composition together with Daniel Burkhart in PACT Zollverein Essen, promoted by PACT Zollverein and the Prime Minister of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia.

Listening station/installation with a choice of own works at the SOUNDART Duisburg/Germany.

Performance with NooK and change of frequency at “Sundays abstract” n the postal garage in Graz.

Composition and production of the listening piece “Basic opinion against destructive work in the audioeditor for a catalogue on the topic of martyrs”, speaker: Simon Roden and Theresa Hupp, for the Vocabulary Warrior-Artistscatalogue, art:room ‘Syltquelle, published in Hybriden Verlag Berlin.

Exhibition in the House of the Federation of Visual Artists in Cologne on behalf of the award ceremony Chargesheimer Grant.

“grrawe – For several years there was only one inhabitant being present only once in a while”. Ambisonic sound composition for an ikosaeder loudspeaker, commissioned by European Forum Alpbach/Austria.

“melt” 6-channel sound composition made from melting ice.
World premiere at the International Stage Workshop in Graz.


“lullaby” installed space sound composition in the representation of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia in Berlin.

6-channel sound composition with a more classical solo instrument (no violin) in Graz.

Werwolf Workload, text-sound performance together with Jörg Albrecht at the Listentalk Festival during Elevate Graz.

Composition and production of the radiophonic listening piece “GE DICHTE” by G. Geltinger And Gerriet K. Sharma with Simon T Roden and Georgette Dee, third an final part of the trilogy of listening pieces.

Music and sound conception for “Macbeth in the Cities”by Ulbe Productions. Walk in installation for listening (parcours for earphones) in downtown Cologne.

>Music/sound for films


Sound concept and music for the short film “shady stories” by Bettina Eberhard, London together with Gerald Weitenhagen. World premiere Barbican London


Sound concept and music for the documentary film “Father and Foe” by Susanne Jäger, , Cologne. World premiere IDFA Festival 2005 in Amsterdam, DEFA special award at the 27th Film Festival Max-Ophüls Award 2005. First broadcasted by WDR in February 2006.

Sound concept and music for the film “back to the city of tomorrow” by Michaela Schweiger, Berlin. Award for video art by the city of Bremen 2005. Competing at the international days for short films in Oberhausen 2005, Art Cologne 2005, transmediale 2005, EMAF 2007.


Sound concept and music for the film “Living on 8 cents” by Susanne Jäger, Köln. First time on television April 2006 (WDR/3Sat).

Sound concept and music for the film “The invisible Hand” by Dirk Lütter, world premiere Hofer Days of Films 2006. First Steps Award Berlin 2007.

Sound concept and music for the short film “Lostage” by Bettina Eberhard, Zürich/Cologne. World premiere as part of the competition at the Film Festival in Locarno 2007, Berlinale 2008, honorable mentioning at “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” (perspectives for the German cinema). Premiere on TV in the summer of 2008 on Arte and WDR.


Sound concept an music for the film “from Britta Schmidt with love” by Katharina Pethke. World premiere as part of the competition at the Documentary Film Festival Duisburg.


Sound concept and music for the short film “The Moment” by Mchaela Schweiger, Berlin. World premiere at the art forum Berlin in 2008, in 2009 EMAF and with “Together into the future” at the Frankfurt Kunstverein.


Sound concept and music for the film “Jungle Radio” by Susanne Jäger (WDR, 3Sat).



Composing sound and music for the world premiere of “Magma” by Werner Fritsch, directed by Klara Topic-Matutin, Theatre of the City of Cologne.


Sound concept and music including performance in “Peepshow” by Marie Brassard, directed by Anna Sophie Mahler, Theater of the City of Graz.


•1990 til 2000

Working as a teacher at a private music school in Bonn and Siegburg/Germany.
(guitar, harmony, arrangment, recording)

Speaker at the symposion ”com.munity-transformation of musical practises” at the center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe.


Workshop for creative sound and recording technic for the Goethe Institute Sao Paolo in the Museo Paco des Artes Soa Paulo.

Teaching in elementary schools for City-Sound-Network Northrhine-Westfalia, production of an multi-channel listening piece.


Workshop- and performancetour “Kulturfest Itinerante” though 15 cities in Brazil for the Goethe Institute Sao Paulo.


Workshop/laboratory for composing showing the creation, history and technique of the listening piece (ars accustica) with pupils of a high school in the city of Duisburg.

Lecture and practical workshop on creative sound editing and picture-sound relations together with Daniel Burghardt for the SK Foundation Culture, Northrhine-Westfalia.


Workshop at Halle University for Art and Design (department media art) at Burg Giebichenstein: sound as initial point for artistic work, sound constructions, lecture and tests on the language-sound-picture relationship.

Lecture on sound space composition at irzu, Ljubiliana.

2nd workshop at Halle University for Art and Design (department media art) at Burg Giebichenstein: Sound constructions, sound sculptures, workshop and tests on spheric sound relations.

Performance Lecture on composing sound sculptures for the play “Peepshow” (Municipal Theatre Graz) at the Graz Kunstverein.

Signale Graz Soirée, lecture together with Johanna Gampe and Martin Rumori on the topic of listening pieces in the CUBE, Graz. An evening event of the concert series for electro-accoustical music, algorhytmical compositions, radio art and pervormance.