Frank Niehusmann

A forest full of saws: tree saws, chainsaws. Saws nearby, saws in the distance. They rattle, rattle, screech and bawl. The forest is a workplace. At the same time, the forest is a zoo: in the animal enclosure in Heissiwald in Essen-Bredeney, wild boars live behind wire netting and are fed daily – e.g. with leftover fruit and vegetables. When they crack peach stones in the process, a strange percussive sound goes through the forest with their smacking – and a deer roars in the background. In the background there is also rustling: the main road, the country road, the autobahn, air traffic, the urban area, the Ruhr area. At least it was like that 25 years ago: Frank Niehusmann’ssound recordings come from the forests of the Ruhr area in the mid-1990s.

51°23’36.3″N 6°59’16.8″E  |  Heissiwald, Essen, Germany


© Frank Niehusmann

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© Gabriele Hammelmann


– Frank Niehusmann (* 1960) comes from Essen and now lives on the other side of the Ruhr in Velbert.
– 1978: First experiments with electroacoustic compositions.
– 1980-1986: Studies of philosophy at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
– 1983-1998: Radio and television writer.
– 1992: Scholarship from the Kulturfonds Foundation in the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf.
– 2004: Guest artist at the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.
– 2006-2013: Board member of DEGEM – German Society for Electroacoustic Music.
– Compositions for concerts, theater and CD productions, radio broadcasts, sound installations, film, television and video productions;
– Performances in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
– Phonogram publications among others with Cybele Records, Edition Degem, Nurnichtnur, Wergo.
– Curator and director of several festivals, concert series and symposia.