I’m Rudiger Meyer, a composer interested in the play between traditional concert music, sound-art, and new media.
I’ve composed a number of pieces for classical instrumentalists and ensembles, focussing mainly on chamber music and situations in which it has been possible to develop long term relationships with the performers. Electronics are often present as a means of extending or providing a counterpart to the classical instruments — an aspect which goes hand in hand with my interest in rethinking classical concert formats.
I’ve also been inspired by the means that smartphones and tablets provide for bringing sounds, texts & graphics together in an intimate & focused way. This site contains some of my experiments in this field.
I was born in South Africa, grew up there and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand before moving to Europe in my mid-twenties to study music first in Germany and later The Netherlands. I’ve been living and working in Copenhagen since 2004. You can also read a more extensive biography and outline of my interests or find a more traditional Bio/C.V. if you need something for a programme booklet.
About this Site
After many years of the joys and frustrations of coding static HTML by hand I switched to Kirby — a simple file-based CMS that has provided a well thought out toolkit while at the same time allowing me to keep in close contact with the nuts and bolts of it all. Texts are prepared in iA Writer and coding is done in Panic’s
CODA NOVA, another fine piece of software. After many years of using Erik Spiekermann’s Meta and Meta Serif I’ve changed1 to IBM’s open source Plex. Read their full story on the typeface here. 2
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This site uses Webmentions to collect responses, comments, reposts and likes/favourites/bookmarks from other sites that have published something that contains a link to my site, and notify my site of it. Since most of my tweets originate on this site (following the IndieWeb POSSE principle) that means that any responses to them on Twitter will in turn also be reflected here. This means that, in connection with any of those public responses, your name, profile picture, the URL of your website or twitter profile, as well as the response itself may also be displayed here. If you’d like me to remove any of that information simply send me an email and I’ll gladly do so.
Some of the videos and music/sounds embedded on this site can also be found on SoundCloud and Vimeo. I have various links collected on Pinboard and also collect stuff in a huffduffer podcast feed. You might also find it interesting to check out Frankenstein’s Lab, a show & tell/tryout session presented together with the Danish Composers’ Society, or Poetisk Podcast, a platform started together with the author Lene Henningsen.