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    • for young & old …
    • for educators and scientists
    • for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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april 2021

2021tue20apr18:0019:30FeaturedReading Circle Improvisationcurrently taking place digitally18:00 - 19:30 exploratorium berlin, library, entrance Dthink:Reading Group


Tuesday, 20. 04. 2021 | 18:00 - Tuesday, 20. 04. 2021 | 19:30


exploratorium berlin, library, entrance D


In German language. For details see German version.

Due to the current corona situation, the reading circle on April 20 will take place as a video conference. Participation is only possible with pre-registration using the registration form below or by e-mail to Mathias Maschat. Registration must be made by the evening before, Monday, April 19.

Dates until June 2021:
Tuesday 20.04. | 11.05. | 08.06.

Facilitator: Mathias Maschat
E-mail to Mathias Maschat

Admission free, registration required

2021thu22apr20:00Featuredkey_concepts #5: Materiality / Resonance – The FAAB (Feedback-Actuated Augmented Bass)Guest: Adam Pultz Melbye | Moderation: Mathias Maschat20:00 Livestram on Youtubethink:key_concepts


Thursday, 22. 04. 2021 | 20:00


Livestram on Youtube


Talk in English

Guest: Adam Pultz Melbye
Moderation: Mathias Maschat

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/exploratoriumberlin

In the fifth edition of the Denkraum series key_concepts, Mathias Maschat talks to Adam Pultz Melbye, who is a Berlin-based improvisor, double bass player, programmer, instrument designer and PhD-researcher at Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Also, Adam Pultz Melbye presents his newly developed instrument (together with instrument builder Halldór Úlfarsson), the FAAB (Feedback-Actuated Augmented Bass).

Since 2007, Adam Pultz Melbye has recorded and toured extensively, as a soloist, as well as with musicians/groups such as Julia Reidy, Evan Parker, Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Flamingo and Ingrid Schmoliner. Driven by a fundamental fascination with double bass resonance, for the past two years, he has focused his work on the FAAB (Feedback-Actuated Augmented Bass) – a hybrid feedback double bass equipped with pickups, a built-in speaker cone and signal processing algorithms. The FAAB is a highly resonant, sonically ambiguous and sometimes volatile instrument and while enabling sounds and playing practices impossible on the acoustic double bass, the instrument also resists traditional notions of mastery and control. As such, improvisation is a central feature of the development of a language and performance practice with the instrument and has led Adam Pultz Melbye to speculate that resistance and precariousness are in fact fundamental requirements for the enactment of improvisation.

The conversation focuses on solo improvisation and how it plays out with an instrument, the materiality of which intersects, and is constituted by, both virtual and physical domains. Here, resonance may mean both the acoustic phenomenon of physical bodies vibrating sympathetically with themselves as well and each other, but also points towards multiple feedback loops of information that travel across wood, strings, silicon, computer code and human perception and cognition.

The FAAB – Nime20020 performance: https://vimeo.com/446291856

2021fri23apr(apr 23)18:00sun25(apr 25)14:00FeaturedWords in transformationPoetry Workshop – will take place digitally and be postponed by one week18:00 - 14:00 (25) exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshop


Johann Reißer


Friday, 23. 04. 2021 | 18:00 - Sunday, 25. 04. 2021 | 14:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D


Workshop in German language. For details see German version.

Due to Corona the workshop will take place digitally and be postponed by week.

Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.


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amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts



to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making


to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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