Innovative Hochschule

Mit dem Masterstudiengang Multimediale Komposition wurde im Jahr 2004 ein neues Ausbildungsangebot an der HfMT Hamburg etabliert, das sich explizit der Rolle neuer Technologien in den performativen Künsten des 21. Jahrhunderts widmet. Es wurde 2010 in das Zentrum für Mikrotonale Musik und Multimedia eingebettet und ist der Dreh- und Angelpunkt innovativer Entwicklungen der Hochschule, die sich in zahlreichen Aktivitäten von öffentlichkeitswirksamen Abschlussprojekten bis hin zu Software- und Instrumenten-Entwicklungen manifestieren.


Drawsocket: Browser-based Notation Project

Drawsocket, a new open-source platform for generating synchronized, browser-based displays across an array of networked devices. Conceived as a system for distributed notation display with applications in music and spatial performance contexts, using SVG graphics and animation, Drawsocket provides a unified interface for controlling diverse media features of web-browsers which can be utilized in many ways. Additionally, by providing access to browser mouse and multitouch gesture data, and the ability to dynamically create user-defined callback methods, the Drawsocket system aims to provide a flexible tool for creating graphical user interfaces. 

The project was initiated as part of a large-scale live performance in the St. Pauli Elbe tunnel, for 144 musicians spread out over the 864 meters of its two tubes, presented in May of 2019 in partnership with the Hamburg Port Authority. For this performance, the orchestra used a set of 144 iPads to display each performer’s unique individual music parts and synchronize the ensemble across the tunnels. Drawsocket was developed as the supporting framework for sending drawing messages from a central server to each member of the orchestra, and to coordinate the ensemble as a kind of long distance conductor.

For more details, please see the Drawsocket project page:


Symbolist, a graphic notation environment for music and multimedia

Symbolist is based on an Open Sound Control (OSC) encoding of symbols representing multi-rate and multidimensional control data, which can be streamed as control messages to audio processing or any kind of media environment. Symbols can be designed and composed graphically, and brought in relationship with other symbols. The environment provides tools for creating symbol groups and stave references, by which symbols maybe timed and used to constitute a structured and executable multimedia score. For example, Symbolist could be used to create performable notation systems for new types of digitally controlled instruments, video systems, scenographic stage movements, spatial audio rendering system and other yet unthought of applications. 
The first stages of the project were developed in collaboration with IRCAM’s Musical Representations Team, and currently a new version is planned for release at the 2020 TENOR Conference, hosted by the HfMT Hamburg.

Projektleitung: Dr. Georg Hajdu

Projektdurchführende: Rama Gottfried

Janina Luckow