Bernhard Lang

about the author

Bernhard Lang first studied piano at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz. He continued in Graz, learning classical and jazz piano, arrangement, while studying philosophy and German philology. Between 1977 and 1981, he worked with leading jazz bands, including Erich Zann Septett. He studied composition with Polish composer Andrzej Dobrowolski, who introduced him to the techniques of new music, and counterpoint with Hermann Markus Pressl, who sensitised him to the twelve-tone techniques of Joseph-Matthias Hauer. He continued his studies with Gösta Neuwirth and Georg Friedrich Haas, who introduced him to microtonal music. Zeitmasken for string quartet was performed at the Musikprotokoll Festival in 1986, marking the beginning of his career as a composer. In that same period, he began teaching music education, harmony, and counterpoint at the University of Graz and, from 2003, composition. At the Institute for Electronic Music Graz, he developed the LoopGenerator and the Visual Loop Generator with Winfried Ritsch and Thomas Musil. Since 1999, his main focus has been on music, where he applies his work on interpretation and especially on contrast, as in the cycle Differenz/Wiederholung (difference/repetition) and the music theatre works Das Theater der Wiederholungen (2003), I HATE MOZART (2006), and Der Alte vom Berge (2007). Since 2003, he has worked with numerous choreographers, including Xavier Le Roy, Willi Dorner, and Christine Gaigg, with whom in 2010 he created NetTrike, performed in a duplex concert between IRCAM and Graz. Author of various projects in collaboration with Austrian musicians, artists, and writers, Bernhard Lang is also a member of LALELOO VLO and various improvisation groups.

info & contact


Independent musician and composer


bernhard.lang [AT]



The Difference Engines. Bernhard Lang in conversation with Maarten Quanten
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: abstract machine, monad, movement-image, perception-image, Samuel Beckett

Outlandish: The Tables Are Turned by Bernhard Lang
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: movement-image, perception-image