Alexander Schubert was born in 1979 in Bremen and studied computer science and biology in Leipzig focusing on neuroinformatics and cognitive science. During his studies he has worked as a musician and composer in a variety of different environments. In addition to this, Schubert worked for one year at the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe at the Institute for Music and Acoustics. Since 2007 he has started a degree in multimedia composition at the Hamburg Academy for Music and Drama.
Schubert’s research interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music. Musical pieces for audio tapes and the formal notation of compositions for live electronics belong just as much to his work as the design of software-setups and manipulation / design of instruments for an intuitive handling in an improvised context (see “Weapon of Choice”). A permanent focus of his work is the combination of notated and improvised music — both in aesthetics and structure. His technical training is the basis of a differentiated utilisation and individual design of sound synthesis and controllers (e.g. in the installation “A Set of Dots”).
Apart from working as a composer and solo musician Schubert is also the founder of the ensembles “Schubert-Kettlitz-Schwerdt” (for improvisations solely based on noises) and the electronic trio “Trnn”. The formation “Ember” (saxophone, drums, piano, electronic) mainly realises minimal, poly-rhythmic pieces that are a mix of free jazz and contemporary chamber music. Schubert has contributed to a variety of different projects as a musician, composer and programmer (e.g. for the “Wiener Festwochen”, Staatsoper Berlin). Alexander Schubert curates the music festival contemporary electronic music in Leipzig and runs the publishing company “Ahornfelder-Verlag” for experimental audio and book releases. In 2009 he was awarded with a Bourges residency prize. His works have been played for example at: ICMC Montreal, SSSP Leicester, Klangwertage Hamburg, ZKM Karlsruhe, SMC Porto, Ahornfelder Leipzig, Bipolar Festival, Blurred Edges Hamburg, Disparate Bodies Festival, Headphone-Festival, Komponistenforum Mittersill, Maribor Slovenia, Hilltown Festival Irland.