Stefan Fraunberger is a composer and sound performer with a special interest in transformation. His music engages in electroacoustic dialogue with unconventional instruments such as dulcimers or decaying baroque church organs, reshaping the liminal conditions of culture and perception while inhabiting sonic ambiguities and "touching the void." (The Wire)
Fraunberger has performed at festivals throughout the world and released on various labels. He is invested in the recontextualisation of conventional musical architecture and the shaping of fluid sonic sculptures. His compositions and performances work their way through “nature's very own modular patch” using otherwordly, bewildering vocabulary.
Though originally from Austria and now based in Vienna, Fraunberger has lived and worked in Aleppo, Aana'a, London, Tehran, Sibiu, Benares, Brussels and Istanbul. His music is deeply informed by the study of different languages, traditions, and understandings of modernity that this travel has afforded him. He became interested in foreign languages while serving his mandatory national service in Romania and, after learning Romanian, went on to learn Arabic and Persian. His exploration of “ghosts of an old world” manifests itself through language, literature, music and archaic musical instruments. His work channels influences from the fields of sound art, vocal and instrumental composition, film and literature.
Fraunberger’s latest project, “barzakh,” takes its name from the Arabic word used to describe gray zones and liminal states, meaning “anything but yes and no.” The piece uses an amplified electromagnetic santur (dulcimer) from Iran and several field recordings from Kirkuk, Iraq; Karachi, Pakistan; and Aleppo, Syria. Fraunberger is currently working on the upcoming release Quellgeister #3 and on other projects “concerning derangement, vortex and the unthinkable.” He is a 2017 SHAPE platform artist.