Punchcard music is a cross-media project by video artist Gudrun Barenbrock and composers Udo Moll and Wolfgang Mitterer. It has been selected for "8 Bruecken Musik fuer Koeln 2013" electronics festival as a commissioned work. World premiere: May 10, 2013, Kunststation St. Peter, Cologne.
The multimedia performance traces the development of the punch card as data carrier and symbol – from Jacquard's loom via Babbage's Analytical Engine to the IBM 360's 80-character code. Also appearing in key roles are the eccentric Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, who was the world's first computer programmer, the long-unrecognised computer pioneer Konrad Zuse, as well as horses, volcanic eruptions, Frankenstein and plan calculus.
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With: Udo Moll (Cologne) live-electronic, composition, Gudrun Barenbrock (Cologne) video, concept, Wolfgang Mitterer (Vienna) organ, live-electronic, composition, Eve Risser (Paris) piano, theremin, card puncher, Frank Gratkowski (Berlin) clarinets, Ronny Graupe (Berlin) guitar, Jens Ruland (Basel) percussion