Norbert Möslang

Norbert Möslang

Nomination 2014

Photo: Georg Gatsas

Norbert Möslang was born in St. Gallen in 1952 and works as a violin maker. He established himself as a musician, composer and sound inventor at an early age. He became known for his “noise music”, which he performed for no less than 30 years, beginning in 1972, as one half of the duo Voice Crack with Andy Guhl. He would take cheap consumer electronics – torches, telephones, simple switches – and use them to conjure up astounding and sometimes highly poetic sounds. This “hardware hacking” concept has become more widely known in the past decade, and Möslang is viewed internationally as one of its pioneers. As well as performing in Japan and the US, he staged a sound installation at the Santa Stae church as part of the Venice Biennale in 2011. He has won several awards for his work as a film composer, including a Swiss Film Award for Best Film Score in 2010 and a Cinema Eye Honors award in New York in 2011, both for the soundtrack to Peter Liechti’s documentary “The Sound of Insects”.

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