Pop-Music Composition & Arrangement/Sound & Effect
‘It may be the level or it may be a chord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.’ – based on a quote by Bob Dylan
Jan Philipp Janzen is a member of the band and producer collective VON SPAR, the band Urlaub in Polen, the Cologne-based All-Star-Clique Cologne Tape and the Stephen Malkmus & Friends play Can’s Ege Bamyasi project. He has offered (and still continues to offer) his drumming skills to bands such as Die Sterne, The Field, Owen Pallett and Scout Niblett, and has produced recordings of artists such as R. Stevie Moore, The Field, die Sterne and Xul Zolar at VON SPAR’s own Dumbo Studios. He has composed soundtracks (e.g. Speed – Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit), and has worked for record label Tomlab and the c/o pop music festival. He teaches pop-music production at the Folkwang Institute for Pop Music in Bochum.
Copyright & media law
‘There’s always something you can do!’
Anne Ohlen is a lawyer specialising in copyright & media law and IT law. She has clients from across the entire creative industry, and has also worked in the legal department of a television broadcaster. Her work primarily revolves around film and television law, as well as music law. At the Folkwang Institute for Pop Music, she is responsible for the ‘hard facts’ of copyright and media law. She teaches students the legal framework conditions for publishing music and maintaining a media presence as artists. She also lectures at the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences and the SAE Institute in Cologne.
Henrik von Holtum aka Textor
Music & Lyrics
‘There are no rules; anything is possible, but how do you handle so much freedom? I enjoy exploring the fundamentals, because I have learned that, if you train yourself in stability, you can play with chaos.’
As the MC of Kinderzimmer Productions, Henrik von Holtum was one of the pioneers of bringing flow to the German hip-hop. He is a classically trained double-bass player and has written for publications such as Zeit, Spex and Juice. He also creates radio features for stations that include SWR, Deutschlandfunk and RBB. As a rapper, singer and bass player, his collaborations have ranged from the acoustic duo Textor & Renz to the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and from small punk-rock warehouses to the main stage at festivals. He teaches lyric-writing at the Folkwang Institute for Pop Music.
Video & Animation
Verena Maas is a film-maker and producer. After stints abroad in London and New York, she completed her studies in Audiovisual Media at Cologne’s Academy of Media Arts in 2009, before working for publishing houses Walther König and TASCHEN in Cologne. In 2015, she teamed up with André Sauer and Tim Grothaus to establish The Cologne Art Book Fair, an art book fair for self-publishers. That same year, she also began working as a freelance director, camerawoman and editor, and has created hundreds of predominantly short-form films and music videos since. Her films are almost always focused on the notion of dealing with the public sphere. Urban spaces, pop culture and change-making also serve as the basis for her company tvist GmbH, which she founded with Sebastian Züger in 2020. Her business idea saw the pair awarded the Gründerstipendium NRW scholarship and the Mediengründerzentrum NRW scholarship.
Since 2020, Verena Maas has been a lecturer in ‘Media production for NGOs’ and ‘Learning through engagement’ at the University of Cologne’s Professional Centre.
She has also been teaching the ‘Video & animation’ module at the Institute for Pop Music at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Bochum since the 2023 winter semester. Her areas of specialisation are the artistic and technical foundations of video production, imagery and media awareness, performance, DIY & low-budget video.
Markets, Economies & Management
‘For me, teaching is a multidimensional exchange process in which everyone benefits from each other – the students (hopefully) from our experience, accumulated knowledge and even failures (with all the positive lessons these bring), and we the teachers from the students; they remind us that paradigms never have to be set in stone, and that you should always look at the world from the perspective of a wide-eyed novice if you want to fully experience and reflect on it.’
Thomas Venker is a co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of the multi-award-winning Kaput Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop. Between 2000 and 2014, he was the editor-in-chief of Intro magazine, the magazine with the highest circulation in Germany at the time. He regularly writes for a portfolio of magazines and daily newspapers, hosts panels and symposia for cultural establishments, runs the Edition Fieber art record label, and is part of the team of curators for the Monheim Triennale. In addition to his journalism work, he also teaches music journalism and artist marketing at several German universities, and is the manager of DJ Lena Willikens and the Phantom Kino Ballett audiovisual art-performance project. He has recently published his book, Talking to Americans.
Christian Kalinowski aka NUMINOS
Sound & Effect
‘Nobody leaves the seminar room until the deep bass has been packed away!’
Numinos teaches the ‘Production technique(s), sound and effects’ seminar. As a producer, live artist, DJ, mastering engineer, equipment tester and author of various publications (incl. Groove, Bonedo, Kopfhoerer.de), he can look back on nearly thirty-five years of technological and stylistic developments, and has in-depth knowledge of every stage of the production process.
His teaching approach primarily aims to give students a holistic perspective of the entire technical, artistic and sound creation process. Because successful production is not determined by the right or wrong choice of equaliser or compressor. Indeed formally ‘correct’ equipment parameter settings (whether virtual or hardware) may still be wrong, if the wrong settings sound ‘right’. Christian Kalinowski is driven by his desire to convey and encourage the necessary enthusiasm for experimentation and self-confidence in assessment abilities.