Concept & Design
‘I’m interested in the junction between music and design. What does pop music look like? What requirements and influences are artworks, videos, live visuals and performances subject to? These are the questions that the students and I explore together. In seminars, but also as part of personal one-on-one supervision. The aim is for them to be able to develop, with my help, an idea of their own identities as visual artists.’
Tanja Godlewsky is a self-employed creative director from Cologne, and an expert in design and pop culture. She carries out complex design projects in the fields of culture, academia and business. In addition to her expertise incontemporary visual culture, branding and publishing, she also discusses and researches the way pop musicians present themselves visually – which ties in with her long-time exploration of gender design in a (pop) cultural context. Tanja Godlewsky has been working with students from various design and art colleges/universities for many years; in addition to her role at the Folkwang University of the Arts, she also works at the Cologne International School of Design.
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.
Sound & Effect
„Sound is only as good as the weakest link in the signal chain.“
Richard Ojijo lives and works in Cologne. He spent the 1990s either in relevant Cologne clubs such as Warehouse, Iz and Studio 672 or getting acquainted with the endless world of electronic music with likeminded new producers such as Boris Bontempi, Heiko Voss and Alexander Geiger. Since the late ‘90s, Richard Ojijo has worked as a live engineering for musicians including Joy Denalane, Freundeskreis, Moderat, GAS, 0neohtrix Point Never, Max Herre, Modeselektor, Apparat, Roosevelt and many more. There are no genres he’s afraid to explore – from techno and urban, to reggae and dub, to soul, he finds it all enticing. As a studio and recording engineer, his clients have included the likes of Cody ChesnuTT, Selah Sue, Samy Deluxe and Patrice.
Richard Ojijo composes and creates soundtracks to the politically charged videos of Cologne artist Marcel Odenbach, which are exhibited at museums around the world.
He has been teaching the ‘Sound & Effects’ module at the Institute for Pop Music at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Bochum since 2015, where he provides insights into new soundscapes.
Pop-Music Composition & Arrangement/Pop-music in practice
‘I like to find out what the rules are – and then break them. Getting to know great modern music, understanding how it’s made, and then forgetting everything and being inspired to express one’s own personality is the approach I want to highlight in my course.’
Gregor Schwellenbach is a key figure in the junction between classic tradition and electronic club music. He is a highly sought-after film composer and orchestral arranger, working for the likes of Irmin Schmidt (Can), Kurt Wagner (Lambchop), Kölsch, Megaloh, Alligatoah, The Heritage Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and WDR Funkhausorchester. His chamber-music tribute for techno label Kompakt won the VIA Indie Award 2014 for ‘Best Experiment’. And for Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, he produced a cover of his Six Pianos with Hauschka, Brandt Brauer Frick, John Kameel Farah and Grandbrothers, which was performed live at venues such as the Elbphilharmonie. He runs the Galerie label and Threshold & Brook publishing house, and provides weekly analyses of the latest pop songs on the WDR Cosmo radio station.