24. Johannes Kreidler


Johannes Kreidler is a special case when it comes to composing. His works can often be regarded as composition, performance, sculpture and indictment. His work is described as conceptual music. He usually uses multimedia elements. He approaches the themes he uses (including authorship) through various entities directly linked to society. By acting consistently within these structures he creates his works. A few examples appeal to the imagination with regard to how a score can be understood and which elements and/or processes can play a role in this.

From 2000 to 2006 Kreidler studied composition with Mathias Spahlinger, electronic music with Orm Finnendahl and Mesias Maiguashca and music theory with Eckehard Kiem at the University of Music Freiburg and at the Institute of Sonology (Computer Music) of the Koninklijk Conservatorium, the Hague. He also studied philosophy and art history at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

He works as a lecturer in music theory, ear training and electronic music at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theater, the Detmold Academy of Music, the Hanover University of Music and Drama and the Hamburg University of Music and Drama. His work/action 'Product Placements', which helped to discuss copyright and the level of creation in music, was widely spread. In a thirty-three second piece, he processed 70,200 quotations of foreign works, all of which he submitted individually via forms to the German Buma Stemra (GEMA). Eventually, he was accompanied by numerous journalists with a small truck full of completed applications to the GEMA Directorate General in Berlin. A few cubic metres of printed matter were placed in the reception hall of the GEMA office. The system was therefore completely stuck. The minimal samples used (only milliseconds of time) are intended to test the credibility and effectiveness of the GEMA in relation to the digital reality. The music production facility is consciously located in a legal grey area, which has been greatly enlarged by digital technologies. If such a fraction can still be labelled as music, it can still be linked to the original and the performing artist in terms of financial compensation for use.

This is close to his workCharts Music’, in which he used the share prices of various companies to derive pitches. Besides the share prices, some other statistics were used, such as the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq. In this piece, too, reference is made to the borderline areas of copyright, and credits composers and copyright holders mentioned by the respective companies instead of Kreidler himself. For another work he commissioned composers from low-wage countries to plagiarise his own music for a commission for the Festival Klangwerkstatt in Berlin. For much less money than Kreidler himself received as a commission, he had pieces ready for concert that were made for him in China and India. According to Kreidler, the action, entitled 'Fremdarbeit', is intended to focus attention on the themes of exploitation and authorship.

Product Placements by Johannes Kreidler is a 10" blue vinyl with poster and Xerox copies, edition of 150 pieces.


'(How Could You) Bring Him Home' by Eamon
''(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles' by The Proclaimers with Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin
'(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear' by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
''(You Want To) Make A Memory' by Bon Jovi
'1234' by Feist
'1973' by James Blunt
'2 Hearts' by Kylie Minogue
'3's & 7's' by Queens Of The Stone Age
'4 Am Forever' by Lostprophets
'4 In The Morning' by Gwen Stefani
'505' by Arctic Monkeys
'A Bad Dream' by Keane
'A Big Hunk O' Love' by Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires
'A Day In The Life' by Larrikin Love
'A Moment Like This' by Leona Lewis
'A Never Ending Dream' by Cascada
'A Public Affair' by Jessica Simpson
'A Whole New World' by Katie Price & Peter Andre
'About You Now' by Sugababes
'About Your Dress' by The Maccabees
'Acceptable In The 80s' by Calvin Harris
'Acrylic' by The Courteeners
'Adagio For Strings' by DJ Tiesto
'Ain't No Party' by Orson
'Alarm Clock' by The Rumble Strips
'Alfie' by Lily Allen
'All Good Things (Come To An End)' by Nelly Furtado
'All I Got' by Newton Faulkner
'All I Need To Know' by Emma Bunton
'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey
'All My Friends' by LCD Soundsystem
'All She Wrote' by Ross Copperman
'Almost Easy' by Avenged Sevenfold
'Always On My Mind' by Elvis Presley
'Amazing' by Seal
'America' by Razorlight
'An American Trilogy' by Elvis Presley
'An End Has A Start' by Editors
'Anarchy In The UK' by The Sex Pistols
'Angel On My Shoulder' by Gareth Gates
'Annie Let's Not Wait' by Guillemots
'Anonymous' by Bobby Valentino feat. Timbaland
'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen vs. The Miami Project
'Anthem' by Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere
'Any Dream Will Do' by Lee Mead
'Anything' by JoJo
'Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour' by Enter Shikari
'Apologize' by Timbaland feat. One Republic
'Are You Trying To Be Lonely' by Andy Lewis & Paul Weller
'Arnold Layne' by David Gilmour
'Australia' by The Shins
'Autumnsong' by Manic Street Preachers
'Away From Here' by The Enemy
'Axle Grinder' by Pendulum
'Ayo Technology' by 50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
'Baby Baby' by Sunblock feat. Sandy
'Baby Fratelli' by The Fratellis
'Baby Love' by Nicole Scherzinger Feat. Will.I.Am
'Baby When The Light' by David Guetta
'Baby's Coming Back' by McFly
'Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania' by McFly
'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse
'Backfire At The Disco' by The Wombats
'Bad Girl (At Night)'' by Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia
'Balloons' by Foals
'Barbie Girl' by Samanda
'Be Without You' by WiFi
'Beautiful Girls' by Sean Kingston
'Beautiful Liar' by Beyonce & Shakira
'Beautiful Ones' by Billiam
'Because Of You' by Ne-Yo
'Bed' by J. Holiday
'Before I Fall To Pieces' by Razorlight
'Beggin' by The Four Seasons
'Beginning Of The End' by Status Quo
'Best Of You' by Foo Fighters
'Bet On It' by Zac Efron
'Better' by Tom Baxter
'Beware Of The Dog' by Jamelia
'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)' by Mika
'Big Girls Don't Cry' by Fergie
'Bigger Than Big' by Super Mal
'Bing Bang (Time To Dance)' by Lazytown
'Blag Steal & Borrow' by Koopa
'Bleed It Out' by Linkin Park
'Bleeding Love' by Leona Lewis
'Blood Sugar' by Pendulum
'Blood Sugar/Axle Grinder' by Pendulum
'Blue Suede Shoes' by Elvis Presley
'Bones' by The Killers
'Boogie 2nite' by Booty Luv
'Books From Boxes' by Maxïmo Park
'Borders' by The Sunshine Underground
'Break Up' by Kim Sozzi
'Breaking Free' by Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley & Vanessa Hudgens
'Breathless' by Shayne Ward
'Brianstorm' by Arctic Monkeys
'Bubbly' by Colbie Caillat
'Burn Faster' by Nine Black Alps
'Burning Love' by Elvis Presley
'Call The Shots' by Girls Aloud
'Calm Down Dearest' by Jamie T
'Can We Chill' by Ne-Yo
'Can't Get Along (Without You)' by Hard-Fi
'Candyman' by Christina Aguilera
'Carolyna' by Melanie C
'Catch You' by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
'Chain Hang Low' by Jibbs
'Change' by Sugababes
'Changes' by Gareth Gates
'Charlotte' by Air Traffic
'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol
'Chelsea Dagger' by The Fratellis
'Clean Up Your Eyes' by The Dykeenies
'Closer' by Travis
'Clothes Off' by Gym Class Heroes
'Clumsy' by Fergie
'Con Te Partiro' by Andrea Bocelli
'Counting Down The Days' by Sunfreakz Feat. Andrea Britton
'Cowboy' by Ch!pz
'Crank That (Soulja Boy)' by Soulja Boy Tell'em
'Crash' by Matt Willis
'Crazy' by Lumidee
'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley
'Crush Crush Crush' by Paramore
'Cry Over Me' by Meat Loaf
'Cupid's Chokehold' by Gym Class Heroes feat. Patrick Stump
'Curvy Cola Bottle Body' by Chico
'D.A.N.C.E.' by Justice
'Dance Tonight' by Paul McCartney
'Dancefloor' by The Holloways
'Dancing Lasha Tumbai' by Verka Serduchka
'Dare Me (Stupidisco)' by Junior Jack feat. Shena
'Dark Road' by Annie Lennox
'Delivery' by Babyshambles
'Desecration Smile' by Red Hot Chili Peppers
'Destination Calabria' by Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters
'Different World' by Iron Maiden
'Do It' by Nelly Furtado
'Do It 2 Me' by Cushh
'Do It Again' by The Chemical Brothers
'Do It Well' by Jennifer Lopez
'Do It Yourself (Go Out And Get It)' by Uniting Nations
'Do They Know It's Christmas?' by Band Aid
'Do Without My Love' by Nathan [UK]
'Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)' by Enrique Iglesias
'Doing It Right' by The Go! Team
'Don't' by Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires
'Don't Dance' by Midas
'Don't Give It Up' by Siobhan Donaghy


Johannes Kreidler is a composer and concept and media artist. His way of composing has a multimedia conceptual approach, which is mostly linked with processes in society. This makes it particularly interesting when viewed from the perspective of experimentation and unorthodox composing. The AEX index, outsourcing of labour or copyright processes and social questions and implications around these issues form the fundament of some of his compositions. We asked Johannes to do a reading about his practice as a composer during the event we organised around music and capitalism.

Following this, we also produced a record with him, which contains one piece of his named 'Product Placements'. This piece is to be seen as a plunder phonic composition in extremis. In September 2008 a piece of press advertised his actionProduct Placements’, with which he wanted to initiate a discussion on copyright and the height of creation in music. In a thirty-three second piece of music, he processed 70,200 quotes of foreign works, proceeding to individually enrolled each one at the GEMA. For this purpose, he was accompanied by numerous press representatives to deliver a small truck's worth of completed applications to the GEMA Directorate General in Berlin. The plant is deliberately located in a legal gray area, which has been greatly enlarged by digital technologies, so that it is impossible to clarify the case so far.

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