2022, Praesens Editionen / Hallow Ground, Cassette + Digital
On Repetitions, Samuel Reinhard brings us close enough to a piece of music that its systematic nature begins to buckle and fade. Read More
Across four movements, three pianos pursue their own respective threadbare motifs, which overlap at the hands of a predetermined ratio of duration. What unfolds—at first glance slow, melancholic, deliberate, even plain—is a study of repetition’s in-betweens, populated by unexpected resonances and delicate traces of notes in the process of being played by human hands. The three pianos are not in sync, but are nevertheless in relation, the nature of which shifts with the listener’s orientation and attention. Each piece within Repetitions arrives as a constant whole, containing harmonies and silences that are in a never-ending process of unfurling. Read Less
2021, Praesens Editionen, Vinyl + Digital
On Interior, his follow-up to 2020’s “Miniatures”, Samuel Reinhard excavates intricate resonances at the periphery of our attention. Read More
Across four movements of near-equal length, Reinhard once again follows a process whereby he layers and loops fragments of piano improvisations, imposing an asymmetric system that generates an unending growth of sound. “Interior” complicates its own systematicity, however, by using samples that are not only recognizable as piano notes, but as live recordings of a piano being played.
As such, the experience of hearing these “Interiors” is driven by the delicate timelessness of a pried-open piano chord: one is invited to tender stillness, even reverence. And yet Reinhard composes from traces both analog and digital, leaving the seams of his work exposed. Texture arrives in the form of static hiss and clicks, but also the soft trace of a finger pressing a key, the shuffle of a body shifting position in the close architecture of a small room. Having already stalled and stretched our sense of time, Reinhard asks us to think about where we are, and how close we are willing to look, feel, and listen. Over the course of these four movements sounds return again and again, familiar but transformed. What sounds like repetition is something more like accumulation, a thickening of space. Whether regarded at intimate range or from a distance, these compositions reveal more the longer we linger in the presence of each. Read Less
2020, Praesens Editionen, Vinyl + Digital
On Miniatures, Samuel Reinhard looks to indeterminate techniques of mid-century experimental composers to produce a sonic path forward that’s as refined as it is evocative. Read More
While Miniatures is built from recordings of short piano gestures decaying towards silence, amid the four movements that comprise the suite, something else grows. Notes cycle, collide, and wash away within boundaries the artist has set, but in their wake new processual textures develop. A hiss blankets the harmonic material, and clicks that once marked sharp cuts between repetitions become a percussive undercurrent.
Working with digital tools, Reinhard conjures the interior of an animate environment and extends an invitation to notice the small stuff that swells when we settle in with duration. Read Less
2022, sic! Raum für Kunst / Elephanthouse, Lucerne, Switzerland
2-channel audio, PVC foil.
2017, Studio 301, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Sound and light installation developed in collaboration with Michael Potvin.
Music For An Elevator
2016, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Composition commissioned by John Armleder and Stéphane Armleder for the museum’s elevator.
333 – Sample
2015, Schwarzwaldallee, Basel, Switzerland
Sound and video installation developed in collaboration with Jeff Rossi and Dominik Hodel.
First Smell of the Moon
2015, Space O'NewWall, Seoul, Republic Of Korea
Sound and video installation developed in collaboration with Sinae Yoo.
Samuel Reinhard (b. 1980) is a Swiss artist and composer of electroacoustic music. Guided by minimalist and aleatoric tenets, Reinhard's work emphasizes repetition and extended duration. His compositions are not unlike tapestries, built from shifting horizontal threads between which emerge unexpected resonances as they iterate and layer. From a distance unassuming and all but eventless, Reinhard’s work is nonetheless driven by constant, subtle inner change. In his compositional practice he engages with sonic matter and processes like instrumentation and recording on a granular level, while interrogating and exploring the intricacies of perception and the act of listening itself. In addition to his musical output, Reinhard produces interdisciplinary installations that use sound as a subtle tool to shape the perception of a given space. His installations move away from object-oriented notions of art, focusing instead on the complex perceptual relationships that linger in the object’s absence. Reinhard earned his MA in Contemporary Arts Practice (Music & Media Arts) from Bern University of the Arts in 2015, and has been awarded grants and artist residencies from the Swiss Arts Council, the Music Commission of the City of Bern, the Department of Culture of the Canton of Bern, and others. Reinhard lives and works between Bern and New York City.