Bill Dietz is a composer, writer, co-chair of the Bard MFA Sound Department, and Guest Professor of Sound at the Academy of Media Arts (Cologne). He has lived and worked since 2003 in Berlin.
Born in 1983 near in the US/Mexican border in Bisbee, Arizona, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota. Initially in Berlin as Peter Ablinger’s student and assistant, he went on to work regularly with Christian von Borries, Catherine Christer Hennix, Chris Newman, and, through 2009, with Maryanne Amacher. Since 2007 he is the artistic director of Ensemble Zwischentöne. With Woody Sullender he co-founded and edits Ear / Wave / Event. In 2012 he was appointed co-chair of the Music/Sound Department in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). In 2016 he was appointed Guest Professor of Sound at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
His compositions have been presented by Happy Days Sound Festival (Oslo), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Incubator Arts (New York), the “Romanischen Nacht” (WDR),“Tbilisi 6. Never on a Sunday” (Tbilisi), and many others. As an interpreter of others’ music he appears regularly (Documenta XII, “Musikprotokoll” des Steirischen Herbsts, Tate Modern, Hamburger Bahnhof, Stedelijk Museum). He writes and speaks frequently on music - publishing in, for example, MusikTexte, Positionen, the catalogue of the 2014 Whitney Bienniale, and Performance Research Journal, and appearing at the International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Aarhus University, and the Freie Universität’s “Performing the Future – Cultures of the Performative” Conference. In recent years Dietz’ work has focused on the genealogy of the concert and the performance of listening. These concerns extend into his curatorial work with Ensemble Zwischentöne. Projects include: DAS WORT HABEN DIE BENÜTZER / LA PAROLE EST AUX USAGERS mit Janina Janke, Corbusierhaus, Berlin (2012) and Cite radieuse, Marseille (2013, presented by Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture); L’auditeur s’appelle Emma, 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2010); Deluxe Edition, mit Sebastian Biskup, Brückenmusik/WDR3, Köln (2010); Eine Audienz mit dem Publikum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sammlung Hoffmann, Haus der Kulturen der Welt und 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2009); La claque, c´est moi, Happy Days Sound Festival, Oslo/Norwegen (2008).
In 2011 he was the recipient of a working residency at the Künstlerhaus Lukas (Ahrenshoop) and residency stipend from the Goethe Institute (New York). From 2011 to 2012, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Arts, Berlin. From 2012 to 2103 he was a resident fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). In 2013 he was artist-in-residence of the Cité radieuse in Marseille, as well as gmem - centre national de la création musicale.
In 2015, Edition Solitude released a monograph on his "Tutorial Diversions."
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