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Hauke Harder (born 1963 in Heidemarker (Holstein), Germanymarker) is a German composer and experimental physicist.


He received a PhD in Chemistry, and works at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of Kielmarker, Kiel, Germanymarker.

In 1989, he studied with Wolfgang von Schweinitz, a New Simplicity composer.

He is the founder, (with Rainer Grodnick) of the "Gesellschaft für Akustische Lebenshilfe", (Society for Musical Living Assistance), Kiel, Germanymarker. Since 1995, he has worked as an assistant to composer Alvin Lucier and is associated with the Material group of composers, along with Daniel James Wolf, and Markus Trunk. His compositional work is in an extreme minimal style, and is connected to the work of the composers Morton Feldman, Walter Zimmermann, and Alvin Lucier. His music has also been influenced by Monochrome Painting and the films of Robert Bresson.

His work in sound installation, exhibitions and concerts include: the International New Music Festival Rümlingen, Switzerlandmarker, Evenings of New Music Bratislavamarker, Flanders Music Festival Antwerpmarker, Nové Expozice hudby Brnomarker.


In 2001 he received a "Kulturnetz-Preis", and 3,000 Mark, by Schleswig-Holsteinmarker's culture minister Ute Erdsiek-Rave.


His works as a scientist in the field of molecular spectroscopy have been featured in:
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among others.


Hildegard Kleeb has premiered his work. On 14 April 2009, his piece in honor of Walter Zimmermann was played in concert by Heather O'Donnell. He is in the Czech New Music Group MoEns' repertoire. Roland Dahinden has premiered his work. On 26.04.08, Trio Nexus played his work at festival blurred edges, Hamburg.

Selected exhibitions and installations

  • Beat in Flensburg (1994)
  • punto e basta in Kiel (1996, with Stephan Ullmann)
  • SAMMER. HEINRICH, FREUND in Dresden (1998)
  • escale 17: extradry in Düsseldorf (1999, with Stephan Ullmann)
  • Kabinett für Klanggegenwart Hauke Harder: 7:6 für Metallbleche, Sinusgeneratoren, Verstärker und Transducer in Kiel (2002/2003)
  • XVII. Exposizione nové hudby in Brno (2004)
  • Klangraum Flensburg in Flensburg (2007)
  • BEAT IT in Berlin (2008)
  • The long thin wire in Alpbach (2008, with Alvin Lucier)
  • farb_laut in Berlin (2008)


Hauke Harder is both a composer and physicist, Blake and Newton in one person, if you will.
This fact is something that Harder has always presented as essentially accidental.
This fact has sometimes made composers and musicians a bit nervous, suspicious of the program behind his programs.
A large part of this nervousness is surely just the anxiety most citizens feel about science: they do not understand it but believe it to be true.
This is just a modern substitute of the fear of God felt by all of our ancestors.
In truth, though, Harder’s vision should rather make physicists nervous: his is an assertion that the aesthetic, with qualities incomprehensible to the rational eye and ear, also has a part, indeed the vital part, in the life of the mind.


  1. Konzerte zur Ausstellung "Klangraum Flensburg"
  2. Hauke Harder at Kulturnetz Schleswig-Holstein
  3. Publications by Hauke Harder
  4. Hauke Harder, Three Lines and a Walk, Nicht-Lineares in Arbeiten von Alvin Lucier und Hauke Harder
  5. Stadtgalerie Kiel, 2002
  7. Thing Hamburg, January 2008
  8. Hauke Harder at Material Press
  9. Pure Presence (1995), a program note by Daniel Wolf, 1996
  12. Hauke Harder, Zither 7, Georg Glasl, Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium München, Bavarian Education Association, Gasteig Munich GmbH
  13. Infomedia Aktuell, 02/01, page 27
  14. Hauke Harder at National Research Council Canada
  15. Hildegard Kleeb deutsch wikipedia
  21. Hauke Harder, Installationen
  22. escale 17
  24. Festival review, XVII. Exposizione nové hudby, Expozice Nove Hudby
  25. Inventionen 2008
  26. Klanginstallationen der KUG beim Europäischen Forum Alpbach
  27. Kunstverein Tiergarten
  28. Acoustical Living Assistance, Daniel Wolf: Published Writings

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