News from Seda Röder

Do what U <3?

"Do what you love"! is probably one of the most worn out mottos of the last decade. You hear it everywhere: in life-style magazines, in inspiration talks, in recruiting events of “happily ever after” firms, in nicely designed offices where you can take your teddy bear to work. Everybody should have “fun” (modern cliché #2), do the things they “love”. It is “easy”, no? and if you don't like something, just walk out the door & find something else you'll like next! But the reality is a little different than this. Because most people work/ed very hard to get there and they happily commit to their responsibility for others, so they won’t just walk out the door for “fun”. Also, because somewhere inside we all know that the real issue is not about just having fun, but it is about finding that thing that determines YOU – and this process is not fun at all. Actually, it is dead serious! But at the end, you no longer have to walk out the door. On the contrary! Most people choose to stay to be a part of the solution. The real journey is not about loving what you do, but it is about finding out what you love, what it is that moves you. So the actual journey starts much earlier. Your passion defines who you are (and vice versa: you define the framework to your passion). It requires hard work: honesty, commitment, determination, self-reflection, self-acceptance and most importantly action! Finding your passion is about finding your mission. It is the greater thing you stand for that'll lead to fulfillment in life and work. It is not only about your own advancement, it is closely related [...]

November 20th, 2015|

Seven steps to a more creative life

Some of us think that creativity is reserved for a group of naturally inspired people who carry it in their genes. But genetic predisposition alone doesn’t mean much because creativity actually starts in our head! Everybody with a functioning brain has the potential and the responsibility to be creative (even more so in the age of wide-spread automation where robots will be able handle most of the jobs)! Humans are made to be creative! Only in those inspired, creative moments we feel liberated and happy. Think about the children, how they can immerse in play and creativity. But on the way to being adults, we forget cultivating creativity. Luckily it is never too late, because our brainpower is very strong, and it can compensate for passed years or for a huge number of “missing” genes. All we need to do is to start committing to a creative life. Here is how: 1) It is in your hands to embrace creativity as your new life style. Just as you decide to become vegetarian, start doing yoga or quit smoking, you can decide to live a more creative life. 2) We can only be groundbreakingly creative in things we’re passionate about. Ask yourself: What is it that makes you forget time and space? Be honest in your answer. 3) Be curious, be open. Start looking at everything as a potential source of creative input without evaluating, without pre-judgment. 4) Don’t wear the blinders of over-specialization, because the creative “eureka!” is nothing else than analogical thinking that connects seemingly unrelated things. So, force yourself to read a book from a foreign field, maybe about quantum physics, gardening, coding, art history or ornithology? 5) Don’t lull yourself with the [...]

November 6th, 2015|

Psst, do not disturb! I am learning a new language ;-)

Drawing done by a 3 year old girl (from Wikipedia). How often did you have to convince people around you of your musical choices? Probably all the more because you are an experimental music fan? ... Well, I usually follow a pacifist life philosophy and would tell you not to try to convert someone who is on a mission on this earth :-) But you should probably still have a few secret weapons handy in case there is no escape. LOL ;-) Here is a quick guide on how to handle some of the most common argumentations: 1) "Contemporary music is too confusing for our brain, because our brain searches for predictable patterns." Yeah, that the brain searches for patterns to anticipate the future is scientifically true. But it is also true that people who are willing to work hard for the reward release more dopamine :-) Which means that it is OK to challenge the brain while listening to music, and the pleasure of achievement might be even bigger. Come on guys, the brain is made for these sorts of challenges! 2)"I listen to music to relax." There is nothing wrong with that, right? But the problem begins when the entire being of music is reduced to that ... Think about how Beethoven or Handel would have felt if they knew that the works for which they sweated blood are being played in shopping mall food courts for a more relaxed eating experience or in railway stations to calm passengers :-) Psst, btw; there is plenty of well-made "relaxing music" by living composers (check out for example the new crossover label of the Deutsche Grammophone, also some early minimalism might be just [...]

February 11th, 2014|

5 Life Habits that Contemporary Music can teach You (about Yourself;-)

"I wouldn't have thought that I'd enjoy contemporary music this much!"This is a sentence I heard many times after concerts. Now, on a Monday morning, I am thinking that with the right mindset, there is no reason why one shouldn't enjoy contemporary music! And actually, I believe overcoming that hindering feeling against contemporary music could help us grow in real life as well. Here is how: Music is an adventure, remain an open-minded explorer! Can you imagine how much interesting music is out there to be discovered? When was the last time you listened to something totally new, or are you one of those guys who has the same playlist on shuffle mode since years? Yes, music is an adventure (and contemporary music is even more so); just like real life! Don't get too comfortable in old structures. Shake off your dust and stretch your legs for the run of your life! Have a constructive mindset to focus on sound and think about the positive not about the negative effects: Can you really find absolutely nothing likable about this person/this thing? Hmm. Seriously? ... What does this say about you? Don't use "too complicated" as an excuse! Neither in real life nor in music ignorance shouldn't be the answer to deal with a complicated situation. Yes, sure. Contemporary music can be complicated. But don't let those complications get into your way. The "structures" are only the means to make music and not the purpose of the music. (If we wanted to do brain gymnastics, we'd go play chess, right?;-) Btw, if that "too complicated" were really an excuse not to listen to a piece of music, most of us would have to stop listening to [...]

January 20th, 2014|


Since my childhood I had a great interest in things that are far away, out of reach, such as the stars or the deep sea. I was so into the deep sea geography and the skies that I'd sometimes have dreams in which I'd fly to different galaxies, or dive into the oceans, deeper and deeper... I remember how liberating, how uplifting those dreams were:-) And that same liberating feeling was there when I was making music! I knew as a child, that it was extremely unlikely to go to those places in real life. But here I was making music and traveling the universe, imagining the sounds of those places... M101 is inspired by those memories... Sometimes, when I go to bed really tired, I'll have those same, energizing dreams... And when I wake up, the music of those dreams accompanies me... [freebiesub download=""] Download my music and watch this beautiful view of the M101. Imagine that you would reach it and see how it spins calmly ... Art Work: Seda Röder. Original Image of M101 by: European Space Agency & NASA

December 17th, 2013|

Save the date! Dec.16th, Seda on “Mind and Music” @ the University of Salzburg.

Come and join me for the last event of 2013 at the University of Salzburg. On December 16, I will be the featured guest in the Psychology Department for an exciting discussion on sonic aesthetics, interpretation and listening experiences of newest music. There will be plenty of time to chat afterwards as well! --Seda What: Discussion "Neue Musik - Klangästhetik, Interpretation und Hörerfahrung" Where: University of Salzburg, Psychology Department When: Dec. 16th, 2.15-3.45pm What to bring: Open Ears, Open Minds and Good Company:-)

November 9th, 2013|

Classical Music Hackday Features Seda Röder

"In a Landscape - a through composed concert" ... Tomorrow evening premiere performance @the Classical Music Hack Day at Steinwayhaus-München: Music by Feldman, Brahms, Debussy, Cage, Satie and Liang with Interludes by myself;-) Below is the program. I hope to see many of you there! (And, yes! The concert will take place on this red Steinway:-) --Seda Time/Date/Location: Steinway Haus Munich, 6pm, July 28. You wonder what Classical Music Hack Day is? VISIT THE SITE Computer scientists, musicians, and everyone interested in bringing music and technology together, are coming together in Munich at the Ludwig Maximilian University to get to know each other, exchange ideas, and work over two days (24 hours) on a project on following topics: New insights into the History of Music Computer performance on Steinway pianos Humans and Computers: Performing Together Digital Mashups of Music Scores and Recordings New insights into Orchestral Rehearsal Music Search Online: Crawling and Analyzing Music on the Internet with distributed Systems (e.g. AWS) Program: Morton Feldman: Vertical Thoughts (1964) Intermissions 5-6 (1952-53) Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi I-II Op. 118 (1893) Seda Röder: Interlude I (2013) Claude Debussy: La Fille aux cheveux de lin (1909-10) Lei Liang: Piano, piano (2012) John Cage: In a Landscape (1948) Seda Röder: Interlude II (2013) Eric Satie: Gymnopedie I (1888) Seda Röder: Interlude III (2013) Eric Satie: Gnosiènne I (1890)

July 27th, 2013|

In search of “Tales…”: Seda chats with Lei Liang and Ken Ueno

This week my new concert project "Tales from the Silent Lands" will make its world premiere in Boston @ the Goethe Institute (April 14, 8pm)! Before the premiere, you can watch my chat with Ken Ueno and Lei Liang on their new piano pieces "Volcano" and "Piano, piano" which they composed specially for me and for the "Tales from the Silent Lands".

April 10th, 2012|