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|

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|

Inspired by the Music

A couple of years ago I met Simon Zabell, a Spanish artist with whom I collaborated via the internet! Based on my interpretation and commentary of Karlheinz Stockhausen's legendary piano piece "Klavierstück IX", Simon created a series of beautiful paintings that not only thematise the musical structures but also capture the silence and calm of the music! Since then, whenever I play music, I try to imagine landscapes that visualize the sonic landscapes created in music (have a look at my videos:-) Simon and I never met in person, but passionate storytellers seem to find each other no matter how:-)

January 7th, 2014|

Three reasons to keep Cologne on your LISTENING RADAR!

Cologne: Cathedral, Funkhaus, Stockhausen & Co... I just spent the day in Cologne with a couple of friends and was fascinated by its energy! 1) The Café 'Funkhaus' in the WDR building: How many cafés do you know in which contemporary music composers are a unique selling point? ;-) Here at the photo you see the menu booklet with pictures of Cage, Stockhausen and Koenig working at the electronic music studios of the WDR. 2) The Creative Energy!: the innovations in the electronic music scene in the 50s made Cologne to one of the most stimulating and forward looking music centers. (Just think of the music inspired through the progressions made in the WDR Studios by: Kraftwerk, Björk, Klaus Schulze, Beatles = even with Stockhausen on the cover of their album Sgt. Pepper!!!) And of course my own music! Check out: M101. 3) The Cathedral ...: No need to say why. Just look at the photo! It is divine, isn't it? I also have to think of the Richter-Window ... What a spectacular art work! By the way, don't forget check out the podcast I did on Stockhausen: Blackbox #002: Listening to Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX

December 27th, 2013|

Merry Xmas!

Celebrating with my family! I hope you are also surrounded with people you care for ... I wish you a great night full of music and positive thoughts! -Seda Begin to charm, and as thou strok'st mine ears With thine enchantment, melt me into tears. Then let thy active hand scud o'er thy lyre, And make my spirits frantic with the fire; That done, sink down into a silvery strain, And make me smooth as balm and oil again. To Music by Robert Herrick

December 24th, 2013|


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="http://www.sedaroeder.com/wp-content/uploads/Seda_R%c3%b6der_M101.mp3"] 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|

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|

Black and White Statements Recording Starts!

This is a very exciting day! I am happy to announce that my new concert program "Black and White Statements" with 12 miniatures by contemporary Austrian composers, has been awarded both the Austrian Music Funds and the SKE grants! I am going to the Studio in Vienna in the first week of July to record the music:-) The CD is planed to be available in September 2013 right before the premiere concert at The Klangspuren Festival on September 27th! Keep your eyes and ears open, and stay in touch! :-) -- Seda[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

June 26th, 2013|