Schubert was born in 1979 in Bremen and studied computer science and biology
in Leipzig focusing on neuroinformatics and cognitive science. During
his studies he has worked as a musician and composer in a variety of different
environments. In addition to this, Schubert worked for one year at the
ZKM (Centre for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe at the Institute for Music
and Acoustics. Since 2007 he has started a degree in multimedia composition
at the Hamburg Academy for Music and Drama.
Schubert’s research interest explores cross-genre interfaces between
acoustic and electronic music. Musical pieces for audio tapes and the
formal notation of compositions for live electronics belong just as much
to his work as the design of software-setups and manipulation / design
of instruments for an intuitive handling in an improvised context (see
“Weapon of Choice”). A permanent focus of his work is the
combination of notated and improvised music – both in aesthetics
and structure. His technical training is the basis of a differentiated
utilisation and individual design of sound synthesis and controllers (e.g.
in the installation „A Set of Dots“).
Apart from working as a composer and solo musician Schubert is also playing
in the ensembles „Schubert-Kettlitz-Schwerdt“ (for improvisations
solely based on noises) and the electronic trio „Trnn“. The
formation „Ember“ (saxophone, drums, piano, electronic) mainly
realises minimal, poly-rhythmic pieces that are a mix of free jazz and
contemporary chamber music. Schubert has contributed to a variety of different
projects as a musician, composer and programmer (e.g. for the “Wiener
Festwochen”, Staatsoper Berlin). Alexander Schubert curates the
music festival contemporary electronic music in Leipzig and runs the publishing
company „Ahornfelder-Verlag“ for experimental audio and book
In 2009 he was awarded with a Bourges residency prize.
His works have been played for example at: ICMC Montreal, SSSP Leicester,
Klangwertage Hamburg, ZKM Karlsruhe, SMC Porto, Ahornfelder Leipzig, Bipolar
Festival, Blurred Edges Hamburg, Disparate Bodies Festival, Headphone-Festival,
Komponistenforum Mittersill, Maribor Slovenia, Hilltown Festival Irland.