Hans-Gunter Lock is a composer and a musicologist, and has been living in Estonia since 2000. His creative work consists mainly of electronic music, or combinations with acoustic instruments. Evermore, he specializes in the production of electronic sounds in real-time, creating live-performance environments, which are connected to acoustic instruments, or controlled by electronic performers. He also experiments with different ways to express musical ideas through physical embodiment, like, for example, electro-mechanical remote facilities such as Disklavier-technology and alternative control environments using sensors and motion tracking.
Born in 1974, in Halle an der Saale, Germany, Hans-Gunter Lock studied music theory with Hans-Wilhelm Hösl from 1994 to 2000, and composition with Dimitri Terzakis. He also studied electro-acoustic music with Eckard Rödger at the Leipzig University for Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”. He continued his musicological studies with Mart Humal at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), and completed several courses at the academy’s Electronic Music Studio. From 2004 to 2006 he furthered his studies at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in multimedia composition under the instruction of Georg Hajdu.
Since September 2008 he started doctoral studies in composition with Margo Kõlar at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
From 2002 to 2008 Hans-Gunter Lock was an assistant at the Electronic Music Studio of EAMT, also since 2002 he has lectured on several subjects related to electronic music, like Sound Synthesis, Sonagram Analysis, Algoritmic Composition, Live-electronics and Interactive Composition, Practice of Analogue Synthesis, and Seminar on Electronic Music. For several years he has been the artistic director of the EAMT’s electronic music concert in the biannual contemporary music festival, NYYD.
Hans-Gunter Lock was awarded the Estonian Heritage Prize from the President of Estonia for his expedition to the Setu region in the Southwest of the country in 2002. He is also a member of the Estonian Composer’s Union, the Estonian Society for Musicology, and the Arnold Schoenberg Society and Lepo Sumera Societies.
Hans-Gunter Lock is head of New Media Lab at Estonian Academy of Arts.