Ralph Heidel // Homo Ludens – Sublimation [PROMO]

Ralph Heidel connects contemporary chamber music with Electronica. “Sublimation” is his first single – a composition for string quartet, grand piano and electronic elements.

The 24-year-old German composer, arranger and saxophone virtuoso is part of a new generation of artists who follow in the footsteps of artists like Nils Frahm, Federico Albanese or Olafur Arnalds. But Heidel’s style is different: He brings a whole new harmonic and melodic capacity to the table. While a lot of music in this new genre is based on repetitive, ostinative composing, Heidel takes the the art of arranging a few steps further. His compositions are based on small musical themes that grow into something bigger. He writes tiny, initial motifs that evolve into dramatic, high emotional scenarios. There is something meaningful in these compositions.

In fact, Ralph Heidel’s music is inspired by a lot of different things. Ralph studies composition and Jazz at the Munich academy for music, one of Germany’s top schools. There, he is part of a group of young composers who like to work in both worlds: the classical and the modern Electronica universe. Thus, Heidel’s music is inspired by things he came across at “school”: 20th century composers like Charles Ives and Alfred Schnittke as well as the French impressionist periods (Ravel, Milhaud). Nevertheless, Heidel is a kid of today – so he is also influenced by current Scandinavian Jazz and other contemporary styles. He also names the symphonic compositions of Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead as one of his favorites.

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