Jacob Sello (*1976) has been learning a wide variety of musical instruments since he was 4 years old. For a long time he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be a musician, an artist, an inventor or a teacher – today he is all of these. After training as a sound technician, he began studying systematic musicology at the University of Hamburg, graduating with a Master’s degree in 2008. Between 2007 – 2010 he completed the Master’s programme “Multimedia Composition” at the HfMT Hamburg. In 2012, he completed his doctorate in Systematic Musicology at the University of Hamburg on the topic of sound installations (publication of the thesis: 2014).
Since the mid-1990s, Jacob has devoted himself intensively to the diverse possibilities of electronic music. He has been involved in the production of various recordings and radio plays, worked as a composer on several theatre productions and was a member of various Hamburg bands. Today, he mainly develops multimedia stage compositions and interactive sound installations in which the boundaries between acoustic instrument and computer technology become blurred through the use of complex live electronics and self-developed sensor systems. His works have been performed at the ZKM (Karlsruhe), Greatest Hits Festival at Kampnagel (Hamburg), NIME (Oslo), Guthman New Instruments Competition (Atlanta), the Hamburg Kunsthalle and the Fusion Festival (Müritz), among others. He is currently leading an artistic-scientific research project at the HfMT Hamburg, funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Science and Research, with the aim of developing innovative hybrid instruments and testing their artistic potential. The initial focus is on the further development of his Hexenkessel, an interactive timpani, which was presented as a prototype in 2010. https://jacobsello.de