ben schiem 7


1160 Vienna Austria   8 weeks  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Jazz, Folk, Rock, Worldmusic, Sociocultural Anthropology, Music Ethnology

I was born 1983 in Bregenz, Austria. And from early childhood on, the guitar was my chosen instrument, mainly to impress my father I suppose. Then to try to impress friends, and girls. After playing in a Rock Band for several years, I moved to "the city" in Austria, which of course, is Vienna, to study Sociocultural Anthropology. For studying jazzguitar, I never felt good enough. My cousin and flatmate though studied Jazzsaxophone and made me play in the streets of Vienna with him. That got mit into Jazz, and after several years of streetmusic in Europe we formed a Trio called Baldachin, where I also play the Sitar, that I learned to know in India. My Bandmate @nik, playing percussion and hang, is now also here on FAWM.

Here you find the Music of our 2 CDs:

Another project is Bonnage Horreur, together with a comic book artist that does live drawings on the overhead projector.

That is here:

There is another reason I am here on FAWM, that as to do with my other passion, that is ethnography.

Recently I was lucky enough to put together my two passions, that is Ethnography and Music. I am working at the University in a research project on creativity in music. I will ask my collaborators, and other willing Fawmlings to give me some insight into their creative process. Over the next three years I want to write my thesis with the (preliminary) topic creativity in music in virtual and physical spaces.


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  • @roy  3 weeks

    It was great talking to you on the phone last month, I hope you had a great time in FAWM and come back to join us in the future. Also, if you want to do a follow-up call, feel free to contact me and we can set up another time for a skype. Good luck with your project!

  • @roysmith  4 weeks

    Good to work with you this year, look forward to hearing about the interview thing. If your on Facebook and are interested in noise / experimental sound stuff, I'm trying to get a few people together to keep some global collaboration going or see where it might lead. Join up if your interested at:

  • @andrewjtaylor  5 weeks

    Thanks very much, Ben, for taking the time to listen to my songs and for your kind words. Struggling to get the next three out amidst many obligations and restrictions (like noise curfew in an apartment/condo @ 9 PM).

  • @sentense  6 weeks

    Woah, OK, i will give it a try 😁 Given the very acoustic nature of the track, i think i will stick to the Cajon rather than drums, if you don't mind...

  • @thejules 6 weeks

    Jw.. How will this collab work? Do we all post the song after it's done to work towards our 14 songs? Or no? lol I can email you whatever you need but I need your email or something to send what I get done. I'll be working on music tonight now that I'm finally home from work.

  • @beat  7 weeks

    Danke fürs reinhören. *]

  • @roysmith  7 weeks

    @benschiem will get on that tonight, love the idea of mixing up the electronic abstract with analogue tunes....if @thejules has any unused accapella lyrics, song fragments that I could mix in that could be really great, will send a post over.

  • @thejules 7 weeks

    Your feedback was much appreciated on that last song, I have bronchitis right now so I guess I was trying to hide my vocals more in the song lol. I could maybe adjust the levels too though in the app itself..

  • @quork  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comment, and your suggestion re. cello. I'll tuck that thought away and revisit it when the month is done.

  • @beat  7 weeks

    *], thx beni

  • @clioem  7 weeks

    Yay! How is Beat?
    I'm in your weird city right now actually and really enjoying. Did a photowalk and I'll be posting the pics soon.
    Yes, Vienna is truly a very special place!

  • @bammann 7 weeks

    dear superstar,
    my new song is online, maybe we can do a collab?

  • @clioem  7 weeks

    Oida servas! 😁

  • @bammann 7 weeks

    vl können wir ja eine collab machen

  • @bammann 7 weeks

    le cronch,
    bin auch im boot

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    The Johnny Cash Trick;

    I sent you a message on Soundcloud with my email.

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    We've got 21 days I think we'll be ok.
    What culture/region are you thinking?

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    Sounds good, and yes I can do lyrics and singing. (hope you don't mind a little gravel).

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    I can do whatever needs to be done, I play guitar, a bit of mandolin and keys and I do a lot of programming, soft synth stuff, so if you have a culture you want to focus on let me know, I'm at work it's 7:50 am here right now, so it will be a good 12+ hours before I can really do any thing, if you want to start, let me know the culture and if you are working with a specific rhythm pattern and we can go from there.

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    Hey, looks like we're randomly collaborating. Do you want to start or should I? Since you're into Ethnography, we could use rhythms and myth/folklore of a specific culture as inspiration.

  • @thejules 7 weeks

    Thank you for the comment, I'd love to collaborate as well with you Ben, I'm just not sure how that is done yet lol. I look forward to figuring it out though.

  • @tootoobee  8 weeks

    Happy FAWMing! Und vor allem viel SPASS! 😀

  • @igg  8 weeks

    Welcome! I was born in Windischgarsten....

    Have a great visit to this time of madness!

  • @mikeskliar  8 weeks

    welcome to fawm!

  • @guatecoop  8 weeks


  • @karan  8 weeks

    Lass krachen! 😀

  • @bhaile  8 weeks

    Welcome to FAWM!

  • @beat  8 weeks

    Na dann denn... auf einen schönen Monat.