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Sound organizer and part of the experimental duo L'Impero della Luce/The Empire of Light, Johann Merrich is an indiependent researcher in the fields of electronic music history, where she focuses her attention on the contributions of the so called minorities in the construction of new sound.

She is the author of the books Short History of Electronic Music and its Women Protagonists (translated into English thanks to The Mariann Steegmann Foundation & Heroines of Sound Festival) and Le Pioniere della Musica Elettronica / Pioneering Women of Electronic Music (Auditorium Edizioni, Milano 2012).

Her articles have appeared on the Red Bull Music Academy Daily and Thomann International blogs; from 2019 to 2022 her monthly column "Brevi Storie“/"Short Stories" has been hosted by musicaelettronica.it, Tempo Reale’s web portal.

Since 2021 he has collaborated with USMARADIO, the radio of the University of the Republic of San Marino - for which she has made some of her "Short Stories" in the form of podcasts - and is part of the scientific committee of the Research Center for Radiophonic Studies.

Among her latest essays: And Don’t Call it Female Electronic Music published in the catalog of the exhibition "From Kraftwerk to Techno" [Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf] and  A tool for singing inclusion. The theremin, Clara Rockmore and the Black Community in L'elettronica è donna collective book curated by C. Tomeo and C. Attimonelli (Castelvecchi editore, 2022).

In love with silence - which in the pages of history reveals forgotten stories and in the soundscape reveals layers of unheard life  - since 2018 she creates and spreads workshops on silence, on listening practices, on the research and history of musical experimentation inspired by the works  of John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Christina Kubisch, Raymond Murray Schafer, Annea Lockwood and Hildegard Westerkamp.

Her musical projects have been welcomed by institutions such as the Venice Biennale of Art (in the context of Xavier Veilhan’s Studio Venezia, France Pavilion 2017) and by famous contemporary performance venues such as Venice International Performance Art Week (with the opera Mechanical Vibrations, 2016), Fabbrica Europa (with Effetto Cocktail Party by Sara Catellani, 2018) and Santarcangelo Festival di Romagna (Sleep concert, Inbosco 2018).

Her last two albums were self-produced and self-distributed on Bandcamp between 2016 [A Bigger Splash into the Unknown] and 2020 [Es].

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