Markus Reuter, composer and touch guitarist with Tony Levin‘s Stick Men group, releases his first symphonic composition, Todmorden 513. This piece – a re-orchestration of an electronic work – was recorded by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra after extensive rehearsals and orchestration sessions at their base in Denver, Colorado. This live performances of this work have been described as “infinitelylayered” and “kaleidoscopic.” Now a recorded version is finally available in, both, stereo and surround sound formats.

For most of his life, Markus Reuter has been working with generative processes in many differentmusical contexts, both improvising and composing complex music from simple rules. Todmorden 513 represents the first application of these processes to a score for a classical ensemble, and a full symphonic orchestra, no less. The recursive permutation of an initial harmonic cell results in aprogression of 513 chords. Dividing and spatially rearranging the orchestral body into trios and quartetsand, ultimately, all soloists, this work pulls the listener into the eye of a full-blown harmonic storm.

The high quality 2-disc digipack contains a CD of the studio recording and a DVD with a hi-res 5.1 mix and an alternate 2.0 mix by ambient music pioneer Robert Rich. Also included, is the 70 minute documentary of the recording process "Breaking TM513" produced by filmmaker Jack Casadone.



Todmorden 513 (Concerto for Orchestra)

Digital files available now HERE
including 2 hours of bonus material and full orchestral scores

Hard copies of the CD/DVD HERE


Review of Todmorden 513 at Grapplegate Classical-Modern


Markus on Todmorden 513





Markus Reuter biography

Markus Reuter (b.1972 in Lippstadt, Germany) is a composer, record producer, performing musician, educator and psychologist whose career has received international recognition.

Reuter played several instruments as a child and began composing at the age of thirteen. In his teens, Reuter studied music history, theory, and analysis with Karlheinz Straetmanns, a composer in the lineage of Harald Genzmer and Paul Hindemith. From 1991 to 1998 Reuter attended Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft in which intensive courses in music combined with the philosophical teachings of J.G. Bennett and George Gurdjieff played an influential role. The latter’s work on movement, especially his Sacred Dances, had a lasting impact on Reuter’s development of a systematic playing technique for the Touch Guitar, the eight string electric guitar he has since adopted as his main instrument. Reuter went on to study Psychology at the University of Bielefeld while practi- cing instant composition with a system of out-of-synch looping devices – an approach that led to several critically acclaimed releases as a soloist and with the group Centrozoon – and free improvisation with Prof. Gerd Lisken’s Chaos Orchester Bielefeld. He further deepened his interest in permutation- based compositional principles during apprenticeships with Belgian composer Daniel Schell and Indian music scholar Ashok Pathak.