Rolf Julius

In 1980 Rolf Julius’ pioneering work “Dike Line” was presented at the “Fϋr Augen Und Ohren” exhibition alongside work by John Cage, Nam June Paik, Bill Fontana, Milan Knizak, Harry Bertoia, and David Tudor. Since then Julius has created some of the most meaningful and moving works in the grey area between music and art, between sound and silence, slowly emerging as one of the most important and influential sound artists of our time. Whether using photographs, ink drawings, audio compositions, or subtle and sometimes almost hidden outdoor installations, Rolf Julius’ works serve as catalyst, increasing our awareness of the great beauty of the world that surrounds us.

Selected Press

For the past 30 years, Julius's minimal pieces, which have made him one of the leading exponenents of comtempoary sound art, have been teasing out connections between sound and visuals

  • WIRE
  • I feel that the 'unintentional space' which Julius creates carries me back to an almost forgotten east Asian sensibility.

  • Akio Suzuki
  • ...very much alive and vibrant. Excellent music. This is the earliest Rolf Julius recording, from 1979 and the start of a great career. Can’t wait for the other seven releases.

  • Vital Weekly
  • Music For The Ears manifests like a sudden, unexpected reward after a whole day unsuccessfully spent in search of rational stillness...truly one of a kind...

  • Temporary Fault
  • ...brilliantly realized and engrossing pieces of music...

  • Other Music
  • Julius takes his time, but the structure of these pieces is quite solid. Enjoy the silence.

  • Aiding & Abetting
  • ...rewards repeated and deep listens.

  • Wonderful Wooden Reasons
  • Julius draws our attention, that is both our visual and aural attention, towards minimal things and events that we normally ignore or show only a passing interest in: dirt piled up in a corner, the surface of a pond at the point of freezing, blades of grass... But as we move towards that place, that thing, faintly irradiating sounds slowly become clearer until suddenly everything there has taken on a new importance, and even a sense of mystery.

  • Carlo Fossati, E/Static