The Wire


Below The Radar Special Edition: Polish Radio Experimental Studio (1957–2003)

Track 3

Krzysztof Knittel. Photo by Pawel Kwiek

Krzysztof Knittel

"The Conqueror Worm" (1976)

Krzysztof Knittel is a composer, educator and improvisor. He was born in Warsaw on 1 May 1947. Knittel studied sound engineering and composition in Warsaw, as well as computer music and programming. He started collaborating with Polish Radio Experimental Studio in 1973. Arguably Poland’s most independent contemporary composer, he made his mark at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1975 with Points/Lines for clarinet, tapes and slides. Since then, he has composed numerous symphonic, chamber, stage and electroacoustic works. He is the co-founder of several groups, notably The KEW Composers’ Group (with Elżbieta Sikora and Wojciech Michniewski), The Independent Studio Of Electroacoustic Music, Light From Poland and The Mud Cavaliers. Knittel has also lectured in modern music at academic centres worldwide.