(1953 - )
Åke Parmerud has been working fulltime with music and multimedia art since late 70’s. Being trained as a photographer between 1972-74, he studied music at the University and later at the Conservatory of Music in Göteborg (Sweden). His list of works includes instrumental music as well as electroacoustic compositions, multimedia and interactive art, video and music for theater, dance and film. He is the most rewarded composer of electroacoustic music since 1978 when his piece Proximities received a first prize at the 5th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France, 1978). Since then his works have been awarded 12 times in Bourges, 3 times at the Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), and Prix Noroit (France), Prix Métamorphoses (Belgium), and Stockholm Electronic Arts Award.
For the past three years he has worked as a sound and software designer for innovative interactive audio/visual installations (indoors and outdoors), and his own works The Fire Inside and L’espace qui vous regarde have been shown in Berlin (Germany), Paris (France) and Reykavik (Iceland).
Åke Parmerud also works as stage performer, doing live electroacoustic music with different kinds of interactive instruments. Solo or together with composer Anders Blomqvist, he has performed in major parts of Europe, in Mexico as well as in Québec and his works have been presented worldwide.
His success as artist has led to several international collaborations. Over the last two years he has worked with the Danish art team Boxiganga, developing new interactive video installations and with Québec choreographer Pierre-Paul Savoie as a composer, sound and software designer.
Music by Parmerud has represented the Swedish Radio for the Prix Italia at two occasions. He has also composed a number of works commissioned by international reknown institutions in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway, and Denmark.
His music has been released on 2 LPs and 2 CDs and also appears on several compilations. Twice he has received Swedish “Grammy” awards for best classical album of the year.
He is a member of Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, since 1998.