We say more than we mean. The sound of language has a life of its own.

Language is regarded by Alma as a flow of differently sized units. Several layers of these units are analysed. Which particles are finally used depends on the way of speaking as much as the position of the microphone and the parameters of the analysis.

The sound units are regarded as sound material, which is played back in different modes. For example: - small particles appear as a wave that breaks and then wanes. - a group of sounds become a new word. - a few sounds serve as support for a varying rhythm. - a sound is being stretched and musicalized so it appears like a speaking bell.

Alma is not a piece, but an instrument. It can be used for improvisation and composition.

Examples of improvisations with Alma are found on the pages on Reziprocal and Seyr and Silence.

Improvisation with Ulrike Brand as part of the concert Geografische Melancholie [geographical melancholia] on 6th October 2020 at BKA Berlin

Concert with Yasamin Shahhosseini at the Kundu Arts Festival Taipei on 26th October 2019
Yasamin Shahhosseini — Oud, Joachim Heintz — Alma

Improvisation with Shaghayegh Bagheri on 27th March 2019 at Diffrazioni Festival Florence:

Shaghayegh Bagheri — Stimme, Joachim Heintz — Alma

Recording of a concert at Kunstverein Hannover on 27th February 2019 (Video Ghazaleh Ghazanfari)
Shaghayegh Bagheri — Voice, Joachim Heintz — Alma
Trailer Impro 1 Impro 2 Impro 3 Impro 4

Improvisation with Shaghayegh Bagheri at the opening concert of the 2nd International Electronic Music Festival of the Yarava Music Groupat Da Theatre, 1st September 2018:

Shaghayegh Bagheri — Voice, Joachim Heintz — Alma

Improvisation with Shaghayegh Bagheri at Off Borders Festival Thessaloniki, 23th April 2018:

Shaghayegh Bagheri — Voice, Joachim Heintz — Alma

Improvisation with texts by Schwitters, Summer 2016:

Julia Mihály — Voice, Felix Leuschner — Alma

Felix Leuschner — Voice, Julia Mihály — Alma

Improvisationen by Laureline Koenig, Summer 2015:

--- Improvisation on *Sero te amavi* (Petros Leivadas and Joachim Heintz, Sommer 2016): --- Studies on single modes: [Study Mode 1 - Form](https://joachimheintz.de/stuecke/part/alma_studie_w_1_1.pdf) [Study Mode 1 - Form and text](https://joachimheintz.de/stuecke/part/alma_studie_w_1_2.pdf) [Study Mode 1 - Score](https://joachimheintz.de/stuecke/part/alma_studie_w_1_3.pdf) [Study Mode 2](https://joachimheintz.de/stuecke/part/alma_studie_modus2.pdf) Two versions: (Anna Heintz-Buschart) (Joachim Heintz)