Marcus Schmickler is a German composer, musician and producer. He is also known under the pseudonym Pluramon.
At a young age, he met the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1991, he began studying music in Cologne and became a member of the seminal collective Kontakta.
Since 1995 he works as a composer, for film theater and radioplay. In 1996 he released one of the first fully digitally produced post-rock albums under the pseudonym Pluramon. In 1998, he became a member of the 12-piece electro-acoustic ensemble MIMEO (Music in Movement Electronic Orchestra).
In 2000 he published jointly with Thomas Lehn the CD Bart which started a long musical collaboration with Lehn.
Since 2004 he has been working on various theater projects. He created numerous works of electronic music, and compositions for choir, chamber-ensemble and orchestra.
Marcus Schmickler has received prizes and scholarships, including the Ars Electronica, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and curated festival programs in the Academy of Arts, Berlin and the ZKM. He was a longtime member of the jury of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council). As an author, he wrote articles on various topics of electronic music.
During FAQ Festival Thomas will perform a analog-digital electronic duo with Marcus Schmickler.