I composed and produced a 3min composition featuring the legendary Dizu Plaatjies. The track was included in the Bow Project 2: Bowscapes CD/album, curated by Michael Blake and released on the Africa Open label.
The CD was launched at the PURPUR festival of transgressive arts, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, Sept 30th 2022.


Bowscapes (Bow Project 2) in memory of Jürgen Bräuninger” has been released on the Africa Open - Institute for Music, Research and Innovation label (Stellenbosch University).

Produced by Michael Blake, it includes 21 pieces by South African composers of electroacoustic music, and composers from Nigeria, Mozambique, Netherlands, Faroe Islands, Mexico and Venezuela, such as Cara Stacey, Warrick Sony, Lukas Ligeti, Christina Viola Oorebeek, Luc Houtkamp with Sazi Dlamini ad poet Ari Sitas, and many others.

Jürgen’s own 2005 bowscape “Tsiki’s got a headache” opens the album.

Available from Africa Open - Institute for Music, Research and Innovation. (email: @ R150 + postage. Soon available as a download too


3-7 SEPTEMBER 2022. Streamed via

Reliquiae Artifex, in memory of Helmut Starcke

Remnants of the Artist, in memory of Helmut Starcke

Recorded, composed and performed by Maxim Starcke:
4 note dinner chime, paint jars, paintbrushes, found objects, paper, plastic packets, packaging, etc with classical guitar, radio static, custom paint jar shakers and voice.

All sounds located and recorded in the studio of my late father, the artist/painter Helmut Starcke (1935-2017). The title image is a photograph of his paint colour test paper prior to beginning one of his paintings.

Additional violin parts by Lisa Bauer-Starcke.

August-September 2022.


On Friday 1 July 2022 the Sonic Exploration Network of South Africa (SenSA) will be hosting their first evening of experimental music: SENSA Boundary Conditions.

Carrying forward the ethos of the well-known Edge of Wrong event series, this mini-festival will feature exploratory musicians from across South Africa.

Boundary Conditions seeks to radically transgress the artificial limits of genre and convention, showcasing music that has no desire to show its passport to the border police, in a way that subverts everyday expectations of listening and performing, moving from passive spectacle to the co-creation of a shared sonorous world.


  • Africa Open Improvising
  • Aragorn23
  • blackcreem
  • Chantelle Gray
  • Indigenous Frequency Cast
  • Mawethu Mapotolo
  • Maxim Starcke
  • nonentia
  • Thylasine
  • Desire Lines and Nightelf Kitsune (Pop-Up Shibari performance)
  • Alcast (VJ)

The address will be provided with successful ticket purchase (check the PDF attached to your confirmation email). The venue is an industrial space in Salt River, Cape Town.

Contact SenSA for inquiries:

Ticket price: R150
Starting time: 7pm


The new album by Jonas Reinhardt entitled “A Ragged Ghost” is out! Download the album here: I guest playing saxophone on the track ‘Wretched Orchestra of Armistice”. ![](#file_247a8d2f5f#)

CREDITS released January 20, 2022 Written and recorded by Jonas Reinhardt Mixed by Jonas Reinhardt with John Thayer in New York City. All music performed by Jonas Reinhardt except saxophone on “Wretched Orchestra of Armistice” by Maxim Starcke Mastered by Lawrence English Artwork by Samantha Wendel


I contributed alto saxophone to Jonas Reinhardt’s half of this Abstrakce Records release JONAS REINHARDT / JÜRGENLLER – “The Encyclopedia Of Civilizations: Egypt”

The LP is the first volume on “The Encyclopedia of Civilizations”, a collection of split LP’s just started at Abstrakce where selected artists offer their own insight into fascinating ancient cultures. In this volume music is inspired by ancient Egypt and comes with a 10-page booklet with images and texts explaining historic facts. The texts written by Juan Ruiz - a Spanish archaeologist and researcher - in a half scientific/half poetic way rounds the music and transports you to the Ancient Egypt to get the whole listening experience. The careful design of the edition also helps: Egyptian colors (sand, electric blue, gold) and a sleeve printed in the old way, letterpressed with metal movable type as Gutemberg used to do it.