Annie Ruefenacht aka Annie Aries is a Swiss-Philippine composer and musician based in Bern, Switzerland. She holds an M.A. in Music & Media Arts from Bern University of the Arts, and studied historical musicology at the University of Bern. In 2017, Annie lived in Berlin and studied in the program Popular Music History & Theory at Humboldt University, specializing in experimental practices within pop and club culture. Since 2019 Annie has been a faculty member in the Sound Arts department at Bern University of the Arts. She has shown her works at Mis-En Music Festival in Brooklyn NY, NYCEMF New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, ZKM Center for Art and Media, IGNM Bern, ICMC International Computer Music Conference in Shenzhen, Gray Area San Francisco, Sonic Mountains Dampfzentrale Bern, among others.
Annie produces music with her instrument, a modular, custom-made synthesizer and focuses on how her instrument fosters the interplay between generative musical approaches and improvised live performance. In her work she aims at a minimal, reduced, yet complex textural sound world. She combines contemporary electronica music with club and synthesizer influences with the experimental approach of contemporary and experimental music.