Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Szemző Tibor

flute, tubular bells, voice, conductor

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Tibor Szemző (b. 1955) is a native of Budapest. His compositions for live performance incorporate spoken word, film, and other media, but a considerable part of his output is for use as soundtracks for films - both his own productions and those of others. As a musician, Szemző was the founder of the acclaimed Hungarian modern ensemble Group 180 during the 1980s; his current performance group, The Gordian Knot, was founded in 1998.

Skullbase Fracture 20' (video) Bela Balazs Studio 1985
Cuba 32' (8/16mm, b&w) BBS 1993
The Other Shore 20' (8/35mm, colour) BBS / Duna Workshop 1998
What There Is 11' (8mm/video, b&w) Kép-Árnyék 2005
A Guest of Life - Alexander Csoma de Körös (8/35mm, colour) - Mediawave 2000 Kft. 2006

see also: Szemző Tibor - composer
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1983 180-as csoport I.
(Group 180 - I.)
Hungaroton SLPX 12545 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12545 (1995)
1985 180-as csoport II.
(Group 180 - II.)
Hungaroton SLPX 12799
1989 György Szabados, MAKUZ-Zenekar: A Szarvassá vált fiak Krém SLPX 37215 LP
1989 Melis László: Maldoror énekei; Chiron öszvérgyógyászata; The Ceremony
(The Songs of Maldoror; Mulomedicina Chironis; The Ceremony )
Hungaropop 014-25978 LP
1992 Semmi különös, csak egy kis zene mozgó képekhez
(Ain't Nothing But a Little Bit Of Music For Moving Pictures)
TomK Records 1955 2311 The soundscapes have been originally composed for the
film cycle 'Private Hungary' by Péter Forgács
1993 A Lelkiismeret - Narratív Kamaradarabok
(The Conscience - Narrative Chamber Pieces)
Leo Records CD LR 185
1994 Az utolsó magyar PVC
(The Last Hungarian Vinyl)
Magánkiadás BP 1235 Own
The piece have been composed
for the video work
'Wittgenstein Tractatus'
by Péter Forgács and Tibor Szemző
1995 180-as csoport I.
(Group 180 - I.)
Hungaroton HCD 12545 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPX 12545 (1983)
1995 Vízkereszt - Magyar gregorián énekek
(Epiphany - Gregorian Chants from Hungary)
Hungaroton HCD 12559 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12559 (1985)
1995 Tractatus Leo Records CD LR 227 Own
The text and piano fragments are taken from "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" and "Vermischte Bemerkungen" by Ludwig Wittgenstein
1998 Márta István: Sound in Sound out - Kapolcs Riadó
(István Márta: Kapolcs Alarm)
Hungaroton HCD 31829
1998 Viszonylagos Dolgok
(Relative Things)
Leo Records CD LR 250
1999 Pillanatkép a Szigetről
(Snapshot from the Island)
Leo Records CD LR 227
1999 A Túlsó Part
(The Other Shore)
Leo Records CD LR 281
1999 Márta István művei
Hungaroton HCD 31580
1999 Szabados György: Az események titkos története
(The Secret History of the Events)
Fonó Records FA-068-2 2 CDs. Also contains the album Sons Turned into Stags first released as: Hungaroton SLPX 37215, 1989, LP
2000 Szemző Tibor és Forgács Péter: Örvény oratórium
(Tibor Szemző and Péter Forgács: Free Fall Oratorio)
Magánkiadás FOB 021
2000 Balra a Nap nyugszik - filmzene
(Sunset on Left - soundtrack)
Magánkiadás CDB 071
2001 Láthatatlan történet
(Invisible Story)
Leo Records LR 311 Text by Béla Hamvas
2002 Dunai Exodus
(Danube Exodus)
Leo Records LR 352
2003 South Of No North Leo Records LR 361
2003 Grencsó Surprise Kollektív: Dream Car
(Grencsó Surprise Kollektív: Dream Car)
KVB Records KVB 006
2017 Hátrahagyott dolgok apály idején
(Things Left at Ebb Tide)
Hungaroton HRCD 1607