Exploring new grounds by negating existing borders.


The co-founder of ganzerplatz soundstudios has been an active musician and producer in a wide range of musical contexts. As a composer and sound artist he produces music & sounddesign for feature films, documentaries, theatre and radio. In live performances and installations Simon Grab uses the venue as an acoustic playground. He likes exploring new grounds by negating existing borders, though staying addicted to dub and noise, with an everlasting punk attitude.


Grants, Nominations, Awards, Jury

2020 ANN ARBOR FILMFESTIVAL – Best Music Video «Diamonds» Yao Bobby & Simon Grab
2020 SOLOTHURNER FILMTAGE – Nomination Best Videoclip «Diamonds» Yao Bobby & Simon Grab
2018-  Swiss Music Prize Jury member
2016 HIRNMUSIK #1 – Jury’s Award 1. Prize Prix d’Ohr at SonOhr Hörfestival
2012 MRI – PATRICIA BOSSHARD & SIMON GRAB – Nomination at Qwartz Awards Paris
2012 SONIC TRACES FROM THE ARAB WORLD – 1. Prize of the SonOhr Festival
2010 SONIC TRACES FROM SWITZERLAND – Grant Digital Culture, Migros-Kulturprozent
2009 NORIENT – Award for innovative music Projects, Canton Bern
2009 MRI – PATRICIA BOSSHARD & SIMON GRAB – Grants / Carte Blanche, LUFF Lausanne
2008 NORIENT – Grant by site-mapping Swiss Federal Office of Culture



Aside his turbulant activities as a musician he organises and initiates projects in the fields of experimental electronic music and video art, as for example the series rough and ready electronics, Homemade Sound Electronics (Migros Kulturprozent) and From Analog to Digital / A2D (ganzerplatz / Kunstraum Walcheturm).
Simon Grab is part of the NORIENT team (Independent network for local and global sounds and mediaculture). Norient is an innovative network for music and cultural promotion, exchange and intermediation, treating subjects of globalisation and digitalisation for a broad international audience. Core pieces are the Norient online magazine, together with Norient publications and releases. Norient also produces radiofeatures, films, performances and lectures.
Grab is also co-founder of the MOTHERLAND collective in Zurich and part of the Motherland Sound System, presenting urban sounds from the transnational and globalized music scenes worldwide.

Knowledge transfer

Simon Grab is a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHDK, teacher and project manager at the radioschool klipp + klang Radioschule since 1995, and teaches at the School for Audio Engineering SAE Zurich. He also worked at the Institute for Cultural Studies ICS as a research associate for the transdiciplinary project ‘Global Niches – Music in a transnational world’.