Milan Adamčiak (1946) is a Slovak composer, cellist and musicologist; author of acoustic objects, installations and unconventional musical instruments; a performer, visual artist, experimental poet, and mystifier.
Born 1946 in Ružomberok. After studying cello at the Music school in Žilina (1962-1968) he continued his music studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University Bratislava (1968-1973). In 1972-1991 he worked at the Institute of Musical Studies (later renamed to Institute of Art Studies) of Slovak Academy of Sciences on a research of music of the 20th century and the relations of music and visual arts. He taught at the Film Academy and also at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University (1977-1989).
Since the mid-1960s he has focused primarily on experimental poetry, graphic scores, and building sound objects. Traditionally trained but influenced by the poetics of John Cage and Fluxus, he created a large body of work that transgressed the conventional definitions of art creativity and quickly moved towards the concepts of opera aperta, action music and various intermedia forms. He was also experimenting with electronic media, and created several pieces of electroacoustic music and musique concrète, but it was primarily live electronics that fit the principles of his radical poetics. In the second half of the 1960s he worked in several groups of various periods of existence, particularly with Róbert Cyprich and Jozef Revall. At the same time, he carried out the sound and musical sections of several projects by other authors (Alex Mlynárčik, Jana Želibská, Jarmila Čihánková). By the end of the 1980s he renewed the activity by starting the Transmusic comp. – Ensemble of unconventional music (1989), founding the Society of Unconventional Music (Spoločnosť pre nekonvenčnú hudbu, 1990), and initiating the FIT – Festival of intermedia creativity (Bratislava, 1991 and 1992). In 1990 he co-founded New Seriousness with Július Koller and Peter Rónai. Since 2005 Adamčiak collaborates with Michal Murin on a social project Altruism as Arttruism. He lives in Banská Belá near Banská Štiavnica.