After studying literature and art history, Joachim Heintz began his composition studies in 1995 with Younghi Pagh-Paan and Guenter Steinke at the Hochschule fuer Kuenste, Bremen. He composes for instruments and electronics, concerts, installations and performances. With his software instrument ALMA he has improvised with many musicians around the world. He is a member of the Theater der Versammlung Bremen and writes texts which are published in journals and in his Schrenz Verlag. In the realm of software development, he is active in the open source projects Csound and CsoundQt. He is the head of FMSBW, the electronic studio in the institute for contemporary music at HMTM Hannover, and of the electronic department of Yarava Music Group in Tehran. An board member of the Hanover Society for Contemporary Music (HGNM), he organises and hosts workshops, discussions and concerts as encounters between traditional Asian instruments and contemporary music.