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Performance @The World We Live In, Conservatory

During the event The World We Live In, in the Prins Claus Conservatory Groningen on May 20, I performed a 30 minute set with the songs:

  • Mutations
  • A Stranger’s Shadow
  • My Hunters Lead the Way
  • Human Dissonance
  • Beyond the Puddle

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“Our Harmony”, an interactive music installation @Hotch Potch Festival

The installation Our Harmony is a result of a collaboration between me and two master students from ‘New Audiences and Innovative Practices’ (NAIP) from the conservatory: Kim Bosch and Stefan Kirschbaum. For several months NAIP students and MADtech students had been collaborating to create a one day experimental music festival that we in the end called Hotch Potch. So during this festival on May 13, 2017, many visitors were walking in and out of Our Harmony. By moving their shared position people could trigger sounds and music. Only in collaboration they could really move the music. During performances, the audience was also able to interact with live musicians, and create an atmosphere together.

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Phone Cello Experiment

For a while I have dreamed to be able to play the cello. What a beautiful instrument. I searched for classes, but ended up not taking them because I didn’t have the money, time, and energy for it. I wanted to focus fully on performing, singing and composition. But this wish, and my love for the timbre of the cello didn’t go away. What if I could quickly build an intuitive instrument for myself, so that I could be able to express myself with something that comes close to a cello?

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Experiments with Music by People in Space (Kinect)

I am really enthusiastic about the concepts of involving the audience in a music performance and allowing people to create music together in an intuitive way (without needing music knowledge). That’s why I started to play around with the Kinect, to track how people walk in a space, and let their movements create music. (this fascination with movement to music seems to relate to a previous project of mine: TardiSpaces)

1. One person = one instrument

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Domey Dreams

Today I built a small dome out of paper. I think this was triggered by seeing the work-in-progress of Annie Dorsen in the Grand Theatre Groningen. Even though I didn’t completely relate to her storyline and projections, the experience of lying inside there and being immersed by the projections made me enthusiastic.

I wanted to figure out what my projections look like in a dome like that. I thought maybe I could build it out of cardboard, a lot bigger, so that people can lie in it and be immersed by the projections that belong to my music. For example, for the footage I had an idea to film a person lying on a green screen and taking several poses. Then I would play with the background of the footage and display it in the dome. The movement of person in the footage laying there (or floating in the dome) would be influenced by the music. But this has several (technical) challenges. This is my first experiment with it just to get the first idea on how easy it is to construct a dome, and get a glimpse of what it would be like to do one of my projections in it.

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Live Music Set @ Frank Mohr Institute

During my last WhatMatters session I was encouraged to perform more frequently. In this way I can try and experiment with things that feel right to me in my music making. I also thought it was about time to start performing more for audiences outside of the Frank Mohr institute. Besides, for a while Jip and I wanted to organise a vegan potluck event (everyone brings in food and we share it all together). We thought it was an excellent opportunity to combine these two events and this is how I gathered an audience of vegan students for my performance last Wednesday.

But during the preparations I suddenly didn’t feel comfortable anymore about this performance. First of all, I received the comment from people who know my music: “your music is not suitable as some dinner background tunes.” Moreover, the setting was a bit strange, because my audience was attending because of the dinner, not necessarily because of the music. I started feeling really awkward because of this. But I told myself it would be a good opportunity to practice regularly and try out a new thing for me:

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Music Makers Hacklab (CTM Festival Berlin 2017)

From the 30th of January until the 5nd of February I participated in the annual “Music Makers Hacklab” in Berlin, as part of Club TransMediale Festival (CTM). The hacklab was facilitated by artists Byrke Lou and Peter Kirn, and was hosted by Native Instruments. “The hacklab is a collaborative, improvisatory, experimental environment for working together to conceive and realise new ideas in a week of intensive activity.”

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Studio Visit Marc Bijl

Studio Visit Marc Bijl

Ik liet Human Dissonance live horen.

Hij vond het goed, maar het is nog steeds niet uit mijn studio. Wat doe ik ermee. Performance… Struggle. Ik vind het zelf niet leuk om iemand achter zijn/haar apparaatjes te zien optreden. En wil ik de spotlight staan?

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TardiSpaces @Orbit Light Festival 2016

Desta Matla and I have set up and hosted our installation “TardiSpaces” from the 16th of December until the 18th on Orbit Light Festival 2016.

Experience the aesthetic world of micro-animals in real time
At first sight, nothing interesting seems to be going on inside tiny spaces such as water drops and moss. In TardiSpaces you can visually and sonically experience the aesthetic world of such tiny spaces in real time. We hacked a simple webcam to function as a microscope, so the viewer can emerge in live images of the tiny space. Different kinds of micro-organisms will be swimming by, such as amoebas and tardigrades. Little do these moving creatures know that they are live music performers…

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Kluster: Ambient Performance @Freeze Festival

This week I participated at the workshop “Kluster” which was part of the Media Art Festival in Leeuwarden. The workshop was given by Samuel van Dijk en Michel Pitstra in the Academie voor Popcultuur.

The workshop was all about performance possibilities with electronic music. So it didn’t go into technical detail about sounds and electronic music, but rather into creating a canvas that allows the musician to perform live with sounds that can be ‘endlessly’  tweaked. The theme of the week was relaxation and hypnotisation, and thus the goal was to prepare a performance that is ambient, hypnotising and relaxing.

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