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Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places

is a new project by the Genetic Choir which will yield a year-long series of concerts. Led by singer and artistic director Thomas Johannsen the Genetic Choir will direct our ears towards something urbanites often take for granted: city sounds. Together with laptop artist Robert van Heumen, programmer Stelios Manousakis, and the public, the choir will transform sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions.

For Loop-Copy-Mutate the Genetic Choir will invite people from all over the world to enrich the online Freesound database with sounds taken from their own surroundings. The choir will source its sounds from this database, so the public is involved in shaping the compositions.

The première of Loop-Copy-Mutate will be held on July 2 2017 in the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro station beneath Amsterdam Central Station. In the weeks leading up to this event, sound samples taken from the station and from passengers will be collected to form the basis for a full concert given underground. On April 16 the Genetic Choir was a guest at the Eindhoven exhibition NO WORDS TODAY organised by the Temporary Art Centre (TAC). For this try-out of Loop-Copy-Mutate a sound database was be created using the work of the artist Fransien Bal (MusiVisualLanguage), who has translated sounds from a variety of Asiatic languages into images on paper, and spoken Dutch texts by the writer Ilse Vandenbussche.

Loop-Copy-Mutate will also be performed at STEIM Amsterdam on June 23, 2017.

SPECIAL LOCATION PREMIERE Sunday July 2 2017 at Noord/Zuidlijn Underground (below Amsterdam Centraal Station)

Tickets on sale from May 22nd. For advance ticket reservations, please contact Audiences are invited to join us for an interactive, ‘instant composition’ experience, drawing upon the sounds of Amsterdam Central Station which will be gathered in the weeks before. Don’t miss this opportunity for a sneak preview of the brand new Noord/Zuidlijn station! For more information on the Loop-Copy-Mutate project click here.

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