Robert van Heumen Composer Improvisor Laptop-Instrumentalist Sound-Designer
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Robert van Heumen: composer and improvising musician on laptop-instrument

Robert van Heumen is a composer and improvising musician using an extended laptop-instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. As a musician, live sampling is his main tool. With a joystick and other tactile controllers, live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives. Van Heumen is continously researching new strategies for live sampling and looking for the perfect balance between free improvisation and structured music. The laptop is used in an instrumental, tactile way, connecting action to sound like any acoustic instrument. Van Heumen is performing regularly with his band Shackle (with electro-flutist Anne La Berge) and various other constellations. He's using realtime audio-synthesis software SuperCollider and STEIM's live sampling software LiSa.

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Reviews

"The music of Shackle is truely strong and varied. There are fast, raw passages and also very subdued parts where something new can be heard every time you listen. The power of the duo is that they evoke curiosity without becoming overly abstract."
Jan Nieuwenhuis (Gonzo (circus)) on the Shackle Stick

"Digital brutalism in free form, vehement expressions, heightened efforts, wailings and atonal lamentations are all performed with uninterrupted breathing techniques - the electronic manipulation is relentless, full of powerful distortions, melancholic melodies and experimental combinations. Authentic, intricate compositions [...]."
Aurelio Cianciotta (Neural.it) on ABATTOIR

"[...] Stranger in any case represents an intriguing chapter in the output of a hardly pigeon-hole-able emerging sound artist. There's more than meets the ears, though it takes persistence to find the combination needed to enter this obscure area, halfway through the remnants of excruciating memories and the blurred idea of an uncertain future."
Massimo Ricci (The Squid's Ear) on Stranger

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Compositions

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For CD's and releases in other formats, go to the Releases section.


Sound Design


Collaborations

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Videos




The audio-visual installation Point-to-Line, January 2017
Note: due to the screen-capture process the video quality is lower than in real live.




Curves with Shackle and Männer mit Motoren, October 30 2016




Chuck by
Shackle




SPILL for harp and live electronics, performed by Miriam Overlach at Splendor on March 27, 2016




Untitled For Anne for flute and live electronics, performed by Anne La Berge at Orgelpark on November 28, 2015




The sound-walk Steenklank


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More videos at Vimeo.

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