Robert van Heumen Composer Improvisor Laptop-Instrumentalist Sound-Designer
(music player)

May 17, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Shackle at Vrooom Rotterdam481

Location: Pink Pank, Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
Doors: 20:30 End: 23:30
Entrance: 6 euro (cash only)

Vrooom #60

–– SHACKLE (Anne La Berge & Robert van Heumen)
–– FRAQX (Frank Crijns & Jacq Palnckx)

Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.

May 14, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Brace for Impact: performance at The Appel/STEIM482

Location: Broedplaats Lely, Amsterdam
Time: 19:00
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Robert van Heumen is an improvising musician and composer 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. For this solo set in the Brace for Impact program he will stretch the dynamic range of his music in time and space and focus on the inner workings of sampled and resampled material. In this joint program with Jacob Kirkegaard he will use samples from Kirkegaards work as source material.

BRACE FOR IMPACT is the final project of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2017-18. It unravels the relationship between technology and affect. The digital age emerged with techno-positive promises of seamless transactions, unfettered global connectivity, and of the chance of being here then elsewhere in no time. We are surrounded by technologies that both aid and pressure us–from smart alarm clocks that optimise our sleep patterns to logistical infrastructures that keep increasing the speed at which people, cargo, capital, images, and ideas are mobilised. The extent to which humans are part of an immersive networks of a computational ecology is made visible in the event of a breakdown.

April 24, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Experiments and Compositions at Orgelpark480

Experiments with the Utopa Baroque Organ, the Sauer Organ and the Busy Drone during Hans Fidom’s lecture at Orgelpark

Time: 14:00
Location: Orgelpark, Amsterdam
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March 24, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Composition KP6-3.7 for the new Utopa Baroque Organ at Orgelpark479

Location: Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, 1054 JK Amsterdam
Time: 20:15h

Four brand new compositions for the digitally enhanced Baroque Organ by Robert van Heumen, Jacob Lekkerkerker, Wouter Snoei en René Uijlenhoet.

KP6-3.7 (9’06") (work-in-progress)
for digitally enhanced Baroque organ, monophonic analog synth and live electronics
by Robert van Heumen

The music of KP6-3.7 is a process, a journey and a continuation of the ideas developed for the piece First Law of Kipple composed for the Sauer organ. Using existing material from different media, morphing it unrecognizable, I try to pay homage to my inspirations and at the same time create something entirely new. The new Baroque Organ inspired me to develop my ideas for a hyper-organ into new areas, combining sampled material, analog synthesizer and processed field-recordings with the traditional organ sound to create an instrument that unites the acoustic and the electronic into a whole. Since the organ was not available for experiments until 4 weeks before this premiere, the piece is not sealed yet, and will continue to be developed.

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January 28, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne


Location: Veem House for Performance, Van Diemenstraat 408-410, 1013 CR Amsterdam
Time: 15:00!

Concert by Off<>zz (Felipe Ignacio Noriega and Anne Veinberg) featuring the CodeKlavier and special guest Robert van Heumen.

Starting with a solo by live coding wizard Felipe Ignacio Noriega and continued with fresh and alternative approaches to piano and live coding music creation. This will be followed by John Cage’s iconic 4’33’’ and a selection of shorter piano works by Cowell, Wolpe, Rautavaara and Collins.

After the break, they will present their CodeKlavier project. Anne will first perform “hello world”, winner of the Conlon competition 2017, where the pianist live codes a toy piano sampler. This will be followed by Motippets, a work that combines musical motifs and code snippets as a means of musical programming.

Finally, Off<>zz will be joined by Robert van Heumen for an action-packed set of live coding, live sampling and live piano playing that will be a feast of virtuosity on all keys.

January 17, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Instant Music Day: concert with Jodi Gilbert & Oguz Buyukberber477

UPDATE: unfortunately Oguz cannot join us this evening! We’ll do our best to make it great (again) anyways.

Location: Zaal 100, Amsterdam
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Jodi Gilbert: voice, Oguz Buyukberber: (bass)klarinet, Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument)
Three seasoned improvisors do it again at the Instant Music Day.

January 11, 2018     "Some of you people just about missed it" - David Byrne

Space is the Place: concert with Jodi Gilbert & Albert van Veenendaal476

Location: De Ruimte, Amsterdam
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Jodi Gilbert: voice, Albert van Veenendaal: (prepared) piano, Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument)
They create songs using texts, absurd and comic with a careful dose of pathos, the clichéd anguish of emotions, juxtaposed with a sharp edge and a tongue-in-cheek. All of this mixed with the sensibilities of free improvisation.

Number of events: 7
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