The last couple of months I've been working with harpist Miriam Overlach on a new composition for harp, oil pipe and electronics. We've researched various extended techniques, electronic effects on the harp and ways of combining these. We're in the last stage right now, preparing for a try-out in the Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch NL on October 18. The premiere will probably be at the Who's Next festival in Almere NL on November 7, and another performance in Orgelpark on November 28 as part of the concert program 'To Whom this Power'. A teaser video below.
Shackle has had two sweaty and electrifying performances with the electro acoustic duo Maenner mit Motoren in the last few months. Both were at the Kunsthaus Rhenania in Köln, a buzzing building that houses visual and sonic artist workspaces.
The first was on May 12 at the end of a 2 day studio collaboration and the second was on 29 August as part of the Strom IV festival.
Sven Hahne has recently moved to Chili but his wizardly visual programming continues to partner with us!
Both performances were on incredibly hot days in Köln. The audiences sipped beer as we cavorted through musical playgrounds, sometimes spacious and sometimes raucous.
Moving On Second is an algorithmic composition for Sauer Organ and SuperCollider. The composition follows a 4-chord progression derived from the aria 'In Deine Hände' from the J.S. Bach cantata 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit', by accident pitched one semi tone up from the original. It was premiered on June 3 2015 during Orgelpark's symposium 'Bending Baroque'. More information here.
Sitting in a coffee-n-bread place on Heumarkt Cologne after a great Shackle concert last night with Männer mit Motoren: Sven Hahne and Matthias Muche. So much fun! Sharing similar esthetics in music ánd working methods, it's always a pleasure to work with these men. Recordings were made, so these will become available when we get to it.
Finally found some time to update the Sounds section. This was long time overdue. Added sounds: SpoonDuo, Detuning Guitar, Shackle, GeluidjesFabriek. More to come, after I've mixed more recordings. A modern day dilemma: storage space is cheap, so one tends to record everything - but time to listen and review these recordings is NOT cheap at all.
Marcel Wierckx and I 'battled' for sound space during this lecture in the Studium Generale series at the HKU, the art academy of Utrecht, NL. With a room full of students never been exposed to such stuff this gave rise to interesting questions and discussions. Watch the full thing or and excerpt.