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Next event on May 10, 2014: Converging Objects workshop in Huddersfield

April 21, 2014

Shackle Tour US 2014

Shackle had a great tour on the US west coast this month. If you weren't there, you can hear excerpts on Shackle's website or on Soundcloud.

April 9, 2014

Shackle in San Francisco

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Shackle performed with the fantastic Alex Christie in downtown San Francisco. Thanks to the friendly people from the Center for New Music for making this possible.

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140405 002 Center for New Music SF

April 4, 2014

Shackle is on the road!

Shackle started her 2014 US West Coast Tour yesterday with classes and a concert at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Fabulous place, great people. SNOW!


February 10, 2014

Shackle Bits

Shackle’s new project is to extend the Shackle System into the visual domain by using silent film bits as a compositional component. We’re building a list of questions that include how we will synchronize the film bits with our music and our cueing system, what will take precedence: music or film, and what is the optimal size of the projections on the screen. We’ll keep you posted!


February 4, 2014

The Holding

An installation by Margret Wibmer for which I designed the sound and build the technology. Using STEIM's BigEye to track visitors in the space. 2006. Cameo by the composer at 1:30.

January 15, 2014

Meursault: Expired, 80 Miles, Coma

Last week I've been working on some songs I created last year.

Expired is a song created for my collaboration with Piet van Tienen. 'Electro Rock'? My first attempt at writing lyrics and composing for a traditional vocal/guitar/bass/drums combination. We haven't gotten together yet to arrange the song and record it, but I did make my own version.

80 Miles is a song created for the band Spoon3. Rather straightforward with a catchy chorus. Not enough rehearsal time before Spoon3's concert in November last year unfortunately, and there are no gigs scheduled, so I'm working on my own version. Experimenting now arranging it for vocal/guitar/bass/drums. I really enjoy trying to make midi versions of those instruments sound good, adding lo-fi and other effects.

Coma was my first piece for Spoon3, and that wasn't working very well. Too rigid, too composed for this group. I still like it, so I might also work on a midi version.

I will create these songs under the moniker of Meursault, the protagonist of Camus' L'Ètranger. I feel very connected to that character.

Tubes in Chains / wrap

The performance on Nov 3 in Orgelpark went really well. I've finally finished mixing the recording, documenting the piece and creating a webpage for it. Hopefully we can play it more often; the challenge would be adepting it for other organs. But I gladly accept that challenge!

January 2, 2014

A Shackle Affair with Luc van Weelden


Watch the video on Vimeo here.

December 15, 2013

The Objects and the Affair

Shackle’s Converging Objects workshop at STEIM with Vilbjørg Broch, Inge van den Kroonenberg, Steve Jones, Stefano Kalonaris , Mark Summers, Giorgio Distante, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou, Xander Sijperda, Musfik Can Muftuoglu, Chi-Hsia Lai, Josh Hu and Jan Klug and the Shackle Affair with Luc van Weelden turned out to be an intense couple of days for us all.

We spent hours focussed first on getting to know one another musically and then developing a couple of pieces to perform together. Strategies, histories, passions, techniques, likes and dislikes all made their way into the working process.

We would like to congratulate this team of artists for their successful performance at the end of the second day and special thanks to Luc van Weelden for giving the Shackle Affair some exciting and fresh new sounds to play with.





December 13, 2013

Steenklank is getting very good responses!

On the frontpage of the local newspaper. We're getting very good responses to our soundwalk. If you haven't walked Steenklank yet, make sure you do. Especially nice in sunny winter weather!

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