Documented. Web page with excerpts created. Done.
Robert van Heumen | improvisor | composer
Next event on December 11, 2013: Converging Objects workshop at STEIM Amsterdam, by Shackle
December 9, 2013
December 6, 2013
For people who'd like to program or just listen to MDFreeze: the piece is available as a standalone application for a flexible number of channels and can be played with any Mac computer with OS X 10.6 or higher and a multichannel audio interface (depending on the number of channels required). Email me for a download link.
And just because I'm proud of it, a screenshot of the app below ;)
November 14, 2013
November 13, 2013
I've uploaded the files, this Friday will be the premiere! No spots available anymore for that day, but there are plenty of opportunities to walk, individually or in a group. Check out the Soundtrackcity website of the Steenklank page.
It was a very interesting process. Steenklank was developed using a score-process: Anne Rooschüz took photographs of architectural details and converted them into abstract drawings. Then I took those drawings and put them to music as if they were notes in a traditional score. This turned out to be very inspiring. Some score-to-sound mappings are very one-to-one, some are very far-fetched. But in any case it made all the creative juices flow. I'm planning to use this technique more often for future projects.
Steenklank is accompanied by a booklet containing these scores. More info, sound excerpts and the booklet can be found here.
October 29, 2013
While working hard on the Tubes in Chains and First Law of Kipple premieres this Sunday, I also keep myself busy creating a soundwalk together with Anne Rooschüz. Here's the promo text:
Theater maker Anne Rooschüz and sound artist Robert van Heumen take you on a journey along buildings of the Amsterdam School. Children’s voices in your headphones playfully make you aware of all kinds of special aspects in the architecture: weird protuberances, useless curves, blind walls, secret vistas. Steenklank is a musical interpretation of the architecture, coupled to a game of neighborhood voices and street sounds.
More info here.
October 22, 2013
Another nice review, by Vera Vingerhoeds.
October 21, 2013
Shackle received a nice review in Neural. You can subscibe or read it here (click it for more).
October 19, 2013
In September 2013 I created the composition Night Call for the band IstanPOOL. Initiated by Mark Alban Lotz and Korhan Erel, IstanPOOL merges the Istanbul and Dutch improvised music scenes, both acoustic and electronic. Night Call is pure suspense, inspired by Painkiller, David Lynch and Ennio Morricone.
Night Call uses the Shackle System: a digital cueing systen that will regularly propose new musical sections to the players to play. The proposals will be displayed on an LCD screen visible to the players only. The length of the sections and their order will be somewhat random: some sections will be a bit longer than others and some will occur more often than others. There will be one 'conductor' who can interfere with the system to cancel propositions and to call up new proposals. Each new proposal is counted down in 15 seconds to allow the musicians time to prepare for the new section. For Night Call I created 5 musical sections.
The composition was not originally in my stipend application. It came to life when Mark asked me to join IstanPOOL and write a piece for the band.
More information and a recording of the premiere in Rasa here.
On Okt 7 I spend some time at Orgelpark to finetune The First Law Of Kipple, for tape and MIDIfied organ. Especially nervewrecking was finding out whether the organ had changed tuning again. Last year August I made recordings of the instrument, incorporated them into the tape, only to find out in November that the tuning of the organ was changed quite drastically. I pitch-shifted the recordings and all was fine again. But you can imagine I was happy to find this time the organ was in tune with the recordings.
Ready for premiere on November 3!
Bands: Shackle | Money for your Whale | ABATTOIR | Spoon3 | SKIF++ | more...
Compositions: Steenklank (2013) | Night Call (2013) | MDFreeze (2013) | GeluidjesFabriek (2013) | Tubes in Chains (2013) | First Law of Kipple (2012) | Sound of the Machine (2011) | Like Harry (2011) | Stranger (2008) | Fibonacci & Fashion (2010-2011) | more...
Related: Composition Stipend Blog | Converging Objects workshop | Fridgesound Recordings | Absence | LEJ Brouwer | Mirjam ter Linden
Recent Posts: First Law of Kipple / wrap | MDFreeze / final wrap | Converging Objects workshop @ STEIM | Steenklank / finished | Steenklank soundwalk | Money For Your Whale review | Shackle Stick review in Neural | Shackle @ KISS2013 | Night Call / composition for InstanPOOL | The First Law of Kipple / tuning check | more...
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