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April 27, 2017

Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places

Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places is a new project by the Genetic Choir which will yield a year-long series of concerts. Led by singer and artistic director Thomas Johannsen the Genetic Choir will direct our ears towards something urbanites often take for granted: city sounds. Together with laptop artist Robert van Heumen, programmer Stelios Manousakis, and the public, the choir will transform sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions.

We recentely did a try-out at TAC Eindhoven, which was very succesful! Recordings can be listened here.

Upcoming performances:
June 23, 2017: at STEIM Amsterdam
Juny 2, 2017: Noord/Zuidlijn Underground (below Amsterdam Centraal Station)

February 13, 2017


Last week I worked for a full day with the Busy Drone, a dance organ located at Orgelpark in Amsterdam. A very interesting instrument. You can listen to some sketches here: AUTOMATIC.

February 9, 2017


After presenting Point-to-Line at Museum De Pont last month, I felt the urge to make the idea available to more people. To satisfy that urge I have been working on a simplified online version, implemented in Javascript, Web Audio API and HTML Canvas. Exciting technologies! Not tested on all operating systems and browsers yet, so I am very interested in all feedback.

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January 31, 2017

Songs of Love (and Decay)

Songs of Love (and Decay) is a song-cycle by Robert van Heumen for voice and electronics performed by Evelien van den Broek with financial support from the Performing Arts Fund NL. A series of personal texts about love in a decaying (sound) world. Inspired by Christian Fennesz' Endless Summer and J.M. Coetzee's Summertime.

The first song can be listened here. First in many meanings.

January 26, 2017

Point-to-Line at De Pont

A week ago I presented the installation/composition Point-to-Line at Museum De Pont, a fabulous modern art museum in the southern part of the Netherlands. I was nice hearing responses on the thing I built. Making some adjustments, below are two video's of the current state. The first one is a live rendition, a composed version, where I was at the controls making decisions on color patterns, which are leading the sound. The second one is where I let the installation run automatically, so any human hand in image and sound progression is purely a result from configuration done in the software prior to running it.

Note: due to the screen-capture process the video quality is lower than in real live.

December 9, 2016


Currently I am working on the audiovisual installation/composition Point-to-Line, inspired by the installation Macroworld: One Hours3 and Canned by Angela Bulloch (now on show at Museum De Pont). On January 19 I will pitch my virtual tent at Museum De Pont for a day, presenting Point-to-Line as a work-in-progress. I am very excited for this opportunity!

December 7, 2016


Shackle had a great time with Männer mit Motoren, working on the Curves project. After an intense week of programming, playing, swearing and nice dinners, we performed the work in Stadgarten (Cologne) on October 31 and in Splendor (Amsterdam) on November 16. Two very different concerts, both a great joy! We are currently documenting the project, for future versions, on the Curves page. More to come so stay tuned!

These are some photos from the concert in Splendor, Amsterdam on November 16, 2016:

November 9, 2016

Parish of Tama - premiere

Finally the cementmixer piece saw the light of day! Premiered at De Ruimte in Amsterdam on November 2. I was very happy with the result, it all worked out nicely. Pictures and a video of the full concert can be found on the Parish page.

Many thanks to everyone who made this possible: the players (Etienne, Leo, KuTuan and Oguz) and the organisers (Fie Schouten en Robert van 't Veld).

October 7, 2016

Things to do

It's been a while. Busy moving to Hilversum for more space, aural as well as spacial and nasal ;)

Things I am working on at the moment:

Preparing the performance of Parish of Tama, a piece for 6-tet and cement mixer. This will happen at De Ruimte in Amsterdam on November 2.

Preparing for Curves, a project from Shackle in collaboration with Männer mit Motoren. In october we will work for a week in Cologne and then play a concert at Stadgarten. Later in November we will perform in Splendor Amsterdam. Watch the events section for dates.

. . . .... _____ Point-to-Line _____ .... . . . is an audiovisual installation/composition, for which I received a stipend from the Performing Arts Fund NL. Inspired by the installation Macroworld by Angela Bulloch, on show at Museum De Pont in Tilburg NL, I am working on this thing and I'm not really sure if it turns out to be an installation or a performance. De Pont expressed interest and offered me to present a work-in-progress in their space. STEIM (my old home-away-from-home) is moving towards sound art, and is also interested in collaborating.

A couple of months ago I worked with Margret Wibmer on a soundscape for her installation/performance 'encounters with nature'. The documentation is now online.

That's it for now folks. Tune in later for more.

O yeah, and listening to Bowie's Alladin Sane album. The man keeps surprising me.

August 16, 2016

Steenklank for kids

My soundwalk Steenklank has a special kids edition this summer. Done twice already, you can bring your kids one more time on August 24 to walk and enjoy the sounds.

Tijd: 14:00
Startpunt: De Dageraad, Burgemeester Tellegenstraat 128

Buurtexpeditie Steenklank
De P.L.Takbuurt in Amsterdam Zuid is een bijzondere buurt ontworpen door beroemde architecten uit de Amsterdamse School. Bewoonster Sara Luna is je gids op deze wandeling door de buurt. Ze laat je haar favoriete plaatsen zien en bijzondere huizen met mooie architectonische details. Ondertussen luister je naar verhalen over de buurt vroeger en nu.

Wat is er leuker dan met kinderen Amsterdam ontdekken?

Wil je met met je kind, kleinkind, nicht, neef of de kinderen van de buren de stad opnieuw ontdekken? Schrijf je dan nu in voor één of meer van de 12 geluidswandelingen die we in juli en augustus aanbieden in samenwerking met Mocca Amsterdam.

June 23, 2016

Curves Project

Shackle is collaborating with Männer mit Motoren on a new project called Curves. We are applying to EMPAC in Troy US for a residency and we will embark on a tour to Chili South America in the fall of 2017. Very exciting!

Curves is a continuation of previous collaborations between Shackle and Männer mit Motoren. For the past three years they have come together for short intensive working periods to develop their own collaborative methods for interactive image and sound improvisations. By combining both composition and improvisation while using acoustic and electronic sounds the two duos have formed a shared workplace. They plan to research and expand their past boundaries of real-time audio-visual performances during their upcoming work periods on the Curves project.

June 12, 2016

Zaal 100 concert with Shackle & guests

On June 7 Shackle played another Affair in Amsterdam's Zaal 100. Guests were Etienne Nillesen and Nicola Hein from Cologne, and our own Oguz Buyukberber. Anne also played a great version of Untitled For Anne and Nicola and I performed Detuning Guitar.

June 10, 2016

Fabulous concert in Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne

Shackle performed a concert in Dominik Süsteck's lunch series on June 4 in the mesmerizing Sankt Peter in Cologne. Anne La Berge performed a great version of my composition Untitled For Anne, Shackle did another Affair with organ player Michael Bonaventure performing Anne's composition Dakota, and Michael finished it off by a marvellous rendition of his piece Sanctuary. We had a great, but slightly weird, time.

April 12, 2016

The Full Spectrum

On March 31 2016 I organised a concert at STEIM together with René Huysmans. One of the sets was performed by Felipe Ignacio Noriega, Yung-Tuan Ku and myself. Below an excerpt of that concert.

April 9, 2016

Moving On Second

My installation Moving On Second (Tubes Version) was shown at The Full Spectrum concert at STEIM on March 31 2016. A short video below.

SPILL in Splendor

Miriam Overlach performed a fabulous version of SPILL in the QuiosQue series in Splendor on March 27 2016. Below the video.

March 10, 2016

Songs of Love (and Decay)

A couple of months ago I started a project in a new direction: writing songs for vocalist Evelien van den Broek. Culminating in a recording session last week at STEIM's studio 1, where we recorded three of the five songs. It was totally mindblowing to hear these very personal songs come to live in the hands of such a versatile singer. After the bulk of the vocal recordings was done we had fun recording handclaps and overdubs. Aside from finishing the two remaining songs, there is the big task of mixing the recordings. But what a great job!

February 26, 2016

Electronic Extravaganza / video compilation

This is a video compilation of the evening. My contribution starts at 1:17.

February 16, 2016

Electronic Extravaganza

The Electronic Extravaganza took over Splendor on Thursday Feb 11. Every room packed with cables, computers and DIY electronics. A great evening. I performed a last-minute duo percussion set with tap-dancer Marije Nie and a set with Felipe Ignacio Noriega: live sampling vs live coding. Many thanks to the organizers from Monotak and STEIM!

February 13, 2016

David Bowie

My three favorite David Bowie songs. When his albums happened I was on another planet, until 1.Outside came along. Totally loved that one. Then nothing until about 2 years ago, when I decided to take on a Bowie project, (re)listening key albums (which is about any of them) and reading about it. Getting inspired by his way of working, his studio techniques. For example the Keypex use on Diamond Dogs, which is now part of my live setup. I feel lucky having bought and loved Blackstar before he died, so I could listen to it without the whole tragedy and weight of his death.

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