April 23, 2015
April 21, 2015
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.
March 28, 2015
Two American duos will be stopped by Amsterdam and were Shackle guests for a workshop at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and for an evening of composed and improvised music at Splendor Amsterdam.
It was a day of of sonic sophistication that ranged from sheer rawness to sublime beauty.
And lots of bassoon with and without electronics!
The duos were:
March 21, 2015
Together with vocalist Jodi Gilbert I spend last week in Göteborg Sweden, for two concerts, a lecture and a workshop.
The first concert was in a lovely little coffee place called Viktors Kaffe. With an audience of 20 the space was packed. The other concert was a Brötz Club, a beatiful space on a hill. After a duo by Jodi and myself we played a set with our hosts Michele Collins and Jonny Wartel and special guests Lina Nyberg and John Holmström. A fabulous evening!
The lecture and workshop took place at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Göteborg. A small group of articulated composers under the hood of Per Anders Nilsson versus a big group of musical improvisors guided by Thomas Jäderlund. A great experience!
February 13, 2015
Shackle performed a concert at the Kunstenlab in Deventer, NL. Invited by Harco Rutgers from esc.rec. Shackle played a 50-minute set presenting their Shackle Bits project.
Martijn Holtslag from VPRO's 3voor12 also liked it (in Dutch, translation following soon):
"Een verrassende en spannende reis, waarbij twee muzikanten in opperste concentratie aan het werk zijn om de gemaakte signalen te verwerken tot een klankreis die even zacht als snoeihard durft te zijn. Alsof dat niet spannend genoeg is om te zien, of te horen, worden er korte, stille fragmenten uit oude jaren 20-50 films weergegeven, die net te vaag zijn om te snappen waar het over gaat, maar visueel een prachtige aanvulling geven aan de sfeer. Hierbij zijn niet de beelden maar is het klankbeeld lijdend.
The full review can be found here (in Dutch).
The beautiful photos were made by Jelmer Gremmen.
February 5, 2015
January 30, 2015
After one rehearsal for the new piece Detuning Guitar for Jasper and myself, we had an opportunity to play together during a Club100 evening at Zaal100. We were closing a very interesting and eclectic music evening, curated by Akim Moiseenkov, and we were on a roll. Very promising for Detuning Guitar, that should find its premiere somewhere in April, also in Zaal100.
Detuning Guitar is a composition for acoustic guitar and live sampling, performed by Jasper Stadhouders and Robert van Heumen using the Shackle System.
The composition encompasses 13 parts which are descriptions of musical sections that limit the players in concept or material. Within these limitations the players can freely improvise the way they see fit. The parts are presented by the Shackle System as visual cues in a random order and last for a random time between the preset boundaries. When the System announces a new part, there is a 15 second countdown in which the players can prepare for the new part or cancel it using a foot-switch. At any time, each player can request a new part from the System with the same foot-switch. After 25 minutes, the System announces the end.
Some parts prescribe a detuning of one of the guitar strings, and one part prescribes a retuning to the initial tuning. Some parts are accompanied by a brief score. The names of the parts are: PATTERN, STUMBLE, SLOGRO, FASGRO, RIPP, RATTLE, SCRATCH, SLIDE, VIBRA, BOLT, JML, FLAG, FUNERAL.
Below is an excerpt from the first rehearsal where we perform PATTERN and RATTLE.
With their latest project Shackle Bits, Shackle is including silent film excerpts in their performances as yet another ingredient for improvisation. The excerpts are controlled from the Shackle System and switch most of the time in sync with the musical sections but every now and then have a life of their own. As improvisors we are then faced with the question what will take precedence: sound or image.
Below are some examples of live situations.
Here is a top-10 list of silent movies. See if you agree.
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