In June, STEIM will host 5 workshops on Sound Programming. I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce the teachers here.
The junXion workshop will be presented by Frank Baldé, the creator of junXion. Frank Baldé is the software designer/developer at STEIM, Amsterdam. A big influence on his work has been the close collaboration with former STEIM director Michel Waisvisz, which resulted in a number of music applications for live performance: the Lick Machine, LiSa and junXion. The last couple of years he has done major development work on junXion. The software combo junXion/LiSa is also used in most of STEIM’s MobileTouch exhibition instruments. Together with Michel he has created a number of interactive music installations that can be played by anybody from 7 to 77 years of age. This exhibition has traveled to a various places around the world and always been very succesful.
Kassen Oud is a musician and producer who has been working and playing with ChucK for years now, in fact his main instruments are the ones he developed himself. Ge Wang bestowed him with the title of ‘Sherpa’ of the ChucK scene because of his extensive involvement with it. His music is chiefly released on the Dutch Creme Organization label. Kassen lives in The Hague.
Andy Farnell is a computer scientist from the UK. With many years experience in digital sound, he has worked as a programmer, producer and developer of audio software and content. As a leading figure in the emerging field of Procedural Audio, he develops advanced methods of sound design using analysis, physics and psychoacoustics to produce efficient real-time sound models for games and interactive applications. He has authored the inspirational textbook “Designing Sound” for advanced sound designers, and as well as original research and experimentation he maintains a tutorials resource for Pure Data at the website obiwannabe.co.uk, teaches DSP and sound design to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and provides consultancy for next generation game audio developers. Andy is an enthusiastic UNIX/GNU programmer, an advocate of open source, open standards and universal access to enabling tools and knowledge.
American composer and electro-instrumentalist Jeff Carey focuses on novel sound generation techniques ranging from feedback systems to non-standard synthesis. His electronic compositions are the expressions of structural possibility using composed algorithms where sound is elastic, non-linear, multi-dimensional, and part of an indivisible whole. As an electro-instrumentalist, he is dedicated to making self-built synthesis software a viable live performance instrument: no editing and no non-realtime operations. A blend of fixed-media composition and electro-instrumentalism — his is the music of the visceral, ecstatic, and electric moment.
Carey builds custom software instruments for musicians and has given lectures or courses on SuperCollider 3 and/or MKeys at Peabody Conservatory, Princeton, STEIM, Tisch ITP at NYU, BEK, TEKS, NoTAM, and Modulate. He has had artistic residencies at STEIM, Stiftelsen Kulturhuset USF, and Harvestworks. He co-produces DNK Radio for new live electronic music on Dutch Public Radio. His work has received funding from Norsk Kulturråd Prosjektstøtte, Nederlandse Programma Stichting, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Carey studied Audio Technology at American University (1994) and computer music at the Instituut voor Sonologie in the Koningklijk Conservatorium (2002). He is a founding member of the N-Collective.
Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein is active in the fields of composition, live electronics, sound – installation, performance and software development. Through regular collaborations with video artists he seeks for ways to set his music in different contexts and perspectives, while often focusing on one material, topic or (ritual) procedures. The past few years he has been active as a SuperCollider developer, which has resulted in various contributions to the program. In 2007 he organised the second international SuperCollider Symposium in The Hague. Jan studied Media Design at Bauhaus University, Weimar, with a focus on sound installation. In 2005 he graduated from the Institute for Sonology, Royal Conservatory The Hague (MMus). Currently he is pursuing a PhD in Composition at the University of Birmingham.