Connector VIII

February 1st, 2018 8:00 pm 

Last summer STEIM started their new event series ‘Connector’. Every first Thursday of the month we will connect with another collective or disciplin, resulting in either a concert or exhibition.

This time we connect to Coding….


Marije Baalman: Chrysalis

A cocoon lies on stage, barely recognisable in the dim light. An almost static chord is sounding in the space. The light changes in color – the chord is changing slowly in pitch and texture. The cocoon seems to move – the light seems to get brighter and gradually shift color. Suddenly a fast movement – a sound erupts into the space, the light flashes – then again everything quiets down – the movement, the sound, the light.
In Chrysalis the focus is on slow movements and the body as a whole – becoming conscious of the minimal movements within and of the body. These minimal movements are amplified through the use of sensors and light and sound, and physical connections to the cocoon-like structure.
Light is projected onto the cocoon, shifting in colour and intensity based on the movements. The sound develops based on the slow movements of the performer. The system is hypersensitive, and can shift out of balance by just a small movement. The sound model is a slowly developing, (mathematical) dynamical system in a stable mode, that can be brought into a chaotic mode through a small perturbation.
Within the cocoon stretch sensors made from e-textiles are embedded, which connect the body of the performer to the cocoon. The data from these sensors is sent wireless to the computer with the Sense/Stage MiniBee, and translated with the code to sound and light. The code is written in SuperCollider and Processing.

Marije Baalman – artistic concept, performance, sensing systems, code, sound and light design Kobakant (Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner­Wilson) – cocoon design, textile sensing
Chris Kiefer – machine learning algorithm design

Previous performances
January 12, 2018, The Rose Hill, Brighton, UK
May 16, 2017, NIME 2017, Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
February 11, 2017, 4bid Gallery, OT301, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
November 6, 2016, Sounds Like Soup, De Groene Gemeenschap, Amsterdam, The Netherlands September 30, 2016, Metabody Toulouse, Nuit des Chercheurs, Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse, France August 20, 2016, ElectroPixel #6, Nantes, France

Marije Baalman



Casper Schipper: Translation

Translation refers to various moments in the creation process of this piece where one type of material is being translated into another.

The first type of translation, is where the (Lisp like) code written by myself is translated (parsed) by another program into ChucK code which itself generates the sounds. This material is mostly based around step-wise functions, in which the amplitudes and time distances between are controlled by ever more complex control structures. The audio material resulting from these processes is translated into other sounds as if it were a kind of language itself as well.

Casper Schipper (* 1984) is a software developer and electronic musician. He studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Kees Tazelaar, Richard Barrett, Paul Berg, Johan van Kreij, Joel Ryan and Justin Bennett.

Casper is a board member of the Game of Life Foundation, an organization which manages the world’s first mobile Wave Field Synthesis loudspeaker system.

He has has assisted in the technical realisation of many projects for a wide variety of composers and collectives including: Willem Boogman, Rozalie Hirs, Key of Life Festival Leiden, the DK Projection & Ángel Arranz, VocaalLab/Silbersee, Calefax, Slagwerk Den Haag, JWT Amsterdam, Emmanuel Flores, Maria Alejandra Castro Espejo, Ivo Bol, Sonic Paintings (Zbigniew Wolny), Machiel Spaan and the Society for Artistic Research.

His electronic work has been performed at:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Gaudeamus Music Week, DNK Amsterdam, Studio Loos, Muziekgebouw aan het Ij, Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week, Fabra I Coats, Barcelona

Photo by Ed Jansen


Felipe Ignacio Noriega

“Live Coding as a performative art form has been changing and evolving just as fast as it’s community grows and becomes more diverse. For this evening Felipe Ignacio will live code in 2 distinct styles. The first one will be a revival of the almost defunct but legendary Mexican 9 minute scratch. This type of live coding played a crucial role in the growth and boom of live coding in Mexico almost 10 years ago. The second part will be in the spirit of the algorave style, probably the form of live coding which receives the most attention nowadays. This style is often more suited for the night club scene, and Felipe will live code as Panda B (from the live coding hip hop band pandazooicide).”

© Kasper Vogelzang


DATE: Thursday 1 February, 2018
TIME: 20:30 (Door opens 20:00 hrs.)
COST: €7,50 (cash at the door)
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam