Connector X: Sonology

April 5th, 2018 8:00 pm 

During Connector X STEIM will once more connect with The Pentacle 15.3. This time students of Sonology (Royal Conservatory of The Hague) will make a composition especially for this multichannel system.
The Pentacle is a powerful high fidelity mobile speaker system developed by Fedde ten Berge consisting of 15 self-designed loudspeakers and 3 self-designed subwoofers.

The Pentacle originated from the desire to make sound art and enhanced live music a spatial experience. The Pentacle wants to offer artists and audiences an equal space to explore and meet the sound together. This is in contrast to a stage to watch from a distance.
The sound experience (and with it the musical experience) is the same for the artist and the audience. An arrangement with artists on one side of the audience and remote audience on the other side of the room is thus transcended.
To exploit the full potential of the Pentacle system, artists, musicians and performers are challenged in advance to think about how their instruments are spatially amplified. Or even prefer to customize their music in a spatial representation. This gives a chance for interesting new encounters and developments for both artists and audiences.

Siamak Anvari

Siamak Anvari is a composer and sound artist based in The Netherlands. He was born in Tehran and studied composition at the Art University of Tehran. He has composed many instrumental pieces for different ensembles and orchestra. After being interested in electroacoustic music, he moved to the Netherlands to study at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. His music has been performed in Iran, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and France. He is currently research associate at the Institute of Sonology as well as a PhD candidate at Leiden University.

Dalton Danks

Dalton Danks is an American composer and performer, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, NL. At the moment, his primary work is divided between acoustic percussion and digital synthesis with a strong focus on viscerally affective listening experiences. Tactile materials, illusory behavior, and the inexplicable are points of emphasis in his compositions and improvisations. He has performed and presented works in a variety of contexts across the US, UK, Netherlands and Czech Republic.

Chris Vermeulen

My name is Chris. I am a 21 year old bachelor student studying Sonology at the Royal Conservatory and mathematics at Leiden University. I spend most of my time learning about mathematics, teaching piano and composing electro-acoustic sounds. As a composer, not only the sounds but also the structures behind natural phenomena inspire me. More specifically, I have a great interest in swarms. For example a group of flocking birds, a swarm of bees or a group of ants. They all produce a very unique sound-mass, but it’s their emergent behaviour that I find beautiful to watch and listen to. Besides swarming behaviours, I also have a great interest in designing my own algorithms for the spatialisation of sounds, where mathematics serves as a great pool of inspiration. I make most of my sounds by programming, voltage-control techniques and recording.

Luka Kozlovacki

Luka Kozlovacki is a Serbian electronic music composer and performer currently studying Sonology at the Dutch Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. His musical spectrum ranges from live electronics for various New Music ensemble and orchestral projects, fixed media pieces and club oriented activities. Currently his practice is moving more towards algorithmic composition and sonic explorations of the computational space. The venues he has performed in differ just as the style of his projects -from Cité de la musique / Philharmonie de Paris or the Kampnagel theatre in Hamburg to legendary clubs such as Under Bron Stockholm and Drugstore Belgrade.

Michele Abolaffio

Michele Abolaffio is a live electronics performer and interface developer.
He holds a BA degree in Music and New Technologies from the Conservatory of Florence and a Master of Music degree in “Instruments & Interfaces” at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and STEIM Institute in Amsterdam.
He is currently working as an intern at the STEIM Institute on hardware and software prototyping under supervision of Frank Baldé and Fedde Ten Berge.
His artistic and technological research focuses on the development of biophysical musical instruments for live performance.
He has presented his works in various festivals, conferences and venues in Finland, Greece, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

DATE: Thursday 5 April, 2018
TIME: 20:30 (Door open 20:00 hrs.)
COST: €7,50 – CJP: €5 (cash at the door)
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam