Genetic Choir presents LOOP-COPY-MUTATE: Music from People and Places
Amsterdam-based vocal ensemble The Genetic Choir and STEIM veteran Robert van Heumen hold a special try-out at STEIM of their forthcoming concert under Amsterdam Central Station on the 2nd of July.
DATE: 23rd of June, 2017
LOCATION: STEIM, Schipluidenlaan 12, 1062HE, Amsterdam
The STEIM audience will be able to test – both computer-based and human-based – interactive sound stations that are part of the concert and listen to instantly composed vocal pieces based on the environmental sounds of Amsterdam CS.
If you would like to contribute sounds yourself to the database that will be used in the Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts, join one of the soundwalks that the Genetic Choir organises on Central Station on 4, 17 and 25 June. More info read the announcement below or visit: www.genetic-choir.org
How musical is Amsterdam’s Central Station?
Fragments of a telephone conversation sing a duet with the soft hum of an escalator. Hurried footsteps, a whistle, and a muffled public address announcement are transformed into a sweet song suddenly drowned out by the roar of roller suitcases. In its latest concert series Loop-Copy- Mutate: Music from People and Places, the Genetic Choir turns the station’s sounds into a choral performance. Underground, in the yet unfinished North-South Line metro station, the choir takes these sounds and – together with the laptop musician Robert van Heumen and programmer Stelios Manousakis – uses them for an instant composition concert:
Music as vital and unpredictable as the city itself.
In the weeks preceding the concert the Genetic Choir will hold ‘sound walks’ around Amsterdam CS and ask travelers, passers-by, and people from all over the world to listen to the station sounds as if they were a symphony. They will be invited to add their chosen sounds to a musical database. During the concert on 2 July, the public will decide which sounds will be used in the final composition. Loop-Copy- Mutate is a piece of music whose audience is an essential part of the performance.
Sound walks (above ground):
4 June, 2.30pm
17 June, 10.30am
25 June, 2.30pm
North-South Line concerts (underground):
2 July 2017 – 1pm / 3pm / 7pm / 9pm
Ticket sales open on 22 May. Places will be limited. If you would like to be notified once tickets can be bought, send an email to: