STEIM Invites Trasformatorio : Body Sonification

March 1st, 2014 10:00 am 
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam

Trasformatorio is about settling and developing an annual laboratory for performative arts in a remote community in Sicily: Montelbano Elicona (province Messina). This laboratory focuses on the development of contemporary site-specific performances informed by the human and geographical landscape as well as implementations of a philosophy of near-to-zero- environmental impact.


Marije Baalman and Alberto Novello will host a workshop employing techniques that could be of use in these site specific contexts. The aim of the workshop is to explore various body based sensing technologies, such as acceleromenters, bend/stretch sensors and muscle sensors, for sonification in performative contexts.

Using the Sense/Stage wireless sensing platform we will look into mapping strategies for the sensor data to transform body movements into gesture-controlled sound instruments. Examples will be given in SuperCollider and Max/MSP; the sensor data can be received in SuperCollider, PureData, and Max/MSP. After initial introduction of the concepts and framework, each participant will be able to explore different possibilities, and share experiences with the other participants. At the end of the workshop we will be able to do a little jam of the different instruments created.

DATE: 1st of March, 2014
TIME: 10:00 / 18:00
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam
COSTS: €40
This workshop is limited to 15 participants!!


Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN is a scientist, educator, sound and video artist. He graduated in Nuclear Physics at the University of Trieste, and completed the master “Art, Science and Technologies” at the Polytechnic in Grenoble, with J.C. Risset. He worked at the Philips Research, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the field of Music Perception and Music Information Retrieval for which he received a PhD degree. He obtained the Master of Sonology, at the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag assisting among others Alvin lucier. He produced several electronic audio visual pieces, music for choreographies, scientific papers on electronic music and research, presented in the main institutes and festivals for digital art.

Marije Baalman is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and engineer whose primary interest lies in the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), and installations.
She has a diverse background in Physics and Acoustics (TU Delft), Spatial sound and electronic music (TU Berlin) and interactive technologies for live performance and installations (Concordia University, Montreal). In her artistic work she is interested in the realtime components of the work, in that nothing is precomposed as such, but rather the (mostly, but not exclusively) sonic output depends on realtime interactions, be it of the performer, or of the audience. Thus composition becomes more the composing of behaviours and interaction modalities, creating processes, rather than fixed sound tracks. This is expressed with tools such as physical computing (performance interfaces and/or installations), livecoding (both as a skill, as well as a performance interface), digital and analog sound processing, and improvisation. To realise her works she mostly uses open source technology (software and hardware) and she is an active contributor to the open source community.