STEIM Summer Party
It’s time for a Summer Party again! We skipped it last year because we just moved to a new location, but back with a vengeance this year!! With performances by some renowned artists who have a long history with STEIM.
Besides the location, also the date has changed. It used to be on a Thursday in June, but now we have moved it to Saturday 14th of July. Since it’s such a popular event, this will give more people the opportunity to be there. And the new location is much bigger, so even more people can join!
DATE: Saturday 14 July, 2018
TIME: 20:00 hrs.
COST: €10 (online tickets here)
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Andi Otto is a composer and performer of electronic music based in Hamburg, Germany.
He has recorded his music using his artist name Springintgut from 2002-2014, today he uses his actual name for all releases. He has released five albums, various singles, collaborations and remixes on international labels. His album „VIA” featured first collaborations with the Indian vocalist MD Pallavi, they create decelerated electronic dance music with a „mystically futuristic sound design“, as the Igloomag puts it. His latest release is the LP „Bow Wave“, released on the Multi Culti Label in 2018.
On stage, he plays a unique sensor-extended cello bow which he has developed in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam. This instrumental system which he calls Fello allows for gestural performance of the electronically processed sounds of the amplified cello. Andi Otto regularly composes for theatre and dance performances in which he also appears as a performer. His work has taken him around the world, most recently to India, Brazil and Japan.
Andi Otto is also one of the founders of the Pingipung label and as a DJ he hosts a regular night at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club. He is a member of the Flinnworks theatre collective from Berlin, creates music theatre performances with Leo Hofmann (Zurich) and regularly works with choreographers such as Victoria Hauke or Chris Lechner.
He has written his PhD thesis about the STEIM SensorLab, a pioneering device for physical interfaces in electronic music from the 1980s. He teaches media theories and hands-on workshops on electronic musical interfaces at HKB in Bern and Humboldt Universität Berlin.
Ben Neill and Nic Collins
Ben Neill and Nicolas Collins began their collaboration in New York City in 1987, inspired by similar musical tastes and their unusual, if highly compatible, home-made musical instruments. Long before MIT’s institutionalization of the “Hyper-Instrument,” before there was STEIM’s artist-in-residence program for the creation of alternate MIDI controllers, there were maverick instrument designers like Collins and Neill. Neill built his first mutantrumpet in 1984 with Robert Moog, and Collins his first trombone-propelled electronics in 1987. The two performed as a duo until Collins retired his trombone system 10 years ago, and are now resuming their collaboration. Collins has recently designed a new instrument as a vehicle for improvisation; a trumpet with a built-in speaker, sensors reading valve positions, breath control and the world’s first Bluetooth toilet plunger. Neill is currently completing a new version of his mutantrumpet at STEIM, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument with three bells, a trombone slide and 28 onboard controllers.
The concert will include Collins’ Still Lives (1993/2016), based on early Italian baroque music with a text by Vladimir Nabokov, excerpts from Neill’s 2015 Horizonal album, a radical reworking of David Bowie’s Five Years, and duo improvisations.
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. From 1997 – 2017 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999 has been a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide. Collins has presented concerts and installations around the world, from the Anticlub (Los Angeles)
to ZKM (Karlsruhe); in Beijing, Bogota, Boston, Brussels and Budapest. Recordings of his music are available on Nonesuch, Lovely Music, Wergo, Tzadik, Mille Plateaux, Trace Elements and other labels.
Ben Neill is a composer, performer, and producer who plays the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument of his own design.
He has recorded ten CDs of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks, and Six Degrees. Recent projects include The Demo, an electronic opera inspired by computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart created with composer/performer Mikel Rouse, as well as a collaboration with vocalist/composer Mimi Goese based on sonification of fractals and environmental data. Neill’s music has been presented at BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, Cite de la Musique, Moogfest, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford, Bang On A Can, ICA London, Krannert Center, and the Edinburgh Festival, among many others. A former student and long time associate of La Monte Young, Neill leads an international brass ensemble performing Young’s music. Neill has also worked with David Berhman, John Cage, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham, King Britt, and DJ Spooky. STEIM technologies have been an integral part of his work since first being invited by Collins in the early 1990s.
Tapage is Tijs Ham, who worked at STEIM until last year, when he moved to Norway.
“Last year I decided to relocate to Bergen from the Netherlands, where I had lived my whole life. This profound change in my life begs to be reflected in a musical change of scenery as well. The title of my new project ‘Ecdysis’ refers to the process in which crabs develop new exoskeletons in order to grow. In a sense I am leaving my former Dutch shell behind and now start to explore the new possibilities that my new life in Norway can bring… Ecdysis is a live electronics performance reshaping my current work-methods by closing the gap between composing and performing. The setup allows me to synthesize, modulate, manipulate and play with sounds on the spot. Each performance is an improvisation that could result in ambient soundscapes or abstract rhythms.”
Ecdysis has been supported by AVGarde, Bergen Kommune & BEK
Fedde ten Berge
“Last summer on a day full of rain at the Island ‘Schiermonnikoog’ I doodled a generative algorithm for pseudo random pulse patterns. I was hooked on it for a few days but then the wind came, I took my kite and forgot about it. Last fall I finished my spatial sound system (The Pentacle 15.3). Pulses are very localizable, this works great with such a spatial sound system. This made me remember the pseudo random pulse algorithm that the wind had made me forget about on the island. I became fascinated by the syncopated patterns that arose from the layers of pseudo random pulses. I added some exciting chord sequences and interwoven them with the pulse patterns. I programmed resonant models to spice the pulses up. When I applied the resonances, some unexpected melodies arose. I attached midi-controllers and a joystick to make it all performable and started rehearsing. During my explorations into the material I made certain decisions for moments that are more or less composed. At the same time there is a lot of space for decision making in the moment. Because of the pseudo randomness of the pulses there is a constant suggestion of drive that is not really there. I am fighting with the instability. A pseudo random pulse fight you could say. Come and Listen.”
LEDEN is an alias of Daniele Fabris.
A project born between Italy and the Netherlands, where the young artist has started researching and experimenting in the world of electronic music, trying to evolve his thoughts in sound.
Between GRAIM Studio of Vicenza and The Institute of Sonology of The Hague, passing through STEIM in Amsterdam, he has created his own software instruments to sculpt, mold and generate surreal sonorities.
Developing a new live-set based on immersive melody and organic sound, he is going to perform with different kinds of instruments effected and spatialised with his devices through the Pentacle 15.3 multichannel system.
Frank Baldé and Sybren Danz
Last autumn Frank and Sybren presented a workshop “Introduction in Modular Synthesis”. At the end of this workshop they played a concert with a mixture of modular synths. This summer party they will perform together again, showing that old analog synth music can be very danceable!