STEIM Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music Thu, 21 May 2015 13:24:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rewire Festival Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:02:05 +0000 Read more

Get ready for Rewire Festival 2015 on May 1 & 2. Rewire is an annual international festival for adventurous music. The festival presents a broad programme with a focus on contemporary electronic music, neo-classical, new jazz, experimental pop, sound art and multidisciplinary collaborations. The programme consists of special concerts, multidisciplinary performances, screenings, talks and workshops.

DATE: 1st and 2nd of May, 2015
LOCATION: Various in The Hague

This years edition features a number of STEIM related artists such as The Void* and our former artistic director Takuro Mizuta Lippit aka DJ Sniff.

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Amsterdam Phonology with MICA Sound Project Studio Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:02:26 +0000 Read more

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MICA Sound Project Studio returned for our third residency at STEIM this past month, 13-21 March. My colleague Jason Sloan and I led a small but outstanding group of undergraduate students from our Sound Art program at MICA- Keaton Johnson, Braden League, Jake Lazovick, and Andrew Boudreau. Building on our past projects taking the soundscape of Amsterdam as a source for samples to be manipulated in live performance, we also incorporated sounds created with vintage synthesizers in STEIM’s sound bunker, alongside samples from a choral composition by the Dutch Renaissance composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, as a meditation on layers of musical history in the city. We prepared a half-hour collaborative piece as a group, underpinned by live video processing of historical maps of Amsterdam and videos taken by the students from around the city. We preceded this with three duo sets on our concert, which took place on 21 March in STEIM’s Studio 3, our home base during our residency. Over the course of the week we worked with the students on structured improvisation, developing a vocabulary of sound transformation techniques for shaping our collected audio in the live moment. A presentation by Kristina Anderson on the history of STEIM, along with an excellent hands-on workshop on visualizing sound, provided a great framework for our students as we approached our project. We also had an inspiring workshop and discussion with program director Tijs Ham, on improvising in dialogue with a machine’s sonic uncertainty, in this case with Tijs’ modified no-input mixer. This was particularly interesting to me as I developed my own performance techniques with Eurorack modular system that I have been working with for live sampling and microsound textures using audio as a control source (with a frequency-to-voltage module for pitch and envelope following. I’m very much looking forward to developing some of the approaches that I developed through this collaborative project with the students and applying it to some other solo projects.

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Mobile Touch in Sevilla Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:40:36 +0000 Read more

BIG BANG is an exciting music festival for young audiences for whom several major cultural centres in Europe will transform their venue into an adventurous musical labyrinth. On their journey, the young audience are faced with and will experience a colourful musical program of concerts, installations and workshops.


With BIG BANG musicians from different genres and styles explore the best way for kids to present their music. BIG BANG is not just a festival for young audiences but also involves them as participants. For each session, an professional musician opens a dialogue with young singers and instrumentalists and shares the stage with them. STEIM’s Mobile Touch Exhibition is featured in the workshop program of the festival.

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International Metabody Forum (IMF) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:56:18 +0000 Read more

In December the studio’s of STEIM were filled with a wide selection of international artists and developers connected to the European Metabody project. The International Metabody Forum (IMF) is a unique transdisciplionary event in the convergence of arts, technosciences, humanities and social minorities that proposes a critical reinvention of communication technologies highlighting the importance of nonverbal and embodied expressions as substrate of cultural diversity, which is being undermined by the homogenising impact of current information technologies.

Check out the video’s below to get an impression of how the creative processes unfolded during the week long residency at STEIM.
Short version:

International Metabody Forum – IMF 2014 – Amsterdam Teaser from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

Long version:

International Metabody Forum – IMF 2014 – Amsterdam Long Version from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

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bAgg*fisH – artist in residence at STEIM, Amsterdam December 8th – 12th 2013 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:07:04 +0000 Read more

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Already a year ago (time is running so fast…) Michael Fischer (Austrian tenor saxophone, feedback_saxophone, violin) and me (Marcos Baggiani: drums, small instruments) got the opportunity to make a residence here in Steim.
The purpose:
1- Studio working on the mix of material recorded previously.
2- Developing new material -integration feedback acoustic- and documenting it.
Our 2nd part of the plan was much more successful than the 1st one, and a whole bunch of new ideas and possibilities open up after working in the studio exposing our feedback duo to Oscar Jan Hoogland on his electro-clavichord, moogs and turn tables and playing a feedback + acoustics with Wilbert de Joode and Felicity Provan.
Not all the work that we planned to do came out so easily as we foreseen it, but the research process was in it self very fructifying and we are looking forward to make a 2nd residence in the near future!

All in all: We had a great time working at Steim and specially playing for The winter party.
Audience was great and we felt very good being part of Steim family for that period.
We leave you here with a video of bAgg*fisH @ STEIM Winter Party, Amsterdam:

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The Art of Impact Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:48:45 +0000 Read more

We kunnen kunst niet los zien van de maatschappij. Het is er een wezenlijk onderdeel van. Muziek, literatuur, theater, design, film, beeldende kunst vormen de motor van innovatie, welzijn en kritisch vermogen. Kunst kan ons anders naar de wereld laten kijken, dat wat we denken te kennen een onverwachte twist geven, oplossingen voor onoplosbare problemen bieden en verbindingen leggen voor het leven.

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In de laatste drie jaar heeft STEIM samengewerkt met Vanboeijen, een zorginstelling in Assen voor mensen met een verstandelijke beperking, om muziekinstrumenten te ontwikkelen om de kwaliteit van leven van de cliënten van Vanboeijen te verbeteren: plezier hebben, spanning reguleren, regie over de eigen omgeving, en het ondersteunen van fysieke beweging.

Dit project wordt ondersteund door Stichting Doen, en tevens gekozen als één van de voorbeeld projecten in het kader van The Art of Impact

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International Metabody Forum Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:53 +0000 Read more

Crafting the Metabody: From Hands-­on to Bodies­-on, intra­-action and transdisciplinary mappings


From December 8th to the 14th, STEIM is hosting the International MetaBody Forum 2014, as part of the MetaBody project, a 5 years EU ­funded project which started in July of 2013

In this week, the partners in the project will collaborate in a group residency, bringing together their various concepts, knowledge and tools to produce a collaborative prototype for the eventual outcome of the project – a transformative, mobile architecture, that will seek to open perceptions, relations, movements and behaviors up to indeterminacy. During the week, the partners will transform all of the STEIM studios into a space of meta-formances, bodily experiences and transformative architectures.
The outcome of this week­long residency will be presented during the weekend:
Saturday, December 13, from 14:00 to 17:00
Satuday, December 13, from 20:00 to 23:00
Sunday, December 14, from 14:00 to 17:00
STEIM Concertspace, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

This presentation will include presentations on the theoretical background, as well as critiques on the technology used, and discussions between the partners and visitors.
For more information: click here
On Wednesday, December 10, from 20:00 we are hosting another evening on:

Expression through Movement and Music

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Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
1012 CZ Amsterdam

The evening will present two projects from the MetaBody partners:
Affording Difference, Different Bodies / Cultures / Expression / Abilities
Working together to create electronic music instruments to improve quality of life

For more information, click here

About the MetaBody project:

MetaBody addresses the importance of non-verbal communication and embodied expressions for cultural diversity as a fundamental form of cultural heritage. Current information technologies induce forms of homogenisation of non-verbal expressions while subjecting people to an increasing control, thus undermining fundamental freedoms. This empoverishment of cultural expressions on a global scale is undermining diversity and civil rights while expanding the possibilities for ubiquitous and invisible surveillance worldwide.
The MetaBody project seeks to address this problem, elaborate a critique and propose alternatives through the production of new kind of media that highlight the diversity of embodied expressions, bodies and contexts, foregrounding cultural diversity. New multidisciplinary or transdiciplinary communication platforms will be developed in the convergence of the arts (dance, music, architecture and visual arts), and social minorities
with the mediation of techno-sciences and humanities.
More information:

The core partners in the MetaBody project are:

Spain – Asociación Transdisciplinar REVERSO – Jaime del Val
Italy – Infomus ­Universitá di Genova – Antonio Camurri
Germany – Trans­Media­Akademie – Hellerau Thomas Dumke
UK – DAP_Lab – Brunel University ­– Johannes Birringer
France – K­Danse – Jean Marc Matos
Netherlands – STEIM – Marije Baalman
Portugal – Fabrica de Movimentos – Alberto Magno
Germany – Palindrome – Robert Wechsler
Spain – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Eva Botella­Ordinas & José Luis carles
Spain – Instituto STOCOS ­– Pablo Palacio & Muriel Romero
Netherlands – Hyperbody Research group – Dr. Nimish Biloria
Germany – IMM Group – Bernd Schaedlich


During the week we are joined by some of our associated partners:

Switzerland – ICST – Daniel Bisig
Netherlands – dtr_lab – Dieter Vandoren
USA – NYIT – New York Institute of Technology – Kevin LaGrandeur
USA – UC Berkeley ­– Lisa Wymore and Sheldon Smith

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Studio (take2) Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:29:14 +0000 Read more

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As part of an artist-in-residency stay, I got the opportunity to stay with a group of fellow artists at Steim. The aim was to produce new site-specific sound works and performances to present in an exhibition/concert night. Visitors then were able to enter all the studios which were occupied by various artistic interventions.

Steim thankfully provided all there studio spaces and an awful lot of equipment! Big thanks for such a support!

The specific architecture of the studios and the tradition of experimental electronic inherent at Steim served somehow as a start or reference point for all of the works.

For example my own production entitled REC (together with Clemens Mairhofer & Sebastian Six as artist collective FAXEN) focused mainly on the sound studio architecture, the specific acoustics and working situations in recording studios. The piece focused on unnoticed structures and elements of music production, such as coordination and communication between musicians and the acoustic configuration of the studio. By demounting and rearranging the acoustic absorber panels, we highlighted the sculptural qualities of these unique objects. This sculptural setting was combined with a four channel installation based on documentary material – mainly the count-in – of various recording sessions.

Pictures of REC by artist collective FAXEN at Steim Studio #1:

Thanks to Steim I had a highly productive and inspiring time!

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CYNETART 2014 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:46:47 +0000 Read more

Marco Donnarumma is featured at the CY NET ART-Festival 13.-19. November 2014 Dresden, Germany. He will present his work ‘Nigredo’ which is also in the running to win an award. Ofcourse we will keep you updated on the outcome this Thursday!

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CYNETART is an international festival for interdisciplinary art based on new technologies and media that takes place annually in November in Dresden . It is the focal point of Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau’s activities and an internationally esteemed platform for digital culture. Every year CYNETART provides a vast, but curated overview of current developments in technology-based art.
CY NET ART testifies to the life of intertwined species and shows options of connectivity with specifically designed perception architectures. The modelation of coexistence reflects our understanding of ourselves. Our demand for contact among each other and to other species, so it be purely energetic or mediated, is ongoing.
In the sense of cybernetics comprehension relationships between disciplines and types are drawn, networked together, set into relation to each other. The technical interfaces form the interfaces of the transformation of bodies (ant colonies, human, organic crops, etc.) into data, thus in possible information for process control and the processing of technical procedures. Due to their informal qualities feedback loops offer connections and thus confirm the assumption that all is connected to everything, all mutually conditionally.
From 13 to 19 November, CYNETART festival invites to various atmo-spheres, in which we will meet under the roof of the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden.
click here for more information

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100 in 1 Midi Master Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:02:02 +0000 Read more

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The 100 in 1 Midi Master is what i’ve come from Australia to work on at STEIM.
The idea is a modular midi controller, using the framework of a modular synthesiser (source, patching, voltage shaping, triggers, gates) but for low level voltages that are converted to midi messages by microcontroler.

The idea behind the system comes form the “100 in 1 Electronic Circuit Kits” popular in the 1980′s.

which derived from larger university learning systems:

The idea behind theses systems were that you could, on the fly, patch-together anything from musical oscillators to simple computers.

In my project the result is an open framework midi controller that lets you build, edit and rearrange your midi setup on the fly. Want a volume fader…done, want some keys…done, a sequencer….done, something in between all those things….you just need a lot of patchchords.

My process so far will be presented on Thurs the 30th of Oct.

If your after more information, you can find it here:

At present the is a plan for a short run of units next year, possibly a kick-starter. 

My website is here:

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