homeTONE: concept

As you may know STEIM is working hard to create permanent spaces for sound art works. And the word ‘space’ is not a metaphor—we’re talking about real, physical space: air with some kind of boundary around them, so waves may vibrate and travel, to be heard and admired. We believe that every sound art piece needs and deserves its own box of air molecules, more or less isolated from the rest of the world, undisturbed and undisturbing. Our TONE initiative is all about that. In the future, it may be a whole building with expo spaces in all shapes and sizes for sound art works. Like a dedicated museum or expo space for sound art. This is a big endeavour that will not happen overnight, but we know where we’re headed.

Since this is a nomadic project an initial step is at our STEIM facilities, thus named homeTONE. And as part of this Sound Art exposition we started with microTONE, we’re starting small. Think boxes you can stick your head in that contain a sound art piece. Easy to exhibit (in any kind of space), easy to transport, and easy to enjoy. This is microTONE, a collection of soundartworksinboxes. Bring your ears. Enjoy!

DAYS: every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (except public holidays)
TIME: between 10:00 – 17:00 upon appointment
CONTACT: knock (at) steim (dot) nl
COST: Free
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Directions here

Yolanda Uriz: ~.soinusain.~

~.soinusain.~, proposes an intimate immersive experience inside sono-olfactive micro-environments. Traditional perfumery classifies scents into base, middle and high notes to compose fragrances, just as musical chords are constructed with musical notes. This installation explores combinations of sounds and smells considering the wavelength of the sounds and the molecular size of the scents presented. As synesthesia has been explored in the arts mainly by blending vision and hearing, Soinusainburu is part of my research into synesthetic experiences that combine sound and smell in relation to space.

Electric Circus: Headspace Nr. 5

Electric Circus is a collaboration between Fred Abels and Mirjam Langemeijer. Fred Abels (1961) is an artist and inventor specialized in kinetic art. Mirjam Langemeijer (1976) is a puppeteer and a maker of visual theatre. Together they explore new approaches to theatrical installations. By combining techniques like animatronics, puppetry and illusionism they are pioneering in the field of performing arts. They are invited all over the world with their unusual mechanical creatures.



In our Sound Art Expo we have more works that don’t make any sound by itself. The public must explore and interact with the works. ‘Do not touch’ signs will not be found here. We have a changing collection, at the moment you can view the following works:

of Nature and Things by Fedde ten Berge

In each of the three works the ceramic is combined with another object made of another material. Some of the materials stay true to their natural form, like the block of wood in case of The Trunk. In case of The Shroom, people play a wet, smooth surface with their hands or a mallet. The Egg has the most alien form, and is mainly meant to be played by proximity, like a theremin.

As the objects are so alien but still approachable, and the interactions are quite novel (sound by proximity, dipping your fingers in liquid to create sounds), the objects offer a lot of room for exploration from the public.




De KES / The SES (Sound Experiment Station)

The Sound Experiment Station, also by Fedde ten Berge, was initially designed as educational material for children in primary school. We noticed, however, that adults also like it very much. The SES consists of several small acoustic instruments integrated into one approachable object. All instruments are supplemented with sensors and buttons that enable electronic audio manipulation.






Marco Barotti – New York Series

We have invited Marco Barotti with his kinetic sound sculptures.
“I’ll believe it when I see it” is a popular idiom, testifying to the dominance of visual information in human perception. As human beings, however, we are surrounded by sound waves we cannot see, accumulating important auditory information about the world around us.
The kinetic sound sculptures “New York Series” address exactly this phenomenon in an attempt to allow us to see sound.
Using a variable set of parameters such as distance, amplitude, and frequency, these works consist of different materials attached to the membrane of a loudspeaker, revealing the unpredictable movement of sound to the viewer.




Mobile Touch

Mobile Touch is STEIM’s interactive exhibition, a curious collection of electronic instruments developed at STEIM for kids and adults. We believe the best way of experiencing sound and technology is to touch it, so we’ve built all the instruments of mobile touch to be instantly playable. Just pick them up and discover a whole new way of making music. Mobile touch is always evolving, with all of the instruments coming directly out of research and artist residencies done at STEIM.