New Emergences: How Numbers Speak For Themselves

25/09/2016 12:08

I was asked to participate in the How Numbers Speak For Themselves discussion at the TodaysArt festival in The Hague where Ruth Timmermans, the managing director of Gonzo Magazine gave an impassioned Keynote speech addressing gender imbalance in electronic music.

As a group we discussed and sometimes simply postulated how we can move forward to balance the remarkably large difference in numbers between men and women in electronic music festivals in northern Europe.

In contrast to our former gatherings, the setting was less conducive for interactive discussion but it was useful to hear thoughts from people who program festivals and who are experts in the field of feminism(s). Time to look at the numbers and get to work.

I guess Emergence is emerging as the word of our times. I’m into it.

Ruth TImmermans

Ruth TImmermans, Keynote Speech

Semay Wu

Semay Wu, organizer

Mariette Groot

Mariette Groot, discussion leader

Sharing passions and proposing solutions.

Ruth Timmermans, Florian Cramer, Mariette Groot and I. Sharing passions and proposing solutions.

KISS2016 Emergence


Symbolic Sound, in partnership with De Montfort University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities hosted the eighth annual Kyma International Sound Symposium. The theme was “Emergence”. We all lectured, performed and listened to talks about the past and current theories and manifestations of emergence. Subjects ranged from swarming to strange attractors and many in between. Enough information and inspiration to chew on for the coming year.

Those who gathered for this symposium are a group of devoted users of the Kyma System that was developed by Carla Scaletti and Kurt Hebel. It was a remarkable experience to spend four days with the creators of the instrument I use to make my art. Personal relationships with the makers of my flutes and the makers of the Kyma System: How wonderful is that?

Carla Scaletti KISS2016

Carla Scaletti KISS2016

Starting Utter KISS2016

Starting Utter KISS2016

Revealing my desktop. Talk and Run?

Revealing my desktop. Talk and Run?

More photos can be found here.

Shackle Affair and the Splendor Academy

25/08/2016 14:36

Shackle took it upon themselves to give a group of classical musicians who were attending the Splendor Academy the chance to have hands-on experience with electro acoustic music making.



With Phil Macguire as our guest, we gave a concert in De Ruimte in Amsterdam North with the participants of the Academy.

Phil and I spent the afternoon showing and experimenting and discussing with the participants.
I built some sounds with the Kyma System that they could all control from iPads.

Robert van Heumen joined us for the concert.


Responses ranged from “What is this?” to “I want more of this!” and from “woah” to “wow!“.



Stephen Altoft plays Away

15/06/2016 11:16

Away is one of my oldest Max patch pieces. It was a commission from Stephen Altoft for his 19-tone trumpet.
I’ve played a flute version many times and am touched to see that Stephen is still playing it.

This time in Hamburg.

Stephen Altoft

Shackle Affair at Zaal 100


Robert organized a full evening on the Zaal 100 impro jazz evening where we definitely improvised and snuck in some snippets of jazz. Guitar, one snare drum, one bass clarinet, flutes, lots of electronics.

Shackle Affair 7 June, Zaal 100

Shackle Affair 7 June, Zaal 100

Shackle at the Kunststation in Cologne


The Sankt Peter Church has been made into an art space. It houses a bizaare and remarkably wonderful organ.
Our concert was a half hour lunch concert that included pieces by the three of us. It was a composer/performer party.

Robert van Heumen, Michael Bonaventure

Robert van Heumen, Michael Bonaventure

Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy #3


For background information on these sessions please see this post.
This time we met in a smaller space where we were all sitting much closer together and somehow inspired a sense of urgency to the issues we dove into.

Erwin Roebroeks’ talk on Opera and Gender and Society was full of fun facts and interesting observations. Food for thought.
And then Hannah Bosma came up with even more discussion material by listing books and articles on Gender in Music that we could all sink our teeth into.
The issues were hot, the questions technical and emotional. I functioned more as discussion leader/guider this time and tried to find ways to give space for everyone’s voices.

Erwin Roebroeks, Hannah Bosma, Semay Wu

Erwin Roebroeks, Hannah Bosma, Semay Wu

Roze Tanker


I got a call at the last minute to join Nora Mulder and Rogier Smal in a set at the Roze Tanker.

Johan Janssen took a plethora of photos and gave us a compliment in his short review. Guess we were experimental. In any case, we had some choice and radical moments.

Roze Tanker, 30 May, with Nora and Rogier

Roze Tanker, 30 May, with Nora and Rogier

The MAZE Festival


MAZE took over Splendor Amsterdam 21 – 22 May for the first and hopefully not the last MAZE Festival.

We played music that fascinates us and we filled the hall with curious and enthusiastic people for concerts, interviews, discussions and drinks.

The composers were:
Peter Ablinger, Andrius Arutiunian, Justin Bennett, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne La Berge, Yael Levy and Michael Pisaro.
The festival was partially funded by Amsterdam Funds for the Arts.
The A-sides, complimentary CD was produced by Unsounds.
We left a colorful trail on Facebook. More information can be found on the MAZE website.

Gareth Davis, Reinier van Houdt, Wiek Hijmans, Dario Calderone, Anne La Berge, Yannis Kyriakides

Gareth Davis, Reinier van Houdt, Wiek Hijmans, Dario Calderone, Anne La Berge, Yannis Kyriakides

MAZE Festival

MAZE Festival

Impro Jam with Ig Henneman and Yung-Tuan Ku


ImproJam is a real jam. A group plays one set and then other musicians join in various combinations determined by throwing dice and drawing names out of a hat. Ig, Yung-Tuan and I were the opening group and afterwards players from Canada, Spain, Holland, Argentina and who knows where played with us.

The event was organized and masterfully led by Nicolas Chientaroli.