[ 6. September 2011 ]

AMSTERDAM – Patterns + Pleasure Festival @ STEIM, 26. – 28.9.

Von: Jonathan Reus
Datum: 6. September 2011 14:05:15 MESZ

Patterns + Pleasure
New adventures in live electronic music and beyond
Festival and Symposium

September 26, 27, and 28


New musical instruments from the last century – the Theremin, electric guitar, synthesizer, turntable – were outlandish, noisy, and often threatening to the conventional. But to the fresh ear these were instruments of pleasure and freedom that sparked creativity. From Edgar Varése to Grandmaster Flash, new instruments were essential for the creation of new music. For 42 years, STEIM has helped artists realize dream instruments that would allow them to make music like no other. We think it’s time to showcase some of our new favorites.

The festival program will feature some of the newest and most adventurous approaches in today’s live electronic music. “Wireless controller for voice,” “Composition for sounding juggling balls,” “Graphite synthesizer,” “Joystick sampler,” and “Video choir” are some of the wonders that resulted after artistic residencies at STEIM. Other invited artists come with their own take on DIY synthesizers and controllers, live instrumental hip-hop, heavy machine doom music, biofeedback-Tuvan singing, and boogie-woogie noise. Many of the performers and pieces will be seen in the Netherlands for the first time.

The symposium program brings together internationally renowned artists, writers, and scholars from diverse fields to discuss about new directions in music making. We revisit the pioneering work of Steina Vasulka and the historical STEIM archives in “The New Past” session. Influential writers David Toop and Hans Boutellier talk about improvisation in the ”Playing by Ear” session. “Handmade Music” is an open demo session of odd and unique instruments built by local artists and students. Other themed sessions are joined by specialists in mathematics, computer music, new media, musical healing, and complex systems. Our local collaborating partners and institutions will present their own work throughout the program.

We also have a workshop program ranging from building small touch synthesizers to drawing with handmade chaotic analog computers and learning how to design networked interactive systems. Additionally, intimate seminars on interactive media education, archiving multimedia performances, working with field recordings and new cross disciplinary collaborations will be organized. All workshops and seminars will be taught by experienced artists and researchers from our extended network of colleagues.

New musical instruments from the 21st century – the laptop, touch screen, mobile phone – are familiar devices that easily produce wild sounds and complex patterns. However, we should not forget that what grasps us during a performance is not the technology or its functionality; it is still the sweat, the effort and the intuition of the performer. In the end, it is all about the music.

Jonathan Reus
STEIM Patterns + Pleasure Team


Jonathan Chaim Reus
Artist Residencies / Workshops / R&D @ STEIM
(studio for electro-instrumental music)
(studio voor elektro instrumentale muziek)

Achtergracht 19
1017 WL Amsterdam

tel 00 31 (0) 20 6228690
fax 00 31 (0) 20 6264262

Patterns + Pleasure Festival September 26, 27, + 28

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