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STEIM on Sun, 10 Sep 2006 09:45:12 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] Announcement Sound Speaker 2: "Animals in Instruments"

STEIM presents on Thursday September 14:


Comprised of unequal parts concert, exhibition, lecture and theatre play, âsound speakerâ presents interdisciplinary performances highlighting the inconsequential and the unpredictable in music. The artists and performers take the stage and use sound itself as the medium to address questions of musical aesthetics, dynamics and logics.

For the second sound speaker edition James Beckett will share some means of transposing various source material across languages, both visible and audible. The lecture will look at a few highlights in inventions of analysis and reproduction of sound, including a recreation of a siren to match the sound of a mosquito, an instrument of Rudolf Koenig (1832-1901). A conference recently attended (ICAD, International Conference of Auditory Display) will also be visited in a series of short audio clips, showing potential diversity and subjectivity in mapping information to sound.

Extending into visual display in the area of graph and statistics, Beckett will introduce some directions in his own pieces, both realised and still in development. One such piece being the premiere of a short concert, a score extracted from 1950âs rabbit experiments, in collaboration with musician Koen Nutters.

To be executed by the âN Ensembleâ: - featuring:

Viljam Nybacka, Tabletop Bass Guitar
Koen Nutters, Double Bass
Morten J Olsen, Percussion
Dirk Bruinsma, Soprano Saxophone
James Beckett, Electronics

James Beckett (b. 1977, Harare, Zimbabwe) graduated from the Technikon-Natal, Durban, South Africa, after which he took part in a two-year residency in the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Coming from a background of installation, sound has come to develop a more central role in his work. This has been a research- based activity with output ranging from radio documentaries to mock ethnic bands, and museum displays documenting the cultural and physiological effects of noise. The evolution in specific areas of the industrial revolution have also played muse; such as the foundation of synthetic colour manufacture and its relationship to BASF, and the cultural implications of vacuum tubes for the Dutch firm Philips.

Beckett has exhibited in various European, Asian and African countries over the last 8 years, details of which can be found on his website. Much of the work presented at STEIM is in development for a solo-exhibition in November at Burofriedrich, Berlin, as well as a group exhibition he is curating on the subject of Sirens to be held at EAST66 Gallery in Amsterdam, March 2007

Koen Nutters (b. 1976, The Hague, Holland)
Studied bass and music in The Hague and Amsterdam conservatories having graduated 2001.
He is working in the field of structured improvisation and flexible or "liquid" composition. After forming âOffice-R(6)â and the âN Ensembleâ he constructed a method of verbally structuring improvised music by means of catagorising sounds and different forms of interaction and preconceiving different flexible archetypal behavioral forms of the resulting pieces.

He has worked, in both short and long term collaborations, with the following groups:
- Electro-Acoustic Sextet âOffice-R(6)â with ao. Jeff Carey, Robert van Heumen and Dirk Bruinsma.
- Acoustic Quartet âMayas / Nutters / Olsen / Galvezâ.
- Sound/performance duo âTAPE THATâ, with Christophe Meierhans.
- Randomized event trio âK&M J&Bâ, featuring James Beckett and musician Morten J. Olsen
- SOIL ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, and the Quartet New Generation
- His own N Ensemble composing flexible scores in space/time notation

He is one of the founding members of the N Collective.

The N Collective is a worldwide network of musicians, improvisers, composers, and sound-artists who work together in numerous projects, creating new and improved music under a shared ideology of critical consideration.

Various support in material shown is from backing of:
Uqbar foundation, UniversiteitsMuseum Utrecht (in particular Tiemen Cocquyt),
The Mondriaan Foundation, Fonds BKVB, Energetica Museum, Amsterdam, F,R,O,G,S Open Source, Kunstwerk Belgium

For more information please visit:

Date: Thursday September 14th
Time: 20.30h
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134
Entrance: 5 euro
Info and reservations: knock {AT} steim.nl or 020-6228690

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