The Dark Universe 21–24 February

en,free publicity | February 18, 2013 | 23:15 | comments (0) |

Sonic Acts Masterclasses

Here’s the call for the Sonic Acts Masterclasses – an excellent opportunity to ‘be educated’ by Goodiepal, CM von Hausswolff/Mike Harding, the Vasulkas, Tony Conrad and/or Trevor Paglen. Some are just one day, others stretch over several days. Info on: Apply before the 5th of February!

art,cinema,en,free publicity,music,research | January 26, 2013 | 13:09 | comments (0) |

Sonic Acts Exhibition

Tonight: the opening of the Sonic Acts exhibition, The Dark Universe. With works of a.o. Matthijs Munnik, HC Gilje, Matthew Biederman, Felicie d’Estiennes Orves and more. And music by a.o. Raime, Peter Swanson For photos check:


art,en,free publicity,music | January 12, 2013 | 11:45 | comments (0) |

Dark Universe mixcloud

Nice mixcloud by Gonzo Circus’s Maarten Schermer for the opening of the Sonic Acts exhibition on January 12th: listen to it! (With Raime, Peter Swanson, Cut Hands & Lee Gamble).

en,free publicity,music | December 18, 2012 | 13:01 | comments (0) |

Atelier te huur

Met ingang van 1 juni 2012 komt er een atelier vrij in de broedplaats Marci Panis, Marcusstraat 52, Amsterdam. (Het pand waar ik woon). De werkruimte ligt op de 2e verdieping, is zo’n 28 vierkante meter groot. De totale huurprijs per maand is 216,93 euro (dat is incl. 79,33 servicekosten).

Marci Panis is een broedplaats voor podiumkunsten – de gebruikers zijn theatermakers (o.a. Edit Kaldor, Luc van Esch), beeldend kunstenaars (o.a. Arjen de Leeuw, Lernert & Sander, Walter van Broekhuizen), (toneel)schrijvers (o.a Hannah van Wieringen, Jorieke Abbing), vormgevers (o.a. Hansje van Halem), mode-ontwerpers (Mattijs van Bergen), er is een circuswerkplaats, etc.

Van de gebruikers van het pand wordt verwacht dat ze zich voor Marci Panis inzetten. De ruimte is niet geschikt voor musici.

Heb je interesse: stuur dan voor 30 april 2012 een motivatie + CV naar

free publicity,nl | April 4, 2012 | 10:42 | comments (0) |


Foto’s van Sonic Acts XIV, onder andere hier (en meer via daar), en natuurlijk via

free publicity,nl | March 21, 2012 | 12:44 | comments (0) |


One festival just over (Sonic Acts XIV), next one coming up (DEAF2012). For Sonic Acts I am curating/organising/editing/making-it-happen. I am involved in DEAF2012 in so far that I am working at V2_ where the DEAF-team is getting the festival together. That’s way more relaxed, psychologically; but we (read: the archive of V2_) might do a small thing too (to be confirmed). Website is here: I am particularly curious what the symposium will be like.

en,free publicity | March 20, 2012 | 15:15 | comments (0) |

Gisteren was de boekpresentatie van Rosa Menkman’s boek over glitch, en de opening van de tentoonstelling bij Planetart. (Ik was er even met R. die zich uitstekend vermaakte bij al die flikkerende schermen).

Get the book here: (free download).

Of via Rosa’s site: is hier: (met ook werk van Karl Klomp).


en,free publicity,reading matter,research,writing | November 12, 2011 | 13:21 | comments (0) |

Douglas Kahn II: Listening Session

Op maandagavond is er een “Listening Session” met Douglas Kahn, met veel materiaal dat zelden te horen valt (ook in deze tijden waarin het soms lijkt dat je ‘alles’ in de spelonken van het Internet kunt vinden). Dat is een DNK-event, in samenwerking met STEIM. Aanvang 20:30 (& for ye regular DNK-people, this means it’s starting at 21:00 exactly, or latest, not 22:00!).

1966: Natural Electromagnetic Sounds, From Brainwaves to Outer Space
Date: Monday, October 10

Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs. 
Charge: 5 euros
A special evening at STEIM, organised by Sonic Acts, DNK and STEIM on Monday 10 October 2011 at 20:30 hrs, following Douglas Kahn’s lecture at Stedelijk Museum on Sunday 9 October. 
Douglas Kahn, author of the acclaimed Noise, Water, Meat, a History of Sound in the Arts, and co-editor of the brand new Source, Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973, guides us through the fascinating history of art which uses natural radio, electromagnetic sound and brainwaves. It’s a listening session, so it includes many audio recordings and video material, some of it very rare.

In a 1966 preparatory note for Variations VII, John Cage wrote to David Tudor that they should include sounds of brainwaves and a radio astronomy telescope, and that they “give credit to Lucier for brain and outer space.” Alvin Lucier had already performed his “brainwave piece”, Music for Solo Performer (1965) and Whistlers (1966), based on natural ionospheric and magnetospheric radio. For Lucier, both compositions used forms of “natural electromagnetic sound” and, in combination, they described a new type of spatial environment. Also, in 1966 the Swedish composer Karl-Birger Blomdahl created Altisonans, a nationally broadcasted television composition relating natural radio and satellite telemetry sounds to those of birds. These activities involved physicists, Rudy Kompfner, Billy Klüver, Edmond Dewan, Millett Morgan, and Ludwik Liszka to varying degrees, from non-cooperation to close collaboration. This session will include ! these audio and visual compositions, as well as background recordings from the period, some of them very rare.

Met een langere bio:

Douglas Kahn is a Research Professor at the National Institute of Experimental Arts (NIEA), College of Fine Arts, at University of New South Wales, in Sydney. He is a historian and theoretician of the media arts and music, with a focus on sound, electromagnetism, and natural media. His books include Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999), the newly published Source: Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973, a rich documentary source of experimental music, edited with Larry Austin, and the forthcoming Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts, edited with Hannah Higgins. His major project, Earth Sound Earth Signal, is the product of a decade of research into natural electromagnetic and acoustical phenomena occurring at a geophysical scale in the arts, media, science and military from the late 19th century to the present, and includes an attempt to theorize media in terms of nature.

Ook hier:…/dnk-sonic-acts-steim-present-douglas-kahn-listening-session/

art,en,free publicity,history,music | October 5, 2011 | 21:48 | comments (0) |

Douglas Kahn I: An Afternoon With…

Ik kan hier wat vaker vertellen wat ik zoal doe… Voor Kontraste (festival in Krems, Oostenrijk) hebben we (Sonic Acts) Douglas Kahn naar Europa gehaald. Hij heeft een mooi essay geschreven voor de publicatie (The Aelectrosonic), en doet de keynote op het festival. Douglas Kahn is nu in Amsterdam en geeft op zondagmiddag 9 oktober om 15:00 een lezing in het auditorium van het Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Hier de blurb & info:

The Arts of Sound in a Natural History of Media

A lecture about the connections between a new media theory historically based on 19th century telecommunications, and the practice of artists and composers who since the 1960s have used the sounds of physical forces at the scale of the earth as their raw material. Communications technologies have never been about communications; they have also been used to scientifically and aesthetically sense natural energetic systems like the wind and radio. Ancient music was heard in telegraph lines as they became unwitting Aeolian harps playing what Henry David Thoreau called Sphere Music. The Aelectrosonic, the new electrical sounds and music of nature, was first heard by Thomas Watson when the first telephone line acted as an antenna. These are the acoustical roots of artists and composers who, beginning in the 1960s, conceived of physical forces at the scale of the earth as their raw material. Artists and musicians increasingly work this way, now that climate change means that what we call Nature begins at the global level.

Douglas Kahn is Professor at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at University of New South Wales in Sydney, and author of Noise, Water, 
Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts.

Zie ook:…/an-afternoon-with-douglas-kahn/

art,en,free publicity,music,nl | October 5, 2011 | 21:38 | comments (0) |
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