SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
SYMPOSIUM: The studio as a compositional tool
Het Concreet x Dock Zuid x Aafke Romeijn
Friday October 8, 2021 | 13:00–17:30
Dock Zuid | Ringbaan Oost 8
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On October 8, Het Concreet and Dock Zuid explore the playful working attitude of the composer who uses the studio to create in the recording process. Central to this co-production program is the studio as a refuge for experiment.
The studio as a compositional tool
The studio as a compositional tool exposes a working attitude that gives the composer/performer the freedom to exert unlimited influence on the end result: not by devising a composition in advance, but by doing, experimenting and playing with the studio, sounds are created. The idea of the studio as a compositional tool was launched by Brian Eno in a 1979 lecture, and inspires Het Concreet and Dock Zuid to pose the question: can we sit back and surrender ourselves to a creative process? Composer Anthony Fiumara will give a lecture about the development of the studio as a refuge for experiment. Aafke Romeijn presents new experimental work made during a residency at Het Concreet. Later in the afternoon, during the TINC table talk, composer and Het Concreet founder Mathijn den Duijf will discuss suspending your expectations in a composition process. An ode to the studio as a refuge for experiment.
Residency: Aafke Romeijn
Aafke Romeijn has been invited by Het Concreet and Dock Zuid to do a residency in the analog studio of Het Concreet. In the week prior to the symposium, Aafke will get to work with the studio as an instrument: tape loops, echoes, delays and much more. On Friday October 8 she will share the results of her residency during the symposium.
13:00 get in: coffee & tea at Het Concreet
13:30 lecture by Anthony Fiumara
14:15 musical presentation by Aafke Romeijn
14:45 pause and relocation to Dock Zuid
15:15 TINC table talk: Anthony Fiumara, Aafke Romeijn, Mathijn den Duijf
16:15 small performance set up by Het Concreet | drinks until 17:30
Due to the participation of international AMPA students, the main language will be English
This symposium was made possible by Powered by Tinc
The move to tape was very important, because as soon as something's on tape, it becomes a substance which is malleable and mutable and cuttable and reversible in ways that discs aren't. It's hard to do anything very interesting with a disc - all you can do is play it at a different speed, probably; you can't actually cut a groove out and make a little loop of it. The effect of tape was that it really put music in a spatial dimension, making it possible to squeeze the music, or expand it.
Brian Eno, The studio as a compositional tool (1979)
Read the full essay here
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