Spotlight on influential electronic music studio
06:30 pm expo IPEM studio + Synthi 100
07:30 pm reading M. Lesaffre
08:45 pm PLXTRUM by Tim Vets
09:10 pm pause
09:20 pm screening
09:30 pm Keith Fullerton
10:15 pm screening
IPEM: Established in 1963 as a joint venture between the then BRT and the University of Gent, the Institute for Psycho-acoustic and Electronic Music (IPEM) developed into an important centre of research and a studio where quite a few important composers of early electronica and contemporary music worked. People like Louis De Meester, Lucien Goethals and Karel Goeyvaerts are just a few of the important figures from this exciting period in recent (Belgian) music history.
During this evening, a number of original pieces from the IPEM studio are to be seen (coming from the collection of the MiM) and also the EMS Synthi 100. The legendary synth, of which only 29 were ever made and which has been in the possession of the IPEM since 1979.
We have screenings of 2 short films by Raoul Servais with music composed by Lucien Goethals, and Keith Fullerton Whitman will play a live set.
Reading, in English, by Dr. Micheline Lesaffre on the history of IPEM (from formation until 1986, when the collaboration with the BRT ceased). During the reading we will hear a number of compositions played from tape by Ivan Schepers, Head of Technolgy at IPEM.
screening: To Speak Or Not To Speak, R. Servais, 1970, 10min.
Short animation film by Raoul Servais for which IPEM composer Lucien Goethals made music.
Keith Fullerton Withman (live)
Electronica artist Whitman (US, °1973) has been making music for many years now under various pseudonyms – of which Hrvatski is probably the best known. Since 2001 he has been releasing his music at a high tempo via labels like Kranky, Pan, Editions Mego,…
In recent years he has mainly been working with a modular system that is controlled by a laptop and he has developed an entirely own musical language with it.
KFW is considered to be one of the most exciting performers in the experimental, avant-garde electronica. In 2013 he re-released a limited split album with Floris Vanhoof, curator of the All Connected series.
For this evening, aside from performing on his own modular system, he will also create an improvisation on the EMS Synthi 100.
Tim Vets (IPEM) with PLXTRUM
PLXTRUM tracks picking hand microgestures and makes this information available for analysis and artistic real-time applications.
While many musical applications are possible using this gesture data directly, the ultimate aim is to exploit PLXTRUM's predictive power. By measuring the spatial trajectory of the guitar plectrum and, on that basis, making predictions as to which of the 6 guitar strings will be struck next within the time frame provided by the sensor currently in use.
In the current implementation, an initial prediction algorithm is being tested and refined.
The main idea of this apparatus is to tap into the natural gesture repertoire of guitar playing, and apply the analysis of these gestures to study the effect of manipulating the sensory outcome of the motor schemata.
Screening: Harpya, R. Servais, 1979, 9min.
Animation film in which Servais uses a technique with 35 mm projections on a multi-plane with a black back ground. The film won de Palme D’Or for best short-film in Cannes. Here too, the music is of Lucien Goethals is from the IPEM.
All Connected is a series in Huis23 which involves concerts, films, readings and instrument presentations with and about artists who play with the language of ‘voltage control’, who use the ‘modular’ as creative thought process and test musical limits with it, artists who work in the spirit of San Francisco Tape Music Centre: a collective that came into being when pioneers like Terry Riley, Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich, Ramon Sender, Pauline Oliveros, and many others connected their oscillators and tape-recorders together and from which the most progressive music of that period originated.
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