Concert with Boerman, Koenig and Tazelaar in Turin

9 Marzo 2022, 17:00–18:00: Musica Acusmatica dall’Olanda – Kees Tazelaar, regia del suono
I Mercoledì del Conservatorio

Conservatorio di Torino – Sala concerti
Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 11, 10123, Torino

Dettagli evento

Gottfried Michael Koenig: Terminus 1

Jan Boerman: Kompositie 1972

Kees Tazelaar: Serenade

Introduzione a cura di Stefano BassaneseDomenico Sciajno e Kees Tazelaar

Kees Tazelaar ha seguito i corsi di Sonologia a Utrecht e all’Aia e poi ha studiato composizione con Jan Boerman al Royal Conservatoire. Insegna all’Istituto di Sonologia dal 1993 e ne è il direttore dal 2006. La sua musica elettronica è caratterizzata da una combinazione di formalizzazione, ricchezza del suono e un approccio compositivo alla spazializzazione del suono. Oltre che compositore, Kees Tazelaar è uno storico che si è specializzato nei primi anni della musica elettronica in Olanda e in Germania. È stato due volte Edgard Varèse Guest Professor alla Technische Universität di Berlino, dove ha conseguito il suo PhD nel 2013 con la tesi On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925-1965 (ISBN 978-94-6208-065-2).

SMET – Scuola di Musica Elettronica del Conservatorio di Torino in collaborazione con l’Istituto di Sonologia del Conservatorio Reale dell’Aia nell’ambito del progetto europeo Erasmus+.

Concert in memory of Gottfried Michael Koenig

On Tuesday 8 February 2022, 19:30, there will be a concert in memory of Gottfried Michael Koenig, who passed away at the age of 95 on 30 December 2021.

  1. Suite: Materialien zu einem Ballett (1961)
  2. Skizzen for solo violin (2014), performed by Leslee Smucker
  3. “Event 6” from Klavierbuch (2013), performed by Akane Takada
  4. Funktion Grau (1969)

A valid QR code is necessary to enter the hall. Only 75 seats are available. Please register through this link.

Conservatoriumzaal at Amare, Turfhaven 7, 2511 DK The Hague

Gottfried Michael Koenig passed away at the age of 95

Photo: Rieneke Dijkstra.

“Space is music’s medium of transformation.”
Gottfried Michael Koenig, Bilthoven Course 1961/62.

On 30 December 2021, Gottfried Michael Koenig passed away peacefully at the age of 95.

Koenig retired when the Institute of Sonology moved from Utrecht University to the Royal Conservatoire in 1986, but he has followed developments closely until very recently.

He will be missed very much but his radical ideas about composition, his computer programs, his texts, but most of all his music will stay. We only have begun to understand what the impact of that body of work is.

In Memoriam Alvin Lucier (1931–2021)

Alvin Lucier, pioneer of experimental music, composer, performer and sound artist passed away on 1st December 2021. Fifty-six years ago, in 1965, Lucier began working with technology to observe natural phenomena and transform his observations into music. With sensors, loudspeakers, microphones, magnets and antennas he redefined the act of listening and thinking about music. Lucier explored the beauty of resonances, beating patterns and tiny frequency shifts, defying traditional ideas of musical time and emphasising how in his view everything was real

Eleven years ago, In 2010, Alvin Lucier visited Den Haag for a week to rehearse and perform a wide range of his work for festival Dag in de Branding. On this occasion, the Royal Conservatoire hosted a lecture and a performance of Alvin Lucier’s at the Kees van Baarenzaal. Many Sonology and ArtScience students were involved in the festival, working on loudspeaker-percussion-instruments for Music for Solo Performer, carrying long loop antennas for the installation version of Sferics through the dunes, and creating  Max-patches for I Am Sitting in a Room. Alvin Lucier left a mark in the landscape. We are grateful that Alvin sat in this room for a while. (text: Anne Wellmer)

Alvin Lucier rehearses “Nothing is Real” in Korzo5Hoog (2010). Photo by Anne Wellmer.

New releases by Bjarni Gunnarsson

Bjarni Gunnarsson would like to share some new releases with you.

His latest work, Anticlines has just been released on the Playneutral label and consists of five pieces with a total duration of 32 minutes. It can be found here:

Anticlines explores approaches to digital sound synthesis based on dynamic waveforms and atomic sound operations. The pieces are composed using OF (Operation Flows): a custom software for designing sound streams and transformation pipelines. The idea is to consider sound as behaviour, or change, occurring through operations, sequences and generative workflows.

The OF synthesis framework is available here:

A recent paper about OF is accessible here:

Two weeks earlier, Fracas was released on the Superpang label. It’s a 17-minute recorded improvisation and was released as part of Superpang’s a new series of exclusive one-off live sessions by members of their roster celebrating their 100th release.

Voltage Control Studio back in operation

The Institute of Sonology’s Voltage Control Studio (formerly known as BEA 5) is back in operation. The studio was redesigned and rebuilt and now has almost twice as much floor space, perfect acoustics, more modules, more tape machines, more historical equipment, new patch fields and a new 8.1 loudspeaker system. On 16 November 2021, the first lesson Composing in the Analogue Studio 1 took place.

From left to right: First-year bachelor’s students Izabel Abad Manning (Spain), Parvin Diyanati (Iran), Milena Khalil (Russia), Cis De Gendt (Belgium), Jelle van den Brink (Netherlands), Uku Tuuling (Estonia), David Bilek (Germany, Erasmus exchange), Seraina Fässler (Switzerland) and Yaara Yaniv (Israel).

Sonology Discussion Concert 1 on 13 October 2021

The first Sonology Discussion Concert of the academic year 2021–22 will take place on 13 October 2021, 19:30 in the Royal Conservatoire’s Arnold Schoenbergzaal. The concert will present works by Siamak Anvari, Lawrence McGuire, Siavash Jafari and two live electronic music performances by our Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professor Cathy van Eck. The concert will end with Dick Raaijmakers’ Ballade Erlkönig for soundtrack and slide projections.

Please register for this concert through this link.

You will be asked to show a corona check QR code, so please be there at least 15 minutes early. Entrance is not possible after the concert has started.

Trevor Wishart’s The Garden of Earthly Delights

On 12 October 2021, Trevor Wishart will present the world premiere of The Garden of Earthly Delights, a one-hour eight-channel acousmatic composition. Wishart started to work on The Garden of Earthly Delights during a residency at Sonology. This residency (the Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professorship) is funded by the Konrad Boehmer Foundation.

Wishart collaborated with students, research associates, the conservatoire’s First Year Choir and staff.

Entrance is free but registration is necessary through this link. Please note that a QR-check (vaccination or negative PCR test) will take place at the entrance of the hall.

The concert starts at 19:30. Please be there at least 15 minutes in advance, because QR-checks take time. Entering the hall is not possible after the concert has started.

Arnold Schoenbergzaal, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, 2595 CA Den Haag.

Concert for Gottfried Michael Koenig’s 95th Birthday

Gottfried Michael Koenig (*1926) was a technical staff member at the electronic music studio of the (N)WDR in Cologne from 1954 to 1964. In that capacity he played a crucial role in the creation of works by Franco Evangelisti, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others. From 1962 he was also a course leader one week a month in the studio of the Contactorgaan Elektronische Muziek (CEM) in Bilthoven. This course attracted international attention and was so successful that in 1964 Koenig was appointed artistic director of the Studio voor Elektronische Muziek (STEM) at Utrecht University, later to become the Institute of Sonology. Since then, Koenig has lived and worked in the Netherlands. 

Koenig retired when the Institute of Sonology moved from Utrecht to the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 1986. He still follows the developments at Sonology closely and is still active as a composer and author of computer programs. 

Gottfried Michael Koenig will turn 95 on 5 October 2021. This event almost coincides with the moment when the Royal Conservatoire moves to the new Amare building. With five new studios, a room for group lessons and presentations to the public in which spatial sound reproduction plays an important role, and a climate-controlled archive room, the Institute of Sonology in Amare is entering a third phase. 

Koenig’s birthday is celebrated with a concert in which his electronic and instrumental compositions take centre stage.

Musik für Zwei Klaviere (1950) 
Maryam Mehraban, piano 
Yanjun Chen, piano 

Klangfiguren I (1955) 
Electronic music 

Zwei Klavierstücke (1957) 
Akane Takada, piano 

Terminus 1 (1962) 
Electronic music 


from 60 Blätter für Streichtrio (1992), pages 48, 58, 17, 22, 50, 3, 16, 20, 44, 41, 8, 28, 37, 7, 12, 31, 30, 27, 36 and 6 
Rada Ovcharova, violin 
Emlyn Stam, viola 
Willem Stam, cello 

Funktion Indigo (1969) 
Electronic music 

Intervalle (2016) 
Maryam Mehraban, piano 
Yanjun Chen, piano

Registration for this concert is possible through this link. Please note that a QR code and valid ID are necessary.