KLANGRAUM launches on October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET

Dear friends and colleagues,

Sonology alumnus Luc Döbereiner invites you to KLANGRAUM, an online platform for sound works.

KLANGRAUM launches on October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET

Music as a collective event requires a common place and time:
KLANGRAUM is a platform for online sound works that explore the
possibilities of remotely being together through sound. In its first
iteration KLANGRAUM presents compositions, installations and live
performances by Teresa Carrasco, Döbereiner/Eckel/Elblaus, Cathy van
Eck, Davide Gagliardi, Ji Youn Kang, Veronika Klaus, Luk Poncet, David
Pirrò, Casper Schipper, and Lara Stanic.

– October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET, opening with installations,
compositions and live performance

– Starting from November 1, 2020 each work will be run three times per
day for one hour.

Lara Stanic: close distance20
Cathy van Eck: Our Lists
Ji Youn Kang: A strange choir of new normal
Teresa Carrasco: *KlangBack_zur_Transformation*
Veronika Klaus/Luk Poncet: einRaumen | rausklingen
Davide Gagliardi: Topologia del Se
Luc Döbereiner/David Pirrò: Contingency and Synchronization – Iteration 3
Casper Schipper: Decoherence
Döbereiner/Eckel/Elblaus: Live performance

Curated by DUMPF EDITION, Luc Döbereiner & Martin Lorenz
Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


Jan Boerman, 30 June 1923 – 25 October 2020

On 25 October 2020, Jan Boerman (* 30 June 1923) passed away in his hometown of The Hague.
Together with Ton Bruynèl and Dick Raaijmakers, Jan Boerman was one of the pioneers of electronic music in the Netherlands. He composed his electronic works successively in the studios of Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University, the private studio with Raaijmakers, and the Royal Conservatoire, where he was active as a teacher from 1974.
Boerman leaves behind him an extensive oeuvre in which electronic music takes a prominent place, and for which in 1982 he received the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. In 1997 he received the Willem Pijper Prize for his electronic composition Vocalise 1994, and in 1998 an Edison Prize for the CD box set The Complete Tape Music of Jan Boerman.

page from the manuscript of Boerman’s electronic composition “De zee” (1964–1965).

The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) releases EmissionControl2: “The ultimate granulator”

The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara has released a new software app for sound granulation: EmissionControl2 for MacOSX, Linux, and Windows. EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press). Granular synthesis is one of the most important methods of sound design.

The new app was developed by a team consisting of Professor Curtis Roads acting as project manager, with software developers Jack Kilgore and Rodney DuPlessis. Kilgore is a Computer Science major at UC Santa Barbara. DuPlessis is a PhD student in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara and is also pursuing an MS degree in Media Arts and Technology. 

For more information and a free download, go here: https://music.ucsb.edu/news/announcement/2129

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II receives the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II is a double SACD release on the Col Legno label, with works by Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The recordings are the result of an extensive research project about a historically informed performance practice of electroacoustic music, carried out at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zürich in collaboration with Tempo Reale, the Institute of Sonology, Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono, Casa Ricordi, Stockhausen-Verlag and Universal Edition.

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik:


Sound Installation Exhibition at WEST Den Haag

The exhibition with results from Justin Bennett’s sound installation classes usually takes place in June, but was postponed because of the pandemic.

There is now a private view for students and staff on Thursday 24 September from 17:00–20:00.

The exhibition is open to the public on:
25 September from 12:00–18:00 and 19:00–23:00
26–28 September from 12:00–18:00

Online discussion with Danae Bos, Laura Agnusdei and Kees Tazelaar at Gaudeamus Music Week

70 years ago, composers could not have predicted that electronic music would become as broad a field and as widespread as it is today. Although contemporary dance and related genres no longer have much to do with the sound research of that time, electronic music does have its origins there. From the outset Gaudeamus has played a major role in researching and developing these new technological possibilities.

Musicologist Danae Bos will chair a discussion with Kees Tazelaar (composer, sonologist and authority in the field of electronic music) and Laura Agnusdei (saxophonist and electro-acoustic composer) on the subject of the history of electronic music. They will also take a look at developments in the contemporary field.

Laura Agusdei and Kees Tazelaar


Sonology 2020 end-of-year playlist online

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s Sonology final presentation concerts were all cancelled. We have therefore created a playlist with a selection of works that were all mixed for headphones, so that at least we are able to share some of our music with you.

Erhard Grosskopf: SprachKlang – VoiceSound CD release

Erhard Grosskopf (*1934) is a German composer who produced several electronic compositions at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht between 1969 and 1972, among which Dialectics, commissioned by the BRD to be performed in the German Pavilion at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka. A CD that includes the works composed at Sonology has been released on the NEOS label. More info can be found here: https://neos-music.com/?language=english&page=output.php%3Ftemplate%3Denglish-album-details.php%26content%3DAlben/12012.php

Restless Horizon: A Virtual Concert for Harp & Electronics


On Sunday 7 June 2020 at 21.00 CET (20.00 UK time) Milana Zarić and Richard Barrett will premiere a virtual duo concert for acoustic/electric harp and electronics – Restless Horizon – on You Tube Premiere: https://youtu.be/0c-oVWMutEk
At this time of year, our small concert space Spectrum East in Belgrade is usually playing host to performances and presentations by composers and performers, both local and visiting from around the world. Since that isn’t presently possible, we wanted to take the opportunity to present the latest work from our harp/electronics duo, and show some of the directions it’s currently taking. After months of non performing, we felt an urgent need to communicate with our audience and offer our music online to friends and colleagues around the world.

nocturnes for electric harp and electronics (2019), homage to C.Debussy
šuma for concert harp and electronics (2016), from close up for ensemble
restless horizon for electric harp and electronics (2020), homage to Stojan Ćelić
sphinx (2020) for binaural fixed media + video 🎧

The earliest piece, šuma (“forest”), forms part of the electroacoustic sextet close-up, written by Richard for Ensemble Studio6. The six instrumental parts of šuma can be played in any combination and involve alternation between fixed and improvisational material so as to bring independent streams of activity together in spontaneous intertwinings. The other three pieces were composed collaboratively. In nocturnes and restless horizon, Milana expands her electric harp using live electronic processing. restless horizon is named after one of the paintings by Stojan Ćelić (1925-1992) that can be seen on the wall of our venue. sphinx is a fixed-media electronic composition based on harp improvisations, rendered binaurally for an enhanced spatial experience when heard on headphones, and accompanied by a specially produced video. 

We recommend to use external speakers or headphones, to maximize the sound quality throughout the programme. The last piece is a binaural composition and should be heard on headphones.

Annual WFS Concert online

The annual Wave Field Synthesis festival that is hosted by Ji Youn Kang in collaboration with The Game of Life had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ji therefore selected some pieces that are rendered for headphones with the WFSCollider software. Enjoy listening!