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.

Gottfried Michael Koenig’s “Voltage Control: Diagrams and Circuitry” (1974) available for download

Gottfried Michael Koenig’s reader Voltage Control: Diagrams and Circuitry (1974) is now available for download. The PDF and the sound examples mentioned in the reader can be found here.

From the introduction:

“This summary contains no information about how studio apparatus is built or how it works, and there are no recipes for sound production. The aim is a more or less systematic survey of the available apparatus and some possibilities of its application.

There are two chief tendencies in the development of electronic studios:
(a) the tendency towards the “construction kit” system: one special piece of apparatus is built for each function: complex functions can be obtained by connecting individual pieces of apparatus (e.g. Utrecht):
(b) the tendency towards the electronic music instrument: each individual piece of apparatus serves a complex purpose: the electronic music instrument thus represents a premeditated selection of all conceivable complex functions (e.g. synthesizer).
This summary will be limited to the first of these tendencies.”

Gabriel Paiuk guest speaker at UNM – Young Nordic Music Days

ACPA PhD Candidate Gabriel Paiuk will be guest speaker at the coming UNM – Young Nordic Music Days to take place in Aarhus, Denmark in August 2021.

Ung Nordisk Musik is an annual festival for young composers, sound artists, and performance artists based in any of the Nordic countries. In 2021 the festival takes place from the 9th to the 15th of August in Aarhus, Denmark. Since its beginning in 1946, UNM has been an important window for young, nordic music. On the occasion of its 75th year anniversary, this edition of the 2021 festival will include an overview of the most prominent sound installations presented in the festival in the last 15 years. Gabriel Paiuk has been invited to co-curate this exhibition and as a guest speaker. The theme of the 2021 festival is (un)common ground.

Below an abstract of the lecture Gabriel Paiuk will give in August 11th at Domen, Aarhus.

Plural grounds: Engaging with the audible 
Gabriel Paiuk 

In the realm of music and other sonorous practices, enquiring on the notion of a common ground prompts questions on the nature of the communicable. Leaving aside fantasies of transparent communication, the communicable can be addressed by tackling the way the audible is constituted. 
Discourses anchored on the notion of musical material seem unfit for this task, whereas postmodern perspectives seemingly more open to external conditions tend to fall flat as well, too often rooted on inherited categories – of linear history, of a dialectic understanding of institutions, of monolithic cultural assumptions – which they end up perpetuating.
Engaging with the audible implies engaging with the conditions in which audibilities are formed. Audibilities, understood as the capacity of listening to occur in a certain way, emerge as part of collective and material configurations. The diverse modalities in which they occur express the plural nature of listening. Practices of sound-making can engage with the audible by plunging into the collective realms which render acts of listening relevant.