A piece for an environment

‘A piece for an environment’, is a performance that incorporates the environmental sounds of the place where it is performed. Six microphones are spread over the place and pick up the sounds of traffic, passers-by, nature or industrial activities. Those sounds are electronically processed (in Pure Data), and the processed sounds are distributed over six speakers placed around the audience. The musicians move around in the space while playing, and also their sounds are processed in different ways, dependent on the place where they are playing.

A recording of the premiere at DOK, Ghent, Belgium, July 3rd 2018 with Kristof Lauwers, Hans Roels, Stefaan Smagghe and Thomas Van den Eynde:

Some pictures by Rafaël De Bruyne:
A piece for an environment - pictures by Rafael de Bruyne

UNDÆ! Electroacoustic Music I

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Undae! Electroacoustic Music I and II is a selection of the call for works 2014-2016 for the Undae Radio program on Radio Circulo. In these albums you can appreciate the work of different composers from different parts of the world and their way of working and adjacent electroacoustic music in the early years of the century. The first volume includes works by Maxime Barthélemy, Jason Bolte, Thomas V. Christie, Alberto Quintana Tauler, ElectroCaustic Trio, Kosmas Giannoutakis, Kaoshipnótico, Kristof Lauwers, Felipe Otondo, Juan José Raposo, Sol Rezza, Shaun Robert and Julian Scordato.

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The source material for this piece are several field recordings i made over the years that i didn’t find good enough to present as field recording on their own, but which still did contained a lot of interesting sonic material. I started off with the idea of making a collage with the most appealing sounds from the field recordings, but ended up processing them quite heavily, so not much of the original sounds can be recognized in the end. Still the natural origin of the sources is reflected in an organic feel to the sounds, and their overall shapes determine the structure of the piece.