STRP blog day 2 Pioneers in electronics

By Laura Graat & Renee Schmeetz

zondag 20 november 2011


After last night’s Broke clubnight, the second day of the STRP festival started off a bit slow. Tibb, the world’s first AR-rabbit was also suffering from a small hangover. When checking into the layar-app the digital rabbit was nowhere to be found. Closer inspection of his analogue cage solved the mystery: he was still napping.


But no rest for the wicked: in the expo area STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music) was presenting a special programme with performances, lectures and demos in the Cubicle. First up: the Aphex Twin of new media art, Edwin van der Heide. With three artworks on display at the festival, van der Heide is one of the most influential artists of the moment. Giving a lecture on the history of live electronic music, he demonstrated STEIM's 'vintage' instrument: the hands.


STEIM director Dick Rijken talked about the history of electronic music and the goal of his organization. Historically, electronic music can be divided into two categories which are still relevant now: the composing of music and the playing of the instruments. For STEIM, these two are tied together: they want to see their artists create and at the same time captivate the audience with the process of creation. He also expressed the desire to develop an instrument which allows you to make music with existing music, without producing original sound itself. Rijken invites everyone with a creative vision on the performance of electronic music to join STEIM in their research.


One of their latest projects is composing music by juggling balls. This might seem peculiar to most of us, but it turns out there’s a common language between a juggler and a composer: the mathematics inspired them both. Luuk Schipperheyn explained a little of the technology: he programmed a tilt sensor to respond to movement by making sound. As the researcher couldn't juggle, he then invited a member of the audience to show of his juggling skills. Are you a poet or word artist who wants to experiment with a speech-chip in the musical jugglin’ balls? STEIM is looking for you! These balls produce sounds and words when moving, resulting in a random performance of words.


At night notorious techno-giants like Chris Liebing & Speedy J, James Holden and Len Faki moved the masses to dance into the small hours. Those visitors who wandered onto the terrace of strp 1 had a chance at fame themselves: dressing up and playing the lead role in your own kitschy videoclip in the eSphere.