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voorloopig affiche LCMLoop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places is a new project by the Genetic Choir which will yield a year-long series of concerts. Led by singer and artistic director Thomas Johannsen the Genetic Choir will direct our ears towards something urbanites often take for granted: city sounds. Together with laptop artist Robert van Heumen, programmer Stelios Manousakis, and the public, the choir will transform sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions.

For Loop-Copy-Mutate the Genetic Choir will invite people from all over the world to enrich the online Freesound database with sounds taken from their own surroundings. The choir will source its sounds from this database, so the public is involved in shaping the compositions.

The première of Loop-Copy-Mutate will be held on 2 July 2017 in the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro station beneath Amsterdam Central Station. In the weeks leading up to this event, sound samples taken from the station and from passengers will be collected to form the basis for a full concert given underground.

On 16 April the Genetic Choir will be a guest at the Eindhoven exhibition NO WORDS TODAY organised by the Temporary Art Centre (TAC). For this try-out of Loop-Copy-Mutate a sound database will be created using the work of the artist Fransien Bal (MusiVisualLanguage), who has translated sounds from a variety of Asiatic languages into images on paper, and spoken Dutch texts by the writer Ilse Vandenbussche.


Soundwalks on Central Station – 4, 17 & 25 June, 2017

STEIM try-out concert – June 23rd, 2017


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Noord/Zuidlijn Underground (below Amsterdam Centraal Station) 

Tickets on sale from May 22nd. For advance ticket reservations, please contact meagan.mtbc@gmail.com

Audiences are invited to join us for an interactive, ‘instant composition’ experience, drawing upon the sounds of Amsterdam Central Station which will be gathered in the weeks before. Don’t miss this opportunity for a sneak preview of the brand new Noord/Zuidlijn station!

For more information on the Loop-Copy-Mutate project click here.

Baden (Bathing), by Cathalijne Smulders

7 July 2017, 16:00 & 17:30 

Place: close to the Amsterdamse Bostheater, on the beach (‘strandje, naast de kabelkaan’).

This Friday, 7th of July, you can experience a very special performance-on-location involving Genetic Choir singers during ‘Cure Park’ in the Amsterdamse Bos!


A map for when you are in the park is here.


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If you like to read about our past concerts, follow the links in the Concert Archive .



“Whatever it was, it was very good!”

surprised audience member after Elevator Music

“These sounds… some of them… I had to laugh, but it also did something to me. I really got this urge to fly!”

Midas Dekkers in reaction to the Insects Concert

“I have been listening full of of fascination to the Genetic Choir pieces. You appear to me as a vocal machine that is constantly searching, evaluating, probing, seducing, without any fear.”

An online listener to our Audio Page    

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