Vocal Instant Composition

Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places


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Loop-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 concert 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.

In the weeks preceding the concert the Genetic Choir will hold ‘sound walks’ around Amsterdam CS and ask travellers, passers-by, and people from all over the world to listen to the stations’ sounds as if they were a symphony. They will be invited to add their chosen sounds to a musical database. During the concert on 2 July, the public will decide which sounds will be used in the final composition. Loop-Copy-Mutate is a piece of music whose audience is an essential part of the performance.

Try-out concert (@ STEIM):
23 June, 8.30pm

Soundwalks (meeting point next to Mr. Sister, Amsterdam CS):
4 June, 2.30pm
17 June, 10.30am
25 June, 2.30pm


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Noord/Zuidlijn Underground (below Amsterdam Centraal Station) 

1pm / 3pm / 7pm / 9pm


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

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Genetic Choir singers with Robert van Heumen & Stelios Manousakis  / photo: Rene Castelijn


ROBERT VAN HEUMEN is a composer and improvising musician using an extended laptop-instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. Van Heumen teaches at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and previously worked as a project manager at STEIM .

STELIOS MANOUSAKIS is a composer, performer, sound artist, and researcher, collaborating within the fields of art, science, engineering / composition, performance, and installation. He uses software he designs himself, merging algorithmic finesse with the immediacy of audience participation, and the expressiveness of improvisation.

STEIM (the STudio for Electro-Instrumental Music) is an independent electronic music center in
Amsterdam dedicated to live performance, supporting an international community of performers, musicians, and visual artists. STEIM has provided us with in-kind equipment and performance space for the project.

BIMHUIS is the prime jazz and improvisation venue in Amsterdam and has generously supported us for the 2 July concerts and soundwalks on Amsterdam CS by taking on the pre-sale and ticketing for us and adopting the Noord/Zuidlijn concerts of Loop-Copy-Mutate as ‘Bimhuis-on-location’ events.









6 responses

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  2. I really would like to join this fascinating Loop Copy Mutate-project.
    I am a composer and arranger of acoustic as well as electronic music, vocal as well as instrumental music.

    Check Lex Hakker -> LinkedIn

    Lex Hakker

    August 7, 2015 at 12:17

  3. meagan.mtbc

    Hi Lex,

    Thanks for your interest in the project! There will be more information to come soon. You can also email me at meagan.mtbc@gmail.com with any questions in the meantime!


    August 7, 2015 at 12:43

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