Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places
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 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.
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
Sound walk (next to Mr. Sister, Amsterdam CS):
25 June, 2.30pm
SPECIAL LOCATION PREMIERE:
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Noord/Zuidlijn Underground (below Amsterdam Centraal Station)
1pm / 3pm / 7pm / 9pm
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.
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.