Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places

Loop-Copy-Mutate is a concert in which the audience has an essential part in creating the music.

Led by singer and artistic director Thomas Johannsen the Genetic Choir directs 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 transforms sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions.

The project toured the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017 with performances in Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Eindhoven.

GET INVOLVED: Our year-long Loop-Copy-Mutate concert series is now concluded, but you can still get involved! Learn more about how you can contribute a sound to our Freesound database, lead your own soundwalk and interact with our open-source software.

AMSTERDAM PREMIERE: The première of Loop-Copy-Mutate was held on 2 July 2017 in the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro station beneath Amsterdam Central Station. Watch a video clip from the performances here (courtesy of Gemeente Amsterdam). See press coverage on the event.

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










Photos of the underground concert in the NoordZuidlijn/Amsterdam CS on 2 July 2017 (photographer: Nellie de Boer)



INTERACTIVE SOUND STATIONS PROGRAMMING: Stelios Manousakis • Robert van Heumen

MUSICIANS LOOP-COPY-MUTATE / GENETIC CHOIR: Yinske Silva (voice) • Jeannette Huizinga (voice) • Martine van Ditzhuyzen (voice) • Ralph de Rijke (voice) • Thomas Johannsen (voice) • Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument)

Rutger de Groot • Tanaquil Schuttel • Kristien Sonnevijlle • Eduardo Suarez • Marjolijn Roeleveld • Geeske Coebergh • Irene Rametta • Hans Paape • Yanki Bickaki • Chandana Sarma • Meagan Hughes • Petra Pieck

PERCUSSIONISTS: Bart de Vrees • Marijn Korff de Gidts • Marcos Baggiani

LIGHTING DESIGN OF 2 JULY CONCERTS: Theatermachine – Isabel Nielen • AUKES Theatertechniek


PRODUCTION: Meagan Hughes

GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN: Yvo Zijlstra – Antenna-men

WEBSITE PROGRAMMING: Marcel Langenberg – Antenna-men

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rene Castelijn • FILM: Michiel Keller

PRESS: Marjolein van Ruiten • MARKETING: Oscar Smit

TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS: Caroline Ruigrok • Thomas Johannsen • Meagan Hughes • Ralph de Rijke

VENUE/ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS: Dienst Metro en Tram, Gemeente Amsterdam • STEIM • BIMHUIS • TAC Eindhoven • Buro Beukorkest• Media Art Friesland Festival • Freeze Festival

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Raymond Schra (Gemeente Amsterdam), Alexandra Mientjes and Onno Beukenhorst (BIMHUIS), Tijs Ham, Nico Bes and Esther Roschar (STEIM), Rik van Iersel (Buro Beukorkest), Fransien Bal and Ilse Vandenbussche (artistic collaborators in TAC concert), Andrea Moeller (Media Art Friesland), André Takou Saa (sound collecting Cameroon), Daisuke Terauchi and Tamaho Miyake (sound collecting Japan), Gilles de Sitter (PR advice), Ineke Smits (fundraising pilot), Creative Industries Fund NL (support pilot), Interactive music systems advice: Jorrit Tamminga and Roald van Dillewijn (University of the Arts Utrecht), Carlos Vaquero (University of Amsterdam), Marcelo Gimenes (Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (Plymouth, UK), Niels Boogards (Elephant Candy), Marco Pieck










6 thoughts on “Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places

  1. 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

  2. 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!


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