While the Loop-Copy-Mutate project of the Genetic Choir is in further development, Thomas Johannsen has been invited to the International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing after submitting this article that describes the collaboration of the ‘human sampling organism’ of the Genetic Choir with computer music programmers working on computer listening and music creative systems.
The Symposium will happen in Lund, Sweden, from 19-21 October 2016.
Travel funding is still being sought to see if a delegation of the Genetic Choir can attend the conference in person.
Read the article here: https://genetic-choir.org/singing-with-machines/
More info on the symposium: click here
Listen to this collaboration of the Genetic Choir with Bulgarian voices Juliette van Dijk and Marielle de Winter (Pauni Trio), resulting in
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– including the Bulgarian christian-orthodox hymn ‘Tebe Poem’ (Dobri Hristov).
Taken from our concert “Church Songs for the 21st Century”, celebrating Genetic Choir’s new CD on 4 December 2015.
Recording credits: Harald Kerres
The Genetic Choir workshop planning until the summer is complete, and workshops are filling up quickly… 🙂
Click below to read about it and if you are interested to join, send us a note via the Contact page.
If we would have called this composition “Holy Night in Bethlehem” and presented it as a Christmas single, it might have made the charts. 🙂 But we didn’t!
Easily the most harmonic and “straight” piece of music the Genetic Choir has composed to date. (but don’t worry we will keep doing the crazy stuff as well 😉 ) Enjoy!
More info, CD and ticket reservations: click here.
We sent our new CD out prior to its upcoming release (see the 4 december concert), and the first reviews are coming in from colleagues around the globe. This one is from New Zealand born composer Alison Isadora who listened and wrote the following – below some excerpts, the full review can be found here.
“The CD starts with whispering before settling into more melodic phrases with a rhythmic accompaniment. Although we can hear that the choir is singing in a church, the voices are always close to us. There is an immediacy to the voices. As with many of the pieces on this CD, the use of a sense of a constant tonality and the presence of ostinato figures offers support for those listeners who may find the vocal adventures challenging.
In other tracks dense textures break open into jungle-like screams, croaks and gasps. A drone may give continuity within these rich and varied sonic landscapes. Silence may also act as a musical parameter.
In Track 3 I asked myself whether I was listening to an African language or an imagined one. The Genetic choir have developed their own vocabulary – a combination of vowels and consonants which is at once totally believable and yet seductively mysterious. (…)
In other pieces long slow contrapuntal lines coexist with fast ostinato figures. It is fascinating to hear how ideas develop, how melodic lines are shared, inverted and expanded. A melody that starts life as diatonic may move to a microtonal version and back again within the length of a breath.
Throughout the album there is a consistency in melodic material, a predeliction for drones and ostinato figures and a great willingness to explore and accept the richness of sounds a voice can make. We hear how musical ideas are embraced, expanded, developed and varied. This is group improvisation at its best. (…)”
Curious? Come to our magnificent CD release concert in the Obrechtkerk Amsterdam on 4 december –
more info, reserve tickets (and the CD) on this page.
We are starting on a month full of Genetic Choir concerts!
And actually, we are looking at a row of concerts that couldn’t be more diverse. You would think we planned this to showcase the various areas of the performing arts where the Genetic Choir is active (but we didn’t, honestly) 🙂
From the cutting-edge of music programming research to a soundtrack made for a theatre piece , from blending with fine art at a gallery to giving a big Church Concert with Bulgarian singers and organ to celebrate the release of our new CD: Church Songs for the 21st Century.
Take your pick!
in collaboration with Robert van Heumen
Doors open: 19:30 Concert starts: 20:00
STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
A puppet/object piece about an ice bear who gets lost on the ocean and ends up in the jungle. The piece is both about the feeling of going on adventure and the longing for home.
With a soundtrack created+sung by the Genetic Choir: all natural noises (pole winds, storms, waves/beach, jungle+apes) are done by human voices, to astonishing results.
For children from 3 years upward. Dutch language skills not required. Reserve tickets here.
Amstelveens Poppentheater, Wolfert van Borsselenweg 85a, Amstelveen
Sunday, 29 November 2015, 16:00
Finissage of the Young Blood Initiatives’ month at Galerie Bart’s former venue: Bart Invites
The Genetic Choir will be reflecting on the exhibition with a special concert. (more info soon on this blog!)
November 29th, 4pm at Bart Invites, Bloemgracht 2, Amsterdam
Friday 4 December 2015, 20:00
We celebrate the release of Genetic Choir’s second album “Church Songs for the 21st Century” with an amazing concert in the Obrechtkerk.
Jacob Obrechtstraat 30, Amsterdam
All our guests will engage with the Genetic Choir in Instant Composition and we will of course work with the special acoustics given by the church.
You can even get a discount if you reserve your ticket together with a CD. Be one of the first to get the new CD on release day! Check out the options to support us for this very special concert: here.
While the CD launch date – 4 December – is approaching slowly, the new CD’s are already waiting, ready and eager to be listened to and scrutinized! We therefore would like to propose the following:
Receive the brand new “Church Songs for the 21st Century” album before anyone else – and for free – in exchange for writing a preview/review for us about the CD.
Let us know if you are interested in this little swop of goods against activity. If you promise to work your writing skills for us, we will send the CD to you at our own costs, or bring it personally to your door if you live anywhere near another Genetic Choir singer. 🙂
Write an e-mail to getCD@genetic-choir.org if you are interested in this, or get in touch via the Contact Page.
CD launch concert is on the 4th of December 2015 in the Obrechtkerk, Amsterdam!
update: …the first reviews are coming in. Here one of Alison Isadora.