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Eight mind-bending projects not to miss at ADE Sound Lab


  • Eight mind-bending projects not to miss at ADE Sound Lab

‘New and Emerging Instruments’ open call selection puts creators and their work in the global spotlight.

Following up on recent announcements of ADE Dance & Brands and DGTL’s Milan Meyberg speaking at ADE Green, it is time for news about ADE Sound Lab.

For this year's program, ADE called on creators, programmers, artists and designers to submit projects for the ADE Sound Lab program within the theme “new and emerging instruments”. ADE selected eight mind-bending projects to be presented during ADE Sound Lab, putting creators and their work in the global spotlight. ADE Sound Lab will present these special projects at the ADE Festival Hangout from Thursday until Saturday. We proudly present the ADE Sound Lab 2017 selection:

Acoustics based on volume: copper - Stefano Murgia 
Three geometric objects out of copper: a sphere, a cube and a tetrahedron, all made to have the same volume – i.e. to enclose the same amount of space. With the use of electronics the shapes can be used as instruments or acoustic (reverb) chambers. A work made for performance, but also for research, with an interest in the language of bodies.
Fluid Resonance - Ricky van Broekhoven 
Fluid Resonance is an audio-visual synthesizer, the first of its kind. It’s inspired by the Theremin, a classic electronic instrument that is played by disrupting electromagnetic fields. Fluid Resonance has sensors which measure proximity for shaping its sound. It makes this sound energy visible by using it to engage a basin with a dark thick liquid that is as reflective as a mirror. A circular light is suspended above the basin. The sound magically refracts the reflections of this light as unearthly fountains, and intricate patterns appear on the surface.
Mayhem Machine - Marieke Verbiezen
Mayhem Machine is an interactive instrument that produces synchronised sound, light and animation compositions, controlled by the audience via a custom-made interface. The installation features instruments that can be used to control a symbiotic set of animations and sounds, and offers tools to further enhance the audio-visual compositions made by its users. The audience can use Mayhem-machine's playful tools to invoke audio-visual chaos.
Quartet - Duncan Gidney
Quartet is a data driven musical instrument, which makes the hidden sounds of the city audible. Using four sensors to pluck four different strings, Quartet bridges the analogue and the digital, creating an ambient symphony reflecting the activity of the space around it, and inviting people to participate by triggering different sensors and hearing their response in real time.
Singularity - Arvid Jense, Joep Le Blanc, Zalán Szakács
Singularity is an installation that allows for expressive, real-time performance in both sound and visuals combined. The instrument itself turns 360 degrees of space around the artist's body into a control interface. Each quadrant of the instrument features different controls, all of them can be controlled by waving motions above the instrument. Complex galaxies of sound and visuals can be created.
The Bubble Drum - Neon & Landa
The Bubble Drum looks like a lab gone wild. It consists of suspended pipes that hold coloured water, and produces rhythmical sound and movement by releasing bubbles of compressed air. The physical force of these bubbles makes the pipes jump. On its own, The Bubble Drum plays bubbly beats. But there are also control stations, and the visitor who chooses to oversee these instantly turns into a mad scientist-musician.
The Origami Tessellation Shadowplay 2.0 - Manuel Rodrigues, Bas Bron, Tiago Frois
The Origami Tessellation Shadowplay is visual music. It’s about rendering the sensitivity and tactility of each musical note played, translated into light, in real time.  It researches the relation between the 3-dimensional representation of a physical form and its 2-dimensional representation in a silhouette or shadow created by light. The design of the object is repetitive, just like rhythm is in music. By introducing colour, music generates an intricate moire shadowplay on the projection surface behind the sculpture.
Timetosser - Oscar van Wingen & Tim Walther
The Timetosser is a new kind of live performance tool for DJs and musicians. It allows the user to repeat parts and even completely re-sequence the audio signal connected to its input. Use it in a DJ-setup, in the studio or on stage in a live set. The novelty of the Timetosser lies in the way it is used: the user is not simply enabling an effect, but must actively and skilfully play the instrument to yield good results.
ADE and Creative Industries Fund NL joined forces to offer a platform to pioneers in the field of sound synthesis and innovative sound production, to showcase what they are working on and to help them to further pursue their projects.

ADE Sound Lab takes place at De Brakke Grond on October 19, 20 & 21. ADE Sound Lab is accessible with the ADE Card (€10,-), which you can buy here. The event is also accessible for ADE Pass & ADE Conference Pass holders. Attend here to stay up to date, more program info can be found here.

ADE Sound Lab is run in cooperation with Creative Industries Fund NL and VSB fund supporting the Festival Hangout.

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