Connector Xviii: Gerri Jäger, Ward Slager & Fedde ten Berge | Steim
Thursday 7 february | 20:30 – 23:00 | €7,50 | Steim @ Broedplaats Lely
At the first edition of Connector this year, Gerri Jäger will perform his new solo project for the first time. Our intern Ward Slager will present a new instrument called PRP VOYAGER, especially designed for ‘The Pentacle’, after which Fedde ten Berge will give a performance with this instrument
Semi-structured improvisation and elements of composition using drums, electronics, vintage yamaha keyboard and drum synthesizers. This is a try-out of a new set that Gerri is developing for his first international tour trough Germany, Austria, Italy and Czech Republic. An exciting open stage where the music has not yet settled into a routine.
Ward Slager is a creative system designer, electronic musician and student Music & Technology at the HKU. Ward combines his strong programming background with his love for electronic music to create both hard- and software instruments, sound art and installations.
During his internship at STEIM Fedde ten Berge and Ward worked together to turn Fedde’s performance setup for ‘The Pentacle’ into a hardware instrument called PRP VOYAGER. Ward will present the instrument and talk about how it came together, choices made in design and demonstrate some features.
Fedde ten Berge
After the presentation of the PRP VOYAGER, Fedde ten Berge will perform with this new instrument on ‘The Pentacle’. The Pentacle is a powerful high fidelity surround sound mobile speaker system, which Fedde developed together with Jesse Meijer, it consists of 15 self-designed loudspeakers and 3 self-designed subwoofers.
Fedde ten Berge (1983) is an Amsterdam based sound artist who creates work across different contexts and disciplines. In his work, Fedde challenges his audience to leave the comfort zone of the distant spectator and, to a large extent, takes responsibility for the experience of his work. In exhibiting his work he is looking for social aspects and alludes to playful interaction in between his audience.
About the performance:
TITLE: Pseudo Random Pulse Fight (20-25min)
“During the summer of 2017 on a day full of rain at the Dutch Island ‘Schiermonnikoog’ I doodled a generative algorithm for pseudo random pulse patterns. I was hooked on it for a few days but then the wind came, I took my kite and forgot about it.
In the fall of 2017 I finished the complete Pentacle 15.3 surround system. I started working on a live performance for the system. This made me remember the pseudo random pulse algorithm that the wind had made me forget about on the island. I took up the pseudo random pulse patterns and elaborated them for The Pentacle. I became fascinated by the syncopated patterns that arose from the layers of pseudo random pulses. I added generative chord sequences and interwoven them with the pulse patterns. I programmed resonant models for the generation of melodic structures. When I applied the resonances, some unexpected melodies arose. A new more musical performance arose.
Something completely different then my previous works. I attached midi-controllers and a joystick to make it all more playable and started rehearsing. During my explorations into the material I made certain decisions for moments that are more or less composed. At the same time there is a lot of space for making adaptions in the moment. Because of the pseudo randomness of the pulses there is a constant suggestion of drive that is not really there. I am fighting with the instability. A pseudo random pulse fight you could say. Come and Listen.”
More info: http://steim.org/event/connector-xviii/