Monday, Jul 15, 2024

Institute of Sonology

Historical/recent Dutch electronic music

The Instituut voor Sonologie Den Haag is one of the lead institutions in Europe in the field of electroacustic music creation, electronic music and computer-assisted composition, among other important disciplines.

In 1956, the world-known Dutch company Philips created the first electronic music studio in The Netherlands, which was part of the Acoustics Department of the Phillips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. Among the most important historical highlights it is particularly noteworthy the creation of the Poème électronique, a show made of images, color and electronic music inside a building specially design by Iannis Xenakis for the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. The project was directed by the architect Le Corbusier and the music was composed by Edgard Varèse.

It is in 1960 when the Institute of Sonology begins its pioneering work in the University of Utrecht. In 1964, the composer G. M. Koenig take the lead of the studio (known then with the name of STEM), receiving its current name in 1967. From 1986, the Institute of Sonology forms part of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, one of the leading music academies in Europe.

The Institute develops training programs at the highest level in electronic music, digital techniques and sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, voltage control studio techniques or digital lutherie.

Along its almost 60 years of history, the Institute of Sonology of The Hague has seen the greatest figures of electronic music, such as G.M. Koenig, Dick Raaijmakers, Jan Boerman, Edgard Varèse, György Ligeti, Barry Truax, Konrad Boehmer, Clarence Barlow, Bryan Ferneyhough and a long etcetera. The purpose of this recital is to present a varied sample with works by seven representative authors of the Institute, from the last decades until today.

Concert program

Dick RAAIJMAKERS (1930 – 2013)
Canon 1 – (super augere) (1964)
05′ 11″
Johan van KREIJ (1969)
Voices of the Boat (1997, 2 channels)
07′ 54″
G. M. KOENIG (1926)
Funktion Grün (1967, 4 channels)
08′ 25″
Kees TAZELAAR (1962) /Richard BARRETT (1959)
Equale (2013, 8 channels)
09′ 38″
Jan BOERMAN (1923)
Vlechtwerk (1988)
(8-channel reconstruction by Kees Tazelaar, 2012)
13′ 18″
La Semaine Sanglante II (2011-2012, 4 channels)
11′ 00″
Kees TAZELAAR (1962)
Zeitraum–Ort–Zeichen–Sterne (2007, 8 channels)
19′ 40″

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Program of the concert (Spanish only)