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1. Staalplaat ~Radio Each Thursday from 11.00 PM until 01.00 AM. We started early 1983 at the notorious Amsterdam radio pirate “Radio God”. The program stopped late 1999 when all pirates were killed by selling of FM frequencies commercially. Recently it resurrected on the internet station DFM.nu broadcasting every week with a Presenting live sound […]
OHM is a relatively new collaborative project where Geert-Jan Hobijn, Gijs Gieskes and Radboud Mens perform using self-built tools. The three have a very impressive status of each other and this cooperation could be referred to as a ‘super group’ of instrument builders and developers. For Instruments Make Play they (for the first time!) a […]
Ohm is more a side project with Geert-Jan Hobijn, Gijs Gieskes and Radboud Mens. Each of us has build their own instruments that we bring. This was our first show, we did not rehearse, test live on stage.
We build a new mechanical orchestra for Transmediale that consists of instruments made of custolmised household appliances, which might normally be found in a shop window. The various sound devices are arranged in groups. A robot video interface invites the passers-by to “play” the orchestra through their phone with simple dial commands. Visitors can select […]
At the Dutch GOGBOT festival we presened for the first time our new sequencer system. Now we can play our machines live. On the main square of Enschede a frame is set up round the local monument . In this set up we placed: 12 bog boxes 10 metal grinders 12 vacuum cleaners (that play […]
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Expositie ‘Om’ van Geert-Jan Hobijn from Witteveen+Bos on Vimeo. Staalplaat soundsystem created an indoor version of our work ‘Composed Nature’ inside the Bergkerk Church as part of the exhibition ‘Om’, which was organised to mark the Art+Technology Award 2014. Seventy trees placed in the centre of the church, and the rustling sounds emitted by this ‘forest’ […]
uitnodiging Kunst+Techniek-prijs 2014_Hobijn_HR Invitation Art+tTechnology Award 2014 Thought‑provoking sound art as a playful gift to a wide audience The Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award 2014 will be presented to Dutch sound artist Geert‑Jan Hobijn. Hobijn will receive the award in recognition of his entire body of work. The presentation ceremony […]
“Plan C” is a new sound & light installation. Set up inside the bridge over the Rein (Deutzer Brücke) in Cologne, in the framework of Brückenmusik. The Deutzer Brucke has the echoes of a cathedral but not its silence. Also, it has the fullness of sound of a public and therefore open place, but is still a […]
A live video of the Den Haag Philharmechanic Cobra Youth Orchestra concert as a result of the Kids Cobra workshop building instruments and performing. video of the Den Haag Philharmechanic Cobra Youth Orchestra
Kids Cobra workshop building instruments and performing. Building and Performing Mechanical Instruments Staalplaat Soundsystem has created a multitude of Machine Installations usually featuring odd machine orchestras constructed from consumer electronics and a plethora of found objects, we noticed that children were fascinated by our way of playfully misusing everyday household items. In 2005, we then […]
Our children mechanical instrument building workshop + cocncert. It is all about making various types of acoustic and mechanical instruments, we teach the students to design and build entirely new „machine instruments.“ We also show them how to use PVC piping and plastic bottles to make simple acoustic instruments, such as flutes.
We did out first version of Yokomono-white at in 2007 Podewil for a one of colaboratuion consert with Hassan Khan The idea for ‘Yokomono White’ was made for the Avanto festival in Helsinki but never realized nor tested. “Yokomono white” is just old turntables with paper tubes and a pin using our own Yokomono […]
Invited by Netwerk for the Festival: StraatHerrie (literally translated ‘Street noise’) we did our concert in Aalst and used 16 sirens. (written for shiphorns) I got the hand written score from Alvin and had it transcribed and then saved to Midi, we played it as DMX (with a self programed Max patch) It worked very well. […]
20-07-12 till 26-08-12 Klankenbos NEERPELT Klankenbos in the context of Manifesta 9 Musica organises a summer exhibit presenting a new and permanent installation COMPOSED NATURE. Vibrant trees are the focus the of the Dutch Composed Nature installation by staalplaat Soundsystem and Lola landscape architects. An interactive installation brings a series of motorized trees shaking causing […]
staalplaat soundsystem made a very simple sound installation: a set up with 4 coffee machines at DOK-Gent, Belgium. 4 electronic valves control the water. 4 sequencers control the valves. This is a remake of Sweet Sissy and the Ballroom Hiss that we did in 2002 In vooruit Gent where we used coffee machines , but […]
Our work Yokomono-pro is presented at Forte Piano in the Auditorium in Rome from 02/05 2012 to 10/07/2012 it sais Artisti invitati Prima Parte Vito Acconci, Nanni Balestrini, Massimo Bartolini, Riccardo Benassi, Roberto Benigni, John Cage-Nam June Paik, canecapovolto, Gino De Dominicis, Maria Thereza Alves-Jimmie Durham, Jan Fabre, Emilio Fantin, William Furlong, Al Hansen-Jerry Mulligan, […]
Staalplaat Sale Away installation video A video of the installation, made for LACE during our recidency to stay up to April 15 Staalplaat performance video For this performance we were using “everyday electronic junk” scavenged from thrift stores and donations, staalplaat soundsystem fashioned new “orchestra” of “sound machines” controlled by self-build sequencers. All sounds come […]
Yokomono-Pro is a car horn concert performed by vehicles moving through a city. Each city and each type of vehicle has its own tone and each combination results in a different concert. The project was developed and written as a commission by the International Sonic Residency 2008 for The KHOJ Artists’ Association in New Delhi […]
Staalplaat soundsystem presented the installation/concert ‘Musica povera al dente’ or fluxYOU at the Intermediales Symposion Kiel For the set up we had 19 hand driven turntables, made from siple neadle, paper horn andfound opbjects like a salad-dryer or yogurt box. Weput contact mic’s on the paper horns and used our ownthe white and transparent model […]
LOLA landscape architects and Staalplaat Soundsystem present a new installation Composed Nature, developed for the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, it consists of a matrix of 64 trees. Controllable, mechanical vibrators are mounted on each individual tree and are operated by custom made software. The sound of each tree can vary from a barely audible […]
staalplaat soundsystem is releasing a series of artist vinyl release used in our own yokomono sound installations. This new record is a second attempt to create random vinyl . Our first attempt was the release of Yokomono 03 where we hoped to cut two tracks, one spiraling from outside in and the others from inside […]
sound sample FluxYOU or Musica Povera al dente at Auditorium Rome 2010 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Fluxus Biennial 2010-2011” Staalplaat soundsystem presented a new installation/concert ‘Musica povera al dente’ or fluxYOU commissioned by Fondazione Musica per Roma, Rome Auditorium” For the set up we build 20 hand driven turntables, made from siple […]
01. Track for Palais de Tokyo answering machine 10 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] They say” A l’instar de Christian Marclay, qui dans sa vidéo Telephones (1995) a rassemblé des extraits de films hollywoodiens montrant des acteurs répondant au téléphone, Staalplaat réalise un montage de sonneries de téléphone et de conversations téléphoniques provenant […]
by Staalplaat Soundsystem and FM3. An audience-controlled collage of acid circuit mutilation, elektro-sonic pain and fading mantra from more than 1000 white Buddha Boxes. Inspired by Tang Dynasty Zen monk Lin Ji – “Meet Buddha, Kill Buddha 逢佛殺佛.”
We were asked to do a Buddha machine remix and so did our own interpretation of the little sound box: The Buddha machine has nine loops and we destroy nine machines in nine ways as a interpretation of Dick Raaijmakers Intona (1991) where he deconstructs 12 microphones.
Sonic Therapy has developed itself permanent en even when it was not active, resting in boxes, we were working on new idea’s and talking to artists on collaboration plans. With the presentation at Netwerk the centrum voor hedendaagse kunst in Aalst and the support of fondsbkvb in Holland we made a quantum leap. We not […]
We are cleaning our archive and put all (500) cd-r etc. on a hard disk. We found nice things , and we miss important things. Anyway we are putting photo’s video’s and more up in sets on flickr and youtube, making slide shows on this web side. Where? well the really old shows from 2000 […]
for the 9th September @ the staalplaat Berlin store I infited 4 children that ride 4 tricycles on each tricycle I mounted several radio’s and asked the kids to drive up and down the street (two on each side). I did bring my turn table out on the street that has 4 tone arms so […]
This yokomono was done by one person, the only solo ever, and its was “unplugged” so the radio’s are the soundsystem. There was no documentation so it was not mentioned on our website. But now that we found this video that situation is changed and so now it is mentioned.
During the Sonic Art 08 residency I have made a “for the spirits of dead computers” a sound-machine from things I got for no reason or for other planned that did not work out. I used a car window wiper engine ,intended for the otto Berlin piano, and empty computer housing that I took the […]
Otto Berlin On a previous Khoj Sonic Art residency in 2006 there was a project done by Cynthia Zaven named “Untuned piano concerto with Delhi traffic orchestra” . Khoj organized the Untuned piano, (named Otto Berlin) and it was still standing in the Khoj hall when I came in 2008. I have met Cynthia Zaven […]
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“Made In Taiwan” invites people to play with a complex mechanical sound orchestra, installed in the museum by using their mobile phones. The students have made a mechanical orchestra consists of modified, hacked, changed and customised, electronic household devices like vacuum cleaners playing flute, organ and brass, rattling kitchen mixers, buzzing ventilators, and humming refrigerators. […]
‘If buildings and roads are the city’s hardware, then culture is the software that brings the city to life.’ – Geert-Jan was working five months in Amsterdam on a new project for the Zuidas Free Spaces / AIR initiative wich brings together urban planners, developers, architects and politicians, artists and scholars to consider the appropriation […]