Staalplaat Soundsystem in residence at LACE

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 from the machines, for example, we stuck copper cable to the analogue monitors collecting the static field.

Our Teen workshop at LACE

In the workshops staalplaat soundsystem show participating teens that fancy japanese devises or expensive instruments are not at all needed to make great music-instead they will demonstrate that all you really need can easily be found in everyones own kitchen or cellar, if combined with a little bit of research and some playful modification. The end of the workshop results in a joint performance on stage.
Work in progres video


LACE hosts Dutch sound artist collective Staalplaat Soundsystem for a 10 day residency 20 Feb. – 1 March 2012. Within the current mood of worshipping the latest technology in media art, Staalplaat Soundsystem provides a breath of fresh air, reminding us of the 100-year tradition of noise-making machines, in which “mad” inventors and various kinds of artists operating in the margins of the art world meet. During their residency Staalplaat members Geert-Jan Hobijn and Carlo Crovato will construct a site specific, interactive sound installation that will also serve as the focal point for a participatory sound performance.

Using “everyday electronic junk” scavenged from thrift stores and donations, Hobijn and Crovato will fashion new “sound machines” that will be controllable by the audience via mobilephones. As the residency proceeds the artists will create and add more machines to an ever-growing installation in LACE’s main gallery space. In the final phase of the residency they will re-locate the installation to the storefront space and set it up so that LACE visitors and the general public can conduct the “orchestra” via their mobile phone both inside and outside from the Walk of Fame.
They will also lead a two-day youth workshop, culminating in a concert.

This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services (New York), in partnership with the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA); Music Center, the Netherlands; Netherlands Theatre Institute; and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts. Additional funds have been provided by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mondriaan Fund.