London UK, Live Electronics Workshop in February
Call & Response presents:
A set of workshops for musicians who improvise and use live electronics with
Robert van Heumen & Anne La Berge
11th & 12th February, 10am-5pm
Venue: 113 Dalston Lane, London. E8 1NH
Converging Objects is a hands-on workshop aimed at acoustic musicians who improvise and
use live electronics, those who play with other musicians using electronics, or musicians and
programmers who improvise and work with acoustic players.
Participants will explore ways to use technology as an intimate and/or integrated partner for
acoustic instruments, designing hybrid or purely electronic instruments and ways in which
to engage and integrate performers bodies as real-time creative forces. The focus will be on
improvising skills as well as developing approaches to using live electronics.
It is anticipated that the range of participants using electronics will encompass those just simply
amplifying themselves to those using sophisticated computer programs.
Software explored will include Abelton Live, Max/MSP, LiSa and, Supercollider.
No previous experience of coding or use of programming environments is necessary.
The course will conclude with a performance by participants and Anne and Robert.
Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. We will then e-mail you
Please note places are limited to 15 and should be booked well in advance. Participants should
bring their own laptops and instruments.
Information about the artists:
Robert van Heumen uses the laptop combined with various controllers to create sound worlds.
As musician he uses STEIM’s live sampling software LiSa and realtime audio-syntheses software
SuperCollider controlled by MIDI controllers and a joystick. Van Heumen is performing regularly
with Shackle (with electro-flutist Anne LaBerge), ABATTOIR (with cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen),
the audio-visual trio SKIF++ (with Jeff Carey & Bas van Koolwijk) and Davis/VanHeumen (with
bass clarinetist Gareth Davis). He worked for 9 years at the Studio for Electo-Instrumental Music
(STEIM) in Amsterdam as project manager, curator of the Local Stop concert series and member
of the artistic committee.
Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and
stylistic boundaries. Her most recent performances bring together the elements on which
her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for
improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of
powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing.