Symposium 'Composing with Technology'

Since the development of the analogue studio as an environment for composition in the 1950s, and, in parallel, the coming-of-age of the computer as a compositional tool, technology has enabled composers to develop novel ways of creating music. Such compositional practices have resulted, and continue to result, in the widest possible array of musical outcomes, involving fixed media, live electronics, music for film, multimedia installations, new musico-technological instruments and devices, and more. They have also strongly impacted on performative practices. 

The CvA Symposium Composing with Technology focuses on two realms of musico-technological composition, defined by their output: composing for loudspeakers; and roles of technology in creating concert music. The symposium features lectures by experts and practitioners from The Netherlands and abroad, as well as performances by some of the guests, faculty, students and alumni of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In a final group talk, the two realms, and their manifold overlaps, crossbreeds and interfaces, are discussed. 

This symposium is held on the occasion of Arnold Marinissen obtaining his PhD. Read more about his research here.


Sunday, 1 May, 2022
Conservatorium van Amsterdam

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and opening
Michiel Schuijer

10:15 - 10:30 Performance
Dopqelgänger, for eight speakers and recorder
Erik Bosgraaf, recorder; Jorrit Tamminga, electronics

10:30 - 11:00 Lecture
Recycle; Remix; Renew
Christina Viola Oorebeek 

11:00 - 11:30 Lecture
Composing for loudspeakers: some personal perspectives, approaches and reflections
Ambrose Seddon

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 12:30 Lecture
Play and performance: The impact of digital gameplay on musicianship
Marko Ciciliani

12:30 - 13:00 Lecture
Right Vibrations: Functionality of Contact Microphones
Jos Zwaanenburg 

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 14:15 Performance
Live set
Arieh Chrem

14:15 - 14:45 Lecture 
The biases inherent in technology
Stephen Deutsch

14:45 - 15:15Lecture
Interactive Scores for Conceptual Insight
Maya Verlaak 

15:15-15:45 Tea break

15:45 - 16:15 Lecture
Rapprochement; the composition of concert music within the Digital Audio Workstation environment
Arnold Marinissen

16:15 - 17:00 Group talk
Moderated by Michiel Schuijer and Tatiana Nunes Rosa

17:00 - 19:00 Dinner break

19:00 - 20:30 Concert
Danny de Graan - In Close Proximity (2021) 
Stefan Gerritsen (guitar) and Danny de Graan (live electronics)

Marko Ciciliani - Chemical Etudes (2018)
Marko Ciciliani, monome

Ambrose Seddon - Traces of Play (2016-17)

Yannis Kyriakides - Manual of Forgetting (2019)
Audiovisual performance

Arnold Marinissen - Fossils I, III, VI & VII (2022)
Paolo Gorini, piano and live electronics

Elif Murat - Live set 

20:30 - 21:30 Drinks