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The Secret Life of Plants

Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme Presentation

The Secret Life of Plants

Project Wildeman, 2021

'The Secret Life of Plants' is a project by music and performance company Project Wildeman and visual artist Rosalie Wammes. Together they will develop a large, futuristic plant object, which is an installation during the day and where ritual performances take place in the evenings. It is a fusion of electronic live music, design and video art, which reveals a deeper layer of communication with plants. Music and design come together on an equal footing in the development of a meditative ritual. In this way, the team wants to take the audience gradually, without spoken language, into a surrealistic trance experience. This project contributes to the awareness of the relationship between humans and nature. The performance will be shown 25 times at different festivals, including Oerol and Karavaan (premiere).

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Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme Presentation


Stichting Anthropologists in Art (AiArt), 2021

Musician Pink Oculus is collaborating with designers/artists Dennis Vandenbroeck and Boris Acket on an audiovisual installation for the tour linked to her upcoming album. In this installation, called 'Oculus', four elements come together: music, spatial design, lighting design and substantive research. The starting point is Pink Oculus's personal experiences with black and female empowerment, and the reference to the Afrofuturist art movement. Oculus transforms the standard performance space into a shared modern temple, where stories about the past, present and future merge. Oculus will premiere in front of an audience of 2,000 during 'Le Guess Who' festival in November 2021. Subsequently, a tour of clubs and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad will be set up. An essay will be written by Vincent van Velsen, based on the theoretical research and the process of making. Together with a modified version of Oculus, presentations will be made in galleries and art institutions.

Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme Presentation

Games in Concert: The Game

Stichting Wild Vreemd, 2021

Game music is a style of music that is gaining more and more attention. Smartphone Orchestra + the Metropole Orchestra are going one step further: they are developing an interactive form of concert and enthusing a new audience (gamers) for orchestral music and attending concerts, by integrating gameplay with the music. The audience literally takes part with their own smartphones and becomes part of the orchestra. During the concert, the audience plays 'The Game': a deliberately abstract game in which the audience gradually discovers that it has to work together to reach the next level. The points, levels, achievements and sounds of The Game influence what the orchestra plays. The musical elements are modularly controllable, ensuring a high degree of interactivity. The result is an innovative, interactive audience experience that shows what is possible when an orchestra and musicians let the audience contribute to the total concert experience with the help of 'game mechanics'. The Game will be performed in five major venues as part of 'Games in Concert', and will reach a total of 6,000 people. The parts for the smartphones will be created and composed by Eric Magnée, The Smartphone Orchestra's in-house composer. The orchestral instruments are in turn being arranged by Tom Trapp, one of the Metropole Orchestra's house composers. YouTubers GameGrumps, Smosh Games and NakeyJakey will be involved in the promotion.

Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme Publication

We... are Doomed (Pragmatic Propaganda)

The Irrational Library, 2020

'We...are Doomed' is a crossover project that connects graphic design, music and spoken word. The presentation of the third album by The Irrational Library 'We...are doomed (Pragmatic Propaganda)' will be accompanied by a new book with socio-political illustrations by illustrator TRIK. Through this collaboration, both parties want to give a boost to their creativity and skip the generic promotional campaign. The aim is also to do more justice to the album's underlying message on the theme of 'pragmatic propaganda' by means of TRIK's graphic contribution. Joshua Baumgarten's lyrics also play an important role. In live performances, TRIK's illustrations are used in moving form. Besides the ambition to use various online and offline media for the promotion, there will be a live tour that takes in event locations, art galleries and other venues.

Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme AV production

Eefje de Visser x Nick Verstand

Studio Nick Verstand, 2020

Singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser and artist Nick Verstand are working together on a project to develop a live show that combines music, choreography and scenography. The theme for Eefje de Visser's 2021 club tour is bringing together contrasts, and for this purpose separate elements are integrated into one harmonious system. The scenography consists of a large reflector suspended from three computer-controlled hoists, and a series of lights that follow it exactly to reflect the light to targeted spots. The intensity of the light is controlled in real time by the amplitude of Eefje de Visser's voice. This creates a lively image where light and sound merge together. For this project, several innovative techniques are being researched and developed, such as the light reflection of different materials and structures. In addition, software is being developed to control dynamic hoisting and lighting animations in three dimensions in real time. This software controls the hoist positions in such a way that the reflector is precisely positioned in the space. For the implementation of this project, there is collaboration with Sandra Hillaerts (choreography), Daniel de Bruin (hardware development) and Poul Holleman (software development), among others. The performance will be presented during an international tour, which kicks off in February 2021 in Carré Amsterdam.

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