Since 2007, the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam and CalArts’ Experimental Sound Practices (ESP) program have participated in an exchange program in which a group of CalArts graduate music students work intensively on projects at the STEIM studios in Holland.
Four students from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts--Stephanie Smith (Music MFA 11), Carmina Escobar (Music MFA 10), Stina Haraldsdottir (Music MFA 11), and Daniel Eaton (Music MFA 11)--were hand-picked by the faculty to participate in the program and departed for the exchange last week. Collectively, their projects have ranged from interactive circuit sculptures to multimedia ensemble performance.
“The history of STEIM is amazing. It is one of the leading experimental music centers in Europe and has been for decades,” says CalArts faculty member Clay Chaplin, who leads the exchange. STEIM is the only independent live electronic music center in the world that is dedicated exclusively to the performing arts. “CalArts’ ESP program is thrilled to be partnered with such an innovative institution.”
The two-week residency and workshop culminates in a concert featuring the students’ work on Oct. 10. 24700 hopes to post photos and video in the upcoming weeks from works-in-progress at STEIM, so check back soon.
In the meantime, watch the video above that documents the 2009 CalArts-STEIM exchange.