Acclaimed Dutch Composer Thomas Ankersmit Performs on CalArts’ Serge Synthesizer at REDCAT

Tonight and tomorrow, the 2012 CEAIT Festival CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology), hits the REDCAT stage and features vintage electronics used in conjunction with the latest sound technology. Acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit headlines the two-day festival, premiering a piece written specifically for a rare Serge synthesizer at CalArts.

REDCAT provides a rundown of both nights:

Friday is “Noise Night” featuring L.A.’s own Damion Romero and the pairing of noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. “Ambient Night” on Saturday features the debut of a new work by Ankersmit created expressly for the historic Serge analogue modular synthesizer, originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin at CalArts in the 1970s. Ankersmit, known for abstract, intensely focused electroacoustic work using hyper-kinetic synth and computer improvisation, kicks off a program that also features work by zerfall_gebiete, the duo of electronic ambient soundscape veterans Thomas Köner and [CalArts faculty member] Ulrich Krieger.

In addition to performing, both Köner and Ankersmit are lecturing at CalArts next week. Köner, a multimedia artist noted for his use of low frequencies, gives a presentation to the Music Tech Forum class in the Machine Lab tonight from 6:30-8 pm. Ankersmit is scheduled to speak about the Serge synthesizer in the Survey of Sound Art class in B324 on Monday (Feb. 13) from 10 am-12 pm.

CEAIT Festival 2012
Tonight & Saturday, Feb. 10-11, 8:30 pm
Tickets: General $20, Students $16, CalArts Community $10

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