14 December 2019: Instruments Make Play Fair

Instruments Make Play is een platform voor de bouwers en bespelers van nieuw uitgevonden, zelfgebouwde, onconventionele muziekinstrumenten. Op zaterdag 14 december presenteert Instruments Make Play vanaf 2 uur ‘s middags tot 8 uur ‘s avonds een uitgebreid programma in WORM dat het midden houdt tussen een festival en een beurs voor zowel publiek als makers. Op elk moment van de dag zijn er performances te zien en te beluisteren, naast de vele te aanschouwen installaties en presentaties in de zalen van WORM. Iedere instrumentenbouwer geeft een korte showcase.

Instruments Make Play is a platform for the inventors and players of newly invented, unconventional musical instruments. On Saturday December 14, from 2 PM to 8 PM, Instruments Make Play presents an extensive program in WORM, which is basically 50/50 a festival and a fair, for both public and makers. Throughout the day there are continuous performances and showcases to see and listen to, in addition to the many installations that are on view. The fair is a meeting point for like-minded people that build their own musical instruments (which in some cases will be for sale) and audiences alike.

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Verslag Instruments make Play Beurs 14 december 2019

Dit was de derde keer dat we onze ‘beurs’ hielden. Misschien is de benaming niet helemaal correct; we krijgen regelmatig kritiek omdat de titel ‘beurs’ zou suggeren dat het enerzijds een commercieel gebeuren is, en anderzijds niets met podiumkunsten te maken heeft. Nu is de hele discipline van de DIY instrumenten-praktijk er een die zich afspeelt tussen vormgeving, beeldende kunst, techniek en podiumkunst, waarbij geen van deze elementen persee de boventoon voert. Toch gaat het voor een groot deel over het tonen van instrumenten die nieuwe geluiden maken.

De ‘beurs’zoals wij hem deze keer georganiseerd hebben was een groot succes; de beste van de drie afleveringen tot nu toe. Het was een mooi amalgaan van kunstenaars, muzikantenen, makers uit verschillende generaties en richtingen (noise, electronica, theater, modulaire synthesis, performance) en  een geinteresseerd publiek dat in grotere getale was opgekomen dan de vorige keer.

Het succes zat hem in de mengvorm van ontmoetingsplek, korte optredens en algehele atmosfeer. Het zal ongetwijfeld gebeurd zijn dat iemand wat van zijn of haar werk heeft verkocht of voor een optreden of expo is gevraagd, maar het zwaartepunt lag toch op genoemde drie aspecten waaraan we kunnen toevoegen dat het enthousiasme van de deelnemers een grote inspiratie was om het gebeuren nog een keer te willen organiseren.

Helaas waren er een aantal afmeldingen; in Frankrijk waren op dat moment stakingen van het openbaar vervoer dus onze franse gasten wisten Rotterdam niet te bereiken (Mobin, Levecque en Leguay) terwijl er een tweetal ziekmeldingen waren (Garnica en Hordijk). Hopelijk kunnen we ze in 2020 wel verwelkomen.


Cologne-based musician, visual artist and inventor of electroacoustic instruments whose musical performances center around the ‘Palmonica’ (Electrified Palm Leaf) and the ‘Carbophon’ (a kind of complex “super” kalimba). Hirsch creates a space somewhere between playful leftfield electronics and freestyle “gamelan”.

▪️➞ ANTON MOBIN (fr)
Musician, improviser, instrument-builder. His “Prepared Chamber” is a resonant wooden box in which numerous common objects are organized and amplified by magnetic pickups and contact microphones.

Musician and electronic musical instrument builder who explores the foundations of sound generations with a strong engineering approach. His creations should result in both a playable instrument as well serve as a starting point for new developments. Arthur teaches creative technology at HAN University, Arnhem.

Composer, dramatist, instrument builder. Together with Laurens van der Wee, he has developed the app ‘Close Call Live’ (in app stores), which will be presented. He currently is constructing a series of new instruments that are played by ‘juggling’, but as of yet only exist on paper.

▪️➞ BART KOPPE (nl)
DIY media artist who develops his creations from re-used material, making use of existing techniques and DIY manuals. His works mirror the social aspects of technological progress. Bart will present his ‘Marine Debris Sound Instruments’.

▪️➞ CHRIS MEIGHAN (sct / nl)
Chris Meighan creates different electronica instruments and comprehensive multimedia experiences using mostly obsolete materials. He makes danceable electro with his ‘Koffersynth’ (suitcase synth), an all-in-one synthesizer, sequencer and drum computer built into an 80s Samsonite briefcase.
chrismeighan.com/ | instrumentsmakeplay.nl/album/chris-meighan

Das Ding’s Danny Bosten has been active since the early 1980s, when he started releasing his and friends’ music via his own cassette label. As Das Ding he is acclaimed for his powerful dark electro. Next to producing electronic music, Danny develops and constructs his own modules and synth parts.

▪️➞ DATO (nl)
Dato (David Menting and Toon Welling) are designers and synth enthusiasts who developed the ‘Dato DUO’, an instrument for making electronic music together. It is designed to be enjoyed by kids aged 3 to 99 and up!

Founder of the Rotterdam-based Noodlebar (purveyors and developers of electronic music made with modular synths), who also made a name for himself with his solo project Mono-poly. Next to that Dennis also makes modules and effects.

The ‘Synchronator’ is an audiovisual project for which this duo has developed their own electronics. Medium-specific experiments between image and sound from the early years of video art.
synchronator.com ▪️➞ JAN WILLEM HAAGEBEEK (nl) Electronica musician and producer. Driving force behind the “Ginko Synthese”. All of his products are designed with a focus on the immediacy of live performance, but can be easily integrated into a studio environment.

Amsterdam-based composer / performer whose recent works focuses on sound extension of traditional instruments. She aims to create tools that facilitate playing on/with instruments or objects using the transformative acoustic possibilities of electromagnetic fields. Her current performance setup is made out of e.g. permanent magnets and coils.

Musician, sound artist and educator from Angers, France who runs workshops about weird electronic instruments for all ages and backgrounds. He makes interactive sound installations from imperfect and obsolete technologies. Jean-Baptiste performs and releases music as Zalhietzli and runs the label Zugzwang Press since 2011.

Karel makes inflatable work in a literal sense. At Instruments Make Play he will perform with an older piece that incorporates a treadmill. We showed it at the previous edition but it’s time we bring this under the attention again.

Karen tries to extract sounds from her self-constructed resonant bodies. To her, sounds are far more than just frequency, amplitude, timbre and tempo. In Karen’s spatial sound installations she often uses shadow play, placing the sound-producing objects behind a scrim.

Kaspar is all about transforming ordinary everyday objects, including waste-materials, into music instruments. The ‘Soundbike’, ‘Scapeboard’ and ‘Supermiky’ are some of his creations, based on the combination of things, like – bike and guitar – or – keyboard and turntable -.
synestizer.com | listentocolors.com

Inventor of strange musical instruments and installations. Among his well known inventions are the ‘Heliophone’, the ‘chess pianola’, the ‘bicycle gamelan orchestra’ and the ‘tea party piano’. As Phonophilia, he has performed on both national kids’ TV and the canals of The Hague.
youtu.be/1nk9U5oNpY8 | fonkeltoon.nl/phonophilia

The relationship between the environment, the spectator and the artist is central in Maika Garnica’s practice. Through various contextual variations the nature of her work shifts spontaneously from sculptures, utilitarian objects to sound installations.

Marloes builds instruments, installations and systems. The electromechanical objects that she develops explore natural phenomena and everyday appliances. By repurposing ordinary objects she aims to create unusual, yet familiar experiences. Next to performing live, she occasionally hosts digital synthesizer workshops.

▪️➞ MINA KIM (kr/nl)
Mina (a.k.a. vitamina) is a researcher and performer. From an environmental and sociological perspective, she creates a new value and playful function from e-wastes. She makes musical instruments by combining circuits and broken electronics, aiming to re-create the garbage in A/V ways.

▪️➞ NEON & LANDA (nl)
This duo’s “Bubble Drum” looks like a lab gone wild. It consists of suspended pipes that hold coloured water, and produces rhythmical sound and movement by releasing bubbles of compressed air. The Bubble Drum plays bubbly beats on its own, but there is also a control station available for the visitor to try out.

Niek is a Rotterdam-based artist with a background in Media Design and Musicology. He is the founder of the ‘Universal Notation Ideal’, creator of the ‘Literal Tone Ladder’ and the ‘Portatrebem’. Currently, he is a member of Varia, and works on a publication on contemporary floppy disk culture, entitled ‘Floppy Totaal: Badly Labelled’.

▪️➞ NORA MULDER (nl)
Nora Mulder is known for her performances of contemporary classical music, improvised music and absurdist sound installations. She recently was awarded the the biannual Willem Breuker prize. The laureate is also a creator of self-built instruments.

▪️➞ PAUL TAS (nl)
CEO from ‘Error Instruments’; great modular stuff and effects. Paul will organise short workshops during the fair, which will give visitors the opportunity to built their own synthesizer for half-price.

Godfather of the Dutch performance & instrument builders scene who still holds the sacred fire. In his career he has always been moving forward; from megalomaniac choir installations and robotics to children’s shows and one-man performances. His strange sound productions include candy cannons and many actions in public spaces.

Piers developped the ‘Striso’, a new musical instrument with a distinct and versatile sound, combining the possibilities of electronics with the experience of an acoustic instrument.

Veteran Rotterdam-based sound artist, composer and sound designer who started creating noise machines as early as 1988. He will bring an installation made for/with strings, a rather megalomaniac affair which includes amplifiers and oscillators.

Reverselandfill is Martijn Verhallen, residing in Den Bosch, from where he’s setting up events, labs and workshops throughout the country. He will bring DIY equipment kits to sell and a selection of his new instruments for demonstrations.

Sound artist, creative coder, hardware hacker, designer and lecturer. Roald aims to make powerful tools for composition, live performance, interactive installations and sound design for several disciplines.

▪️➞ ROB HORDIJK (nl)
Perhaps NL’s most famous synth & module builder who has always been sympathetic towards the cause of the underground. He currently is building a new series of his ‘Blippoo’ boxes.
modulargrid.net/m/vendors/view/226 | vimeo.com/107453197

Artwork from Ewaste is Robin’s ongoing art project which makes use of discarded or obsolete electronics. Fascinated by industrial design, he loves building, modifying and repairing audio devices into interactive instruments. Electronics which are truly broken become sculpture designs; evolving into animal, humanoid and robotic forms.

▪️➞ SISTOR & SOMA LABORATORY (presenting ‘ENNER X Ekkoflok DIY Modular’)
A Synth building / sound artist duo from Denmark that tries to generate new systems as to avoid the old ones. Its main goal is to bring new possibilities of sound extraction and self-expression.
somasynths.com | soundcloud.com/sistorhood

▪️➞ SJOERD LEIJTEN / JO CAIMO (be / toitoiDrome)
Duo from the Antwerpian media collective toitoiDrome who have made all kinds of instruments. A selection will be presented, like for example: the ‘moodies’, sound bikes, an experimental radio beacon and an organ activated by human respiration. They will also make rancid propaganda for toitoiDrome.

aka Jurgen Winkel: producer, musician, artist & performer. Jurgen combines electronic music & analog sounds producing experimental and eclectic danceable music. During his performance the audience will be guided through a world of sound & vision.

aka the former WORM shop of Mariëtte Groot – your Rotterdam-based guide for all kinds of alternative media; sound art, avant-garde films, critical writing, zines, DIY activism and philosophy.

Duo performance by Victor Snijtsheuvel and Owen Storni Hoogenboezem. Their performance involves a computerprogram for a lightbox, a musical score, a mini-guitar and a self-built double bass.

Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik are an artistic couple who have been collaborating since 1993. In their work they combine movement and sound in the broadest sense of the word: performances, installations, concerts, in-situ projects, web projects and objects.

▪️➞ WE LOVE TRASH (nl)
The performances of We Love Trash (Krijn Hendriksen and Hans d’Achard) can be viewed as a dialogue between self-built instruments made from ‘objects trouvés’, and vacuum cleaners, trash and old household electronics.

Rotterdam-based collective engaged in all kinds of off-the-wall DIY activities. Current focus: printing and self-made musical instruments.

Artist using found materials. Wouter relies on the sounds (including the defects) of old tape recorders, toy instruments and homemade, “cassette driven” synths. He uses a mechanical approach to construction music of an ambient nature.

▪️➞ YANN LEGUAY (fr)
Focuses on the physicality of sound and interfaces. With his ‘Volta’ project he started to research electrical behavior knowing that actual mechanics in interfaces have mostly disappeared. The instrument is basically a high voltage modular synthesizer that allowes one to control the device by sequencer and oscillators.

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