Derek Holzer - Tonewheels

02. December 2014, 19:00

Live-Performance of Derek Holzer
duration: 35 minutes

In his impressive performance TONEWHEELS, American sound artist Derek Holzer will be converting graphical imagery to sound, inspired by some of the pioneering 20th Century electronic music inventions.

Transparent tonewheels with repeating patterns are spun over light-sensitive electronic circuitry to produce sound and light pulsations and textures. This procedure will generate a visual and acoustic live experience for the audience.

This all-analog set is performed entirely live without the use of computers to go beyond the limits of the "modern" technologies and to enable entirely new ways in the field of electronic music.  Overhead projectors are used as light source, performance interface and audience display. In this way, TONEWHEELS aims to open up the “black box” of electronic music and video by exposing the working processes of the performance for the audience to see.

Derek Holzer is one of the grant holders of the Stiftung Niedersachsen for Media Art 2014.

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Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound + space, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has performed live, taught workshops and created scores of unique instruments and installations since 2002 across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand.