Mark IJzerman is active as a sound designer, music composer and educator with a great interest in interactive and procedural sound. Besides being an artist he believes in the importance of educating (young) people to make their own media. He has worked as a researcher and educator in the Netherlands, England, and Zambia, teaching electronic music to people of all ages. For the last few years he has been dividing his time between creating music or sound for various media, making interactive sound for installations, as well as teaching at some of the leading media art faculties in the Netherlands. His works carry a strong organic quality that is audible in all of his creations.
Interactive sound & light installation + cassette tape installation.
For the indeBOVENkamer cross-disciplinary mini-event I worked together with Rene Mastenbroek (cook) and Marijke Bongers (eco-textile artist) to create an immersive experience with the symbolism of the oyster and it’s defense mechanism as a conceptual starting point.
For the Studium Generale programme of the Technical University of Eindhoven I did a workshop on active listening. Starting from Edgar Varèse’s famous phrase “music is organised sound”, I introduced workshop participants into the realms of recognising sound objects in music and other recordings. From here on we discussed how to visualise these, and what they meant in different contexts.
“Luisterminuut” is an initiative that wants to give all kids in primary schools in the Netherlands access to a great diversity of music and sound. During this project, kids ages 4-12 listen actively for one minute a day. The sounds differ greatly from day to day; from frogs at daybreak to Chopin to electronic sounds from the 50′s.
Through this activity, a discussion is started and the fantasies of the students stimulated. It has been proven that active listening has a positive effect on the attention span and social skills.
“Luisterminuut” is inspired by the UK project “Minute of Listening”.
Video of the project will follow soon.
Non-linear sound and music for festival installation in collaboration with z25.
The project ‘Oantinken” (Frisian for memento/remembrance) consists of a combination of a smartphone application and a physical installation designed to run on festivals with a cultural base. It’s a collaboration between the theatre company Tryater and the z25 Foundation.
A festival is defined by its temporality. As a visitor, you can immerse in this mini-cosmos that potentially redefines the world around you. After the festival, back in the real world, memories of this temporary space form a manipulated re-construction. The smartphone app ‘Oantinken’ asks the visitors to record the festival by following photo assignments during the event. Hereby it tries to capture the memories of as many visitors as possible to create a new manipulated image of the festival which will be exhibited in the video-installation ‘Oantinken’ in real-time.
Based on concepts by Niels Dielen, Jelle van Doorne, Anca Siegersma, Mick Vonk. Project lead: Rodrik Biersteker. Software development: Roderick Gadellaa, Aldo Hoeben, Arnaud Loonstra. Design: Wijnand Veneberg. Sound design: Mark IJzerman. Support: Ferdy Guliker, Machiel Veltkamp.
With the help of Roald van Dillewijn I composed and produced music for the Music For Car Parks competition. We landed second prize. This is a mono excerpt.
Nova Loko (30 minutes) is a piece about going to new places, and the expectations that go along with that.
The full piece will be remixed, reproduced and released later this year.
“A subtlemob is an invisible flashmob, it’s like walking through a film, experienced on headphones, played out by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only an mp3 player this subtlemob takes you on a cinematic experience of twists and turns…” – Duncan Speakman
Duncan Speakman came up with the term “subtlemob” and has been exploring these kinds of storytelling since then.
SETUP (Utrecht Medialab) set out to do it’s own subtlemob. Together with Dongwei Su, Babette Heeren (script), and Joep Vermolen (sound), we made an immersive experience which is to be experienced with a group of people at Utrecht’s Central Station. As time and resources were tight we used a lot of open source sound and music material to craft this experience.
Non-linear sound design/music for interactive installation at GLOW Festival 2012, collaborating with students from the Interaction Design department of the University of Technology Eindhoven.
Our world is in a constant state of transformation. Most of the time, our view of the world will change parallel to this transformation. The changes in the world are often propelled us as an individual, group, generation or country. Are we aware of the influence we have on our environment? The installation allows you to experience and admire this influence by joining forces with others.
Your acts have meaning!
Students of the Intelligent Lighting Institute of Eindhoven University of Technology want to make visitors of GLOW 2012 think about the amount of control we have on the changing façade of the world. The visitors will be able to experience individual and collective influence on the world around them by collectively replacing weight.
Instrument made during the Standford’s Sattelite CCRMA workshop at STEIM.
Toy accordion from the 50′s, “augmented” with a piezo microphone, Arduino Nano (w/ accelerometer and distance sensor) and a Beagleboard running a PureData patch.
Performed with at:
- Solar Festival 2012 with the Impro Collective
- Discovery Festival 2012 with Soundlings
recording of the networked jam-session _waveFronts below: