In the context of a partnership with Serralves, Thomas Ankersmit will present a workshop on electronic music on modular synthesizers in the SoA on the 8th of January from 15h to 19h, directed to the students of the Master Degree on Sound Design and the PhD on Science, Technology and Art.
This workshop is part of the programme Additional Tones: A Tribute to Maryanne Amacher, that includes the screening of the documentary film Sisters With Transistors, a seminar and listening session dedicated to Amachers’s series of works Music for Sound Joined Rooms and Mini Sound Series led by researchers Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz, the interpretation of the composition for two pianos Petra by the unprecedented duo of pianists composed by an historical name - Marianne Schroeder - and the young Portuguese musician Joana Gama, and the presentation in yet another national premiere: Thomas Ankersmit's Perceptual Geographies for Serge Modular synthesizer, a piece inspired by and dedicated to Amacher.
Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and sound artist based in Berlin. He plays the Serge Modular synthesizer, both live and in the studio, and collaborates with artists like Phill Niblock and Valerio Tricoli. His music is released on the Shelter Press, PAN, and Touch labels, and combines intricate sonic detail and raw electric power, with a very physical and spatial experience of sound. Acoustic phenomena such as infrasound and otoacoustic emissions (sounds emanating from inside the head, generated by the ears themselves) play an important role in his work, as does a deliberate, creative misuse of the equipment. His work has been presented at institutions like Museu Serralves, Museo Reina Sofia, MoMA PS1, Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof and at festivals worldwide. He’s lectured at universities like Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Goldsmiths.