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Composers Forum: Cathy van Eck
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:00am
Cathy van Eck (1979 Netherlands) is a composer, sound artist, and researcher in the arts. She focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human actors, and sound. Her work includes performances with live electronics and installations with sound objects, which she often designs herself. She is interested in setting her gestures into relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called “performative sound art”, since it combines elements of performance art, electronic music, and visual arts. Her work transcends genres and is presented on such diverse occasions as experimental or electronic music concerts, open-air festivals, sound art galleries, digital art events, or performance art festivals.
Cathy works closely with performers to develop her pieces, often in interdisciplinary fields, and works regularly with theatre directors and choreographers. Since 2007 she has a teaching position at the Department for Sound Arts of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Her book Between Air and Electricity – Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments was published in 2017. Her current research is concerned with composing gestures for electronic music and interactive sound art. She lives and works in Zurich.