Visiting Practitioners Series: Jaap Blonk
Thursday 31 January | London College of Communication (Lecture Theatre B)
2pm – 4pm | Open to all
[non UAL student/staff please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place]
Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet, perhaps best known as a performer for whom voice is the main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. More recently, he has begun to explore the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry. As a vocal performer, Jaap Blonk is known across the globe for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays; he also makes large-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry. He has his own record label, Kontrans, and a comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in 2013, entitled ‘KLINKT’.
CRiSAP and the Sound Arts Department at LCC co-run a Visiting Practitioners Series of weekly talks at the college, exploring the diverse field of sound arts practice. Each term member of Sound Arts staff curates the series of talks, inviting a number of sound practitioners to share their work.