Robert van Heumen Composer Improvisor Laptop-Instrumentalist Sound-Designer
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Fury review on Spiritual Archives

Dutch electronic improviser, member of an electro-acoustic project (OfficeR) and of a trio active in audio-visual arts (SKIF++), mathematician, trumpet player, software programmer and so on…
Robert van Heumen’s compositions are created using primarily the laptop and, specifically, running the software LiSa for a live sampling and SuperCollider for a real-time audio-synthesis.
This is his first CD, containing two titles: “Fury (after anger)”, a composition in four movements built on distorted, crackled, buzzed sounds with episodic fragments of spoken words, repetitive at times but often consisting of entire pieces of text taken from historical documents about “Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration camps in central California (1940-1941)” (see here). Subtle melodies generated by a guitar occasionally interfere.
“They Would Get Angry Sometimes”, the second piece, has nearly the same structure, but with more incidence of computer treatments and, perhaps, of noise.
Original work of sampling and programming, great combination of different sound sources, thus an excellent debut.