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A lot has happened since the last post.

'Sonata for 10 pedals', my collaboration with composer Lucas Wiegerink, had its try-out (Gaudeamus Sessions in June), world premier (Darmstadt in August) and Dutch premier (Gaudeamus Muziekweek September). It took some time for the piece to grow, but the Dutch premier was very good. Hopefully there'll be a documentation video soon.

'A Short Piece of Decay', my piece for the Black Pencil ensembe, has its premier in Lingen Germany in July. It went well, and the press agreed. More info here.

After the summer I worked again on the GeluidjesFabriek (LittleSoundsFactory), an ongoing project to generate SoundObjects from basic sounds, semi-randomly produced. This time the application was at a fabulous old motor factory called Zaag 55 in Krimpen aan de Lek NL. I was invited by a local group of artists to participate in their yearly exhibition, and I developed the GeluidjesFabriek further for this event. Documentation can be found here.

I've also been working on two funding applications: one for a werkbeurs (work grant) for 4 new pieces: 'Untitled for Anne' (for Anne La Berge), 'Parish of Tama' (for band and cementmixer), 'De Jacht' ('The Hunt', a radioplay in collaboration with Nienke Rooijakkers) and 'Songs of Love and Decay' (with Evelien van de Broek). I'm very excited about these plans, and hope to realize them in 2015.

The other funding application is a composition commissioned by Miriam Overlach, harpist. That piece will be called 'Spill', and will deal with fossil fuel disasters. Should be flammable.

Furthermore the teaching season has started. I'm again teaching SuperCollider at the Master of Live Electronics at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and I'm also involved in a CineDans collaboration with the Graphic Design departement of the Utrecht School of the Arts, as sound expert.

Last but not least (at all!) I've been playing last week with Spoon3 and a Shackle Affair. That was good.

Exciting times!

What's to come: finishing MOROS and making a piece for Jasper Stadhouders and I. Plus a soundwalk in the infamous Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam.