Here you find some live recordings of staalplaat soundsystem.
Since its inception in 2000, Staalplaat Soundsystem has created a multitude of MACHINE ORCHESTRA'S using all manner of consumer electronics. Previous highlights of Staalplaat Soundsystem performances include »FLOATING ISLANDS« , a large sound/light installation in the Spree,a floating orchestra composed of fifty vacuum cleaners, plastic bottles and lights.
»YOKOMONO« is the Staalplaat Mono Erosive Surround Sound Installation.
The present setup consists of 10 vinyl killers, each customised with its own fm transmitter. The sound will come through a set of radios that receives the signal transmitted by the vinyl killers. You might think Yokomono is just a DJ set with 10 turntables, and in a way that is correct but in many more ways Yokomono is completely different. This project exists as performance and as installation version.
The most resend project »ARCHITONE« is to create sound art with public space. Several compositions were produced for building’s, a park and a trainstation in collaborations with architects and other Artist active and experienced in this veiled. Architone was first developed for the Siemens Arts Programme in Kiel presented at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival where we converted the Kunsthalle into an instrument. Its similar incarnation was »CLOSED ENOUGH« presented with Mark Bain in Graz at the Steirischer Herbst and ORF Musikprotokol. »STATION TO STATION« made for the Today’s Art festival in Den Haag, in collaboration with Mike Rijnierse, Erik Hobijn and Mark Bain, we applied Architone principles to the Den Haag Central train-station. To explore the train station sound as a source and control and transform it into an new instrument, we used the back and forth movement of as the faders for the mixing of 10 train horns and station sounds. The Staalplaat Soundsystem is now working on the new Architone project »YOKOMONO-PRO«, developed for the Indian Khoj – International Artists Association in New Delhi.
The initiator of Staalplaat Soundsystem Geert-Jan Hobijn is the founder of Staalplaat , graphic designer, curator and soundartist. Other members are: Carsten Stabenow, the founder of the german Media Art festival garage curating and organising for many different media- and sound art festivals, Carlo Crovato is working as an solo artist also under the pseudonym plastic-electrics and Jens Alexander Ewald software developer and research associate at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel.
Staalplaat Soundsystem has been showing works at several international festivals, museums, galeries and events like Avanto (Helsinki), Sonar (Barcelona), 798 South Gate space (Beijing), DEAF (Rotterdam),Transmediale (Berlin), DOM (Moscow), Ars Electronica (Linz), Todaysart (Den Haag), MOCA Taipei, Museeum Weserburg (Bremen), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Steirischer Herbst ( Graz), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Khoj International Artists (New Dehli) and Auditorium in Rome.