Holzer vs Glazova

Posted in Announcement, Documentation on March 10th, 2012 by admin

Derek Holzer vs Jelena Glazova 19th session by Holzer vs Glazova

Derek Holzer vs Jelena Glazova 13th session by Holzer vs Glazova

Playing next Friday with Jelena Glazova in Riga. Had two really great sets, one in Zagreb last week and one last night in Tallinn, with the “new” setup: soundbox, found objects and analog mini-synth, discovering the possibilities of how they work together. Looking forward to mixing with Jelena’s amazing processed vocals.

At the Estonian gig, something in the PA starting smelling quite smokey, despite the fact that everything sounded fine, and afterward many people told me what kind of emotions that smell triggered for them. Interesting… but I don’t want to make a career out of smoking PAs!

In case anyone is curious, Holzer Sr.’s film project Kickstarter has 18 hours to go and has been a success. He flies to Marietta, Georgia on the 14th to have the film transferred to digital and after that I can get to work on the soundtrack. Should be an curious collaboration.

I have absolutely no work lined up for next month, which should make me a bit nervous. But I’ve decided to spend less time online, build some new soundbox-type instruments and get busy pushing them. Please get in contact if you would like something custom.

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Nu Fest 2010, Padova IT

Posted in Announcement on December 12th, 2009 by admin

Practice your Italiano!


Nu Fest 2010 Padova, IT

Venerdì 19 febbraio

Palazzo Liviano
ore 14.00 (durata 6 ore circa)

Teatro MPX
ore 21.00
MIRA CALIX live set (Warp Records – Joahnnesburg.Londra SOUTH AFRICA/UK)
+ opening act by DEREK HOLZER live set (Umatic NL/USA)

Tonewheels è un esperimento che consiste nella conversione di un immaginario grafico in suono. Il workshop si ispira ad alcune invenzioni basilari come l’ANS Synth (Murzin USSR 1937-57), il Variophone (Sholpo USSR 1930) e il sistema Oramics(Oram UK 1957) sviluppate da importanti musicisti e ricercatori sin dall’inizio del secolo scorso.
Fogli di plastica trasparente e colorata verranno illuminati per poter interagire con dei circuiti elettronici sensibili alla luce che così produrranno suoni e strutture ritmiche. I partecipanti impareranno come costruire due tipi di circuiti che sono due mattoni fondamentali per la costruzione di un sintetizzatore ottico: un semplice convertitore luce-suono controllato da un motore e inoltre come disegnare e stampare dei pattern personali usando il materiale disponibile in internet gratuitamente.

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playing with electricity

Posted in Announcement on September 20th, 2009 by admin

Brief updates are in order… last Thursday I was lucky enough to get a two years extension to my German residence permit with relatively little hassle. I’m sure the Marfa Texas Country Club will be disappointed that they won’t be having me as their golf caddy next season, but them’s the breaks.

As you can see above, my old buddy Tore “Origami” Boe is visiting Berlin again from the Canary Islands, and we’ll be playing with electricity together as BOE DEREK at the next Salon Bruit. Not sure if I’ll bring the TONEWHEELS setup, or construct something suitably primitive to match his fantastic “acoustic laptops”, but it should be a fun night all the same.

The TONEWHEELS workshop and performance in Belfast went very well. I didn’t shoot any workshops videos myself, but hopefully the Oscillations Festival will edit together some nice cuts of the gig some day.

For the workshop, I tried a new light-to-sound converter circuit from www.5volt.eu, and it worked so well I designed a board for it. Cute little thing, ain’t it?

Eric Archer (ericarcher.net) also just sent me one of his
fantastic light-to-sound converters, although I haven’t been able to
pick it up from the office where it was shipped to yet!!!

There were several updates to the TONEWHEELS website (umatic.nl/tonewheels.html), including some further historical info as well as the Vimeo videos finally added to the front page. Next step is to update the Technical section with better workshop info.

In the update, I included some photos of Daphne Oram’s Oramics machine, an amazing optophonic synthesizer from 1959, which Rob Mullender in London was kind enough to let me have a peek at. Some of the photos are posted below.

And Rob sent me a great scan of a 1970’s Optigan disc that I couldn’t resist putting up as well!

I’ll be taking the TONEWHEELS project to the following places very soon:

?? Nov – MS Stubnitz, Amsterdam, NL (date to be confirmed!)
31 Oct – Whatnight #3, Tilburg, NL
25-27 Oct – DA Festival, Sofia, BG
15-18 Oct – Tiny Noise/Kunstwerk, Cologne, DE

Final news item is that Polish noise-god Zbigniew Karkowski will give a two day composition workshop at NK here in Berlin 9-10 November, and yes my ass will be sitting in that workshop.
Now Playing
colin wilsonthe outsider book (1956)
ryokuchishinsho[2006 smd]
various artistspsychedelic phinland_finnish hippie & underground music 1967-1974[2006 love records]
ben frostby the throat[2009 bedroom community]
orthodoxsentencia[2009 alone]
omgod is good[2009 southern lord]
sleeplive at ATP 9 may 09[bootleg]
yogamegafauna[2009 holy mountain]
pietro grossimusicautomatica[2003 die schactel]
antoine chessex & arnaud rivieresplit 7″ [2009 le petit mignon](amazing printed cover by mounir jatoum!!!!)
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Berlin gigs w/ Burial Hex, Habsyll, Pure, Column One

Posted in Announcement on April 18th, 2009 by admin

Upcoming Berlin gigs!

Now Playing

Josh Lay Heirophant (Sentient Recognition Archive)
Nicholas Szczepanik
Mi Otra Mitad 3″ CD (Basses Frequences)
Ghosts 12″ (Conspiracy)
Herman Hesse
Steppenwolf (book)
Carl Gustav Jung
Man and His Symbols (book)
Robin Hardy
The Wicker Man (1973)(film)
Daniel Higgs
Hymnprovisations for Banjo by the A.I.U. with Piano and Raindrops (iDEAL)
The Bastard Noise
Rogue Astronaut (Gravity)
All Reflections Drained (Hydra Head)

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Piksel + Eyes for Ears

Posted in Announcement on November 16th, 2008 by admin

Piksel08 – Code Dreams – Bergen, Norway 4-7 Dec 2008

I’ll be performing at the Piksel festival in Bergen on Thursday, 4 December. I attended Piksel a few years ago, and found that while it was an interesting gathering of minds, their public interface needed a bit of work. As in: when you have a general audience interested to see some performances, don’t geek out and show them your source code headers for a half hour!!!! They will vaporize! There’s always an interesting tension between those that position themselves as developers and those that position themselves as artists at these things. The same developers seem to return to Piksel year after year, but the artists…well…. so I’m interested to see if their way of engaging the public has improved since 2005, and whether the developers have managed to incorporate any sense of aesthetics into their often-times hideously ugly software demos yet ;-)


How does code dream? What are the dreams of code?

Piksel08 examines the other side of code, an alternative side to a hard-coded reality of work and play. Open hardware and free software project a utopic vision, yet exist within economies of capital, the dream factory of mainstream technology. Within the chance meeting of sewing machine and umbrella on the dissecting table, hardware and software are flattened.

Piksel08: code dreams explores the dreams of this soft machine; bachelors coding for pleasure, reverse engineering paranoiac constructs of the real, automatic coding practice, soft hardware, and everyday magic.

Eyes for Ears

On returning from Piksel, I have a date with Jerome Pirot, aka Eyes for Ears, who will come from Paris to Berlin to shoot one of his fantastic “macro-vision” videos of my TONEWHEELS set. Check some of his eye candy below:

cuT_09 from Eyes_For_Ears on Vimeo. Vincent Epplay

cuT_20 from Eyes_For_Ears on Vimeo. Arnaud Rivière

cuT_23 from Eyes_For_Ears on Vimeo. Valentina Vuksic

Post-scriptum: 12 Meter Power Chord

Video documentation in the works for the 12 Meter Power Chord performance and installation, and will be posted here soon. I will perform the installation again on Friday 28 November with Monno drummer and Stupidity member Marc Fantini. Noise should get rolling around 20:00 that night. Bring offerings of fir sprigs, oak branches and sheep’s bowels to send the amplifier spirits home happily.

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September/October events in DE, BE, HR

Posted in Announcement on September 9th, 2008 by admin

Uh-uh-uh-uh stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive the next month by peddling my ass off to the (highest?) bidder at these fine concerts and festivals in Germany, Belgium and Croatia…

20 SeptemberDas Kleine Field Records Festival, O Tannenbaum Berlin
29 SeptemberFlachland Festijn Berlin, Club Joseph Berlin
21-24 SeptemberDatabase Aesthetics, MAMA Zagreb
06 October – Experimontag presents Guitar Zero, Madame Claude Berlin
14 October – Almost Cinema Festival, Vooruit Ghent

Enjoy some fliers…

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Full Pull, Malmö

Posted in Announcement on September 3rd, 2008 by admin

I am presenting the Tuned City Festival along with Carsten Stabenow next Saturday at the Full Pull Festival in Malmö. And with a little luck, I’ll be performing TONEWHEELS there as well. I’ll be first up on the Saturday night program, so don’t be late!!!!

Concert/performance schedule 5 & 6 September

Schedule, Friday 5.9

Doors open 20.00

21.00 Novi_sad
22.00 Shenggy
23.00 Antti Rannisto
00.00 Hild Sofie Tafjord

Schedule, Saturday 6.9

Doors open 20.00

On stage:
20.30 Derek Holzer
21.00 BJNilsen
22.00 Lost in Hildurness
23.00 Mark Bain
00.00 Pixel

Talks/presentations schedule 6 September

Schedule, Saturday 6.9, 14.00–17.00

14.00 Mathias Holmberg: Presentation of Full Pull 08 and Scaniaparken 2008
14.15 Brandon LaBelle: Social Music
15.00 Carsten Stabenow & Derek Holzer. Tuned City
16.30 Mark Bain: Sonic Architecture
17.00 End

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Field Recording workshop, Almere + KFRF, Berlin

Posted in Announcement on August 20th, 2008 by admin

Recording on Lake Michigan, 2006

Soundtransit.nl Field Recording Workshop: 22-23 August, Almere, the Netherlands

I’m giving a two day workshop on listening to and making field recordings as part of the SITE2F7 Festival next weekend, 22-23 August 2008.

The workshop will run from 17:00-23:00 or later on the Friday night. In the afternoon we’ll listen to examples of different types and approaches to field recording from the Soundtransit.nl website as well as various CDs. Then we’ll learn a bit about using professional sound recording gear such as the Sound Devices 700-series field recorder, DPA microphone capsules, Mid/Side microphone rigs, windscreens and more. Then in the evening we’ll go out and record the area around De Paviljeons, a temporary museum space in heart of Almere where the festival is taking place. Saturday, from 10:00-17:00 we’ll listen to, critique and edit for presentation the recordings of the participants.

There will be a final presentation of the participants’ recordings as well as other works I’ve selected from Soundtransit.nl and other places at 20:00 that evening. There should be a few places left, and I think that it’s free… contact: festival@site2f7.nl

Das Kleine Field Recordings Festival: 20 September, Berlin, Germany

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An Evening’s Redness in the West, 15 Aug Berlin

Posted in Announcement on August 5th, 2008 by admin

Hair Entertainment & Macumbista present:

An Evening’s Redness in the West


Dead Black Arms (DK)
myspace. com/satanismaroundhollywood

Spastic Dementia (AR)
myspace. com/marceloaguirre

Macumbista (US)
myspace. com/macumbista

DJ: Chris Douglas /O.S.T. (iDEAL)
myspace. com/rougishscald

http://hairentertainment. com/DEADBLACKARMS/WHITERABBIT

15 August 2008
White Rabbit
Lobeckstraße 35, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

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Black Trashhhhh! DJ set + PD workshop this weekend

Posted in Announcement on April 23rd, 2008 by admin

Black Trashhhhh! DJ set 28.04.08

Next Monday I’m DJing some FUCKING METAL for a noise show organized by my favorite Attention Deficit Disorder victim in Berlin, Pato.

[click pic for big]

28/04/08 Black Trashhhhhh!

* xxxxx/mh/others
* Stupidity
* Penelopex
* Ent
* Macumbista DJ

+ guests

Madame Claude
Lubbener Str. 19
Kreuzberg Berlin
UBahn Schlesiches Tor

PD Sensor Workshop 26.04.08

April 26th 2PM: AVR/HID Sensor Input into Pure Data with Derek Holzer & Martin Howse

We will continue last month’s investigation of quick and cheap ways of getting sensor input into the Pure Data programming environment, using either USB game controllers or ATmega8 microcontrollers and the HID (Human Interface Device) protocol. Participants should bring the AVR/HID boards and/or hacked joysticks from the previous workshop. Those who did not attend the previous workshop are welcome, and ready made sensor boards can be purchased as part of the participation fee. Please RSVP to m@1010.co.uk if you plan to attend, and indicate whether you will need a sensor input board for Saturday.

A few (!) sample sensors will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sensors (light, pressure, motion, etc…) for experimentation. The Pure Data programming environment will be used to get the sensor information into the computer and map it to different parameters, ranging from MIDI to direct control of audio or video.

Windows users should be aware that the possibilities for input on their systems may be more restricted. GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users should not expect any problems.

Some links for those interested:

http://1010.co.uk/avrhid.html (AVR/HID board documentation)
http://puredata.info/downloads (install PD-Extended 0.39 from here!)
http://www.sensorwiki.org/index.php/Main_Page (comprehensive list of
sensors for musical use)

—What to bring:


1) Laptop running Linux, OS X or Windows (be advised that Windows users may have fewer possibilities)
2) Pure Data Extended 0.39 installed from: http://puredata.info/downloads (please mind that it is Extended and 0.39!!!!)
3) Soundcard (internal or external, quality a non-issue)
4) Headphones
5) EUR 10 participation fee (+ 8 euros if you need a sensor board)


1) Sensors of any kind
2) USB game controller of any kind
3) Microphones or other sound inputs
4) Your own project ideas for discussion


A (more-or-less) weekly series of constructivist workshops emphasising making and connection within the field of the existent. Workshops led by field-expert practitioners extend over realms of code and embedded code, environmental code, noise, transmission and reception, and electromysticism. Workshops solely utilise free software and GNU toolbase.

xxxxx, pickledfeet, Linienstrasse 54, Berlin 10119

U2, Rosa-Luxemburg-Pl.
U8, Rosenthaler Pl.

Telephone: 3050187482.


Other News: blackdronoisemetalove in Copenhagen

This past month I’ve been on the road quite a bit. First I went to Copenhagen to play a couple sets for the very cool folks at the Co-Lab Gallery with my friend Morten Skrøder. For the curious, I’ve posted some rough MP3s here, and I’ll be meeting Morten again in CPH on 5 May to do some more jamming and recording! Each recording is approx 25 min long…

Macumbista & Skroeder, blackdronoisemetalove I, Co-Lab Gallery Copenhagen, 22.03.08 (33 Mb)
Macumbista & Skroeder, blackdronoisemetalove II, Co-Lab Gallery Copenhagen, 22.03.08 (41 Mb)

Sorry, still waiting for photos… Listen for the part in the first set where the irate upstairs neighbor came down to bitch us out! The mics were next to the drinks, so you might also hear the occasional Kroner getting tossed in the box…

Other News: Pure Data in Croatia

Then I spent a crazy week on the Croatian island of Korcula to work on a beginner’s manual for the Pure Data software with Luka Princic and Adam Hyde (remotely). Results to be published soon at FLOSS Manuals. Here’s me, hard at work on my sunburn during one of the days we managed to escape the laptops…

Other News: Tuned City Performances

And for the next couple months I’ll be super-busy organizing the performance program for an event about sound and architecture called Tuned City, which will take place in Berlin from 1-5 July 2008. So far, we are very happy to be able to invite Randy H.Y. Yau & Scott Arford, Thomas Ankersmit & Antoine Chessex, BJ Nilsen & Chris Watson, Mark Bain, Staalplaat Sound System, Martin Howse, Jacob Kirkegaard, Leif E. Boman, Harold Schellinx, Lasse Marc Riek and many others… you can subscribe to the Tuned City news list via the website and get updates. Hope to see some of y’all there!

Now Reading

J.G. BallardWar Fever
Phillip K. DickThe Eye of the Sibyl: The Collected Stories of Phillip K. Dick Volume 5
Denis JohnsonTree of Smoke

Now Playing

Daniel MencheGlass Forest CD [Important Records]
Daniel MencheBodymelt LP [Important Records]
BJ Nilsen & StilluppsteypaPassing Out CD [Helen Scarsdale]
Dead Black ArmsLike the Night of Thunder and Rain MP3 [Archive.org]

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