DANNY DE GRAAN

composer | sound artist

NEWS & EVENTS

Finalist of the Keuris Composers Contest 2016
I’m happy to announce that my composition ZAP! for orchestra is one of the three finalists in the Keuris Composers Contest 2016. Out of 70 anonymous entries from all around the world the jury selected 3 compositions of which one of mine.

The final and premiere of ZAP! is on 21 of May in Amersfoort.

More info here
Het woord aan het woord
In het woord aan het woord komt het woord aan het woord. Zoveel is direct duidelijk. Maar hoe verhoudt het woord zich ten opzichte van de muziek? In dit geval eens niet doelend op het gezongen woord maar juist op het gesproken woord, aan de hand van poëzie. Kunnen beide elkaar aanvullen? Kunnen zij gelijk klinken of moeten zij elkaar afwisselen? Een interessante zoektocht naar hoe twee kunstvormen elkaar kunnen beïnvloeden.

Componisten en Dichters:
Rozalie Hirs
Samuel Vriezen
Danny de Graan
Lieke Marsman
Maria van Daalen
Han van der Vegt
e.a.

Ere Lievonen op Fokker Orgel

20 maart 2016 - 11uur, kleine zaal Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam

More info
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Festival De Grote Oversteek 2016
With(out) Words - a composition for iPad and ensemble will be performed twice by Ensemble LunaTree

26-02-2016 - Muziekzaal Fontys Conservatorium - Tilburg

06-03-2016 - Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal - ’s-Hertogenbosch
Conlon Music Prize 2015 for Disklavier Plus
Danny de Graan has received an Honourable Mention from the Conlon Foundation for his composition:
Riding the Euclidean Planes (2015) for disklavier piano, electronics and live video.

The jury consisted of the Conlon Board: 
Robert van Heumen, Henk Heuvelmans, Luc Houtkamp, Christina Viola Oorebeek and Wouter Snoei. Because of the focus on works for Disklavier and visuals/video, we invited Karl Klomp, visual artist, to join the jury. Also, the composers, Ji Youn Kang and Lucas Wiegerink, participants of the Ulysses Network Project "Disklavier plus", were asked to be members.

More info here

Premiere will be during the Gaudeamus Musicweek 2015
microfest 2015
Premiere of my new composition for ensemble SCALA during the openings concert of the MicroFest festival 2015 held in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam.

Ensemble SCALA consists out of:
Raymond Honing - Flute/Piccolo
Michel Marang - Clarinet
Manuel Visser – Viola
Stefan Gerritsen - 31-tone Guitar
Anne Veinberg - Fokker-organ
Glenn Libaut - Percussion
Ere Lievonen - Electronics/Conductor


29-11-2015 - Click here for more info!
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gaudeamus muziekweek 2015
Premiere of my new composition Riding The Euclidean Planes, for disklavier piano, electronics and live video

09-09-2015 - 16:30 - Muziekhuis Utrecht

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65 years of Fokker Organ
In 2015 it will be 65 years since the Fokker organ was built by organ builder Pels, after which it was placed in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. In 2009, this unique instrument came to be at the current spot in the Muziekgebouw.
Time to celebrate…read more

01-18-2015
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Lost & Found
January 3 - 2014 Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Forma, a composition for the micro-tonal fokker organ, will be played during the Lost & Found meeting.

For more information
click here!
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MUSIC

All    Category    Category    Category    
ORCHESTRA
Cataracta (2016)
for symphpony orchestra
2222 2221 timp 2perc 66442
duration 10’
ELECTRONIC, SOLO
Collider I (2016)
for alto saxophone and electronics
duration 9’
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
In The Blink Of An Eye (2015)
for microtonal ensemble & electronics
flute, clarinet, viola, 31-tone guitar, fokker organ, percussion and electronics
duration 15’
SOLO, ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
Riding the Euclidean Planes (2015)
for computer controlled piano (disklavier), live electronics and video
duration 9’
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
With(out) Words (2013)
solo concerto for iPad and ensemble
duration 15'
ELECTRONIC
March of the Pulsars (2012)
electronic composition for 8 speaker installation
duration 15'
ELECTRONIC
Antikythera Mechanism (2012)
electronic composition for 5.1 surround installation
duration 5'
ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
Skeiron (2012)
for live electronics, kite with sensors and 4 speakers
duration 10'
ELECTRONIC
Microwelt (2011)
electronic composition
duration 1'
ELECTRONIC
Splinter (2010)
electronic composition
duration 7'
CHAMBER, SOLO, ELECTRONIC
Equilibrium (2009)
for 31 tone Fokker organ and electronics
duration 10'
CHAMBER, SOLO
Forma (2009)
for 31 tone Fokker organ
duration 5'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
Sansula (2009)
for sansula and live electronics
duration 5'

ELECTRONIC
Electronic City (2007)
electronic composition (for theatre play)
duration ±60'

CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC, SOLO
Scheinbewegung (2005)
for harpsichord and electronics
duration 12'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
Imaginary Friend (2004)
for panflute and electronics
duration 5'

ELECTRONIC
Omega 10 (2004)
electronic composition
duration 9'
ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
Instruments (2004)
for 3 computer controlled guitars and sine generator
duration 11'
ELECTRONIC
Audience (2004)
for generative live electronics
duration 10'
ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
Resonance (2004)
for room, speaker, microphone and piezo
duration 12'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC, SOLO
Contrast (2003)
for harpsichord and electronics
duration 12'

ORCHESTRA, ELECTRONIC, VOCAL
Reactie (2001)
for mezzo soprano, chamber orchestra and electronics
duration 12'
ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
CYKL (2001)
for solo dancer and live electronics
duration 12'
CHAMBER, VOCAL
Poly Chroma (2000)
for choir
duration 12'
CHAMBER, SOLO, MULTIMEDIA, ELECTRONIC, VOCAL
Connect?! (1998)
for vocalist, live electronics and video camera
duration 11'
CHAMBER, SOLO
Sferen in d-mineur (1998)
for carillion
duration 6'

Selected Tracks

ELECTRONIC, VOCAL
Het Verschil (2016)
for electronics, Fokker organ and narrator
poem by Lieke Marsman
duration 5’
ORCHESTRA
ZAP! (2016)
for symphpony orchestra
2222 4,2,2(+bass),0 timp 2perc 66442
duration 9’
more info
ZAP! (2016)
Info
ZAP! is a composition for symphony orchestra written in 2016.

It received 3rd price during the
Keuris Composers Concours 2016 after being selected anonymously out of 70 entries from all over the world.
Premiere
21-05-2016 Amersfoort by AJO - conducted by Rolf Buijs
Score
available via Donemus soon
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The jury and price winners after the premiere concert in Amersfoort

Instrumentation
2x flutes (1 piccolo)
2x hobo
2x clarinet
2x bassoon
4x horns in f
2x trumpets
2x trombone
1x bass trombone
timpani
2x percussion
8x violin 1
8x violin 2
8x alto
4x celli
2x bass
Duration
9 minutes
CHAMBER, SOLO
Piano Works 1 - 5 (2014 - 2015)
Series of piano etudes (an ongoing project)
CHAMBER
4 Postcards from Darwin (2012)
for windquintet
duration 3'

ELECTRONIC
Geometric Vibrations (2012)
electronic composition for 5.1 surround installation, 3D video and moving platform
duration 5'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC, VOCAL, MULTIMEDIA
Face It (2011)
a Facebook opera
libretto by members of Facebook and Danny de Graan
for disklavier, vocalist, electronics and video
duration 14'
ELECTRONIC
Feed My Speaker (2010)
for 4 players, 4 speakers, 4 microphones and computer
duration 10'
ELECTRONIC
Pitch Non Importa (2010)
electronic composition for arp 2500, serge modular system and 2 players
duration 10'

ELECTRONIC
Bachsbaby (2009)
electronic composition
duration 2'
CHAMBER, VOCAL, ELECTRONIC, MULTIMEDIA
Tanto de Nada (2009)
for vocalist, live electronics and video
duration 10'

CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
You Think You Know Me? (2008)
for panflute and live electronics
duration 11'
ELECTRONIC
Hekla (2006)
electronic composition for 4 speakers
duration 23'
ORCHESTRA, ELECTRONIC
Festina Lente (2005)
for string orchestra, harp, percussion and tape
duration 16'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC, SOLO, MULTIMEDIA
Time (2004)
for harpsichord, electronics and narator
duration 1'
ELECTRONIC
Delta 11 (2004)
electronic composition
duration 10'
ELECTRONIC
Beating (2004)
for 9 sine generators
duration 19'
ELECTRONIC, VOCAL
O Super Mom (2002)
electronic composition
duration 9'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
Urban (2001)
for panflute, guitar and electronics
duration 8'

ELECTRONIC
Chaos & Orde (2000)
electronic composition and 8 speakers
duration 10'
CHAMBER, ELECTRONIC
Chromorpheus (1999)
for ensemble and live electronics
duration 8'
CHAMBER, SOLO, ELECTRONIC
Symbiose (1998)
for recorder and electronics
duration 6'
ELECTRONIC
Nerve (1997)
for feedback systems
duration 3'
CHAMBER, SOLO
Solo (1997)
for flute
duration 1'

ABOUT DANNY

Spontaneous and open-mindend, forging connections between diverse soundworlds and a unquenchable urge to create most definitely typify composer, Danny de Graan (1973).

De Graan is a composer who regularly looks over the hedge of classical music. In fact, he hails from its proberbial neighbors. Having started as one half of a techno duo (a genre in which he is still active as Dan Grain), he is now actively building on a wayward body of work. Averse to thinking in rigid categories, often for exciting instrumental combinations, electronics, and unusual sound sources.

What’s more, De Graan is very experienced as a live performer. He is not an unworldly composer-in-the-attic, and is definitely not afraid of experimentation. His With(out) Words was one of the first compositions for iPad and ensemble, with Feed My Speaker he composed a feedback landscape for speakers and microphones, and in Forma he makes the 31-tone organ sound like a flock of birds in the summer sky.
It is not only in sound that De Graan explores new territory. Form and structure also express his love for algorithms (rules that unfold into musical processes).

A few years ago, he became fascinated by the mechanism of Antikythera, an Ancient Greek analog computer from 200 BC. For his composition, The Antikythera Mechanism, he built his own electronic machine and thus generated cycles of rhythms and harmonies. One could say that the mechanism itself is a metafoor for his way of working.

De Graan also likes to work with number relationships: the golden ratio is an especially important aspect in his composing. It appears in a fractal-like way in the form relationships of his works. And in the realm of pitch, he often transforms words and texts into intervals. Viewed from this perspective, all of his instrumental compositions become contemporary Lieder ohne Worte — With(out) Words so to speak.

And the result? Sounds you never heard before, gorgeous and adventurous music with a striking sensuality.

NEDERLANDS

OVER DANNY

Onbevangen openheid, het verbinden van verschillende klankwerelden en een enorme scheppingsdrang – dat is Danny de Graan (1973) ten voeten uit.

De Graan is een componist die regelmatig over de heg van de klassieke muziek heen kijkt. Hij komt zelfs oorspronkelijk van de spreekwoordelijke buren. Ooit begonnen als wederhelft van een technoduo (een genre waar hij nog steeds in werkzaam is als Dan Grain) werkt hij aan een eigenzinnig oeuvre. Wars van hokjesdenken, vaak voor spannende combinaties van instrumenten, elektronica, en onalledaagse klankbronnen.

Bovendien heeft De Graan ruime ervaring als live performer, is hij geen zolderkamercomponist en bepaald niet bang uitgevallen als het op experimenteren aankomt. Zo maakte hij met With(out) Words als één van de eersten een compositie voor iPad en ensemble, componeerde hij met Feed My Speaker een feedback-landschap voor speakers en microfoons, en klinkt in Forma een 31-toonsorgel als een vlucht vogels in de zomerlucht.

Niet alleen wat klank betreft exploreert De Graan nieuw gebied. Ook in vorm en structuur komt zijn liefde voor algoritmes (regels die zich ontvouwen tot muzikale processen) tot uiting. Een paar jaar geleden raakte hij gefascineerd door het mechanisme van Antikythera, een Antiek-Griekse analoge computer uit de tweede eeuw voor Christus. Voor zijn compositie “The Antikythera Mechanism” bouwde hij zijn eigen elektronische machine en genereerde zo cycli van ritmes en harmonieen. Je zou kunnen zeggen dat het mechanisme een metafoor is voor zijn manier van werken.

Ook werkt De Graan graag met getalsverhoudingen: vooral de gulden snede vormt een belangrijk aspect in zijn werk. Het komt op een fractal-achtige manier terug in de vormverhoudingen van zijn werken. En op het gebied van toonhoogte zet hij woorden of teksten vaak om naar intervallen. Zo bezien worden al zijn instrumentale werken hedendaagse Lieder ohne Worte — With(out) Words dus.

En het resultaat? Klanken die je nog nooit eerder hebt gehoord, weelderige avontuurlijke muziek met een opvallende zinnelijkheid.

ENGLISH

PUBLICITY

Download here publicity content: Biography and Photo’s
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MULTIMEDIA

RIDING THE EUCLIDEAN PLANES
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Riding the Euclidean Planes - a algorithmic composition for Disklavier, electronics and live video.

The name of the piece discribes properties of a globe and is named after its Greek founder, Euclid (300BC). The ever symmetric properties of the musical scale used is reflected in the globe of the video which always stays symmetrical.
Watch the video
5th motion
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5th Motion - a 5.1 surround sound, 3D video and motion installation

A groundbreaking multimedia installation, presenting a highly innovative concept of Motion Theatre: film, audio, sensorial elements, and high-tech cinematic experience producing totally immersive environment for all audiences. The cinematic journey includes 3D video, 5.1 digital surround, a motion platform and HD technology. Watch work-in-progress video
face it
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Face It is a mini-opera which deals with the phenomenon of social media. With the aid of a Disklavier, electronics, video and the soprano Stephanie Pan, de Graan tells a story of a woman named Erica Albright, who comes in contact with Facebook for the first time.


feed my speaker
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Feed My Speaker is a composition for 4 players, 4 speakers, 4 microphones and a computer which is based on the famous composition Pendulum Music by Steve Reich.
The premiere was in Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal Den Bosch 2010 performed by ensemble Lunapark.
Watch the performance
ballonnenveld
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Ballonnenveld - is a sound installation created by Danny de Graan, Radboud Mens and Martijn Tellinga.
Balloons are part of a audio feedback loop to produce sound.
Ballonnenveld is commissioned and supported by STEIM and the Performing Arts Fund NL
Watch the video
KosmiX
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KosmiX - a sound installation designed and build by Danny de Graan, Marien Hogerheide and Edo Paulus. It was commissioned by 't Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and is currently part of the permanent collection of the Klankspeeltuin (sound play garden) based in Amsterdam.
Watch the video

tijdmachine
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The Tijdmachine (Time Machine) is a sound installation designed and build by Danny de Graan and Marijke de Moel. It was commissioned by the the IJsbreker and was placed in the Klankspeeltuin (sound play garden) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Watch the video taken from the dutch TV program Klokhuis

Sanus Spatii
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Sanus Spatii is a sound-installation based on "I'm sitting in a room" by Alvin Lucier.
Sanus Spatii generates a short algoritmic composition using FM synthesis and recordings it makes from it surroundings.
Connect?!
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Connect?! is a composition for female singer, live electronics and video camera. The performer uses gestures which are interpreted by a video camera to control electronic sounds or electronic signal processes to manipulate the voice.
Watch the video of the performance.

Archetypon Organizer

SOFTWARE

FORGAN
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FORGAN is a software emulation of the 31 tone microtonal fokker organ based in Amsterdam. System requirements are: Mac Intel machine running OS X 10.5 or later, and 1 GB RAM free download
MCV4-P
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MCV4-P is a software programmer for the Doepfer MCV4 midi to cv/gate interface. System requirements are: Mac Intel machine running OS X 10.5 or later, and 1 GB RAM free download
P600 Spirit Editor
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P600 Spirit Editor A software editor for the Prophet 600 synthesiser by Sequencial Circuit which has been upgraded with P600fw by GliGliSynth. System requirements are: Mac Intel machine running OS X 10.5 or later, and 1 GB RAM free download

CONTACT

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