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Thomas Ankersmit

Thomas Ankersmit

John Grzinich

Thomas Ankersmit 

When: Sat., March 12, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: free with RSVP
About four years ago Dutch sound artist Thomas Ankersmit, who lives in Berlin, spent several months at a residency in Los Angeles experimenting and recording with a restored “Black Serge” synthesizer, a modular analog device produced in 1970 by engineer Serge Tcherepnin as a less expensive alternative to the Buchla synth. The results of that research turned up a couple of years later on Figueroa Terrace (Touch), a digitally processed hybrid of source material that features pulsing, buzzing, slashing and throbbing tones marked by ever-shifting density, volume, and intensity. For his first Chicago visit in four years Ankersmit will adapt the notions displayed on Figueroa Terrace to a four-channel system. According to the concert’s presenter, Lampo, the artist has advanced his practice of sound sculpting, developing a much more visceral yet still sophisticated approach. Ankersmit confirms, “This will be a loud and ferocious piece, but also intricately constructed.”
— Peter Margasak

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