Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2005

Jul, Aug, Sep

Thomas Ankersmit | Musician / Artist

Thomas Ankersmit
Thomas Ankersmit
Leiden, Netherlands

Thomas Ankersmit is a composer and installation artist based in Berlin.

Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analog modular synthesizer.

Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000's.
His electronic music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of the equipment, using feedback and disruptions in the signal to create dense but finely detailed swarms of sound.

Recent projects include a radio piece based on the acoustics of abandoned radar domes with Valerio Tricoli, recording sessions with Kevin Drumm at GRM in Paris and with Valerio Tricoli at ZKM in Karlsruhe, a new Phill Niblock composition for Serge synthesizer and all-analogue quadraphonic music for the historical Serge and Buchla synthesizers at EMS in Stockholm.

His music is released on the PAN, Touch and Ash International labels.

Ankersmit's sound and installation work has been presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, KW and Berghain, Berlin; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo; Kunsthall, Bergen; Kunsthalle, Basel; CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Arnolfini, Bristol; CCA, Glasgow; MoMA PS1, New York; Paradiso and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Serralves Museum, Porto and at festivals for experimental and contemporary music all over the world.

He has also been a guest lecturer at universities such as Columbia, Harvard, CalArts and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.