Cathy van Eck

Speakers Microphones Loudspeakers Music

This site documents examples discussed in my book Between air and electricity – Microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments. Although most of these pieces and performances are best experienced live, these audio and video documentations might be helpful to get a better understanding of the music. All entries related to my book (see chapter 1-5)  have been labelled with page numbers, other examples not described in my book will be added during the next few months. A table of contents helps you to find your way. You find the newest post here.

The hardcover of my book was published by Bloomsbury in February 2017. A paperback followed in 2018.

You can find more on my artistic work on my website and can contact me at cathy at cathyvaneck dot net.

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You find a visual overview of new posts on works with microphones and loudspeakers below. These are additional examples to the ones mentioned in my book, all using exciting ways to manipulate microphone and loudspeaker. Scroll down for links to the examples analysed in my book.

overview of new examples

sandpaper amplification costume contact microphone
Moroder and Weismann
arduino supercollider microphone loudspeaker feedback
Ji Youn Kang
Jeff Snyder tactile transducer
Jeff Snyder
île flottante & Beidler
île flottante & Beidler
robot loudspeaker sound movement space
Matteo Marangoni
Drone loudspeaker
Genoël von Lilienstern
extreme amplification microphone brush
Aurélie Lierman
Horn loudspeaker 1925
Ralf Ehlert
prepared speaker metal rod
Kristen Roos
Huba de Graaff's opera Lautsprecher Arnolt
Huba de Graaff
Erfan Abdi in the bird cage, performing Points of Contact at STEIM.
Erfan Abdi
Vestiges of Discomposition and other works by Simon Whetham
Simon Whetham
Springboard contact microphone Eric Leonardson
Eric Leonardson
We Spoke plays Touche Nature by I-lly Cheng
I-lly Cheng
Adam Basanta performs Small Movements.
Adam Basanta
speaker dress Pauchi Sasaki
Pauchi Sasaki
tuning fork contact microphone
Oscar Bettison
Ronald Boersen
Ronald Boersen
Robin Fox and Eugene Ughetti
Fox and Ughetti
Lesley Flanigan Speaker Feedback Instruments
Lesley Flanigan
loudspeaker ping pong ball
ping pong balls
PLOrk Princeton Laptop Orchestra
Carola Bauckholt
Carola Bauckholt
Hugo Morales Murguía
Hugo Morales Murguía
Lara Stanic
Lara Stanic
Gökhan Deneç
Gökhan Deneç
Herrmann Scherchen
Hermann Scherchen
Hans W. Koch
Hans W. Koch
Ute Wassermann
Ute Wassermann

Table of Contents

examples for my book Between air and electricity

The table of contents of my book can be found here. This is the table of contents for the examples on this website:

Cathy van Eck

Cathy van Eck microphone loudspeaker
Cathy van Eck during a performance of her piece Klangverordnung.

Cathy van Eck is the author of Between Air and Electricity – Microphones and loudspeakers as musical instrumentsShe is a composer, sound artist, and researcher in the arts. She focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound. Her artistic work includes performances with live-electronics and installations with sound objects which she often designs herself. She is interested in setting her gestures into unusual and surprising relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called “performative sound art”, since it combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual arts. Her work transcends genres and is presented at occasions as diverse as experimental or electronic music concerts, open air rock festivals, sound art gallery venues, digital art events, or performance art festivals.

Cathy is working closely with performers to develop her pieces and she often works in interdisciplinary fields, collaborating regularly with theatre directors and choreographers. Her projects are shown at festivals and venues all over the world such as NYCEMF New York (USA), Chronus Art Gallery Shanghai (China), BONE Performance Art Festival Berne (Switzerland), Klangwerkstatt Berlin (Germany), Hapzura Digital Art Festival (Israel), Avantgarde Schwaz (Austria), Eclat Festival Stuttgart (Germany), SPARK Minneapolis (USA), STEIM Amsterdam and November Music (Netherlands), Spaziomusica Cagliari (Italy), and the Munich Biennale (Germany).

Since 2007, Cathy has a teaching position at the Sound Arts department of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. She is a regular guest lecturer at other art and music universities. In her PhD-research Between Air and Electricity (supervisors Richard Barrett, Marcel Cobussen and Frans de Ruiter; accepted in 2013 by the University of Leiden, The Netherlands), she investigated the use of microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments.

website: www.cathyvaneck.net

contact: cathy at cathyvaneck dot net.