Cathy van Eck

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 follows in 2018.

You can find more on my artistic work on my website or 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.

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





A list of audiovisual examples, according to their appearance in my book:

p. 3 LapStrap by Steffi Weismann

p. 3 Audio Ballerina’s by Benoît Maubrey

p. 20 Drie Ideofonen – Dick Raaijmakers

p. 21 Intona – Dick Raaijmakers

p. 37 Enrico Caruso

p. 40 Leslie tone cabinet

p. 66 frequencies (a / friction) – Nicolas Bernier

p. 69 A Letter from Schoenberg – Peter Ablinger

p. 75 Wave Train by David Behrman

p. 76 Neo Bechstein

p. 84 Quintet – Hugh Davies

p. 88 Philips Pavilion by Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis and Edgar Varèse

p. 88 Pendulum Music – Steve Reich

p. 91 Bird and Person Dyning – Alvin Lucier

p. 93 Green Piece- Anne Wellmer

p. 94 Mikrophonie I – Karlheinz Stockhausen

p. 99 Speaker Swinging – Gordon Monahan

p. 99 Three Short Stories and an Apotheosis – Annea Lockwood

p. 105 Coffee making by Valerian Maly

p. 107 Streetwalker by Ellen Fullman

p. 108 Inside Piano by Andrea Neumann

p. 110 Travelon Gamelon – Richard Lerman

p. 110 Apple Box Double by Pauline Oliveros

p. 111 Shozyg by Hugh Davies

p. 115 Rainforest by David Tudor

p. 116 Stircrazer IV by Sabrina Schroeder

p. 119 Aptium by Lynn Pook

p. 122 Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels by Alvin Lucier

p. 124 Birgit Ulher

p. 125 Focused Loudspeakers by Composers Inside Electronics

p. 127 …..sofferte onde serene… by Luigi Nono

p. 128 Guai ai gelidi mostri by Luigi Nono

p. 131 Acousmonium by François Bayle

p. 131 Berliner Lautsprecher Orchester by Wolfgang Heiniger

p. 134 Eliane Radigue

p. 135 Der tönende See by Kirsten Reese

p. 138 Audible EcoSystemics by Agostino Di Scipio

p. 147 Edison Tone Test

p. 149 Noting Is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever) by Alvin Lucier

p. 153 Windy Gong by Ute Wassermann

p. 155 desafinado by Wolfgang Heiniger

p. 159 tubes by Paul Craenen

p. 163 Open Air Bach by Lara Stanic

p. 169 Silence is my voice by Matthias Kaul