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Loop-copy-mutate: music from people and places (en)
Genetic Choir’s big project in 2016/2017: LOOP_COPY_MUTATE.
These three words point to central procedures of not only evolution but also digital communication and human creativity. They are also the fundamental elements of composition for both electronic and improvising musicians. Current climax of this project were the four underground concerts under Amsterdam Central Station on 2 July 2017.


In Loop-Copy-Mutate, the Genetic Choir directs our ears towards something urbanites often take for granted: city sounds. Together with laptop artist Robert van Heumen, programmer Stelios Manousakis, and the public, the choir transforms sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions. The project toured the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017 with performances in Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Eindhoven.

Our year-long Loop-Copy-Mutate concert series is now concluded, but you can still get involved! Learn more about how you can contribute a sound to our Freesound database, lead your own soundwalk and interact with our open-source software.

The première of Loop-Copy-Mutate was held on 2 July 2017 in the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro station beneath Amsterdam Central Station. Watch below a video clip from the performances there.


MUSICIANS LOOP-COPY-MUTATE / GENETIC CHOIR: Yinske Silva (voice), Jeannette Huizinga (voice), Martine van Ditzhuyzen (voice), Ralph de Rijke (voice), Thomas Johannsen (voice), Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument) • ADDITIONAL GENETIC CHOIR SINGERS FOR 2 JULY CONCERTS:
Rutger de Groot, Tanaquil Schuttel, Kristien Sonnevijlle, Eduardo Suarez, Marjolijn Roeleveld,Geeske Coebergh,Irene Rametta,Hans Paape,Yanki Bickaki,Chandana Sarma,Meagan Hughes, Petra Pieck • PERCUSSIONISTS: Bart de Vrees, Marijn Korff de Gidts, Marcos Baggiani

LIGHTING DESIGN OF 2 JULY CONCERTS: Theatermachine – Isabel Nielen • AUKES Theatertechniek • SOUND CONSULTATION: Robert Huizinga • PRODUCTION: Meagan Hughes • GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN: Yvo Zijlstra – Antenna-men • WEBSITE PROGRAMMING: Marcel Langenberg – Antenna-men • PHOTOGRAPHY: Rene Castelijn • FILM: Michiel Keller PRESS: Marjolein van Ruiten • MARKETING: Oscar Smit • TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS: Caroline Ruigrok • Thomas Johannsen • Meagan Hughes • Ralph de Rijke

VENUE/ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS: Dienst Metro en Tram, Gemeente Amsterdam • STEIM • BIMHUIS • TAC Eindhoven • Buro Beukorkest• Media Art Friesland Festival • Freeze Festival

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Raymond Schra (Gemeente Amsterdam), Alexandra Mientjes and Onno Beukenhorst (BIMHUIS), Tijs Ham, Nico Bes and Esther Roschar (STEIM), Rik van Iersel (Buro Beukorkest), Fransien Bal and Ilse Vandenbussche (artistic collaborators in TAC concert), Andrea Moeller (Media Art Friesland), André Takou Saa (sound collecting Cameroon), Daisuke Terauchi and Tamaho Miyake (sound collecting Japan), Gilles de Sitter (PR advice), Ineke Smits (fundraising pilot), Creative Industries Fund NL (support pilot), Interactive music systems advice: Jorrit Tamminga and Roald van Dillewijn (University of the Arts Utrecht), Carlos Vaquero (University of Amsterdam), Marcelo Gimenes (Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (Plymouth, UK), Niels Boogards (Elephant Candy), Marco Pieck