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Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and composer based in Berlin. His work has been released on the Touch and PAN labels. Ankersmit has long-term collaborations with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and Italian composer Valerio Tricoli. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge Modular synthesizer. Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound play a central role in his work. His music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of the equipment, using feedback and disruptions to the signal, and the extremes of frequency and dynamics, to create visceral but finely detailed swarms of sound. Ultimately, the result is an immersive, intensely physical sonic experience. Current projects include commissioned works for CTM/Berghain (Berlin) based on infrasound and architectural resonance, and for GRM (Paris) based on the research of Pierre Schaeffer, as well as new live electronic
Rokolectiv is Bucharest’s leading festival for electronic music and related visual arts. Over the years, Rokolectiv has invited over 250 artists and professionals in the field, contributing to the development of the local scene and generating collaboration projects between musicians, visual artists, contemporary dancers, and promoters. This year, the festival’s 11th edition takes place between 21. – 23. April 2016. The festival is organised by Cosmin Tapu and Mihaela Vasile.
Jonáš Gruska studied at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and the Academy of Music in Kraków. He focuses on chaotic rhythms, explorations of psychoacoustic properties of sound and field recording. He has created several site-specific sound installation based on resonant properties of spaces and materials and gave workshops on sonification, field recording, printed circuit board design, and programming for artists. He creates his own instruments and runs the label LOM in Bratislava. He was nominated for SHAPE by MeetFactory.