upsammy and Sjoerd Martens both explore the boundaries of the acoustic and electronic in their work. By taking elements from the acoustic or natural world and digitally processing them, a distorted reality is created. ‘Birds Sing Like The Horn Of A Truck;is one such digital collage of the analog world. This performance was commissioned by online digital platform Duotoon and it was recently shown at the Venice Biennale. The pair will be present on Friday during FIBER 2021.
Sjoerd Martens (@kaasverhuur) (re)constructs environments in his work using source material from different places by taking pictures with his phone.
His work contains a lot of interesting textures; little intricate environments are sculpted together into a larger one. The contrast between the ‘natural’ objects and the more ‘plastic’ objects feels utopian and dystopian at the same time.
With a keen ear for crystalline melody and intricate rhythm, Thessa Torsing a.k.a. upsammy’s music takes cues from electro and IDM, a breathing space that slides across tempo scales while retaining an organic touch as a gentle hum of nature digitised. She consolidated a firm position in the contemporary leftfield music world, which includes a residency at De School and invitations to pinnacle venues such as Panorama Bar and Robert Johnson. Her gift for full-length composition is showcased through her albums on home ground Nous’klaer Audio (Wild Chamber, 2019) and Dekmantel (Zoom, 2020).