Lecture: The Music Machines by Bosch & Simons

The Music Machines by Bosch & Simons, Vibration and resonance as tools in sound art.
October 10, 2017
Varèsezaal, Royal Conservatory, The Hague

Peter Bosch will be giving a lecture at the department of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Since 1990 we have focused on the development of autonomous “music machines” that have a creative potential by themselves. Resonance is stimulated by mechanical vibrations. This way we create a complex system that the slightest change could disturb to produce an unpredictable outcome. Sound and image are inextricably connected to transmit a form of energy to the public. Alongside unstable balances and order and chaos, another element is sound. The pure power of sound and the pure existence of sound (music) manifest remains an integral part of all our installations.’

Peter Bosch & Simone Simons

From 1985, the beginning of their collaboration in Amsterdam, Bosch & Simons have been involved in performances, concerts and theatre productions. Since 1990, however, they have focused in particular on the development of autonomous “music machines”. They have created installations in museums, at international symposiums and concert halls around the world.

The Krachtgever is their best-known piece for its Golden Nica, received in 1998 at the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz. Other projects are Cantan un Huevo, awarded at the 29th Concours International de Bourges, 2002, or Aguas Vivas, which obtained a mention at VIDA 6.0, Madrid, 2003. In their latest two projects Último Esfuerzo Industrial (2012-2016) and Último Esfuerzo Rural III-V (2017) forgotten industrial and rural objects from a recent past are brought back to life. Peter Bosch (1958) studied psychology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam (1976-‘83) and thereafter studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (1986-‘87). Simone Simons (1961) studied at the audiovisual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (1980-‘85).  Since 1997 they work and live in Valencia, Spain.