Rutger Muller Composer
rutger@rutgermuller.nl
+31650824571
Photo: Paul Caron | Intro in Situ, Maastricht | download high quality (2.5MB)

I'm fascinated by music's ability to transcend the drama of emotion; to reach beyond it, towards the pattern-based origins of consciousness (the micro cosmos) nature and outer space (the macro cosmos). Through electro-acoustic sound design and collaborations with contemporary (classical) instrumentalists, I want to shed new light on the spiritual essence of musical cultures — and to investigate how to make sense of this in our hectic (digital) culture. The results are often more mystic than abstract; on the edge between tranquil and uncanny.

Footage: Konstantin Guz | Winternights, AINSI, Maastricht | download high quality (2MB)

I find most of my inspiration in entrancing, droning, music, mainly: ambient, drone, ancient music (from east, west and south), baroque, spectralism, (dub) techno and free jazz. Technology offers me tools to engage with (cross-) cultural wisdom: reinterpreting instrument textures, tunings and acoustics helps me to bridge the uncanny valley of "plastic" electronic instrumentation. Also, I investigate how collaborations with other arts — such as game design, lights and architecture — can connect composers, performers, venues and audiences in more profound and sustainable ways.


Rutger Muller Ensemble

Josephine Bode, Wen Chin Fu, and Rutger Muller roam around in the mystic grey zone between meditative and uncanny sound. By using improvisation, live sound processing, unorthodox instrumental techniques, historical references, and theatrical elements, the ensemble's compositions and performances are ever evolving, and thus they challenge the duality of time and space.

Footage: Michiel Gardner | Collage: Rutger Muller | download high quality (19MB)

Josephine Bode (DE) plays a wide range of recorders (woodwinds), the EWI (electronic wind instrument) and the Bulgarian Kaval. She founded Axolot, a recorder trio that mixes authentic Renaissance music, contemporary classical music and music theatre. Furthermore, Bode plays in progressive pop band Jerboah and electronic duo The Kewis. She also's a dancer, singer and a music theatre director. Bode holds a BA in Classical Recorder (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 2008) and an MA in Modern Music Theatre (Royal Conservatoire The Hague, 2012).

Wen Chin Fu (TW) is a cellist, pianist, performance artist and designer of instruments and wearables. She focuses on the human body, movement, space and especially on concentration. Fu holds a BA in Cello (Shih-Chien University, Taipei, 2006), an MA in Art Science (Royal Academy of Art The Hague, 2010), and she's currently finishing her MA in Modern Music Theatre (Royal Conservatoire The Hague, 2018).

Rutger Muller (NL) is an electro-acoustic composer who uses technology to explore sound and culture from a spectral (textural) perspective. Besides composing contemporary music (alone or with classical instrumentalists), he makes chiptune music and is sporadically active in digital design and translation. He reviewed modern classical music for Bachtrack, organised concerts, and collaborated with game designers, animators, fashion designers, choreographers and dancers. Muller holds a BA in Multimedia Design (Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, 2008), and a BA + MA in Adaptive Sound Design and Composition (Utrecht University of the Arts, 2012).

Photo: Pieter Kers | Rewire Festival, Den Haag | download high quality (15MB)

Founded in 2013, The Rutger Muller Ensemble bases its music on ambient abstractions of all its members' influences, and therefore finds its strength in subtle fluctuations, counterpoints and historical references. Muller sets the composition process in motion by generating one or more drone layers, based on processed samples of acoustic instruments or found sounds. Subsequently, during rehearsals, Bode and Fu interact with this backdrop, and develop an improvisation idiom (sometimes based on character roles). Parts of these studio recordings are processed and integrated into the base of the composition, until an ethereal sound world is crystallised. In concert, Muller adds transformation to the live improvisations of Bode and Fu, which feeds back into their inspiration. Through these circular processes, the compositions keep evolving.


Processive

Image: Konstantin Guz | Winternights, AINSI, Maastricht | download high quality (15MB)

Processive is an outstretched composition/improvisation that extracts a fragile, spiritual soundscape from cultural, technological and psychological frictions. This fusion of meditative and uncanny elements evokes a mystic environment, in which we can halt our ego-driven search for hierarchy: blurred are the borders between foreground, background, stability, chaos, time and space. This non-dualism also forms the core of the modular concert set-up: audience, performers, surround speakers, lights and architecture are enveloped together, to form a singular entity.

Photo: Moon Saris | Winternights 2017, AINSI, Maastricht | download high quality (9MB)

Processive - Album & Concert Details

Album Details (UNRELEASED)
Genre: Electro-Acoustic / Dark Ambient / New Age / Contemporary Classical
Composition/Improvisation Ratio: roughly 50/50
Sampled Instruments: Gong, Piano, Recorders, Cello, Vocals, Organ, Found Sounds...
Line-Up: Rutger Muller (elec, vox), Josephine Bode (rec, vox), Wen Chin Fu (cel)
Composed/Produced In: 2014 - 2018
Release Date: unannounced

Concert Details
Duration Options: Between 30 and 60 minutes
Formation Options: Solo / Duo / Ensemble
Instrument Options: Cello, Recorders, Paetzold, Vocals
Multi-Speaker Options: Surround Sound is recommended (4 speakers)
Lighting Options: Light/Laser Sculptures by (Vladimir Grafov)

For Bookers
For bookings / full concert videos / tech riders / questions:
please e-mail or call me +31650824571 (Rutger)

Photo: Moon Saris | Winternights 2017, AINSI, Maastricht | download high quality (11MB)

Protokols


Album Art Painting: Joeri Lefevre | download high quality (27MB)

Spectral mysticism oscillating between high and low brow, micro and macro cosmos, emotion and abstraction. The contemporary classical / ambient-techno album Protokols confronts the dark and fricative side of 20th century classical music with the drive of techno, dub, glitch and IDM. Through sampling and collaborations with classical instrumentalists, unorthodox combinations of sound textures and musical traditions are shaped into patterns that play with symmetry, asymmetry, tonality, atonality, anxiety and tranquility. Protokols explores contemporary club culture’s role in evoking ancient spirituality and shaping space for radical anonymous catharsis.

Footage by: Justina Nekrasaite & Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest Is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
Video by Rutger Muller | Made with freeware: Sonic Visualiser & Acid Cam
Video by Rutger Muller | based on public domain ESA/Hubble footage

Protokols - Album & Concert Details

Album Details (UNRELEASED)
Composition/Improvisation Ratio: 75% / 25%
Genre: Electro-Acoustic, (Dark) Ambient, Techno, Glitch, Dub, Contemporary
Instruments: Piano, Cello, Harpsichord, Orchestras, Percussion, Synths, Found Sounds...
Composed/Produced: 2010 - 2015 ("remastered" in 2017)
A-Side: Cirkulae (5:50), Xermony (8:30), Panikon (6:30)
B-Side: Penduliack (5:45), Polymateris (9:45), Cynquery (6:10)
Artwork: Joeri Lefevre

Concert Details
Duration: 45 min
Formation Options: Solo, Duo, Ensemble, or Autonomous Installation
Instrument Options: Cello, Recorders, Paetzold, Vocal
Multi-Speaker Options: Surround Sound is recommended (4 speakers minimum)
Lighting Options: Light/Laser Sculptures by (Vladimir Grafov)

For Bookers
For bookings / full concert videos / tech riders / questions:
please e-mail or call me +31650824571 (Rutger)

Photo: Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam | download high quality (20MB)

"Miles away from even a lot of the post-classical music you hear these days, this is driving, jazz-inflected experimental electronic music deeply rooted in classical instrumentation and form."
(Protokols demo)

"We were blown away by this ensemble."
(Rewire concert)

"Fascinating!"
(Cynquery space video)

"Beautiful, elegant and mysterious."
(album demo)


Other Works

Music & Video by Rutger Muller

Mixes

Avant-Garde Clubmix #1 is a vision of an alternate clubbing-reality. This experiment's hypothesis is: the drive of techno is not only rooted in rhythmic pulse, but in wide frequency spectrums, repetitions and silences. Dancing is good, but how can we add another dimension to clubbing? (Features techno, dub, breakcore, IDM, classical, jazz, avant-garde, ambient, etc.)


Calendar & History

Shows and improvs in contemporary (electro-acoustic) music & multidisicplinary projects:

19.May.2018 Moers Festival, Moers
"Indoor Swimming Pool Improv" /w D. Kis, F. Stachelhaus, V. Grafov, J. Bode

09.May.2018 Thomas Schiela Expo, Moers
Improv & "Processive" surround /w Josephine Bode

24.Apr.2018 St. Josef Kirche, Moers
"Processive" surround by R.M. Ensemble (/w Bode & Fu) + Grafov (lasers)

22.Apr.2018 Intro in Situ, Maastricht
"Processive I & II" surround by R.M. Ensemble (/w J. Bode & W. Fu)

13.Apr.2018 Museumnacht, Sjoen Limburg, Maastricht
Experimental surround A/V

10.Mar.2018 Broedplaats ACTA, Amsterdam
Experimental composition/improvisation

18.Mar.2018 NEVERNEVERLAND at De Punt, Amsterdam
"Protokols" VS "Breathe" surround A/V-club collab /w Minhong Yu

Photo: Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam | download high quality (10MB)

16.Dec.2017 Winternights, AINSI, Maastricht
"Processive" surround by R.M. Ensemble (/w J. Bode & W. Fu)

01.Dec.2017 The Flying Land 逆旅之域, Quartair, The Hague
"Processive" by R.M. Ensemble (/w J. Bode & W. Fu)

17.Oct.2017 Intro In Situ, Maastricht
Experimental surround

07.Oct.2017 Cirque Royal, Brussels
Sound Design 5-channel for opera-installation Aria Di Potenza by Krystian Lada Live electronics collab with /w Nina Fukoaka, Katarina Glowicka

04.Oct.2017 Villa K, The Hague
Improv & Processive /w Wen Chin Fu

10.Mar.2017 Eighteen 29 Gallery, Amsterdam
Experimental Solo

08.Jan.2017 Van Onderen, Paradiso, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Wen Chin Fu

Photo: Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam | download high quality (30MB)

30.Apr.2016 De Ruimte, Amsterdam
Improv /w T. Ham, R. v. Dillewijn, J. Diepenmaat

29.Nov.2015 The Instrument Room, Amsterdam
"Processive" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble

21.Nov.2015 Le Mini Who, Koffie Leute, Utrecht
"Processive" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble

15.Nov.2015 Vera, Groningen
DJ Set @ Afterparty NNO In The Club (invited by Thijs Noisia)

07.Nov.2015 Rewire Festival, Prins 29, The Hague
"Protokols" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble + Naivi (LED visuals)

28.Sep.2015 Splendor, Amsterdam
"Processive"

23-Jul-2015 Bolzano Danza / Tans Bozen, Ortisei
'Into Another Body' dance /w Anastasia Kostner, Maarten v.d. Glas

25-Jul-2015 Ater Teater, Corvara
'Into Another Body' dance /w Anastasia Kostner, Maarten v.d. Glas

26-Jul-2015 Ater Teater, San Martin
'Into Another Body' dance /w Anastasia Kostner, Maarten v.d. Glas

03.Apr.2015 Obscure Times, Vondelbunker
Experimental

08.Feb.2015 Contemporary Dance Platform, Utrecht
The Boiler Room improv /w Marisa Grande, Iris van Peppen,
Sarah Kate Gardiner, Dodó Kis


07.Feb.2015 Hausse III, Brebl, Nijmegen
Experimental /w Mattheis

29.Jan.2015 'aXolot Versus' residency, STEIM, Amsterdam
/w Felipe Ignacio Noriega Alcaraz, Müşfik Can Müftüoğlu,
Josephine Bode, Sarah Jeffrey, Dodó Kis

Photo: Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam | download high quality (15MB)

19.Dec.2014 The Rest Is Noise, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble + Naivi (LED visuals)

16.Nov.2014 4DSOUND Hacklab, Compagnietheater, Amsterdam
(Coded Matters) Experimental surround /w Rinske Bosma

05.Jun.2014 White Label Coffee, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble

19.Apr.2014 SOTU Festival, OT301, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble

20.Mar.2014 Red Light Radio, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Rutger Muller Ensemble

17.Mar.2014 Oorsprong, Poortgebouw, Amsterdam
Group improv curated by Iris van Peppen /w Jacky Sawatzky, Ben Wallet

03.Mar.2014 Monday Match, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
Group improv curated by Josephine Bode & Marc Nukoop ... /w Charlotte Mathiessen, Donald Fleming, Alfredo Fernandez, Aida Guirro Salinas, Kristien Sonnevijlle, Annie Tangberg, Sarah Jeffrey, Mateusz Pulawski, Ellen Knops

Photo: Anastasija Pirozenko | The Rest is Noise @ Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam | download high quality (18MB)

21.Jan.2013 Antartica, Amsterdam
"Protokols" /w Josephine Bode

02.Sep.2012 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Muziekhuis, Utrecht
Experimental

05.Feb.2011 Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
'The Young Shaman Perspective' by Rubin van Kooyk
/w Y. Riad, C. Carvalho, J. Drescher, J. Debey, T. Fujimoto


22.Dec.2010 WEI, Eindhoven
'The Young Shaman Perspective' by Rubin van Kooyk
/w Y. Riad, C. Carvalho, J. Drescher, J. Debey, T. Fujimoto


20.Dec.2010 STEIM, Amsterdam
'The Young Shaman Perspective' by Rubin van Kooyk
/w Y. Riad, C. Carvalho, J. Drescher, J. Debey, T. Fujimoto


23.May.2010 Best of HKU Proeflokaal, Theater Kikker, Utrecht
"Patroon A" /w Dianne Verdonk

13.May.2010 HKU "Klankontwerp" Concert, Zaal 100, Utrecht
"Patroon A" /w Dianne Verdonk


contact

rutger@rutgermuller.nl
+316 50 82 45 71


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