Rutger Muller
Curriculum Vitae Folio
Music | Design | Text | Etc.


Amsterdam | Born 1984, Geleen, Netherlands
rutger@rutgermuller.nl | +31650824571
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Work – This website presents a summary of my activities in music, (sound) design, organising, journalism and translation.

Art – My goal as a composer, expressed in my electro-acoustic music, is to abstract personal emotion into contemporary spiritual sound. In 2012 I graduated as an MA in Music Technology, but already in 2006 I started to digitally transform the sounds of classical instruments. Through sampling and/or collaboration with instrumentalists, I aim to carve mystic sound worlds from the stress of globalised digital culture. My aesthetic builds upon classical ideas, from Renaissance opera to 20th century spectralism, but it also touches on the dissonance of Asian instrumentation, and it explores the ritual nature of techno.


Education

MA Music Technology
2008 - 2012 | HKU: University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands.
BA Sound Design and Composition for Adaptive Systems
2008 - 2012 | HKU: University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands.
Minors in Design & Culture
2006 | University of Tilburg, Netherlands.
BA Communication & Multimedia Design
2003 - 2008 | Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Netherlands.
MBO4+ ICT Administrator
2001 - 2003 | Arcus College, Heerlen, Netherlands.

My Pseudonyms & Bands

Rutger Muller [www.rutgermuller.nl]
(formerly named Von Nohrfeldt)
Spectral mysticism oscillating between high and low brow, micro and macro cosmos, emotion and abstraction. Contains elements of classical/early music, (dark) ambient, (glitch) techno and new age. Often in collaboration with Kim-José Bode (recorders) and Wen Chin Fu (cello).


Hypnotic School [www.hypnoticschool.com]
Dutch-Turkish collaborative studio project for groovy pop music with dreamy electronic experiments. Featuring Nil Ipek Hulagu, Can Aydinoglu, Michael Vultoo and me.

AuxPulse
Live Acid Techno and IDM duo with Michael Vultoo. Album Dream Stages was composed / improvised 100% on Nintendo DS, using the virtual modular synthesizer KORG DS-10. It was released during 'play it!' in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Watch 'Transgressive' on Youtube.


Diskette Deluxe
My modern spin on authentic vintage computer music, mainly inspired by the Commodore Amiga and Sega Megadrive. Listen to the 'Space Tourism' album, released on Cheapbeats (Tokyo).

Interview (Dutch): "DJB Signaleert: Diskette Deluxe"
DS-10 Dominator
Live dance music on Virtual Modular Synthesizer KORG DS-10 for Nintendo DS. Played live in Japan, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Macedonia. Listen to the Discography on Bandcamp. Watch a video live in Tokyo on Facebook.

Attended Residencies / Workshops / Hack Labs

2017 | Hilversum - Global Game Jam - Utrecht School of the Arts. Sound design for DaBo.
2016 | Matsudo, Japan - PARADISE AIR - short-stay artist residency. I recorded sounds in prefectures Tokyo and Chiba... more information about this project is coming soon!
2015 | Operadagen Rotterdam - Workshops with Paul Koek - End-presentation for representatives of the Münchener Biennale.
2014 | Amsterdam Dance Event - 4DSOUND Spatial Sound Hack Lab - CDM - Fiber Festival - Compagnietheater - Created a spatial sound effect and performed with cellist Rinske Bosma.
2015 | Amsterdam Dance Event - ADE Soundlab - STEIM - Native Instruments - "Hypothetical Instrument Building Workshop" - Worked on prototyping techniques for futuristic instruments.
2015 | Amsterdam - STEIM - Axolot VERSUS [Video] Contemporary electronic musicians Musfik Can Muftuoglu, Felipe Ignacio Noriega and Rutger Muller worked with contemporary recorder trio Axolot on an exclusive concert. I built an acoustic, motorised instrument, using bass transducers.
2011 | Hilversum - Global Game Jam - Utrecht School of the Arts - made the award winning GlitchHiker, an innovative glitch arcade game with an interactive soundtrack.
2010 | Hilversum - Global Game Jam - Utrecht School of the Arts.
2015 | Amsterdam - Playful Jam - Playful Arts Festival - Theatre De Brakke Grond.
2012 | Amsterdam - Control Jam - Control Game Industry Magazine - Pakhuis De Zwijger.
Gamelab #5: Composed game trailer music in 1.5 Hours [video]
Gamelab #2: Composed music for game jam in Two Hours, with Vlambeer. [video]

2009 | Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia - Zoey Foundation for Arts & Culture - Utrecht School of The Arts - "Technology Penetrates Tradition" - Improvising with classical/traditional musicians.

My Open Content & Web Communities

2011 - Now | DS10Forum.com (back online!) - Co-founder (with Harley Raine Martin) of discussion platform about Nintendo DS synthesizer. Over 10.000 posts.
2008 - Now | I'm sharing 400+ Free Samples on Freesound.org.
Many field recordings. All public domain, meaning: for any use (commercial/non-commercial).

Given Lectures / Presentations

2016 | Musashino Art University (Japan) - Sound design portfolio presentation for design students. Part of my short artist residency at PARADISE AIR (Matsudo, Japan).
2016 | Operadagen Rotterdam - Pitched the R-Muller techno-opera Protokols for at Operatie Muziektheater in Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam.
2015 | HKU: University of the Arts Utrecht -
Lecture for MA Students on classical-electronic crossover.
2014 | HKU: University of the Arts Utrecht -
Presentation of work and workfield to 2nd year students.
2012 | Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival - After-School Avant-Garde - Demonstrating KORG DS-10 handheld synthesizer to teenagers.
2015 | Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Bookstore Project - Sound design portfolio presentation for artist community.

Music Event Organising

The Instrument Room (2015, 2016, 2017) - An intimate concert series in Amsterdam, with room for contemporary experiment and non-western influences. It recently passed its 12th edition. I do the curation, communication, PR design and sound tech. Made possible by Bookstore Project, Bank and fantastic volunteers.




Artists booked: Naomi Sato (Japan), Harrie Starreveld, Dianne Verdonk, Hans Leeuw, Bernhard Hollinger (Germany), Pieter Willems, silkvvorms (Lithuania), Sinqlogue, Turkish music school Amor Muzik Okulu, Zvov (Israel), My Little Phoney, Terugklap, The Kewis, Mosa Rook, The Avonden, The Kewis, Neco Novellas (Mozambique), Bart de Vrees, Anat Spiegel, Nunq, Josephine Bode, Wen Chin Fu (Taiwan).



Interactive Artworks

2015 | Into Anther Body (V4.0) [Video Coming Soon] - A/V dance performance with interaction designer / VJ Maarten van der Glas and contemporary dancer Anastasia Kostner. Performed at Tanz Bozen / Bolzano Danza (Italy), and other places in the Italian Alps.
2012 | Thresholder [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - Planning to upgrade it with creative coder Daan van Hasselt. The installation is large-surface (10X10M), body-controlled (Kinect), multiplayer (up to 8), with interactive music and visuals. Exhibited at Born Digital festival, Utrecht, Netherlands.
2011 | GlitchHiker [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - cloud-controlled arcade game (Windows only), created at Global Game Jam 2011. Features a gameplay-reactive soundtrack. More info in the Youtube description and on the Vlambeer website.

Sound Design | Composition | Audio Editing

2016 | Toyota Avalon launch at Art Basel [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - Composed 6 pieces of music (synth pop, ambient, eastern, tribal) for projection mappings by Naïvi.
2016 |Sound Design for Dorota Radzimirska's graduation film (more info soon).
2016 | Inside Out - Audio editing for documentary about citizens of Moscow, by Olga Ganzha and Masha Ru.
2016 | Hungry Mates (iOS and Android game) [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - Eric Chang-keun Song, of South Korean game design company 5minlab used one of my Diskette Deluxe tracks for his game.
2016 | Sagawa Art Museum [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - Arranged the music and made the sound design for a kids' exhibition commercial. Directed by Masahiro Koga.
2016 | Anouk Wipprecht for Somfy: The Art of Motion [VIDEO] - Composed 2 pieces of music for a high-tech fashion show developed by Anouk Wipprecht for Somfy.
2015 | Get Connected - Dance club oriented theatre show by Valentine Berning, with visuals of VJ Sjush. Performed across the Netherlands in for example club Sugar Factory and at Solar Weekend.
2013 | Clashlight - for 100 years PSV-Philips [VIDEO] - Sound design for big light show in PSV Football Stadium, Made with Noralie and Afterlight for GLOW Eindhoven 2013.
2011 | Kids VS Goblins (iOS Game) [YOUTUBE VIDEO] - Sound design (sound effects, such as weapons, explosions, grunts) for this iOS Game by Stolen Couch Games.
2011 | Lost Devices - Made with Sander Haakman - Floating speaker, exhibited at festival 'Tik van De Molen' and Corrosia in Almere, Netherlands.
2008 | Zure Melk [WATCH ON VIMEO] - Sound Design for short film by Aart Taminiau and Teuta Dibrani.
KORG Naïvi Brandspanking VJ Sjush De Monsters Anouk Wipprecht Ineke Goes DPI Animation House Shoebox Diorama / Daniel Ernst Valentine Berning Stolen Couch Games Business Models Inc. Müge Yilmax Animu Dance Company / Anastasia Kostner Detune ltd.
Toyota Somfy Philips PSV KPN Glow Festival Klik Animatiefestival Hogeschool Rotterdam Makro Babybel La Vache Qui Rit OTIB: Opleidings- en ontwikkelingsfonds voor het Technisch InstallatieBedrijf Herman Miller

Music Journalism

2017 | DJBroadcast: "Klassiek Contrast" - Article (Dutch) about classical and electronic music.
2011, 2012, 2013 | Bachtrack - Reviews of classical concerts in Amsterdam, such as:
– Ives Ensemble | Morton Feldman
– Capella Amsterdam | Nystedt | Schnittke | Hillborg | Glass | Pärt
– Richard Egarr | Vivaldi | Purcell | Handel
– Asko|Schönberg | Ensemble Klang | Steve Reich | Terry Riley
– The Netherlands Radio Choir | Lies Beijerinck | Sculthorpe | Scelsi
2013 | Wikipedia: Murcof - 90% written by me, I also designed the timeline graphic.

Translations (to/from Dutch | to/from English | from German)

2017 | Exhibition 'The Weathers They Live In' at Punt WG
Translation [EN > NL] of the description of art exhibition "The Weathers They Live In" by Nicola Arten and others.

2017 | De Monsterkamer | Graphic Paper Showroom in Amsterdam
Biography translation [EN > NL] for the presentation of Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer).
2017 | Fluister | Booking Agency for Classical and Electronic Musicians
Translations of eight artist biographies for classical and electronic music booking agency.
[EN > NL] Julien Marchal, Mógil, Charles Henri Maulini, SEA + AIR, Sophie Hutchings, MimiCof / Midori Hirano [NL > EN] David Åhlén.
2017 | Syndromes of Mimicry | Short Film
I translated the synopsis of this short film [EN > NL] by Anastasija Pirozenko (Nederlandse Filmacademie).
2016 | De Monsterkamer | Graphic Paper Showroom in Amsterdam
Biography translation [EN > NL] for the presentation of publisher-designer Roger Willems.
2015 | "To increase the acceptance of renovations : the Kolenkit as case study | Thesis by E.M. Ferf Jentink | Eindhoven University of Technology
I translated most of this graduation thesis [NL > EN].
2015 | Wrong Titled Films | Independent Film Screening Organisation
Several translations and text edits. More info will follow.
2016 | Bruno Pilz "Alice D" | An Audio-Walk
Translation [DE > EN] of poetic artwork description.
2015 | Curriculum for Deaf Children...
Translations [NL > EN] for educational outlines. More info will follow.
2013-2017 | Various other translations and redactions
Such as proofreading and corrections for an artist's visa application (which was granted).

Internships (selection)

2011 | Rot8ion - Production and marketing of Live A/V Surround Productions.
2007, 2008 | L1 Reclameproducties - Concepting, Video Editing, Graphic Design.

Web Design / Development

2014 - Now | www.bepakt.com - Index of packaging-free supermarkets.
[Wordpress + Tablepress customisations]
2017 | www.NinaFunk.com - Web development for Amsterdam based dancer, choreographer, teacher Nina Funk. Design by Mirka Laura Severa.
[Custom responsive HTML/CSS, incl. custom photo gallery]
2016 | www.R-Muller.com, website for my contemporary music.
[HTML/CSS/Photoshop]

QA Testing for Web Development

Writing clear reports about the user experience of websites used on various devices and computers.

My clients (Interactive Agencies):
Tested websites/campaigns:
2016 - Verizon | Campaign website about network improvements (more details soon).
2016 - Milka | Social selfie-app 'Mood Match'
2016 - Dove | Campaign website 'Have Your Say'
2016 - Tommy Hilfiger | 200" Multi Touch Wall for New York Fashion Week and Bread and Butter
2016 - Panera | Land of Clean web game
2015 - Triodos | '5 Dingen' sustainable banking campaign
2015 - Subaru | Zero Landfill (award winner)
2015 - Remy Martin | New Website for timeless cognac brand
2015 - Tommy Hilfiger | Digital Showroom system for European head office
2015 - KLM | Ad Campaign Website

Software / Instrument Skills


Electronic Music Production
– Ableton Live, Synthesizers, Microphones, etc.
Expert (10+ Years)

Video Editing
– Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere
Advanced (8 Years)

Photo Editing
– Adobe Photoshop
Expert (10+ Years)

Drums and Percussion
Advanced (10+ Years)

Keyboards + Guitar
Basic

Webdesign
– Intermediate/Advanced HTML/CSS
– Wordpress Customisation

Language Proficiency


Dutch
Spoken: native/fluent
Written: native/fluent

English
Spoken: expert/fluent
Written: expert/fluent

German
Listening: advanced
Speaking: intermediate
Writing: intermediate

Japanese
Completed Courses
– Beginner 1, 2 | NiCHiRAN (2015, 2016 - Amstelveen)
– Beginner 4 | Japans Cultureel Centrum
(2016, 2017 - Amsterdam)

Image / Video Art