Rutger Muller

rutger@rutgermuller.nl  +31650824571

I’m a contemporary composer + interaction designer
passionate about the playful & spiritual roots of creativity

Composer’s Statement – Embrace Mysticism

As a composer I’m mainly fascinated by mysticism: music’s ability to be simultaneously tranquil and frictive; meditative and uncanny.  I explore types of spirituality found in avant-classical music, non-western traditions and club music.

How can we implement types of mysticism into our hectic times? I often start at nature: the organic intricacies of timbre, the imperfections of improvisation, and our ancient fascination for (cavernous) reverberations.

In my search for spiritual sound, I want to transcend drama and emotion, reach beyond it, towards the roots of consciousness (the micro cosmos) and outer space (the macro cosmos). What are the roots of music, and how can we keep rediscovering them?

‘Exorcism’ at Cultura Nova (Heerlen, NL)

with dancer Nathaniel Moore (USA)

Image from Video by Paul Caron

‘Thresholder’ at Born Digital (Utrecht, NL)

Photo by Joram Wolters

Designer’s Statement – Evolve Improvisation

Both the origin and future of creativity are improvisational. While computers might not have intuition, they can improvise using algorithms, logics, memory (data), feedback and chance.

Soon, generative arts wil happen in real-time. These instant explorations call for new (playful) interfaces that bridge human improvisation with machine intelligence.

Game design allows us to explore the roots of creativity and culture in accessible and interdisciplinary ways. I research the field of ’emergent gameplay’, which aims to gives players the ability to evolve rules, without breaking the flow/immersion.

Hackathons and game jams are also great example of co-creativity and interdisciplinary design thinking. Let’s play… 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Name
Birth
E-Mail
Phone

Rutger Muller
1984, Netherlands
rutger@rutgermuller.nl
+316 50 82 45 71

EDUCATION

MA • Digital Design: Music Technology
HKU UTRECHT UNIVERSITY OF ARTS (2012)

BA hons. • Music for Adaptive Systems
H
KU UTRECHT UNIVERSITY OF ARTS (2012)

BA • Communication & Multimedia Design
AVANS HOGESCHOOL BREDA (2008)

Minor • Cultures of the Netherlands
TILBURG UNIVERSITY (2006)

Community College (MBO4+) • IT-Admin 
ARCUS COLLEGE HEERLEN (2003)

MUSIC GROUPS & SOLO ACTS

Rutger Muller | Rutger Muller Ensemble
Electroacoustic • Ambient • Techno • Improv
 Ensemble w/ Josephine Bode & Wen Chin Fu
 Compositions for Ensemble 88
 Duo w/ Bernhard Hollinger

 Hypnotic School
Trip-Hop • Indie R&B • Dreampop
w/ Nilipek., Can Aydinoglu, Sinqlogue

 AuxPulse | DS-10 Dominator
IDM • Acid  Techno  • Chiptune
w/ Sinqlogue

 Diskette Deluxe
Chiptune • Synthpop • Italo

GAMES & INTERACTIVITY

Emergent Gameplay Research
 Expressive Interaction for Music Games and Interactive Installations

myuBio (2020-now)
 Spatial & Playful Bio-Soundsystem
 W/ Studio Ricky van Broekhoven
 Nomination Hybrid Future Challenge at Eindhoven Maker Faire (2021)

UniTie by Wolfsbloem (2017)
Multiplayer Sound-Motion Instrument
• Presented at Dutch Design Week 2017

Thresholder (2011-now)
 Multiplayer Music Installation
 Nomination Young Talent SpinAward 2012

GlitchHiker (2011)
 Social Arcade Game
• Winner Global Game Jam (NL, 2011)
• Hon. Mention IGF (SF, USA, 2012)

HACKATHONS / JAMS / LABS

MUTEK.JP – AI Music Lab (JP, 2019)
With Keio University and Natalia Fuchs
Supported by Creative Industry Fund NL

ICMC – Hack-n-Makerthon (KR, 2018)
At the Samsung Creative Campus in Daegu
Supported by Creative Industry Fund NL

New GameGrounds – Playful Jam (2015)
By Playful Arts Festival & Brakke Grond (NL)

4DSOUND – Spatial Hacklab (NL, 2014)
Teamed up with cellist Rinske Bosma
By Fiber Festival at Amsterdam Dance Event

Hyper Gamejam (NL, 2012)
Teamed up with Vlambeer & Friends
At Control Gamelab in Amsterdam

GGJ (NL, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017)
Global Game Jam at location HKU

ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES

Intro in Situ (NL, 2020, 2021)
Supported by Dioraphte Foundation
Artistic Developer

Paradise AIR – Shortstay (JP, 2016)
Supported by Creative Industry Fund NL
Sound art residency in Matsudo

Bookstore Project (NL, 2015-2017)
Community arts & living in Amsterdam

aXolot Versus @ STEIM (NL, 2016)
Project by Sarah Jefferey in Amsterdam

COMMISSIONS & COLLABS

‘And They Were Out’ by Müge Yilmaz (2018)
Sound in nature at Vensters (Amsterdam)

Toyota ‘Avalon’ at Art Basel (2015)
With project mapping by Naivi (NAP Labs)

i-C’R-us’ with Paul van Roosmalen (2010)
Interactive Sculpture at Lokaal 01, Breda

Short film ‘Zure Melk’ (2008)
By Teuta Dibrani & Aart Taminiau

COACHING

‘U’ by Wieke van Rosmalen (NL, 2021)
Playful/Interactive Music Theatre
(Muzieklab by VIA ZUID + Intro in Situ)

‘…Be Like You’ by NKK NXT (NL, 2019)
Music Theatre Project by Netherlands Chamber Choir & Patrick Housen

TEACHING

Ode to Dignity (NL, 2019)
Music workshops for children, for social project by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Design4MusicXperiences (NL, 2017)
Student Mentor for Fontys University ICT and Effenaar Smart Venue, Eindhoven

Musashino Art University (JP, 2016)
Portfolio presentation for students
Supported by Creative Industry Fund NL

HKU Art University (NL, 2014+15+16)
Lecturer on various music topics

INTERNSHIPS

Rot8ion – rot8ion.com
Live A/V Surround (Eindhoven, 2011)

L1 Radio & TV
Marketing Design (Maastricht, 2007)

Headland [taster internship]
Web Design (Amsterdam, 2006)

Graaf Huyn College
IT-Administration (Geleen, 2002)