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 are also great example of co-creativity and interdisciplinary design thinking. Let’s jam!

Curriculum Vitae

NAME       Rutger Muller
BIRTH       1984 – Netherlands
EMAIL      rutger@rutgermuller.nl
PHONE     +316 50 82 45 71

EDUCATION

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

BA • Music/Sound for Adaptive Systems
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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)

INTERNSHIPS

 Rot8ion
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)

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

 R-Muller
RnB • Pop

 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

GAME DESIGN / PLAYFUL ART

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)

OFFICIAL PRESETS & DEMOS

‘New Path’ (iOS) by The Zooo (2022)
Two demo tracks for playful, non-linear sequencer by Jerke vd Braak & Marcel Smit

KORG iOS Apps (JP, 2010, 2012)
Demo Track for KORG iPolysix
 Demo Track for KORG iMS-20

HACKATHONS / WORKSHOPS

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

Hypothetical Instruments (NL, 2016)
ADE Soundlab workshop by Native Instruments, STEIM, Univ. Pompeu Fabra

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

Workshops at Operadagen (NL, 2015)
Rutger Muller Ensemble participated in workshops by Paul Koek, Tom Creed…

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)
 Arts & Culture Developer
Supported by Dioraphte Foundation

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

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

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

COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

‘Breathe X Protokols’ w/ Minhong Yu (2018)
Installation at NEVERNEVERLAND (Ams)

‘And They Were Out’ by Müge Yilmaz (2018)
Outdoor sound objects at Vensters (Ams)

i-C’R-us’ w/ Paul van Roosmalen (2010)
Interactive sculpture at Lokaal 01 (Breda)

SOUND DESIGN / MUSIC FOR THEATRE & DANCE

This Connection […] with Guts‘ (2021)
Co-composing with theatre maker Diane Mahín at Winternights, Maastricht (NL)

‘Under the Skin’ (IT/NL, 2021)
Sound edit for choreography by Anastasia Kostner + Tanzschmiede/Fucinadanza 

‘The Worship’ at Musica Sacra (NL, 2019)
Spatial perf. on Vrijthof w/ Habitants & Arno Coenen’s ‘Stage of Luminosity’

‘Strive’ (IT/NL, 2018)
Sound edit for choreography by Anastasia Kostner + Tanzschmiede/Fucinadanza 

‘Walkie Talkie Wilderness’ (NL, 2018)
 Compositions for the inclusive dance theatre of Misiconi Company

‘Gewoon Held’ – Het Laagland (NL, 2018)
Theatre sound design – direction by Lennart Monaster, music by Kaveh Vares

‘Aria di Potenza’ at Nuit Blanche (BE, 2017)
Spatial sound design for opera installation directed by Krystian Lada in Brussels

Anouk Wipprecht x SOMFY (NL/BE, 2016)  
 Music for ‘Art of Motion’ fashion-tech installation and show at Polyclose

‘Into Another Body’ (NL/IT, 2015)
 Live electronic music for interactive A/V dance performance by Anastasia Kostner and Maarten van der Glas

The Warp at Kunstkapel (Ams, NL)
• Mixing for ‘Taciturn Receiver’ (2016)
• Mixing for ‘Todo Modo’ (2016)

SOUND DESIGN / MUSIC FOR PROJECTION SHOWS

‘Toyota Avalon’ at Art Basel (USA, 2015)
 Music for video mapping by NAP Labs

Klik Animation Festival (NL, 2013)
Sound Design for opening show – lasers projection on EYE Filmmuseum (A’dam)

‘Clashlight’ by Noralie at GLOW (NL, 2013)
 Stadium show in honour of 100 years PSV (Philips Sport Association)

SOUND DESIGN / MUSIC FOR (INTERACTIVE) MEDIA

‘Alterity’ (NL, 2022)
 Mastering for short film by Milan Potten

‘Forest (H)eart(H)’ by UTOPIA blu (2019)
 Sound design for Body Armor to Save the Planet’, fashion-tech presentation

‘Shoebox Diorama: Blocked In’ (2013)
 Sound design for interactive VR experience by Daniël Ernst

‘Chime Multiplayer’ by Zoë Mode (2010)
 Adaptive composition for proof-of-concept puzzle game /w Stolen Couch

‘Zure Melk’ (NL, 2008)
 Sound design/scapes for short film by Teuta Dibrani & Aart Taminiau

TEACHING / LECTURING

Ode to Dignity (NL, 2019)
Music workshops for children
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, such as the uncanny valley of timbral emulations

COACHING

‘Oscillator’ by Florian Slangen (NL, 2022)
Poetic Performance

‘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

WRITINGS & JOURNALISM

Emergent Gameplay Research
 Expressive/Emergent/Improvised Interaction for Music Games and Interactive Installations

DJ Broadcast (2016)
 “Klassiek Contrast” article

‘Murcof’ on Wikipedia (2012)
 One of the main contributors

Bachtrack (2011-2013)
Modern classical concert reviews

EVENT CURATION / ORGANISATION

The Instrument Room (NL, 2015-2017)
 Progressive & Diverse Concert Series
Supported by The Bookstore Foundation

CREATIVE COMMONS SHARING

Freesound.org
600+ field recordings & other sounds
Free to download (Public Domain / CC0)

WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT

 JosephineBode.com (2018)
For musician and theatre maker Josephine Bode

 NinaFunk.com (2017)
For dancer/choreographer Nina Funk
Design by Mirka Laura Severa
HTML by Rutger Muller

QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR DIGITAL DESIGN AGENCIES

Random Studio (2014-2019)
QA testing (web) projects for Raf Simons, NPO, KLM, Tommy Hilfiger, Triodos Bank, Rémy Martin

Your Majesty (2017)
QA testing a Samsung project

Resn (2016)
QA testing projects for Milka, Dove, Verizon, Panera, Converse 

TRANSLATION ETC.

The TEFL Academy (2018)
TEFL certification (Level 5 / 120 hours) for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Languagewire (2017-2021)
[EN-NL] 50+ jobs for international agency (technical, financial, PR…)

Monsterkamer – Roger Willems (2017)
 [EN>NL] artist biography for event at paper showroom

‘The Weathers They Live In’ (2017)
[EN>NL] leaflet for exhibition at puntWG
initiated by  Nicola Arthen

‘AliceD: There Is No Time For This’ (2017)
[DE>EN] description of audio-walk by Bruno Pilz

Fluister (2017)
 [EN>NL] eight artist bios for classical-electronic booking agency