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Paul Craenen

A Fragile Imbalance

Feedback between microphones, computer and loud speakers produces continuously transforming ’loops’. By digitally splitting up the sound spectrum in narrow amplitude and frequency bands, these feedback loops behave in an unstable way and are sensitive to external influences. Thus the listener, by his position between microphones and loudspeakers, directly influences the evolution of the sound, without however being able to do so explicitly.
The digital interventions on the signals have a static character (the are predetermined and do not change throughout the sound course.) This digital shaping can therefore be seen as some kind of genome, not leading to a predictable sound behaviour, but rather behaving like a ’sound organism’ in a spatial environment.

Paul Craenen was born in Leuven (Belgium) in 1972. Piano lessons from 1982 at the music academy of Londerzeel. In 1990, he went to study the piano at the ‘Lemmens instituut’ in the classes of Mark Erkens and Frans Van Beveren. In 1995 he obtained the ’Meesterdiploma’ for piano. He also followed the lessons of chamber music with Leo Ouderits, Werner Van Mechelen and Etienne Siebens. In 1997 he received the ‘Meesterdiploma’ for chamber music. He followed several private lessons and master classes with Boyan Vodenitcharov. He teaches the piano and an experimental music course at the music school of Oud-Heverlee. He is engaged in several educational new music projects (collaboration with Matrix, Musica and the Ictus ensemble).
Since 1999, Paul Craenen spent more and more time on composition. In April 2001, he participated in the Ictus International Composition Seminar with Jonathan Harvey and Thierry Demey. Since September 2000 he started a postgraduate research at the Orpheus Instituut (Ghent) where the status of the body in contemporary music concerts is examined. Member of The Black Jackets Company. Several of his works were performed in Belgium and foreign countries.

A Fragile Imbalance
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