Jaap Blonk: Typography in audio motion

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Jaap Blonk. Born 1953 in Woerden, (Holland) Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies – hey we have all been there!

In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music, a  few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer. At first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.

His performances use audio in a digital motion to convey typography, tempo and sound as a whole experience, not just audio, but a visual stimuli is being witnessed.



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