improvisation for field recordings and analog synthesizer

Rob Curgenven: field recordings, prerecorded piano
Derek Holzer: analog synthesizer, pure data

Holzer and Curgenven both draw upon their diverse backgrounds in field recording, sound art, modern composition, noise and experimental music to create this live sonic environment. Their improvisations focus on the interrelation of Curgenven's detailed recordings from the Australian Outback and a selection of prerecorded piano resonances juxtaposed with Holzer's slowly modulated, shimmering and crackling synthesizer tones. The combination of these sources poses the question: what is "real", what is "constructed"? Where is the border between the actual sound event, its digital reproduction and its sonic simulation?


Demo Recordings, Berlin, February 2007

Selection 1 (4min 17sec, 5.54Mb)
Selection 2 (3min 20sec, 5.94Mb)
Selection 3 (4min 27sec, 5.19Mb)
Selection 4 (9min 30sec, 13.30Mb)
Selection 5 (4min 43sec, 7.63Mb)

Selections 1-5 (ZIP file, 37.23Mb)

Live Recordings, Feb-Apr 2007

From Robert Curgenven & Derek Holzer - Improvisations: febr-apr 2007 Tour CDR. Recordings made in Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden.

3 - 07:55 (7min 55sec, 10.9Mb)
4 - 02:44 (2min 44sec, 3.7Mb)
6 - 10:16 (10min 16sec, 12.9Mb)

Live edit of Dresden & Leipzig recordings for framework radio show, ResonanceFM London. Aired 11 April 2007.

framework (ResonanceFM) edit (29min 56sec, 43.9Mb)


The sound of Robert Curgenven [AUS 1974] explores slowly shifting layers in the fabric of what surrounds us by working with harmonics and resonance as articulated not only through instruments/objects, in space and place, but also in time and the dislocation of the remote. He has released one solo CD for privatelektro, "cichaczem" (2005), which was described by "disquiet" magazine as "absolutely beautiful distillations of sound mixing the familiar textures of field recordings, including falling snow and the period after a thunderstorm, with hyper-sensitive recordings of a grand piano that suggest the open spaces only alluded to by most synthesizers".

Curgenven has also completed two commissions for ABC's Radiophonic Unit (2003, 2006), is included on the recent "recorded in the fields by..." compilation by "gruenrekorder" (2006) and his soundtrack to Lezsek Paul's "Terrain der Zeit" has has been included in screenings at Filmfest Dresden, Germany (2006) and Experyment V Internation Art Meeting Zbaszyn,Poland (2005). He organised the inaugural Sounds Unusual Festival of New Music in Darwin this year, has had installations/group exhibtions in Darwin, Fremantle, Koln and Berlin and performed at the Darwin Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, 24HR Art (NT Centro for Contemporary Art), in Alice Springs, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Brussels, Amsterdam, Leipzig and recently at Electrofringe Festival (Newcastle) as well as Tokyo, Gihu and Nagano (Japan).

Derek Holzer [USA 1972] is a sound artist with a background in radio, webstreaming and environmental recording. His work focuses on capturing and transforming small, unnoticed sounds from various natural and urban locations, networked collaboration strategies, experiments in improvisational sound and the use of free software such as Pure-Data.

He has released tracks under the Nexsound, Sirr, and/OAR and Gruenrekorder labels, and has co-initiated several internet projects for field recording and collaborative soundscapes including

Holzer has performed live, improvised electronic music in many venues and festivals in Europe, the US and Brasil including FILE (Sao Paulo, BR), WRO (Wroclaw, PL), Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, NL), Garage (Stralsund, DE), Videomedeja (Novi Sad, SRB), BEK (Bergen, NO), Transmediale (Berlin, DE), RAM6 (Vilnius, LT), Arts+Communication (Riga, LV), (Novi Sad, SCG), Earational Festival (S'Hertogenbosch, NL), Medienturm (Graz, AT), Kunstraum (Innsbruck, AT), Art Museum of Nantes (Nantes, FR), Montevideo (Amsterdam, NL), Kraakgeluiden (Amsterdam, NL), Denver University (Denver, USA) and others.

Derek Holzer is supported during 2005-7 by Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (Fonds BKVB) of The Netherlands.



Feb 25 - Joint Venture, Berlin, DE
Mar 05 - Zucker, Frankfurt, DE
Mar 10 - Alula Ton Series, Leipzig, DE
Mar 11 - 7Stock, Dresden, DE
Mar 30 - Hoerbar, Hamburg, DE (w/ Jazkamer)
Apr 06 - Salon Bruit, Berlin, DE
Apr 10 - NBI, Berlin, DE (w/ Laptop Orchestra Berlin)
Apr 12 - Klinker Club, South London, UK
Apr 13 - Klinker Club, North London, UK
Apr 14 - The Blue Lagoon, Bristol, UK
Apr 16 - La Générale, Paris, FR (w/ KTL [Rehberg/O'Malley])
Apr 25 - OT301, Amsterdam, NL
Apr 26 - Tag, Den Haag, NL
Apr 28 - Electronic Church, Berlin, DE (w/ M. Aguirre & M. J. Fink Duo)


2006 - V/A - Recorded in the Field by... - Gruenrekorder [reviews]
2005 - Rob Curgenven - cichaczem - Privatelektro [reviews]


2007 - V/A - connected dots. connected ideas - Frozen Elephants Music
2006 - V/A - Recorded in the Field by... - Gruenrekorder [reviews]
2005 - V/A - Untitled Songs - Sirr|ecords [reviews]
2005 - V/A - 7 - / and/OAR Records
2004 - Derek Holzer & Oloolo w/ Max Borisov - Kosta - Nexsound [review][review]
2003 - V/A - RT-32 Acoustic Space Lab - RIXC


Available in Europe until the end of April 2007

In addition to the performance, artist talks, project presentations (, etc) and workshops (field recording/phonography, Pure Data, etc) are also available. Inquire for further details.

[+49][0]176 2812 5845


Rob and Derek perform using a combination of mixers, analog synthesizer, laptop, radio, microphones, effects, DAT and CD players. It's all live, and it does take some time to set up. You can download our technical rider, or you can see what our setup looks like.


Print quality photos by Karsten Wendt can be downloaded here [40.2 Mb].