Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, the Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.
Physical and psychoacoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000's.
His electronic music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of the equipment, using feedback and disruptions in the signal to create dense but finely detailed swarms of sound.
Recent projects include a radio piece based on the acoustics of abandoned radar domes with Valerio Tricoli, recording sessions with Kevin Drumm at GRM in Paris and with Valerio Tricoli at ZKM in Karlsruhe, a new Phill Niblock composition for Serge modular synthesizer and all-analogue quadraphonic music for the historical Serge and Buchla synthesizers at EMS in Stockholm.
During the first ten years of his activities, Ankersmit focussed almost exclusively on live performance and installation work.
Since 2010, his music has been released on the PAN, Touch and Ash International labels.
A new solo record with music for the original Serge synthesizers at CalArts will be released on Touch in early 2014.