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Thomas Ankersmit

Thomas Ankersmit

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.



17 Feb 2005 - 21:30

biegungen58: Free-Quartett Sven-Åke Johansson Axel Dörner Thomas Ankersmit Joe Williamson

sololala 2009 (4th night)

5 Dec 2009 - 20:00
Antonia Baehr (photo by Sophie Laly) + Thomas Ankersmit (photo by A. Evans)

Vom 02. bis zum 06. Dezember findet in den Sophiensaelen die mittlerweile 5. Ausgabe des "sololala" statt. Das "sololala" ist ein multidisziplinaeres Festival und versucht, angeblich Unpassendes zusammenzufuehren. 2009 stehen auf de

ECHELON Teufelsberg

11 Dec 2009 - 21:00

ECHELON Teufelsberg

An acousmatic composition by Thomas Ankersmit and Valerio Tricoli, based on location recordings inside the main radar-dome of the abandoned Teufelsberg espionage facility.

echtzeitmusiktage - electro-acoustic night #1

18 Sep 2010 - 22:00

electro-acoustic night #1

Thomas Ankersmit (synth)
Seiji Morimoto (selfmade objects, electronics)
Stefan Roigk (tapes, electronics)

Lucio Capece (reeds, electronics) & Mika Vainio (electronics)

Ankersmit/ de Campo/ Warnecke/ Laurain-Ostendorf

20 Jul 2012 - 21:00
20 Jul 2012 - 23:59

An evening of audio-visual performance, 4 channel electronic pieces and improvised acoustic sets, ending a 2 weeks residency at ausland by Pierce Warnecke for the project 'Textures'.

Thomas Ankersmit: solo Serge analog modular synthesizer

Alberto de Campo

Pierce Warnecke: objects, electronic

Duo Louis Laurain/Nils Ostendorf: trumpets

Film: Learning to Listen + Live: Ankersmit + Chan

8 Mar 2014 - 20:30
Learning to Listen

A Film about Sound: Learning to Listen - Berlin Premiere

Q & A session with director Daniel Linn-Pearl

+ Thomas Ankersmit (Serge modular synthesizer and/or computer) live

+ Kevin Ka Wei Chan (cassette loops, prepared tape players) live

ausland presents jl guionnet in berlin/ausland

10 Sep 2014 - 21:00
10 Sep 2014 - 23:59

ausland invites french musician/visual artist Jean-Luc Guionnet for one week of concerts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings done by or otherwise curated by mr. guionnet in and around ausland


TONIGHT :: CONCERT/LECTURE in ausland, featuring


annette krebs : new solo for strings, metal, objects, microphones, voices and electronics

conference with robin hayward : "Embodied Harmony"

guionnet / thomas ankersmit duo


doors 20h30, start 21h