Roderik De Man

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Discography of Roderik De Man:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Electrified Music 8 Audio 2004-01-10 Electroshock Records
2 "Ecoute, Écoute!" (Acoustical & Electroacoustical Chamber Music By Roderik De Man) 12 Audio 2001 Emergo Classics
3 Five New Pieces 5 Audio 1999 Attacca
4 Visions 6 Audio 1994 Erasmus Muziekproducties
5 COM.POST #1-6 >>> 2008 6 Audio 2009 Drop Of Blood Records

Born in Bandung, Indonesia in 1941. Studied percussion and theory of music at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Attended composition classes with Kees van Baaren and worked in the electronic studio supervised by Dick Raaymakers. On completion of his studies was invited to join the staff of the Conservatory to teach theoretical subjects. Initiated an ongoing project for very young composers in 1992. Fulfills several functions in contemporary music organizations such as the Artistic Board of Donemus/MGN, “Near”, boardmember of PEM (producers of electronic music). Was jury member of the Gaudeamus Composition Competition 2001 and several other competitions. In most cases the works he composes are requested and/or commissioned. These commissions were a. o. given by the Fund for the Creation of Music, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, N.P.S. (Dutch Radio), the Johan Wagenaar Foundation, Institut International de Musique Electro-acoustique de Bourges. Several works were selected by the ISCM World Music Days, in Norway 1991, Mexico 1993, Korea 1997, Rumania 1999. In many of his compositions one or more instruments are combined with an electronic tape realized in his own studio, a number of these works received prizes or honorable mentions. His repertoire of compositions covers a wide range, varying from music for gamelan orchestra, chamber music with and without electronic tape, music for big band, orchestral, vocal and choral pieces. Compositions by Roderik de Man have been performed a. o. in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Canada and the United States. His composition “Vanishing Points” for organ & tape was performed during the Warschauer Herbst 2001. In July 2002 a commission by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique was realized in their studios and performed in Bourges at their festival in 2003. Scores are published by Donemus/MGN, Netherlands. Many of his works are available on CD.

In the works of Roderik de Man electronics play a significant role. Although he divides his attention between purely instrumental and electronic works, he feels strongly attracted to the latter. The fascination of combining a live soloist or ensemble with an electronic counterpart is a great inspirational source to him. He always strives for an organic connection between the instrumental and electronically generated sounds, in the initial stage often inviting musicians to his studio to create a specific sample library for the new piece. In his view electronics can be used as a magnifying glass to discover hidden possibilities in the instrumental and/or vocal sounds and then as it were giving them back to the instruments as an equal counterpart. Many examples of this technique can be heard on the new CD issued by “Electroshock Records” label - Roderik de Man: “Electrified Music” - 2004 (ELCD 040) which presents purely electronic and electroacoustical compositions. Recent projects included “Music, when soft voices die”, commissioned by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges and “Mensa Secunda”, a multi-media work for instruments, electronics, dance and videoprojections which will be premiered in March 2004.

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