The first Serge Modulars were released in 1973. In contrast to existing instruments from Moog, ARP and Buchla, the American Russian composer and creator Serge Tcherepnin had his own idea on what an electronic music instrument should be. Serge modules were designed to bring many aspects of the circuitry out to the front panel so modules can be patched in unusual and creative ways beyond the 'normal' functions of that type of module. To celebrate it’s 50th anniversary we invited Serge specialists Thomas Ankersmit and Floris Vanhoof for two special concerts on the opening day of the festival.
Floris Vanhoof has been an established name in the experimental, avant-garde art world for many years. Vanhoof combines homemade music circuits and forgotten projection techniques in his installations, expanded cinema performances, films and releases. He translates one medium into another in order to discover how our perception works and what new perspectives emerge. “Part of my practice is to carefully dose sounds and visuals. Considering how much to show or let hear and what to omit. Subtly overloading our perception so our imagination goes to work. Looking inside and outside. Creating small problems that put big ones into context”, he elaborates. In his projects, Vanhoof consistently turns to his homemade Serge synth.