Jam & Create

Gijs Gieskes – performance for electro-acoustic instruments

Composer and inventor Gijs Gieskes makes music machines from an unlikely combination of hacked consumer electronics and everyday bits and pieces.

Watching his one-man performances or the videos on his blog is a bit like seeing the contents of the bottom drawer in your kitchen come to life and start a band; plastic bags, bamboo skewers, rubber bands, thumb-tacks, plastic cups and scraps of wood and metal spring to life at the behest of Gieskes’ circuits and busy themselves making beats, drones and tuned percussion patterns. Gieskes will bring an assortment of his creations for a special performance in the Maker Zone, and stick around after to answer your questions and share tips and techniques for those venturing into electromechanical music.