STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) is an independent electronic music center unique in its dedication to live performance. The foundation’s artistic and technical departments support an international community of performers, musicians, and visual artists, to develop unique instruments for their work. STEIM maintains a vibrant residency program whereby artists are provided with an artistic and technical environment in which concepts can be given concrete form. Ideas are catalyzed by providing critical feedback grounded in professional experience. Finally, new creations are then exposed to a receptive responsive niche public at STEIM before being groomed for a larger audience.
Hackers & Designers were supposed to be joined by Tijs Ham, the head of Workshops and Artists Residencies at STEIM. Tijs is a live coder and performer, and he composes and performs electronic music under the name Tapage. He would have demonstrated possibilities of live coding in an performance environment, and showed how to use tools like SuperCollider for these purposes. But he did not come to the event.
Anyway... Inspired by their practice, H&D had a hack-night, where they explored the subject on their own.