|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals|
|Recommended course combination||Session 1: Discover the Dutch: Language and Culture, Decolonizing Europe: History, Memory, Redress|
Session 2: The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam 1600-present
||3 August to 17 August 2019
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Prof. J. Fidom
|Other lecturers||Other lecturers and teachers include improviser Zuzana Ferjencikova (Montpellier), philosopher Alicja Gescinska, improviser/researcher Franziska Schroeder (Belfast), live-electronic musician Franz Danksagmüller, Bach expert Hans-Ola Ericsson (Montreal), composer Trevor Grahl (Amsterdam), Soundtrackcity founder Michiel Huijsman, improviser Jacob Lekkerkerker (Amsterdam), artistic research experts Peter Peters and Michiel Schuijer, and VU University organist Henk Verhoef (Amsterdam).
|Form(s) of tuition||This course provides a platform for academic (humanities, science) and artistic students (schools of music, artschools) to meet one another in multi-layered sessions and thus get a deeper understanding of one anothers’ worlds, ways of thinking, and ways of being artistic active; one group follows the classes of the other. These classes include lectures, listening workshops, excursions, music masterclasses, concerts - and lots of discussions. The Summer School ‘laboratory’ and main location is the Orgelpark at Amsterdam (www.orgelpark.nl), a very well-equipped nice venue directly at the famous Vondelpark (one of the largest historic parks in Amsterdam, perfect to hang out during breaks). Next to the Orgelpark, the VU University and the magnificent large medieval city churches of Amsterdam (the Nieuwe Kerk and the Oude Kerk) house some of the activities as well.|
|Form(s) of assessment||At the end of the course, the academic students are expected to do a poster presentation on how music and music education work, based on their experiences in the two weeks the course lasts; the artistic students give a concert together, in which they give short introductions to their musics. Both happenings take place at the Orgelpark.
|Total tuition fee||€1150|
Hans Fidom is one of the leading researchers/developers worldwide in the field of the so-called hyper organs: pipe organs that combine historical sound concepts and 21st century technology. The pinnacle of this development so far is the new organ at the Orgelpark, Amsterdam, an instrument that enthuses not only organists but laptop composers as well, who just love to be able to work with non-loudspeaker sounds. The basis of all this is a new understanding of what sound is and how it works, both as such and as material to make music with.
'I am deeply interested in rethinking the position of the listener, the musician, and the instrument as pivotal actors in musical situations; as well as of audiences and artists in art situations in general. I find it highly inspiring that it is especially female philosophers that provide the epistemological basis for that. It just makes so much sense to read, for example, Susanne Langer and Salomé Voegelin, who both pair clear thinking to a deep understanding of music and sound.'