Esther Venrooy



Esther Venrooy (The Netherlands, 1974) studied classical saxophone at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem, followed by a composer in residence programme at the European Dance Development Center. During this period she started using digitally manipulated sound in dance and performance-oriented pieces. She coordinated and developed a "tryptich" dance piece based on the works of Francis Bacon called Three Movements for a Figure. Venrooy has explored digital sound processing techniques at the Institute for Psycho-acoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) in Ghent, Belgium where she still resides. She also collaborates with the international contemporary music ensemble "the Barton Workshop", with whom she recorded and released "the fives" by John Cage in October 2002.

While initially functional, Esther Venrooy’s music has evolved into a more independent means of expression. She combines traditional composition techniques with personal working methods: "my compositions are created very much in the way that films are edited ... juxtaposing aural images and snippets of noise into an overall impression". Found sounds are digitally manipulated and combined with electronically generated noise, deconstructed speech patterns and traditional instruments.