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Léon Spek (1980, Roosendaal, The Netherlands) is a sound artist in the broadest sense. He composes and performs electronic music, designs electric sounds, builds custom designed electronic instruments, and creates sound sculptures.

He graduated from the
Institute of Sonology (The Hague, The Netherlands) in 2003. He specialized in improvised electronic music using his own custom analog instruments (modified radios) and DSP (SuperCollider). Next to his dedication to live performance he also co-designed sounds for theatre production and collaborated on a twelve speaker sound installation.

Around this time the musical collaboration with Ernst van der Loo finally matured and grew into UNGRUND.

In 2005 he earned his diploma in fine arts from the Image & Sound interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, The Netherlands).
During this period at the interfaculty he started his first experiments with sound sculptures.
Continuing his studies in the second phase program of interfaculty, he reasearched the possibilities of embedded micro-controllers and sonic art.
He graduated succesfully in june 2007.

He started the net-label Processed Recordings in 2007 together with Ernst van der Loo.

In 2007 he started working together with Nanda Milbreta as the sound artist duo Neon & Landa. The duo explores sound art through experimental use of materials and technology, resulting in sound installations, sound sculptures and unconventional music.

Besides all the above, he is using his skills helping other artists as a technical advisor for sound in the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Holland.










CV
Léon Spek
16-08-1980, Roosendaal, The Netherlands.

Education:

2005 - 2007
graduated 2007
Master's program Image and Sound, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands.

2003 - 2005
graduated 2005
Image and Sound, interdisciplinary art, Royal Academy of Art,The Hague, The Netherlands.

1999 - 2003
graduated 2003
Sonology, performance composition of electronic music, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands.

1997 - 1998 Tertiary education in Electrical Engineering, Hogeschool West-Brabant, Breda, The Netherlands.



Teaching positions
2008 Assistant to media workshop at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007 Guest teacher at the Image & Sound interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, The Netherlands).


Awards
2008 Honorary mention in Concours Internationaux de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, "6e catégorie : œuvre pour l'installation sonore ou l'environnement"



Selected exhibitions and performances
2010 Performed within Structet show during the Today's Art Festvial
2010 Protostar album (by Neon & Landa) released on Processed Recordings

2010 Waltz Promenade Remix (by Neon & Landa) exhibition during Luchtmachine expo,gallery BH139, The Hague, The Netherlands

2010 Neon & Landa performance during +3dB Sound Art Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2010 Waltz Promenade (by Neon & Landa) exhibtion during +3dB Sound Art Festival, 2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2010 Neon & Landa's "Gramo's Attic" and "Sound Mound" exhibition "Tussen stil en stilte", Langhuis, Zwolle, The Netherlands

2009 Ferrophone improvisation for Best before… Sound Art Tour in KuS, Heerlen, The Netherlands

2009 Ferrofoon exhibition during Kunsttour, Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands

2009 Ferrophone improvisation for Urban Explorers Festival, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2009 Ferrophone improvisation for Wormhole events, Dordrecht The Netherlands

2008 - 2009 Interactive composition "Ongehoord" for Wormhole as part of Proeftuin series, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2008 Neon & Landa performance Magnetic Field in De Fabriek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2008 Fiets in de Branding for LOOS and Dag in de Branding, The Hague, The Netherlands

2008 Neon & Landa performance TYF in LOOS Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands

2008 Ferrophone performance in LOOS Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007 Exhibition Waltz Promenade during SML Expo in KABK, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007 Exhibition of Kuro during Todays Art Festial, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007

Exhibition of Koru during Endexam Exhibition KABK, The Hague, The Netherlands

2006 Sonic Wargame, Gaudeamus Live Electronics Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006 Sound design for theatre production, Ani_mate, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006 Exposition of Ferrofoon, Project Mayhem, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006 Sonic Wargame, State-X, Paard, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

2005 Performance trans_modulo v2, Audio Art Festival, Krakow, Poland.

2005 trans_modulo v1 nominated for \\international\media\award 2005 for science and art, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2005 Sound design and performance trans_modulo v2, Interactivity_05, The Hage, The Netherlands.

2005 Exposition of Ferrofoon, Defka, Assen, The Netherlands.

2005 Sound design, Love is not enough, a film by Daan Spruijt.

2005 Sound design and performance trans_modulo v1, reSort off, live cinema tour, The Netherlands.

2004 Sonic Wargame, Gog_bot media art fest, ATAK, Enschede, The Netherlands.

 
2004 Performance with tap-dancer Marije Nie, Zaal 100, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2003 Performance 2nd phase exam of A. Holgersen, The Hague,The Netherlands.

2003 Sonic Wargame, Earational, Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

2002 12 Speaker installation, State-X festival, The Hague,The Netherlands.

2002 Sound design for theatre production, "Aleph, de orde van chaos",Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2002 Performance,Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2002 Performance,Theater Kikker, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

2001 Sonic Wargame, Garage, Stralsund, Germany.

2001 Sonic Wargame, transmediale.01, Berlin , Germany.

2001 Performance, Sonic Acts, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




Contact Léon Spek

email: info@leonspek.nl

June 15th 2011

My new release Resonances in Metal is now available for free!
Resonances in Metal
Download it for free from: www.processedrecordings.com

Resonances in metal features two pieces with my instruments Ferrophone and Sonoplotter and computer processing.

 

June 2011

No culture no future

Tegen de sloop

 

Sunday May 15th

I've been working on a new instrument, called "Sono Plotter"!
Sono Plotter

Sunday March 20th:

A picture from the UNGRUND performance last friday during Kernel Panic #01.
It was a good set! The recording is being processed...
Ungrund Live

 


Friday March 18th:

I'll be performing with UNGRUND during Kernel Panic #01.
Come and listen! It's be a fun night of experiment!


KERNEL PANIC #01 Promo

Feat. Mouches Volantes, Firefly Makani and UNGRUND
Café de vinger \ bagijnestraat 25 \ the hague
Friday march 18 \ 21hrs \ free entrance


Tuesday January 4th:

A record released!

I've released some older electro-acoustic pieces in an album called
"A record" on Processed Recordings.
It's downloadable for free in lossless flac and lossy mp3 formats.
A record

 

Monday December 20th:

The past few days this website has unfortunately been unreachable. But as you can see it's back online again.
The relocation process has started...

 

Monday October 11th:

I will be performing with UNGRUND during another episode of Mindfuck Mondays! in De Vinger, The Hague

For more activities of Léon Spek please check:
www.neon-landa.com.