Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.

Shackle Affair: Converging Objects workshops

by Robert on January 16, 2013

Shackle has been teaching Converging Objects workshops since 2010. Converging Objects is a series of workshops for acoustic musicians who improvise and use live electronics in their own setups, those who play with other musicians using electronics, or electronic musicians who improvise and work with acoustic players. As part of Converging Objects we introduce concepts and techniques for ensemble playing for both acoustic and electronic musicians. We encourage all participants to play their instruments and work with us on free and guided improvisation as well as developing approaches to using live electronics.

For us, the workshops also function as platform to test and improve our Shackle System. We regularly use the Shackle Multiplayer Music Game as exercise for the participants, and we use our Shackle System to structure the presentations at the end of the workshop. In that respect the Converging Objects workshops are an integral part of our Shackle Affair project. We have been adjusting our Shackle System to provide useful interfaces for the participants to work with.



Converging Objects workshops in 2012: