Robert van Heumen Composer Improvisor Laptop-Instrumentalist Sound-Designer
a piece based on the extatic feeling of loneliness - awareness of the sounds normally unheard: the fridge, faint sound from outside the room, heater switching on - with texts from 'the invention of solitude' by paul auster
For more info about performances of the Solitude audio-visual composition goto the announcement
Solitude review in The Wire
"Robert Van Heumen plays laptop for OfficeR, a dutch organisation dedicated to a merger of live and electronic improvisations. For his new solo work, Solitude Sample (hardhatarea promo 3"cd), Robert has put together four tracks based on text by Paul Auster. This is not to infer that there are many audible words - far from it. The sounds here are sparse and extremely minimal. There's one part where some people are making mouth noises in the background while a guy tries to get into his car with a can opener, but apart from that, most of the events here sound like they're electronically generated (or treated) and are open to any kind of narrative interpretation that the listener may care to create. My favorite has to do with robotic rabbits attempting to chew their way into cyberspace (by strategy), but yours may be rather different. And why not?"
'Solitary. But not in the sense of being alone. Not solitary in the way Thoreau was, for example, exiling himself in order to find out where he was; not solitary in the way Jonah was, praying for deliverance in the belly of the whale. Solitary in the sense of retreat. In the sense of not having to see himself, of not having to see himself being seen by anyone else.'
Paul Auster - The invention of solitude
To hear music goto the sounds section.