Composing Spaces 2

In April 2013, the Royal Conservatoire's Institute of Sonology organised a festival and symposium entitled Composing Spaces: Spatial Music from Gabriel to the 21st Century. In partnership with the Early Music department and the percussion department, the event featured instrumental and electronic music involving spatial placement of sound sources and/or musicians. The Groupe de Recherches Musicales from Paris brought their Acousmonium and The Game of Life installed their Wave Field Synthesis system.

Precisely ten years later, its successor Composing Spaces 2 has arrived. On 12, 13 and 14 April 2023 the event will again include concerts and lectures devoted to the theme of ‘composed space’. Besides music that is played spatially, the programme also includes pieces in which impressions of existing spaces are translated into music, such as the orchestral works Amériques by Edgard Varèse and Central Park in the Dark by Charles Ives. A particular highlight will be Luigi Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrei Tarkovskij (1987), a work for seven instrumental groups arranged around the audience.


During the festival, an adapted version of the outdoor installation Sounding the Spui will be heard in various locations in Amare, similar to the one that was presented at the Spuiplein in April 2022.

Reading by Raviv Ganchrow about 'Archaeoacoustics'

The programme includes works by Cathy van Eck, Giulia Francavilla, Hilde Wollenstein and Jonty Harrison involving spatial composition and electronics. There is also a performance by the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble in a spatial arrangement.

Presentation PhD-project from ACPA student Siamak Anvari, titled 'Materialization of fixed media electroacoustic music'. The presentation will feature music fragments by Siamak Anvari himself and scenes from his film regarding this subject matter.

Concert in collaboration with the Classical Music Department featuring works by Charles Ives (The Unanswered Question and Central Park in the Dark), Luigi Nono (No hay Caminos, hay que caminar... Andrei Tarkovsky) and Edgard Varèse (Amériques).

Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Gregory Charette.

Concert in collaboration with the Percussion Department. The programme includes Pléiades by Iannis Xenakis in a spatial arrangement and La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura by Luigi Nono.



Wed 12 April 2023 15.30 - Fri 14 April 2023 22.00


New Music Lab, Conservatoriumzaal and Concertzaal Amare, The Hague