Cathy van Eck is a composer, sound artist, and researcher in the arts. She focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound. Her artistic work includes performances with live-electronics and installations with sound objects which she often designs herself. She is interested in setting her gestures into relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called “performative sound art”, since it combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual arts.

Cathy’s Sounds Unheard Studio Talk series, “Sounds from somewhere else”, explores her work with speakers, microphones, sensors and systems. Over four videos, Cathy introduces a number of her works and explains the concepts and technology behind her creative output.

In the first episode of this series, “Forbidden Sounds of the City”, Cathy discusses her interest in recording, amplifying and playing back sounds – and in particular, playing them back in surprising or unexpected settings. This interest lead Cathy to create her work “Klanverordnung” (2012), for one performer, two big orange loudspeaker horns and the forbidden noises of the city of Bern, Switzerland.

Join us next Wednesday for the second episode of Cathy’s Studio Talk series. For more information on Cathy, please visit


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