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date: 14 October 2019

Küpper, Leolocked

  • Annette Vande Gorne

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(b Nidrum, April 16, 1935). Belgian composer. In 1962, after taking a degree in musicology at the University of Liège and the Université Libre of Brussels, he joined the APELAC studio (founded in 1958 by Pousseur), the first electronic music studio in Belgium, and began working for the musical sound-effects department of the RTBF. In 1967 he set up his own ‘studio for experimentation and auditory electronic construction’ in Brussels. He won the Prix Magistère of the Bourges international competition (1989) and became a member of the International Academy of Electro-Acoustic Music in Bourges. He was also awarded a prize for new forms of musical expression (1990) by the Société Belge des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs (SABAM).

As a pioneer of electronic music, Küpper has devised robots whose synthesized sounds are set off and stimulated by the human voice and the audience, or may be auto-stimulated, engendering a complex environment derived from a large number of sources (for instance, 350 audio channels at the Venice Biennale of ...

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