Marcel Wierckx is a sound and video artist who creates music and image for concert, film, theatre and dance. His fascination with technology started at an early age, having written his first computer program in assembly language when he was 12 years old. Shortly thereafter his obsession with music led him to study guitar and instrumental composition before turning to electronic music in the 1990's, studying with Zack Settel, Bruce Pennycook and Alcides Lanza at McGill University. Currently his field of interest is exploring modes of performing electronic music, including audiovisual systems, live coding, and developing frameworks for interaction.
Wierckx has worked with renowned ensembles and performers including Chunky Move, anoukvandijkdc, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Krisztina de Chatel, Monica Germino, Timuçin Sahin, Roderik de Man, Tony Roe, and Electra Ensemble. He recently created the music and sound design for Chunky Move's critically acclaimed dance productions 247 Days and An Act of Now, which was awarded the Age Critic's Award in 2012. His work is performed at major festivals and conferences around the world, including the International Computer Music Conference, the Live.Code.Festival, ISCM World Music Days, STRP Festival and the MFRU International Festival of Computer Arts. Wierckx is currently lecturer in Live Electronic Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, and Composition and Software Design at the Utrecht School of Music and Technology.
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247 Days: “Chunky Move’s 247 Days ... is well served by the sound design by Marcel Wierckx. Gradually accruing detail from the almost imperceptible crackle of a vinyl record, underpinned by sustained chords, he works in live vocal elements from the miked-up dancers. Half-gasps, fragments of melody and shards of words are grabbed and effected, a bit of reverb here, digital stutter there creating the sense of an ‘internal voice.’ The piece culminates in a choral epiphany, voices delayed, pitch-shifted and overlapped to form a massive chorus...” [Gail Priest, RealTime Arts Magazine]
247 Days: “...[an] atmospheric and illuminating score ... part of the strength of 247 Days stems from Wierckx's sound, which combined with Pajanti's lighting and Hankin's moveable mirrored set, lifts the production into a heightened realm, multiplying and refracting reality.” [Chloe Smethurst, The Age 18/03/2013]
An Act of Now: “...compelling neo-industrial sound design ... an intimate act of surveillance, both voyeuristic and compelling.” [Richard Watts, artsHub]
An Act of Now: “Marcel Wierckx's sound design mixes urgent electronic music with live sound; voices, the panting of the dancers, the amplified percussion of feet on the stage. The emotional effect is one of gathering intensity, generated by sequences which continuously break and reform into new patterns.” [Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes]
Optofonica: “A new and impressive DVD/Book combo has just been released by 12K/Line and it is an essential for anyone out there following contemporary sonic cinema art ... Black Noise White Silence by Marcel Wierckx alone is brilliant.” [TJ Norris, unBLOGGED]
Optofonica: “Some pieces naturally turn out to be more memorable than others, including Marcel Wierckx's Black Noise White Silence, a three-minute, achromatic blizzard of eruptive convulsions and rapidly fluttering forms...” [textura.org]
Entropy: “Together with the maniacal music and sound track of Marcel Wierckx the surrealism is complete ... Especially striking projections - also of Marcel Wierckx - are fascinating in the transformation of abstract graphic forms to human characters. Fragments of text call on us to be permanently drunken to forget the 'horrible burden of time'. Wierckx warns us of the dangers of a purple cow in his performance as a true René Magritte with fedora.” [NRC Handelsblad]
Entropy: “Thanks to the tight form the audience can freely enjoy the splendid video projections of Marcel Wierckx. He lets photographs and moving images melt, shrivel, burn through and come into focus in a mysterious way, while fragments flying through the image surprisingly find their spot in the projected canvas. Everything enjoys a particularly nice combination with the collage of voice fragments, electronics and sound effects.” [Het Parool]
Entropy: “The ingenious flowing video projections are splendid, the soundscape atmospheric and the dance interesting ... powerful images and sounds independently invoke abstract surreal situations.” [Trouw]