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Bloodknot 13:14
Hone 11:28
Ear to ear 08:30
Game 08:19
Feasting 12:50


ABATTOIR is Audrey Chen (cello & voice) and Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument). Rooted in free improvisation and experimental electronics, they perform music where Chen's intense vocals and intricate cello playing are sampled, transformed and ripped apart by Van Heumen's vigorous laptop actions. Together, they are able to create a deeply sensitive communication infused with a boundless feeling of release and letting go.

From a review by Keir Neuringer, of a concert at STEIM where it all began:
"Devoted to not holding back when Chen performs, it was a pleasure to see her work so hard to match van Heumen’s often brutal digital transformations of her sound. There were several moments of pure psychedelia as van Heumen allowed untransposed, ungranulated repetitions of Chen’s voice to come through. I loved it when he took Chen’s keening voice and filtered it in such a way that, for a moment, it seemed that George Martin, the revered Beatles producer, had entered the room."



released July 1, 2009

All music by Audrey Chen & Robert van Heumen
Selected, mixed and mastered by Robert van Heumen

Tracks 1 & 2 recorded live at STEIM's Local Stop concert on May 22 2008
Tracks 3, 4 & 5 recorded at STEIM on May 17 & 20 2008
Track 6 recorded live at STEIM's Local Stop concert on March 12 2009

Design: Lysander le Coultre (Strangelove creatives)
Photography: Monique Besten




vanhuman Hilversum, Netherlands

Robert van Heumen is a composer and improvising musician using an extended laptop-instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. As a musician, live sampling is his main tool. With a joystick and other tactile controllers, live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives. ... more

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