sound engineering and recordings
Although Johan Vandermaelen considers himself an autodidact, the workshops he attended with Hugh Davies and Hans Karsten Raecke (instrument building) in the late seventies and a two-year electronic seminar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (with Joris De Laet) were important to him. Since the end of the seventies he played in several improvisation ensembles, performed works by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and many others, composed music for museums and movies, participated in radio programs of The Flemish Public Radio, and recorded ’contemporary classics’ such as Black Angels from Georges Crumb (+ a live performance of this piece with the Brodsky quartet).
More recently he focussed on being a sound engineer ’Amplus’ and worked for The Festival van Vlaanderen, Happy New Ears Festival, Kunstenfestival des Arts, November Music, Octobre en Normandie, Klarafestival, Argosfestival, Champ d’Action, Stevie Wishart, QO-2, Dirk Brossé, DJ Spooky, Archie Shepp, etc.
He premiered work from Phill Niblock and Tom Johnson, among others. He often assists in the realisation of conceptual art of Belgian and international artists, such as Christoph Fink, Ilya Kabakov, Vito Acconci, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Robert Smithson, Maria Blondeel, Emilio Lopez Menchero, Marijke van Warmerdam, Suchan Kinoshita, ... as well as in museum projects (MUHKA, SMAK, Bonefanten, South London Gallery,...) and events.