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Derck Littel

MA work

The Sonic Kitchen

The Sonic Kitchen

Listening to Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) places you in an ambient sonic array, an unnoticed but structured arrangement of frequencies – with respect to a point of observation – in which radiation provides information on the environment.

All electronic devices emit EMF. This radiation can be made audible in a musical way with a portable tool I designed, the SoundSniffer. EMF radiation is absorbed by the body, in the exhibition metaphorically represented as a kitchen.                                      

In this staged everyday setting participants are invited to use the device to explore the different sources of EMF, playing out a techno-centric narrative when listening at objects of sonic interest – such as electric kitchen utensils, neon lights, switches, the fridge, the microwave – and interact musically not only with the aural architecture of the electronic hyper-environment, but also with each other, as sound cannot be viewed simply in isolation. It is only meaningful in a social environment, when framed as part of a larger cybernetic system that includes humans. 


  • Derck Littel
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • The musician as designer.

    My work concentrates on live musical performances and sound installations and intends to be social before it is technical, as sound cannot be viewed in isolation. It is only meaningful in a human environment.

    Use of technology, specifically in my sonic artwork, is to be seen not only as an extension of the body and its functions, but as a way of establishing new relationships between human and machine. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Music (Hons), Conservatorium Tilburg, 1983; MA Music, Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, 1986; BA Art Design, Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, 2015
  • Experience

  • Musician, Sony, Killzone Playstation IV, Amsterdam 2013; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1998–2012; Collaborative Project, Royal College of Music, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Tuned City, Holland Festival, Frascati, Amsterdam, 2012; Gaudeamus Festival, Utrecht, 2012.; Square Circle,10th Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Kansas City, 2013; Square Circle, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall in Long Beach, California, 2014; Pataphysic, Museumnacht, Huize Frankendael, Amsterdam, 2013; Dogtime Live, TNT, Amsterdam, 2014; Binnenplaats Festival, ACTA, Amsterdam, 2014; Ephemere, Studio LOOS, Den Haag, 2015; Opening, Design Museum, London, 2016; On Display, Gallery Cabinet, New York, 2017; Suitcase Suite, Gallery Ha Miffal, Jerusalem, 2017; Sound Performance, IRCAM, Paris, 2017; Performance V&A Museum, London, 2017; Making the Long Tail, White City, London, 2017; Kristallnacht, White City Campus, London, 2017; Electropolis, White City Campus, London, 2018; Entangled, New River Studios, London, 2018
  • Conferences

  • Music and Space Study Day, Manchester University, 2017; Lecture, Goldsmith students at RCA, London, 2018
  • Publications

  • Derck Littel, Music as Delay, RCA, 2017, 39