My Breath My Music

REMY & My Breath My Music

(c) Photo by Paul Oomen.

August 3rd, 2012, REMY (aka Remy Stroomer), musician of electronic music, was invited by Ruud van der Wel to perform a special project with members of his “My Breath My Music” foundation. The purpose of “My Breath My Music” is to offer people with severe physical disabilities, an opportunity to make music especially with instruments developed for their needs.

The Magic Flute, a specially developed instrument which was originally designed as an adaptive musical instrument for people with little or no arm movement, was built with the goal to allow people with a wide range of disabilities to  perform live electronic music and aim for the highest professional levels of performance.

The Magic Flute is an electronic wind instrument. It is unique because it can be played without hands. The wind instrument can also be connected to other electric sound sources like synthesizers or MIDI computers enabling the user to generate a broad variety of different sounds. The sounds used for this project are specially programmed. They respond very well to breath controlled data produced by the Magic Flute.

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REMY says: “I had no idea at all what to expect, but the young and talented musicians did a tremendous job improvising on my tracks, while they
were entirely unfamiliar with my (kind of) music. I am very honoured to have been part of this wonderful initiative. On the album (which contains the full sessions) you can hear the possibilities of the Magic Flute, as well as proof that there are no restrictions to speaking the language of music”.

Besides their own stage performances, members of My Breath My Music did concerts together with REMY at the E-Live Festival (2013) and Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer (2016).