Biography

Samuel Van Ransbeeck is a Belgian composer living in Portugal since september 2006. After finishing his studies in Latin-Modern languages in 2002, he went to study music theory and composition at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. He had lessons with Luc Van Hove (composition), Christian Vereecke (counterpoint and harmony) and Hans Mannes (cello). From September 2006 until February 2007 he went to study at ESMAE in Porto, Portugal with an Erasmus scholarship. Currently he pursues a PhD in Computer Music, developing an extended version of the Stockwatch sonification software and researching the mapping problem in musical composition.

In Porto he has studied composition with professors Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Filipe Vieira and Fernando Lapa. In electronic music he was taught by Rui Dias, Gustavo Costa and Carlos Guedes. His advisor for the masters thesis was Miguel Ribeiro Pereira. Besides these professors, he has been in masterclasses with Morton Subotnick, Klaas De Vries, Helmut Lachenmann, Magnus Lindberg, Jonathan Harvey, Pedro Rebelo, Mikka Laursson and Eduardo Soutullo .

Samuel Van Ransbeeck uses complex data as a base for his compositions. These  complex data are stochastic formulas and data streams mapped to musical parameters. The subject of his masters thesis is Composition with cellular automata, a project that includes a theoretical component and a practical component in the form of compositions outlined in the theoretical part.

In 2008, the Stockwatch project was programmed in Max/MSP , a program that takes values of
stocks at the stock exchange and transforms them into music. The program was
received positively and gained critical acclaim.

Using the Stockwatch software, an electronic composition
Um Só, was composed, for which French-Brazilian visual artist Camille Entratice created the videoclip. The videoclip was shown in Porto and was selected for the Streamingfestival, based in the Netherlands. Other projects are the Dispersion project, an installation work with Polish sculptor Piotr Nowak where Samuel Van Ransbeeck wrote the electronic soundtrack. The video was selected by the CologneOFF project and subsequently shown at the 24 hours of Nuremberg Film Festival in Germany. It was also shown at the SoundImagesound VI festival in California.

Since April 2009, he is a collaborator for
TRAX, an Australian arts company. The Outhouse project, for which he had written the software, was shown at various conferences in Australia and at the Future Places festival in Porto, Portugal, where it was awarded first prize. In the summer of 2010, a new version of the Outhouse was shown in Tasmania, Australia and in October 2010, it toured the Central Darling region in New South Wales as part of the CAMRA (Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia) project.

From August until December 2009, Samuel was a research assistant in the KINETIC project at
INESC. This projects investigates new techniques for automatic music generation and new music controllers. From July 2010, he will work at the Catholic University of Porto as a research assistant in the PRICES project, centered around generative music and new music controllers. Currently he pursues a PhD in Computer music, developing an extended version of Stockwatch and researching the mapping problem in musical composition. As an associated researcher at CITAR, he collaborates as well on the restauration of Jean Claude Risset’s 8 Sketches for One Pianist with André Perotta and António de Sousa Dias.