Dadoc, The Art Of Noise Festival Tilburg, The Netherlands

16 Apr 2015 - 20 Apr 2015


Dadoc was modeled after pre-digital era archiving systems, which used cabinets to store data. All information you need, can be found there. Combining facts and figures deposited on different locations, produces a detailed and multi-faceted picture of a person or an event in a wider context full of interconnections.

IMelodiously spoken snatches of sentences and lines of thought, accentuated by electronically produced rhythm patterns, were the basic components of an electro-acoustic composition. By opening the doors of different cabinets the audience could isolate and filter distinct sound layers from the sonic complex that lies enclosed in the installation. Each visitor could discover new significance and associations that the Dadoc cabinets revealed in correlation. These cabinets didn’t store data or objects, they provided storage for sound and music.

The installation, conceived by the Swiss designer Christian Grässli and the Dutch composers and sound artists Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk, consisted of ten woorden cabinets that were placed in a darkened room. Each individual Dadoc contained a loudspeaker. When a visitor opened a door, sounds emerged and the carefully designed loudspeaker became visible in the light shining inside the cabinet.

Dadoc could work as an autonomous platform and stage for different electro-acoustic compositions. One of the main themes in the works of Strijbos and Van Rijswijk was the research into ways of composing musical processes that the audience could give a new coherence and shape. Many of their compositions were not fixed, but dynamic and changeable. Like other installations they have made, Dadoc blended organically with the architecture of the space where it was placed.