Soundscapes - Stefaan van Biesen
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S O U N D S C A P E S & C O M P O S I T I O N S






See the page on Bandcamp to listen to the soundscape projects of Stefaan van Biesen:




Field recordings made in Europe by Geert Vermeire (curator of sound festivals and workshops new media) and Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle. Sound compositions, mixing and production.


Stefaan van Biesen is also a member of the electro Indie rock band China Blue:









The CD 'I Don't Remember Me The Rain' available on Band Camp:








[The Garden That Carries My Name] Soundscape/Music Composition 2020.



Exhibition MOZAÏEK [Mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium.


The CD 'The Garden That Carries My Name' available on Band Camp:






[The Forjaz Variations] 4 music compositions for 'caminhando à flor da pele' 2020.




The Forjaz Variations by Stefaan van Biesen for the exhibition 'caminhando à flor da pele' of Rosario Forjaz [Made of Walking III at La Romieu France 2017] at Museu Noguiera da Silva, Minho University Braga 2020. Slow walks.


The CD 'Forjaz Variations' available on Band Camp:




[Leafless Variations] Duo performance Analogio Festival Athens Greece 21.09 > 27.09.2018.



The CD 'Leafless' available on Band Camp:


Leafless Variations [the Unity of Polarities] is a duo performance by two female dancers: Lina Efstathiou [Liquid Dance Studio Athens] and eleftheria Rapti. The performance is based on on two props made by Annemie Mestdagh and Stefaan van Biesen. Both dancers participated during the Platform Project in May 2018 in Athens.


Stefaan van Biesen [concept] appeals to the experiences of a person to explore a public space. The fundamental fact of moving in time and space. Scanning the environment in relation to others. It is a combination of letting go and remembering. He assumes that the divine wisdom of the body knows what to do. All information is present in the body. Saved impressions and experiences are an emotional archive that can immediately be tapped or addressed to. For Stefaan van Biesen the essence of a performance is a meaningful ritual, a sacral event. No banal action without any meaning. He does not see it as a form of improvisation, rather as a state of being. In our archetypal gestures, the human legacy of our culture and civilization is shown to the viewer as an appealing memory bank. The attribute is a nomadic object that the participant can use to get started. It is an invitation to a feeling thinking.


The duo performance is a part of the forthcoming edition of Analogio Festival, September 21-27, 2018, with performing arts from around the world. Analogio Festival has been annually organized since 2005 and in 2018 its focusing on Asia /Far East, including a tribute to South Africa, with workshops from international artists and in collaboration with the Unesco's International Playwright's Forum (IPF/ITI).








During Made of Walking summer school in Delphi July 2017, there were several talks and meetings with dancers. Lina Efstathiou of The Liquid Dance Theater in Athens is now working on a dance play. 3 music compositions by Stefaan van Biesen will become the musical layer of a dance performance and choreography by Lina Efstathiou. The soundtrack of 'Liquid Trees' is used for an upcoming dance solo at a dance festival in Athens.

Full CD available on Band Camp:











[Fly Ways] ISSC 2016 International Conference : The Logics of Image Santorini 2016.


D R A G O N F L Y - M O V E M E N T S

Stefaan van Biesen. Sound Composition for art installation 'Fly Ways' 2012-2016 ['Wanderlust' Art borgloon, 'Passages' La Romieu France 2016, 'Fly Ways' Santorini Art Factory Greece 2016. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen.

CD 'Dragonfly Movements' available on Band Camp:





[En balade avec Rimbô] Media walk & sound compositions La Romieu France April 2017.



The team of 'Rimbô': Graphic support by Annemie Mestdagh ⋈ Sound Compositions and visuals by Stefaan van Biesen ⋈ Technical realisation by Geert Vermeire ⋈ Voices by: Anne Jouan, Maryse Strzelecki, Bernadette Chabbert, Michèle Litzler, Martine Ferradou and Marie-Hélène Vigneron [Lectourne à voix Haute] ⋈ Texts by Panko [Christian Porré] ⋈ Practical support by Belinda Porré. Realisation the first week of April 2017.



A new made media walk and sound compositions. 'En Balade avec Rimbô' in La Romieu France is based on texts written by Christian Porré [Le Bouc Qui Zouke]. A reflection on the life of the poet Arthur Rimbau. The theme is the cat Rimbô. The sound walk is made by the Milena principle [Geert Vermeire, Stefaan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh] together with the art oganisation Le Bouc Qui Zouke [Christian Porré, Belinda Porrré and Laurence Fremeau].



Full CD available on Band Camp:









É T U D E S F O R 2 E L E C T R I C G U I T A R S [ 2 0 0 9 ] .



[Études for 2 electric guitars]. Electronica +2 treated guitars and keyboards. A mix of improvisation, self made samples and home computer production. [Peter Maes & Stefaan van Biesen].


The CD 'Etudes' available on Band Camp:












Compositions of field recordings in Europe, composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen. Electro and classical instruments.


CD 'Head' available on Band Camp:












Compositions of field recordings in Europe, composed,mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen. Electro and field and radio recordings.


CD 'Mountains' available on Band Camp :









[The Dresden Suite] Live at DACCA Belgium. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen. Electro and field and radio recordings. A live performance by 2 guitar players: Peter Maes & Stefaan van Biesen.


CD 'The Dresden Suite'' available on Band Camp :




T H E L I S T E N I N G C I T Y : a live sound collaboration.






More info about the sound projects:



[Leafless I & II] A sound composition [Maya Dalinsky [USA/B] Dancing Leafless II] and [Anastasia McCammon dancing Leafless I] at the Dancehouse Lefkosia during the Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival 2017 in Cyprus.











[Ghost Conference] Bunkier Sztuki [Museum gallery] in Krakow Poland, on Saturday 16.06.2018.



Ghost Conference is a multi-channel sound installation consisting of a music/auditive compositional layer, a vocal and soundscape storytelling layer [stories told by physical or metaphorical refugees and migrants from all over the world], a textual layer [spoken live or recorded by narrators], a techno-philosophical layer [told by humans or robots]. The basic assumption of the work is a radical rejection of any hypostatic and monumental definition of identity [national, religious, traditional]. Ghost Conference materialises in a virtual venue, where internet and telephone infrastructures provide the new sensorial organism to manifest its phenomena and co-extension in one and multiple places.


In practice, the idea is to have all the participants connecting with us through various means of electronic communications ways [Skype, telephone, Jitsi, Whatsapp etc.] and speak to us and to our audience about given set of topics. The topics for the first event would circulate around the theme of migration [in a very broad sense], space availability, co-existence and/or disappearance of materiality. The event will take place in Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Krakow, on Saturday June 16th, between 3pm and 7pm.


Ghost Conference. Together with Marcin Barski (sound-artist/music curator), Lorenzo Brusci (composer, inventor) and with a support of Bunkier Sztuki Art Gallery. Afour-hour-long live-processed global sound-text composition based on materials provided by contributors from all around the world.

We are grateful for their wonderful contributions and we'd like to thank each of them. Thank you so much Andreja Andric, Michel Banabila, Ess Beck, Michael Begg, Burkhard Beins, Stefaan van Biesen, Alessandro Bosetti, Yury Bulka, Luca Canciello, Francesco Capann, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Patryk Daszkiewicz, Sandra Fruehbing, Charles III Goff, Paweł Górecki, Oriana Hadad, Thomas Harzem, Bogna Juchnowicz, Aleksandra Klimczak, Monika Konrad, Matthias Kranebitter, Joseph Kudirka, Michał Libera, Artur Lis, Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz, Svetlana Maras, Claudia Mel, Antoni Michnik, Chrysti Mouratidou, Olia Olina, Dominika Peszko, Antonella Radicchi, Kamil Radomski, Sara Rodowicz-Slusarczyk, Paul Roth, Adam Rzepecki, Jacek Smolicki, Kat Steih, Jarek Tochowicz, Ada Valeria, Geert Vermeire, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Yoshi Yubai, Rafilid Zacharoula, Kacper Ziemianin.









[Philocthetes] sound compositions for theater play, Athens Greece 2016.


Directed by Sissy Papathanassiou, Athens Greece 2016. Electro acoustic sound composition with field recordings. Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen 2016.



[Philocthetes] travelling theater play in Europe 2016.


5 new sound compositions for the travelling teather play 'Philocthetes' by Stefaan van Biesen. 1. Ouverture - 2. Dog Island - 3. Bird Island - Wind & Sea - 4. Crowded City - 5. The Battle.


In poem "Philoctetes" by Yannis Ritsos the hero Philoktetes does not speak. Speaks only the young man Neoptolemus. And he talks about betrayal, abandonment, exploitation, political responsibility, childhood, memory and the trauma. Subject of the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos' long poem "Philoctetes" (1963–1965), a monologue in which the youth Neoptolemus convinces Philoctetes to follow him back to the war that will be won by the ruse of the Trojan Horse.








[A Knocking Bird] Sint-Niklaas Belgium.


A Knocking Bird is an urban and e-culture project with an ecological engagement, organized by Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas Belgium, WIT Urban Team ( and noTours ( in collaboration with the Colour U, several international sound artists and environmental and ecological organizations. Curator: Geert Vermeire.
The pilot of this project happens between March and September and invites the residents and visitors of the city to a new urban experience with participation and with locative media.

Points of departure are a series of creative meetings with residents and artistic urban interventions by WIT Urban Team, next to an European event with fifteen residents from different European cities to explore nature in the city of Sint-Niklaas during a residency of a week. Their visit will be transformed in artistic results and in personal contributions about nature and city.





[A Balkan Tale] a travelling sound project commisioned by the Goethe Institute Athens Greece 2011.


the Milena principle, Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen collaborated with soundartist Enrique Tomás [] on various projects that connect literature, visual arts and new media. Including geolocalization, movement technology, applications for portable screens [smartphone, gps] for among others SMAK City Museum of Contemporary Art Ghent in Belgium, and a travelling project for various cultural venues in five countries [City Museum of Belgrado, Museum Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Museum Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in 2012, and in the Historical Museum of Trieste in 2013].





[A sound walk with Kazantzakis]

inspired by imaginary and real travels as described in one of his last novels “Report to Greco”.


Disarmingly personal and intensely philosophical, Report to Greco is a fictionalized account Nikos Kazantzakis’s own life, a sort of intellectual autobiography that leads readers through his wide-ranging observations on everything from the Hegelian dialectic to the nature of human existence, all framed as a report to the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. The assuredness of Kazantzakis’s prose and the nimbleness of his thinking as he grapples with life’s essential questions—who are we, and how should we be in the world?—will inspire awe and more than a little reflection from readers seeking to answer these questions for themselves. The opening walk on September 18th will be accompanied by four actors performing texts of Report to Greco at the points of interest of this sound walk complementing the soundscape.


Soundwalk design and musical scenario: Geert Vermeire.

Soundscapes/compositions: Stefaan van Biesen.

Performative walk directed by: Sissy Papathanissiou.

Production assistant: Aliki Arnaouti.

Actors: Larissa Vergou, Panagiotis Lezes, Christina Hilla Fameli, Charis Symeonidou.

Commissioned by the Analogio Festival 2017 – Athens.

Production by the Milena principle / Analogio Festival.





Blind walk / White walk invites you to follow the steps of blind walkers, inspired by the novel Blindness of José Saramago and the blind prophet Tiresias in the poetry of Homer.  This bilingual (Greek/English) walk combines sound immersion with live performances between the contemporary Theater Technis in Plaka and the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, along the road towards the Acropolis.

Actors: Jenny Dagla, Polyxeni Thanou, Charis Symeonidou, Yiannis Tsaparegas, Nikolaos Georges Chaldeakis. Sound walk / field recordings: Geert Vermeire. Compositions: Stefaan van Biesen. English texts read by Rosa Prodromou.

Blind Walk/White walk Homer and Saramago is a concept by Simona Vermeire and Sissy Papathanassiou. A collaboration between the Milena principle and AnalogioGR. A production by the Analogio Festival 2016. With the institutional support of the José Saramago Foundation, Lisbon. Live performance, Sunday October, 2nd at 12 am. Soundwalk made with / available on in PlayStore and AppleStore. Free download.





[Hythlodaeus 2015 - Utopia Sound Map] Cities and Memory ⋈ Oxford UK 2015.

Composed, mixed and produced by Stefaan van Biesen/the Milena principle 2015.


CD 'Hythlodaeus' available on Band Camp:


Making a soundscape 'Hythlodaeus 2015': during the Milena principle 'Sea Born' project in Venice 2015, Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen made field recordings in Venice and later in Antwerp. They used this digital material to make a soundscape for the Utopia sound project of Cities and Memory. The theme was the map of Utopia made by Ambrosius Holbein in 1518. The Milena principle soundscape created by Stefaan van Biesen can be heard on section C6 of the map on the website of


Soundscape 'Hythlodaeus 2015': texts 'Unfolding the City' by Geert Vermeire, 'Siren' by Stefaan van Biesen. Voice by Stefaan van Biesen. Field recordings by Geert Vermeire and Stefaan van Biesen. © Stefaan van Biesen / the Milena principle.


On 22 May 2015, more than 50 sound artists and musicians from across the world will reimagine one of the greatest works of English literature, using sound.  The Cities and Memory: Utopia project creates something new from the words of Thomas More and the collective imagination of artists around the world – an entirely new Utopia of sound. Using a woodcut map from the second edition of Utopia  from 1518, sound artists each took a small section of More’s imagined country of Utopia, and created a new soundscape imagining how that place (and the society living in it) might sound. 

A free album of highlights from the project, entitled Utopia, will be released via





©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 19.07.2021