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Roché van Tiddens is a composer and performer. He performs live electronics with acoustic instruments/voices. 1 ‘O clock, composed during the Conlon Stichting residency, is an example of his latest performance. Also recently, Kubu, was composed and mastered in studio.
Born 1990, he composed his first work at the age of 22 under the tutelage of Hans Roosenschoon, although, he started writing light music at the age of 16 with a protest song against child soldiers in Africa. Roché was awarded the Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Scholarship for composition in 2014 and 2015. Roché completed a Masters in Composition at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, while researching the spectral music scene in South Africa. Roché’s Masters thesis focuses on the composer Andile Khumalo. In 2014, he composed VerlorenVlei for orchestra, a piece that incorporates environmental recordings on a reserve near Elands Bay into an orchestral texture. VerlorenVlei was premiered by the Kompos orchestra under Alex Fokkens. In 2015, the first movement was selected and performed by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra with Alex Fokkens. In 2016, he composed Walls with Ncebakazi Mnukwana and Visser Liebenberg for traditional African percussion, clarinet and live electronics. Walls was premiered at the New Music SA festival, Unyazi in Cape Town and again at the World Psychiatric Association International Congress opening ceremony. Other works composed at Stellenbosch include, Praying Mantis I, Praying Mantis II, Butterfly, Shongololo and Dung Beetle.
In March of 2016, Roché’s work, Praying Mantis III, for Brass Quintet was performed at the ISCM World Music Days in South Korea. At the end of the year he moved to Birmingham, UK, to study composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Dr Andrew Hamilton and Dr Sean Clancy as teachers. He composed So Glad Soos Seep for the Thallein Ensemble, Visarende, for clarinet and live electronics with Luke Newby, and Where Does the Air Go? for two percussionists and trumpet. In February 2017 he was selected to take part in the Young Composer’s Meeting in Apeldoorn with the Orkest de Ereprijs where his piece, Ek Verlang na die Plaas, won the prize to write the new piece, Het jy die Olifant gehoor?, for the Internationale Stichting Masterclasses in Apeldoorn 2017.
In 2017 he studied the one year course in Sonology at the Koninklijk Conservatorium and composed Waai in the BEA05 Analogue Studio. Waai was mastered for 8 channels and performed at the Sonology Discussion Concert in 2018. He composed Rhino Midden for trumpet trio and live electronics which was performed by Chloë Abbott, Elisabeth Lusche, and Jerome Burns at the Wave Field Synthesis Festival in 2018. He composed Sleep, Slap, Slurp, with Kaoru Iwamura for historic table piano and live electronics which was performed three times in the Netherlands. His performance and composition, So Swaar Soos ‘n Olifant, for carillon and live electronics won a prize in the competition, compose for the carillon organised by the Royal Dutch Carillon Society. The work was composed with the stadsbeiaardier (carillon player) of Rotterdam, Richard de Waardt, and was performed in Doesburg. In 2019, a second performance took place in Zwolle with the beiaardier Tommy van Doorn.
At the end of 2018 he participated in the two-week Sonic Mmabolela artist’s residency, organised by Francisco López and Barbara Ellison on the Mmabolela game reserve, Limpopo River, South Africa. During the residency he continued to develop his creative knowledge on working with sound environments and composed the piece, Bat-Eared Fox. In 2019, following the residency, Roché composed and performed Bakoor, spatialized for the Game of Life Foundation Wave-Field Synthesis system, at the SLOW(36h) festival, Bruges. Bakoor was later edited and mastered in studio. More studio sessions and dedicated listening to the sounds from the sahara led to Ke a leboga, Ke thabela ogo tseba, Nonyane, and Kubu.
The Bat-Eared Fox, was originally scheduled to be exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in an exhibition entitled AUDIOSPHERE: Social Experimental Audio, Pre- and Post-Internet between the 26th of May until the 14th of September, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the exhibition has been postponed until further notice. The exhibition was curated by Francisco López and includes works by 810 artists from 80 countries from six different continents.
Peter Klausz put Bat-Eared Fox to film and it was premiered at the Vortex Festival de Cine Experimental in Mexico. The film was screened again at the Video Art Forum in Saudi-Arabia and has been selected to take part in the following festivals in 2020: Over The Real Videoart Festival in Italy, ALC Videoart Festival in Spain, and III Muestra de Video Arte Faenza in Colombia and Cuba.
At the end of 2019, Roché composed Dumelang for the Haags Toonkunstkoor under Patrick van der Linden and live electronics. The work connects the rhythms and melodies discovered from recordings from the South African bushveld with the choir. The choir sings all the greetings from the 11 official languages from South Africa. The performance includes surround sound speakers where the audience will experience the acoustic sound of the choir mixed with live electronic transformations. Dumelang was scheduled to premiere at the Zuiderstrand Theatre on the 5th of May, 2020, as part of the Liberation Day festivities in The Hague. Due to COVID-19, the performance has been postponed to the 20th of November 2020 at the H. Antonius Abtkerk, The Hague.
Roché has a fascination for nature and the sounds that occur in the African ‘bushveld’ and his work stems from a close interaction with sound environments.