Thomas Ankersmit


Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. His highly acclaimed releases have appeared on Touch, PAN and Ash International. He performs everywhere from contemporary art museums to major electronic music festivals. The Wire called Ankersmit’s work "densely striated and mercilessly dominating."

Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been important parts of Ankersmit’s work since early 2000. His electronic music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of equipment—he employs feedback and signal disruptions to create dense but finely detailed swarms of sound. Since 2006 his main instrument both live and in the studio has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.

During the first ten years of his activities, Ankersmit focused almost exclusively on live performance and installation work, but since 2010 he has released his music in various contexts. Ankersmit collaborated with Valerio Tricoli on the 2011 PAN release Forma II and on music based on the acoustics of abandoned radar domes. Both projects were honoured by Ars Electronica, and Ankersmit and Tricoli are currently recording new work together. Other recent projects include a collaborative residency with Kevin Drumm at GRM in Paris, a new composition by Phill Niblock for Serge modular synthesizer and all-analogue quadraphonic music for the historical Serge and Buchla synthesizers at EMS in Stockholm. Figueroa Terrace, his latest solo studio record with music for the original Serge synthesizers at CalArts, was released by Touch in April 2014.


Berghain, Tue 31.01.2017, 22:00

Thomas Ankersmit, Gum Takes Tooth, Vomir, Pharmakon

CTM 2015 Opening Concert

HAU1, Sat 24.01.2015, 19:30

Rose Kallal and Mark O Pilkington, Thomas Ankersmit, Soundwalk Collective with Nan Goldin, Samuel Rohrer, and visuals by Tina Frank

Dis Entangle

HAU2, Sat 01.02.2014, 20:00

Thomas Ankersmit, Sven-Åke Johansson, Rashad Becker