Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. He makes live electronic music with analogue and digital devices, as well as saxophone. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer. Physical and psychoacoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, otoacoustic emissions, infrasound, and highly directional (“Holosonic”) sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000s. His work with analogue synthesizers is also characterized by a gentle abuse of the equipment, using feedback and disturbances to the signal flow to create dense but finely detailed swarms of electronic sound. He regularly collaborates with artists Phil Niblock, Valerio Tricoli and Kevin Drumm. His music has been released on the PAN, Touch and Ash International labels.
Konrad Sprenger is the pseudonym of Jörg Hiller (1977, Lahr, Germany), a composer, music producer and artist based in Berlin. Hiller regularly performs together with minimal music composer Arnold Dreyblatt and composer/instrument builder Ellen Fullman. His recent focus has been on live performance with a computer-controlled multichannel electric guitar. He has performed live with the bands Ethnostress and Ei and the art collective Honey-Suckle Company. Hiller also runs the Choose record label, for which he has produced recordings by artists Ellen Fullman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Robert Ashley and Terry Fox among others. His music and installation work have been presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berghain, Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch, Podewil, Schaubühne, Pavillon der Volksbühne, Berlin; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Kunsthalle Basel; PS1, New York; Cubitt Gallery, London; and Sonar, Barcelona among others.