Valery Vermeulen is an electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, new media artist, author and guest professor at Erasmushogeschool Brussel in Belgium. In 2001 he obtained a Phd in pure mathematics on algebraic group theory at Ghent University (BE) and in 2013 a masters degree in music production at the Royal Conservatory or Ghent (BE). Between 2001 and 2005 Vermeulen worked at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM, Ghent University) on a research project focusing on the link between music and emotions. Meanwhile he started writing and recording music in my his production studio. Since 2003 Vermeulen has been working on various interactive multimedia projects. Topics in his work cover a broad range of disciplines including algorithmic music composition, (generative) sound synthesis, affective computing, artificial intelligence, biofeedback & psychofysiology, creative evolutionary systems design, astrophysics, theoretical physics, econometrics and data sonification. Besides his activities as a multimedia artist Vermeulen currently also works as a statistical expert and consultant.
Vermeulen’s installations and performances have been widely shown in Belgium as well as abroad. Locations and venues of where his work was shown include Slingshot Festival (Atlanta, US), IMT (Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, IT), Technical Museum Zagreb (Zagreb, HR), BEAF (Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, Brussels, BE), DEAF Festival (Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, NL), GOGBOT Festival (Enschede, Nl), State Festival (Berlin, DE), Economia 2017 Festival (Eindhoven, NL), Oortreders Festival (Musica, Neerpelt, BE), Sound Scapes & Sound Identities (7th FKL Symposium on Soundscape, Beseno, IT), W139 (Amsterdam, NL), TEDxFlanders (Antwerp, BE), Agora Collective (Berlin, DE), Liebig 12 Gallery (Berlijn, DE), GRETA Gallery (Zagreb, HR), MHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, BE), Musical Instruments Museum (MIM, Brussels, BE), Atomium (Brussels, BE), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), Z33 (Hasselt, BE), STUK (Leuven, BE), Vooruit (Ghent, BE), Tour & Taxis (Brussel, BE), artcinema OFFoff (Ghent, BE), Art Gent (Ghent, BE), Pecha Kucha (Ghent & Brussels, BE), DORKBOT (Ghent, BE), Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Ghent, BE), KASK Cinema (Ghent, BE), Gallery Tatjana Pieters (Gent, BE), on national radio channels Radio Eins (DE), KLARA, Radio1, Radio2 and Studio Brussels and national television channels Ketnet and TV Brussels.
Recent projects in Vermeulen’s work include Mikromedas, Krystal Ball and EMO-Synth. With the Mikromedas project focus is set on the innovative use of data from space, deep space and astrophysical simulation models as new tools form music composition and performance (more info at: http://www.mikromedas.net). In Krystal Ball an interactive multimedia system where the mechanisms that caused the financial credit crisis, stochastic and algorithmic music/image generation and the work of pioneer I. Xenakis play a central role. With the EMO-Synth project Vermeulen’s work is situated in the area of interactive multimedia systems where automatically generated sound and music systems are directed the emotional responses of the user.