Valery Vermeulen is a Belgian electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, new media artist, author, guest professor at KASK-Conservatory-School of Arts (Ghent, BE) and researcher at the Department of Mathematics – Computer Science at University of Antwerp (Antwerp, BE). In 2001 he obtained a Phd in pure mathematics in the field of 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 2004 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 musician and multimedia artist Vermeulen currently also works as a statistical expert, data scientist 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 Hause der Kulturen der Welt (HKW, Berlin), for CTM (Club TransMediale) Festival Berlin, KIKK Festival (Namur, BE), Slingshot Festival (Atlanta, US), IMT (Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, IT), Technical Museum Zagreb (Zagreb, HR), BEAF (Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, Brussels, BE), GOGBOT Festival (Enschede, Nl), State Festival (Berlin, DE), SPEKTRUM Art|Science Community (Berlin, DE), Concertgebouw Brugge (Brugge, BE), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam, NL), Economia Festival (Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven, NL), Oortreders Festival (Musica, Neerpelt, BE), TECART Festival (Rotterdam, NL), Sound Scapes & Sound Identities (7th FKL Symposium on Soundscape, Beseno, IT), TEDxFlanders (Antwerp, BE), Agora Rollberg (Berlin, DE), Liebig 12 Gallery (Berlin, 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), Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Ghent, BE), KASK Cinema (Ghent, BE), Gallery Tatjana Pieters (Gent, BE), on national radio channels Radio Eins (DE), KLARA (BE), Radio1 (BE), Radio2 (BE) and Studio Brussels (BE) and national television channels Ketnet and TV Brussels.
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: https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/mikromedas/). In Krystal Ball an interactive multimedia system where the mechanisms that cause cyclical financial crisises, stochastic and algorithmic music/image generation and the work of pioneer I. Xenakis play a central role (more info at: https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/krystalball/). With the EMO-Synth project Vermeulen’s work is situated in the area of designing and implementing interactive multimedia systems where automatically generated sound and music systems are directed the emotional responses of the user more info at:https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/emo-synth/).