- Started in
- Finished PhD in
- Musician type
- Sound artist
- Host institution
- Leiden University
- Personal website
- The Netherlands
Mark van Tongeren is a sound explorer and performance artist with a PhD in artistic research from Leiden University. He did ground-breaking research and vocal experiments in the field of overtone singing, which he began studying around 1990. He feels equally at home ‘in the field’ to study and practice indigenous vocal techniques, as in experimental performance art, using voice, small instruments and/or electronics.
He received his M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Amsterdam and has taught world music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His PhD from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University explores the boundaries of science and art and is entitled Thresholds of the Audible: about the Polyphony of the Body.
His docARTES doctoral defense took place on March 13, 2013 at Leiden University.
About the Multiphony of the Body
In our culture, vocal harmonics fuction as independent musical elements since only a few decades. Thresholds of the audible explores the changing relationship between singers, listeners and harmonics. As a research method a series of compositions (Nulpunten/’Zeropoints’) has been developed, which attempt to make a fresh approach to overtone singing and to the sonic source material of the human body.
March 13th, 2013 (13h45)
Mark van Tongeren defended his thesis Grenzen van het hoorbare; over de meerstemmigheid van het lichaam.
March 10 & 12, 2013 (18h30)
Mark van Tongeren presented the outcomes of his doctoral research during this concert.
March 11, 2013 (13h30-16h30)
Mark van Tongeren demonstrated his findings of his doctoral research project during a 3-hour singing marathon.