Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.

Shackle at ‘a special evening at the Kunstenlab’

by Robert on February 13, 2015 in category Shackle

Shackle performed a concert at the Kunstenlab in Deventer, NL. Invited by Harco Rutgers from esc.rec. Shackle played a 50-minute set presenting their Shackle Bits project.


Martijn Holtslag from VPRO’s 3voor12 also liked it (in Dutch, translation following soon):

“Een verrassende en spannende reis, waarbij twee muzikanten in opperste concentratie aan het werk zijn om de gemaakte signalen te verwerken tot een klankreis die even zacht als snoeihard durft te zijn. Alsof dat niet spannend genoeg is om te zien, of te horen, worden er korte, stille fragmenten uit oude jaren 20-50 films weergegeven, die net te vaag zijn om te snappen waar het over gaat, maar visueel een prachtige aanvulling geven aan de sfeer. Hierbij zijn niet de beelden maar is het klankbeeld lijdend.

Niet voor de meezingers, niet voor de cafésfeer, niet voor een gezellig avondje bandjes kijken, maar wel een prachtige reis waarbij je even tijd nodig hebt om te verwerken wat je eigenlijk hebt meegemaakt en waarbij de klanken even experimenteel zijn als de uitvoering. Kortom: een bijzondere avond in het Kunstenlab.”

The full review can be found here (in Dutch).


The beautiful photos were made by Jelmer Gremmen.

Shackle in Canada

by Robert on January 29, 2015 in category Shackle

Shackle is venturing into cover tune territory, taking tracks from popmusic and electronica and Shackling them. We’ve started with Boards of Canada and we’re sniffing around at David Bowie, Son Lux, PJ Harvey and Low and . . . .

Shackle’s new project: Shackle Bits

by Robert on January 29, 2015 in category Shackle

A futuristic city scene from Fritz Lang's 1927 film, Metropolis

With their latest project Shackle Bits, Shackle is including silent film excerpts in their performances as yet another ingredient for improvisation. The excerpts are controlled from the Shackle System and switch most of the time in sync with the musical sections but every now and then have a life of their own. As improvisors we are then faced with the question what will take precedence: sound or image.

Below are some examples of live situations.

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Here is a top-10 list of silent movies. See if you agree.

~DIF in Kunstenlab 8 February

by Anne on January 24, 2015 in category Shackle

Shackle will kick off the first concert in the new ~DIF (Different Music) series that is a collaborative effort of the Deventer Kunstenlab and Esc.rec.

We’ll be working with our tried and true Shackle System with new twists including the Shackle Bit films.

8 February 2015
Scheepvaartstraat 12
Havenkwartier Deventer



by Anne on December 13, 2014 in category Shackle

Hammerstraat 63, Rotterdam, doors open 20.30

Shackle will be performing as part of a VROOOM evening in on December 20th in Rotterdam. The rest of the program includes Xavier DuBois, a band called Idiots and DJ Ergo Phizmiz.


SlowHZ teaser featuring Shackle

by Robert on November 21, 2014 in category Shackle

SlowHZ teaser
Splendor, December 14, 2014, 17:00h

An afternoon filled with understated virtuosity, hyperactive interaction, deep drones, bloodcurdling improvisation and Sci-Fi. A teaser for the SlowHZ program: 6 composer/performers play 6 new compositions for the extraordinary instrumentation of contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, two analog synthesizers, flute with electronics and laptop-instrument.

Oğuz Büyükberber – Crack (2014, 15’) for Shackle (flute with electronics and laptop-instrument)
Laura Carmichael – Moelewa (2014, 5’) for flute and bass clarinet
Robert van Heumen – MOROS (2014, 10’) a soundtrack for an imaginary science-fiction film, for bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, voice and live electronics
Wilbert Bulsink – untitled (2014, 5’) for analog synths, contrabass clarinet and bass clarinet

SlowHZ will present their program with all the pieces at their full length including two new works by Anne La Berge and Bart de Vrees in Splendor in 2015.

A Shackle Affair with Young/Day

by Robert on September 15, 2014 in category Shackle, Shackle Affair

Come see and hear a lively discourse between voices, flutes, turntables, computers, buttons, sliders, pedals and joysticks!

Time: 15:00
Location: Splendor, Amsterdam


The duo Shackle is not only a vehicle for Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument) and Anne La Berge (flutes, electronics) to explore and discover ways to bring exciting and interactive new music to the public, it is an ongoing project to invite other artists to enter into our intimate way of working. Our guests for this concert are the duo YOUNG/DAY from Los Angeles: Andrea Young (voice-controlled electronics) and Michael Day (prepared turntables). This will be the second Shackle and Young/Day Affair. The first was a romping concert in Los Angeles in April 2014.……

Shackle in Huddersfield

by Robert on May 11, 2014 in category Shackle

Shackle was at Huddersfield University to teach their Converging Objects workshop and to perform a concert. We had a fabulous time. The workshop went really well, great students, very open-minded, great players! We performed a concert with them and closed the event with a Shackle set. Thanks to Phil, Eleanor, Elias and Stephen for the work!

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(Photos by Julio d’Escrivan)

Shackle @ UC San Diego

by admin on April 21, 2014 in category Shackle, Tour US 2014

Our concert at the University of California in San Diego was a genuine climax to our west coast tour. Not 2, not 4 but 8 (or 10) Meyer speakers and 2 throbbing subs in the fantastic CPMC Experimental Theater with a great audience. Thanks to Mark, Tony, David and Jessica for making this possible! And we won’t forget the great group of workshop participants and the crew assisting Tony in running the show.


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