Tijs Ham

Tipping Points

Universitetet i Bergen, Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, Griegakademiet

University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, The Grieg Academy

Photo: Hatco Rutgers

Viva voce:

23 June 2023



Dániel Péter Biró

Kristina Andersen (co-supervisor)


Assessment committee:



Tipping Points is an Artistic Research project by Tijs Ham, situated in the field of live electronic music. The research focuses on the exploration of tipping points in chaotic processes. These tipping points are thresholds within the chaos that, once crossed, cause unpredictable chains of differences to play out. They affect myriad aspects of his artistic practice, including but not limited to notions of anticipation, intentionality, time perception, play, ergodynamics, cybernetics, and wonder. The unpredictable nature of chaos causes the music to emerge from nonlinear feedback loops. Instead of predefining musical form, the practice engages with processes of formation, allowing surprising yet captivating sonic behaviors to come into existence and to subside again, following a chaotic logic that is just out of grasp. Supervised by Dániel Péter Biró and Kristina Andersen, the project touches upon a wide range of questions regarding electronic music, instrument design, compositional strategies, and performance, each of which becomes entangled at the edge of chaos.