Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, The Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam.
He makes live electronic music with analogue and digital devices, as well as saxophone.
Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.
Physical and psychoacoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, otoacoustic emissions, infrasound, and highly directional (“Holosonic”) sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000s.
His work with analogue synthesizers is also characterized by a gentle abuse of the equipment, using feedback and disturbances to the signal flow to create dense but finely detailed swarms of electronic sound.
He regularly collaborates with artists Phill Niblock, Valerio Tricoli and Kevin Drumm.
For the first ten years of his activities, Ankersmit focussed almost exclusively on live performance and installation work.
Since 2010, his music has been released on the PAN, Touch and Ash International labels.
Thomas Ankersmit live @ FAQ Festival 2011: