Valery Vermeulen cuts a unique presence in the world of music. Holding a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Ghent University (BE) and a MA in Music Production from the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (BE), his passion is the convergence of music, art and science. Vermeulen is driven by a raw curiosity, a fascination with the very nature of reality and a determination to test boundaries in electronic music. His music evolves tirelessly in its exploration of new generative sound synthesis and sound design techniques, algorithmic music composition, data sonification, affective computing, creative evolutionary systems design, astrophysics, theoretical physics and econometrics. His experiments range from using AI in his Emo-Synth project, which explores the connections between music and emotions, to working with Prof. Dr. Thomas Hertog, former colleague and long-time collaborator of Stephen Hawking, on the use of gravitational wave data for music compositional purposes. Vermeulen's process is as mind-bending as the music he produces, such as writing bespoke programs to translate data into musical compositions. This approach has led to the creation of beautiful, haunting sci-fi productions with an emotive intensity -- the merging of intuition and logic. When not in the production studio, Valery can be found as a guest professor at KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent (BE), as a researcher at the Department of Mathematic at the University of Antwerp (BE), as guest lecturer at the Master ArtScience KABK Den Hague (NL) and as a statistical expert and data scientist. Vermeulen's installations and performances have been widely shown at various festivals and venues including Hause der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, DE), CTM Festival (Berlin, DE), Slingshot Festival (Atlanta, US), KIKK Festival (Namur, BE), Bozar (Brussels, BE), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges, BE) and Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij (Amsterdam, NL).
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