BIO - Dirk Johan Stromberg


Dirk Johan Stromberg is an American music technologist, composer and improviser. His body of work explores dynamic interaction between performer, technology and performance practice. Designing both hardware and software has led to the development of network based audio cards, embedded hardware, and e-instruments.

He has thrice worked on Art Creation Funds supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore – a major arts development grant. Dirk has been an artist in residence at a number of Institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. He has been invited to present his work as a composer and technologist at a number of international conferences and festivals.


Title: Phallophone, A Physical Manifestation of the Trans-Visual/Aural Experience in Performance 


Much research has been done on the link of musical performance and the audience’s understanding of a musical experience. E-luthier Dirk Stromberg has been exploring this interaction and has recently (2015) created his a new instrument, the Phallophone. The Phallophone, was developed to be a versatile and instrument free of genre with a diverse voice. In its application by its creator, the instrument tries to demystify avant-garde and experimental music by having a “clear transparent, intuitive control metamorphosis with a clear audio-visual link” (Cedric Spindler), or in other words; Phallophone, A Physical Manifestation of the Trans-Visual/Aural Experience in Performance.

This performative presentation, and accompanying short paper, explores how the Phallophone’s emphasises through an intuitive musical interaction with its gestural nature and sonic language creates a sculpture/instrument, which invokes curiosity while also projecting a believable and concrete audience experience.