Jaap Drupsteen (1942) is a Netherlands-based composer of visuals and music.
He was a pioneer in electronic motion graphics. Since 1969 - no computers yet - he designed and directed TV-productions based on videographic techniques, with early analogue electronic equipment. His working area as a designer, director and a video artist has been wide and adventurous, varying from TV-graphics to security printing design.
Since about 15 years Jaap Drupsteen is creating imagery and music as a play with balance in eyes and ears' captivation. Sound and vision should reflect one another in mutual 'awareness'. Overturning idiomatic areas will be revealed, resulting in new realms of experience.
Drupsteen produced visualisations to works of the great composers of the world, with many orchestras, music groups and musicians. Yet he could not abandon his early years as a jazz bass player. Ever since the eighties he composes music in computers. His imagery is produced with common software using unconventional methods, like 'wrong' settings of parameters, resulting in artefacts and adventurous searches for serendipity. In the end music and visual elements are being composed simultaneously, resulting in real musico-visual works.
Jaap Drupsteens’ works have been exposed in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boymans van Beuningen, Groninger Museum, Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Visuals were performed at Dance Festivals, like Q-Dance, Voltt and Dekmantel.
Awards a.o.: TV-critic's Nipkow Award, Prix Italia.