Marieke van de Ven

The forest is a place to wander. Being absorbed in something bigger and older than yourself, you can follow a path and feel lost at the same time. The only way to go is to surrender to the senses. The sunlight through the leaves, the singing birds in the trees, the smell of wet moss, the taste of blueberries and the touch of the sweeping branches. You are here. In a constantly changing environment that breathes a calm rhythmic cycle of growth and decay. In this composition I try to catch the elusive feel of the forest. I let the forest overgrow my presence to find the equivalent of the contradicting forces of arousal and calmness. I found a place to listen to the whispers of the trees and let their branches carve their names in my skin.

52°04’15.8″N 5°16’50.8″E  |  Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Netherlands


© Marieke van de Ven

marieke van de ven

© Marieke van de Ven


Inspired by the sounds that surround us, Marieke van de Ven explores the intersection between acoustic and electronic sound. Within the stratification of fieldrecordings, abstract sounds, interviews and text, she investigates the relation between sound and storytelling. Marieke makes podcast, soundwalks, electro-acoustic music, and fieldrecordings. Over the last years she established a repertoire of various multidisciplinary collaborations with musicians, choreographers, dancers and writers. Marieke van de Ven studied Composition and Sound Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts. In 2011 she earned a Bachelor with Honours Composition and Sound Design and a Master of Arts, specialised in Music and Sound Design. Earlier she earned a Bachelor Theatre- and Film Studies at the Utrecht University.