Jaap Drupsteen (1942) is a Netherlands-based composer of visuals and music. He was a pioneer in electronic motion graphics and has been working in the field since 1969, when he designed and directed TV productions based on videographic techniques with early analogue electronic equipment. His working as a designer, director and video artist has been ambitious and adventurous, varying from TV graphics to security printing design.
For the last 15 years Jaap Drupsteen has been creating imagery and music which plays with balance; his works interact directly with human eyes and ears. Sound and vision reflect one another in mutual 'awareness'. Idiomatic areas are overturned, resulting in new realms of experience.
Drupsteen has produced visualisations to accompany works of the great composers of the world, with many orchestras, music groups and musicians. He is also influenced by his early years as a jazz bass player. Since the 1980s he has composed music using computers. His work is produced with common software using unconventional methods; he explores the potential of the 'wrong' settings of parameters, resulting in curious artifacts and adventurous searches for serendipity. Music and visual elements are composed simultaneously and influence one another.
Jaap Drupsteen's works have been exhibited extensively, including at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boymans van Beuningen, Groninger Museum and Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Visuals by Drupsteen have been performed at dance festivals, including Q-Dance, Voltt and Dekmantel. The artist has won a number of awards including the TV-critic's Nipkow Award and the Prix Italia.