Peter van Hoesen (born 1970 in Schoten) is a Belgian electronic music producer, live performer and audiovisual artist.
Peter van Hoesen grew up in Antwerp. He attended music academy between the ages of 11 and 14. He was a member of several bands, playing bass and keys. Leaving Antwerp for Brussels aged 18, Van Hoesen went to Vrije Universiteit Brussel to study for a Masters in Communication Sciences.
Growing up around the time of EBM’s peak popularity in Belgium, it was this and New Beat that first excited him. A first club experience came during his teenage years and inspired him to get into techno and DJing. He also started putting on his own techno events while at University and got ever more involved with the Brussels’s scene.
After attending seminal clubs like Fuse in its early years, he began researching other forms of music outside of techno. At this time he started developing the Foton collective, dived deep into experimental music and released a first album under his Object alias, 2001’s Release the Object. In 2002 he released 1025 as RM, a collaborative alias with Jeroen Baekelandt.
Around 2004 Van Hoesen expanded his musical interests even further, exploring drum and bass and later on dubstep. He co-organised one of the first Belgian dubstep events with Mutant Hip Hop in 2005. In 2006 he returned to techno with the release of the Increments EP on Lan Muzic.
Throughout his career, Van Hoesen has launched labels like Foton, which ran from 1998 to 2006, Time To Express in 2008 and Center 91 in 2019. He is co-founder of Archives Intérieures (2013).
He also collaborates with Yves De Mey as Sendai, composing music which focusses on contemporary sound exploration. They have released albums such as Geotope in 2012, A Smaller Divide in 2014 and Ground and Figure on Editions Mego in 2016.
As such, he has produced various styles of music, but is best known for his bass-heavy, abstract take on techno. He has remixed a varied selection of artists such as Atom™, Austra, Mount Kimbie, Ø [Phase], Bee Mask, Lucy, Psyk, Tobias Freund, Exercise One, Darko Esser, Marco Shuttle, AWB, Traversable Wormhole and Ed Rush, amongst many others.
Van Hoesen is also a composer, writing music for Zoo/Thomas Hauert’s contemporary dance company in the form of Accords and You’ve Changed. This last work was composed in 7.1 surround sound. He has composed and programmed for Bent Object: In Human Format and Winning, written the music for Terrene with Heleen Blanken and has curated and produced several installations and multi-disciplinary festivals with the Foton collective.
His surround composition Adaptive Enquiry Nr. 1, a collaborative work with Heleen Blanken, was commissioned by ISM Berlin and featured a 52-channel sound piece accompanied by Blanken’s stunning surround visuals. It was presented at Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, The Grey Area Festival San Francisco, MUTEK Montreal and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
in 2019 Van Hoesen was commissioned by Sony Japan to compose a new piece for Sony’s 360 Reality Audo surround sound format. This new piece was premiered in Tokyo on December 26 2019.
In 2020 he rebooted his solo audiovisual creative work.
Peter Van Hoesen is represented by Octopus Agents in Amsterdam.