Sonic and visual artist Olivier Hijmans was born in 1976 in Heemskerk, The Netherlands. He now works and lives in the city of Leiden.
From 1993 until 1999 he studied electronic music with Paul Berg and Kees Tazelaar at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, The Netherlands. At that time he formulated his multi dimensional concept of ‘Sonic Entities’, inspired by Pierre Schaeffer’s ideas on ‘Sound Objects’, Trevor Wishart’s description of ‘Sound Landscapes’, and Denis Smalley’s concept of ‘Spectro-morphology’.
After having experimented and performed with several live-electronic instruments, Hijmans' main focus has become composing sonic art for fixed medium, sometimes combined with other disciplines. He has produced a number of electronic compositions that have been performed in various venues, and were radio broadcasted in The Netherlands and abroad. His work ‘Lacus Somniorum’ was awarded a mention in the Dutch competition for electronic music Prix Ton Bruynèl, in 2001. The same piece was also released on the compilation CD 'His Master's Noise', by BV Haast Records.
Hijmans has also assisted in sounddesign for several music productions and has compiled many radio programmes on sonic art for the Dutch radiostation ‘Concertzender’.
Since 2008, Olivier Hijmans has become active as a visual artist as well, with abstract painting as main focus.