Office Tamuraj

Because the elaboration of the different aspects of the EMO-Synth requires various skills the dynamic collective Office Tamuraj was founded in 2007. The collective includes people from different backgrounds including programmers, musicians, designers and people with an artistic aspiration. Our main philosophy as a dynamic collective is to allow people to join in or drop out freely. Being a collective also implies we want to voice a single message: Office Tamuraj aims to translate recent developments in affective computing to the world of music and image generation. In doing so it acts as a bridge between the world of purely academic research and the artistic world. Of course we are aware that we are not the only players trying to attain this goal. But in gathering people with a common spirit and state of mind we want to establish a discussion platform for the possibilities of creating a new era where man and machine can communicate on an emotional and artistic level. As the EMO-Synth project is evolving dynamically we are always open to new possible members. If you are interested in joining the collective please send a short resume and motivational letter to and you’ll be hearing from us soon.


Valery Vermeulen 

Electronic musician, composer, producer and developer of new interactive multimedia software and founder of the EMO-Synth project. He obtained a PhD in mathematics at the University of Ghent where he conducted fundamental research in the area of algebraic group theory and geometry (PhD in Pure Mathematics in 2001). Between 2001 and 2005 Vermeulen worked at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM, University of Ghent) on a research project focusing on the link between music and emotions. Meanwhile he started writing and recording music in his own production studio. Since 2004 Vermeulen has been working on the development of the EMO-Synth and other art projects focusing on sound and music. Besides being involved in the EMO-Synth project Vermeulen works currently as a statistical expert and consultant and studies music at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.


Astrid David

Studied social-cultural work at the Social College Ghent, art-sciences at the University of Ghent, followed by an internship at the Metropolitan University of Manchester. She worked as cultural policy coordinator on two accepted cultural policy plans for Tielt and Eeklo, organized the exhibition Persévérance in the “Godshuis” of Sint-Laureins in 2006 and was associate at the André Simoens Gallery from 2006 to 2009. More info on


ArpadArpad Dorozmai

Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2004 with a dissertation entitled “A filmtheoretical research on the social-criticism in Elia Kazan’s films”. In 2004 he entered a Master-class in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. The following year he produced a short documentary film entitled “Kandarock". For his master degree, he worked on a short film entitled “Nowhere to hide”. The subsequent two years he worked for the “European Film Festival in Brussels”. He came into contact with Valery Vermeulen at Testcase 1 of Prototype 04 and eventually became a member of Office Tamuraj.

Liard KranenLiard Kranen

After graduating from Waldorf Education with a project and a paper on ‘DOGMA95’ Liard enrolled in Economy and Arts at the Utrecht School of the Arts. He graduated in 2006 with honors. Liard was involved in numerous projects as a producer such as the short fiction film ‘Hotel Paradijs’ from Jan Krüger and the long-play fiction ‘De Legendarische Scheiding’ from Lars Trim and the documentaries ‘Hooligans’ from Nikita Sutyrin and ‘Kresty’ from Allard Detiger. After his these experiences in film Liard obtained a Master of Arts degree in the EMMA European Media Master of Arts program of the HKU. In meantime he worked as a project manager for the Changing Societies project of BUZA (Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs) the HKU and VGIK (All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography Moscow). His graduation project was called “Disnified” ( an online interactive documentary film about the “entertainmentization” of society and the thoughts of young Europeans on this topic. Liard became one of the members of Office Tamuraj art collective in 2007. Furthermore Liard is working on a photographic documentary and an audiovisual installation from the Disnified project.

Stif LabarqueStif Labarque

In 2004 Stif Labarque obtained the degree of Industrial Engineer specialized in Information Technology. For his thesis he wrote an application that served as an online data loader to provide access analysis for a video streaming website for La nueva España (a Spanish newspaper). Since then he has been developing several web-based and standalone applications using Microsoft’s .NET technology. He was contacted by Valery for the development and implementation of Prototype 05 of the EMO-Synth. Through the use of cutting edge technologies he has seamlessly integrated the new EMO-Synth’s core and it’s subsystems into one application.