(selection of works up to 2003)

Installations

Untitled(1989) Kunstverein Heinsberg (D).
Diptych with two loudspeakers placed against two steel-sheets. These are shooting small pebbles against the sheets.

Ten Speakers and Lights (1990) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)
Cracking sounds are caused by ten self-oscillating bimetal lamps which are attached to ten loudspeakers. Wall-piece.

Timers (1990) Jan van Eyck exhibition at the Former Dominicaner church, Maastricht
(NL).
Installation with 224 loudspeakers and attached electronics and two giant church-window covering steel-sheets. Each speaker has its own individual speed of tapping sound. Shifting sound-patterns appear in the context of space.

Untitled (1990) Signe Gallery, Aachen (D). Phosphoresce granulate is being flashed upon by a timer-controlled flashlight. The light-intensity is transformed into pinball-machine-like sounds.

Untitled (1991) Billed Rom UKS Oslo.
The exhibition-space's windows are covered with small sensors and speakers. Light-intensity and temperature -inside and outside, is being transduced as sound back onto the windows.

Two Pillars (1991) Lokaal 01, Breda (NL).
Two green box-shaped volumes are attached to the top of the two, also green, cast-iron pillars in the exhibition-space. The timing of the pulsating chords from each of them play around the reverb-time of the acoustics.

Water Cycle (1991) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL).
A stream of water is responsible for the random variation of an electronic tone.

Untitled (1991) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL).
A random route is being followed by a red plastic tank with waving water on swiveling-wheels.

Polyptich With Four Steel-plates (1991) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL).
Four tin plates are being bend and vibrated by several small electric motors and timer-devices. An ever changing aural and visual pattern is the result of this process.

A Small Step For A Man, A Giant Leap For Mankind (1991) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL).
The sound of the steps of the public on top of the red surface is amplified enormously.

3 Complementary diptych (1992) Formal Kruisheren convent, Maastricht (NL).
Colored panels-, together with the public, reflects fluorescent light. Light sensors translate this into a complexity of beeping sounds.

Water Cycle 6 / Water Cycle 10 (1992) Gallery Henn, Maastricht / Provinciaal Museum Hasselt (B).
A collection of 100 liter green plastic trashcans are filled up with water. A small pump in each causes a bow of water, which is electronically measured and coupled to a sound circuit.

12 Counters (1992) Provinciaal Museum Hasselt (B).
A signal-red cupboard, has 12 cells. Each of them contain a mechanical counter, driven by a complex-pulse generator. A bizarre complexity of rhythm and number-counts are the result of the configuration.

Complementary Counters (1992) Gallery Henn, Maastricht (NL).
Six boxes with mechanical, independent clicking counters.

Installation With Scales (1993) Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL).
Two reproductions of a industrial scale with a shift in function and form.

Installation Postoffice (1993) introfoundation Maastricht, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Big furniture-like  volumes in the way of the visiting public.

Belt 1 (1993) Ysbreker, Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Technical University, Eindhoven (NL), museum Het Domein, Sittard (2007, NL).
A spaghetti of audiotape-ends are being moved around on a horizontal conveyor-belt. Two tape-heads play the spaghetti when it passes by.

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Complementary Belts / Belt 2 (1994) Galerie de l’Esplanade, Paris, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL).
Tape-spaghetti is moved around vertically in two different colored plastic looking shapes and played back while sliding down a slope.

Belt 3 (1994) Le Magasin, Grenoble (F), Proton ICA, Amsterdam, (NL).
Small pieces of metal, with a variety in dimentions, are being transported on a conveyor-belt. They slide down within this industrial looking construction and during this process, the sound is picked-up by electro-magnetic elements. This brief moment of passing by is amplified and made audible into the exhibition space.

Wheel 3 (1994) multiple sounds festival Maastricht (NL).
Site-specific installation in the ‘folly’ tower of the railway station. Timer-controlled loud sounds make the interior of the tower audible.
A technique with spinning tone-causing disks is used to have a direct relation in between physical- and audible shape.

Belt 5 (1995) Hooghuis, Arnhem (NL).
A compact, mini version of a conveyor belt, as it has been used in Belts & Suits. Color: orange.

Wheel 10 (1995) Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (NL).
Ten sound-shaped disks, small to big, spin around at high speed inside of a red cone. Two electro-magnetic elements move slowly up and down those disks and ‘play’ one after another. The sound can be heard through a system in that current space.

Ball (wall) (1997) W139, Amsterdam, (NL).
A device goes back and forth and shoots steel balls against one of the walls of W139. The caused damage is the machine-made drawing.

Ball (gauze) (1997) W139, Amsterdam (NL).
Steel balls are ejected from a tray or scoop onto a gauze surface. They remain in the holes of it for a short period of time, the scoop goes back into its original position and the balls roll back in it again.

Ball (wall)2 (1998) Duende, Rotterdam, Marres, Maastricht (NL), le Lieu Unique, Nantes (F).
A steel ball is in continuous move on top of a aluminum plate, above the heads of the public. This mechanics is similar to the one from pinball-machines. Sound is the only reference for the public of the way that ball goes.

Floor (1998) Museum de Stadsgalerij, Heerlen, Lokaal 01, Breda (NL), Lieu Unique, Nantes (F).
A dark-green surface is moving with air pressure (there are similarities with flight-simulators). This is controlled by a random-generator.

Wheel (voice) (1998) Museum de Stadsgalerij, Heerlen (NL), Lieu Unique, Nantes (F).
A shiny aluminum wheel has my voice as graphic information on the edge. It spins around and the information is read by a light-sensor and made audible by a loudspeaker.

Ball (ceiling) (1998) Lokaal 01, Breda, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL).
Two pairs of steel balls bounce against each other, each with its own speed. Air-pressure keeps this process on going.

Moped 2 (2000) Global Attic Festival, Rotterdam, Marres, Maastricht (NL), le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, le Lieu Unique, Nantes (F).
Looks like an authentic but hospital-grey moped, but runs on 230 volts.

Ship (2000) Marres, Maastricht (NL).
Photograph on canvas as a sunblind.

Roller (2001) TENT Rotterdam, (NL), Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (F), Galleri F15, Moss, (N).
Yellow road roller for indoor ‘use’. The size is like a toy, but Roller has the assumed grown-up risks of professional road construction machinery.

Floor 2 (2001) Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, TENT, Rotterdam (NL), Galleri F15 Moss (N).
Surface of corrugated iron; according to the space with various shape and dimensions. A pneumatic system shoots up to the bottom of the plates once every few minutes.

(window piece) (2002) Experimental Intermedia, Gent (B).
Small hole in a newspaper-covered window reveals an armoured indoor van.

Serials (2002) Mobile Phonics, Museum Z33, Hasselt (B).
Architectural modification of a small room conditions the listening-situation of an eight-channel electro-acoustic composition.

Objects

Boxes (1991) Multiple (present in a variety of collections).
Drawings and a set of self-oscillating sound-electronics; a DIY installation in a small box.

Het Geluid Van Aarde (The Sound Of Soil) (1991). Maastricht (NL).
A project by Frans Budé, poet, with several artists. Object make sound by a Geiger-Muller counter. It constantly relates crackling sounds to the radioactivity of a bit of soil.

- (multiple) (1992)
5 boxes contain 10 photographs and a electronic device which erases a audiocassette with a sound composition, also present in the box.

Fabrieksmachine (1993) De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL).
A deformation of the model of this current exhibition-space.

Counter (sound) (1993) Le Magasin, Grenoble (F).
A number-counter counts loud sounds.

Counter (moist) (1993) Cultureel Centrum, Hasselt (B).
Stamp-moisturizer gets constantly its moist counted.

Models (1996) de Bank, Enschede, Kasteel Strijthagen, Landgraaf, KJT jeugdtheater, Antwerp.
A series of seven small, orane objects. Each of them is a model for fabricating chaotic patterns. Movements of self-launched steel pebbles, air whirled foamballs over strings, belts, wheels and electronic sensors make irregular, self-controlled melodies: Some comforting, some appalling.

Public space
Installation Phone booth (1993) ICA Amsterdam,
Project in over 12 Dutch cities. A red form is the consequence from the viewers perspective to the back of an ordinary phone booth. Chaotic patterns are being made by electronics and mechanical counters and related to internal and external factors.

Cone 8 (1995 – 1997) public space, Business and science park Enschede (NL).
8 stainless steel, orange industrial-alike devices relate sound to luminosity and rain and produce chaos while doing this
.

Belts & Suits (1995) public space, Maastricht (NL).
A shop-similar design with displays and a counter with a conveyor belt; this cycles small pieces of metal, its amplified to a harsh shrieking sound. (cooperation with Nathalie Brans)

Moped 1 (2000) University Maastricht (NL).
Transparent photo-application of a specific moped to one of the windows of the public space at this university. A trombone solo can be heard by a ceiling-loudspeaker, playing out of tune but with a fine craftsmanship in music.

Food 2 (2002) Brunssum (NL).
Concrete platform with a stainless steel indication of eating- and socializing-furniture as a spatial commend to the environment.

Video 

Heads (1998) Lokaal 01, Breda, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL).
An open question was asked to 130 people. The edit shows only the moment in between the question and the answer. This video is shown together with Ball (ceiling).

Sunday (1999) Experimental intermedia, Gent (B), Our House Festival, Genk (B), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Marres, Maastricht (NL), Lieu Unique, Nantes (F), Galleri F15 Moss (N).
A guy, walking in streets, turns all sorts of items around or upside down in a fragmented edit.

Stoelen (1999)
4 minute art-movie for the company Casimir bv (NL).

Wo Kan, Ni Kan / Kar Wai / San Tin (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Devens’ soundtrack to the footage of Danio Man (HK) for three short videos.

Mercedez Benz 300d (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Roadmovie with Karin Peulen (NL). Cooperation in concept and production.

Home (2000)
1-minute video of a Chinese man gesticulating behind a domestic window. Xylophone-sounds digitally manipulated.

Windows (2000) world wide web.
Quick-time movie of shopping-window sequence. Specific web-work.

Coffee (2001) Dulcinea Contemporary Art Gallery, Istanbul, le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (F), TENT, Rotterdam, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo (NL), etc.
Elderly woman takes a very slow and in the edit extra slowed down, zip of coffee. Multiple camera angles.

Eye-Hand (2002)
5 minute video: a knife just misses a hand, a woman grabs her face and a mechanic Bambi-doll is watching the traffic.

- (untitled) (2002)
Musictrack ‘Typeface’ to animation-movie of Manon Bovenkerk (NL).

Events and concerts.

Mana-Ice (1991) Stichting Plaatsmaken, Arnhem (NL).
A choreography makes its own accompanying music; sensors to the dancers body and to the floor control analogue electronic sounds. With Erik Wesselo, René Heid and Monica Hanasbye.

Opening of Water Cycle 10 (1992) Provinciaal Museum Hasselt (B).
Each set of a trashcan with its electronics is covered with black cloth. During a 10 minute session this cloth is lifted automatically while a electronic sound composition accompanies it.

Anémic Cinéma (Marcel Duchamp) (1999) Belgian, German and Dutch theaters.
Live soundtrack to this movie with multitrack-cassettes with pre-recorded material in a mix.

TAG (2000) Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Eight separate days in 2000 with a cooperation with another artist at each of them. Posters of APM (NL) throughout the city with the letters TAG and APM as the first cooperation.

Food 1 (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Messieurs Delmotte (B) showed some of his ironic movie-gags, accompanied with Paul’s appalling / appealing dinner with 1000-year eggs, sepia di nero, black olives and seaweed.

- (untitled) (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Robbert Gijzen (NL) wrote, seemingly random, poems on a overhead projector, together with Devens’ cut-up sound-composition with two cassette-players, a mixer and two effect-modules.

- (untitled) (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Sound-cooperation with Jan van den Dobbelsteen (NL). Records and electronics.

- (untitled) (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
Peparated software projects graphic patterns to the live music of Paul Devens. Maria Verstappen / Erwin Driessens (NL).

- (untitled) (2000) TAG, Luxus foundation, The Hague (NL).
A concert with the artgroup LDQ (NL).

Zaal (2000) Global Attic Festival, Rotterdam (NL).
10-minute electronic sound-piece with two soprano voices.

We’ll See (2001) Theaters in Belgium, Canada and Switzerland.
Sound-pieces for the choreography of Kosmas Kosmopoulos.

DJ Lait Russe (2001) Hedah, Maastricht (NL).
Presentation of this cd with live concert, videoscreenings and an installation.

Quarterpounder, Blue Nail (2001) Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Electro-acoustic concert. Broadcast by National Radio (vpro).

Blue Nail (1999 – 2002) Mex, Dortmund, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Gothaer Kunstforum, Koln (D), Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, Parel, Amsterdam, Lokaal 01, Breda (NL), le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, le Lieu Unique, Nantes (F), Galleri F15 (N), Our House Festival, Genk, Archipel (Baudelopark), Gent, Z33, Hasselt (B) etc.
Electro-acoustic concerts.

Food 2 (2002) Brunssum (NL).
Opening of this public art project. Drive-in show with directed events.

CD and cassette

Signs Signals Tunes (1991) cd release. Diversity of Home-recorded and studio-recorded sound-experiments put together on a cd. Live presentation of some of the compositions at the Jan van Eyck Academy.

Belt 3 publication (1994) Le Magasin, Ecole des Beaux Arts and the city of Grenoble (F).
Full-color folder contains an audio-cd with half an hour of sound of the installation Belt3.

Models (audio-cassette) (1996)
A release with the sounds of the Models.

Model (book) (1998)
Full-color publication with audio-cd. With texts from writers and historians who were invited to write about the periphery of Devens’ work. The publication reflects an imaginary architectural installation with several specific items.

Hedah 500 RPM (1998)
Production and co-curation of this audio-cd project. Two compositions were also contributed.

Hope (1999) John Moore University, Liverpool (GB).
One-minute electronic collage for this cd project.

Trace (2000) John Moore University, Liverpool (GB).
5-minute electronic sound cut-up for this audio-cd project.

H5 (2000) Hedah, Maastricht (NL).
Full-color art-book and audio-cd / cd-rom. Release for artist run space Hedah, concept, production and realization: Bert van de Bosch, Marieke Bueters and Paul Devens.

Dralt (2000)
CD-release of LDQ with 33 tracks and a quicktime-movie.

DJ Lait Russe (2001)
Audio-cd / cd-rom with 15 compositions, a short movie and Dial, an interactive application (Dial in cooperation with Bert van den bosch).

Music for difficult people (2002) Mangenerated, Moortsel (B).
Contribution to this cd project with On foot with Godt and Moon.

Plotseling (1998 – 2000) En Red-O Electric Songs, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona. (‘Suddenly’) Composition for the cd-release of the 8th symposium of electroacoustic music.