Yes, yes

I know, I am always way behind updating this website. October was quite busy with various concerts (Beequeen, Wieman, Kapotte Muziek, a solo performance on the release of ’45’18′, Freiband etc. Kapotte Muziek will play November 25th in Madrid, Spain at La Casa Enendida and Beequeen will play again in Nijmegen on December 10th at cafe Shamrock.

There is also a new/old Beequeen release on Bandcamp, the original demo for the Sugarbush album. I found the old DAT of that recently and Freek and me think it still sounds nice, although perhaps also a bit different than the album we finished with Mark Posyden. Get your copy here

Otherwise I am working on a whole bunch of new projects, which may include: A new collaborative work with Howard Stelzer reaching it’s conclusion (for Bocian Records), the start of mixing material recorded in September with Richard Francis, a new Freiband CD (probably for Takanobu Hoshino) based on canoe sounds friends of mine recorded for in 2005, small bits to the new most poppy CD by Beequeen, setting up major parts for a more ambient pop CD by the same band (duties are divided there), mixed material for at least two and half album for The Tobacconists (and waiting for Scott’s and Mike’s comments). Wieman has a track about DJ-ing for Esc Rec, and will expand their ‘Classic’ album into a 40 minute opus for Baskaru, and a solo piece with balloon sounds for Ballon & Needle (see picture). And to be released soon is a cassette on Ultramarine Records by Pick-up, perhaps our final work?

Wouter Jaspers and me are definetly playing more concerts next year again!

That Was The Year That Was

Ok, so never write the year report until the year is finally over. You may never know what happens in the last days. This is what happened. Today I received a package from Suitcase Recordings. Somewhere in 1991 Suitcase’s Erik Blevins (All Fours), Tom Cox (TAC) and me started to work on an extensive project of material exchange, music and visual. I did a track for a compilation which was basically a small sound installation, and did another one. In 1993 I played live with Eric in Atlanta, which was also be included in the LP as planned. But then things went quite and Eric and I lost contact. But a few years ago he returned, first releasing ‘Paper & Plastic’ on a double CD (instead of the original cassette) and then started working on our joint project. Sometimes I feared Eric got lost again, but then out of the blue this beautiful item arrived. A gatefold LP sleeve, with ‘material’ stashed into it, a CDR and cards explaining the work, all lovely designed by Abo of Yeast Culture in your usual Yeast Culture way. I have one for sale.

So, then I can write about the year that was… An odd year, with concentrated work in the first half, including touring Denmark with Wouter Jaspers, and a lecture tour with him in The Netherlands. Concerts by THU20, Zebra, Kapotte Muziek and solo in the first half. But then in the second half things went quite and the only concerts were the three by Beequeen and the three by Wander. Odd. I never got my 770 euros from Andrew from the Venlo disaster december 2010. I will seriously hurt him, when I bump into him.

Also in the second half year I didn’t create a lot of new pieces, just a Bad Sector remix and a remix for an upcoming project by Jolijn Ceelen. Also before that I didn’t do a lot of music, but I did the radioplay with Scott Foust for Dutch radio, which I am extremely proud of. Hopefully you’ll be there when we perform that in April 2012.

Releasewise I am very happy with all things that were released, especially Ezdanitoff’s ‘We Bring Light’, Beequeen’s ‘Portout Starboard Home’, Freiband’s ‘Stainless Steel’ and ‘The Many Names Of Frans’. Early 2012 another great piece will see the light of day: the LP and CD ‘Smoking Is Green’ by The Tobacconists. Of course I hope 2012 will see some more CD sales for Korm Plastics – maybe I will just give in and stop the label.

The best concert I saw was Main at Incubate. Peter Hook’s performance of ‘Closer’ was a shamble. He should stick to what he is good at: playing rock music. But all the reviews I saw where positive, so I must a miserable old sodd.

Happy new year!

Rockumentary

Yesterday’s concert by Zebra, now called Wieman, was mildly chaotic due to circumstances: quick built up, no proper soundcheck, sun clouding our laptops, but we winged it. Maybe I’ll put this recording online. Today’s Freiband gig at Extrapool’s showcase at the same festival was cancelled, like the entire Extrapool program which is a pity since I wanted to play that ini.itu piece. Maybe there will be an option to present it somewhere else later on.
Best news is that Florian Cramer, who attended our Ezdanitoff workshop in Rotterdam made a small film about it. Talking is in Dutch but it surely gives a great impression of what a workshop looks like, so book us in your town to explain the curious nature of composition and improviation through ‘do-it-yourself’ methods.

Lecture & Leisure Tour

Wouter Jaspers and me will be presenting a bunch of workshops in The Netherlands, some with additional concerts:

May 10th 2011
STEIM – Amsterdam (NL)
Masterclass together with Frans de Waard

May 11th 2011
St. Joost Art Academy – ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL)
Masterclass together with Frans de Waard

May 12th 2011
Etalage 3e Wal – Nijmegen (NL)
Masterclass together with Frans de Waard

May 13th 2011 (afternoon)
TBA – Arnhem (NL)
Masterclass together with Frans de Waard

May 13th 2011
Bosch Acousmatic – Arnhem (NL)
Solo live performance by Wouter Jaspers

May 14th 2011 (afternoon)
Worm – Rotterdam (NL) (actual location is at Theater Grrr)
Masterclass together with Frans de Waard

May 14th 2011
Theater Grrr – Rotterdam (NL)
Live performance together with Frans de Waard (Ezdanitoff)

So It Goes – 2010

Geeh, the older I get the sooner years are over. It seemed like yesterday that I wrote something about last year and now I have the task for this year. The collaboration with Wouter Jaspers took off, having so far played 6 concerts as Ezdanitoff and two nice small releases. One to be expanded in a bigger album of ‘love songs’ – We bring light! More concerts with him next year. Two things mentioned in last year’s report are not yet released: The Tobacconists LP, but that should show up on Hanson Records/Swill Radio in 2011, and the expanded ‘Ocean Drama’ as a CDR on Songs From Under The Floorboards (Howard Stelzer’s CDR label). The ‘Dialogues’ CD on Entr’acte also in 2011? I hope so. The Beequeen CD is now really (almost) done and I think its my favourite so far. Great songs and moods – quite balanced. Ini.itu should release my LP as Freiband doing gamelan music also in 2011. I hope for some concerts in Indonesia to promote this.

Some great releases, five cassettes no less, which I think is great. Everything should sell more! For next year, I definetely plan these new releases:
Illusion Of Safety – Fin de Siecle (CD)
Cortex (CD)
Andre de Saint-Obin (CD)
Al Margolis/Adam Bohman – Brombron CD
Heidi Mortensen/Hannah Peel – Brombron CD (?, maybe a different)
Olivia Block/Thomas Lehn – Brombron CD
Lionel Marchetti/Aki Onda – Brombron CD
Wouter Jaspers/Audrey Chen – Brombron CD (which will be recorded late January)

Gig wise it was a great year. Lots of concerts at the end of the year, including that fucking crazy concert as The Whi and the likewise great guest gig with Titmachine. Of course that long exhausting weekend with 25 years of Kapotte Muziek – Get the CD, dudes! Four Zebra gigs also, same as in 2006, that’s great too.

Downsides then? The rejection of Zebra’s Black & White Album is surely the blackest thing that happened this year. Shambolic interaction. Concert organisers paying very late is something I also don’t seem to like. CD sales are slow.

If you haven’t seen the documentary on me from local TV then I recommend doing so. http://vimeo.com/14711011

In 2011 I should be heading out for a solo tour in the UK (in february), with Ezdanitoff and Vectral (early March, Denmark and maybe Sweden/Norway) and later on Argentina with Ezdanitoff.

I don’t do top 10 lists, but I was so happy to see re-issues of Mekanik Kommando, Bazooka and Pseudo Code. My wish list for re-issues is nearly complete. Lost Jockey: where are you?

Oh and I never ever send out cards etc, but consider this too: a happy new ear to everybody.

Back home

So I am back home, looking a great pile of stuff for Vital Weekly, of which I done already quite a few. This friday I’ll be in Eindhoven, presenting ‘Hiss… The Musical’, which is about cassettes in the 80s. It will have various people talking about the old days and there is of course live music. more here
Next week Wouter Jaspers and me are playing each a solo set in Leipzig, as well as an Ezdanitoff set. More info here
And then two solo concerts in Nijmegen (see flyer) and Arnhem at Tape. I’ll be doing, if all goes well, an all synth piece – i.e. no laptops.

On tour

I am now in Sonderborg with Wouter Jaspers and played a rather nice set this evening, with some public participation. Maybe a film soon, but for now this one:

Brombron 20

As you obviously know – should know – is that I am curating the Brombron project since 2000. I ask two musicians who probably never worked together to come to Nijmegen and work together for a couple of days in my studio and do some kind of live presentation. Which is followed by a CD some day. Today I picked up Olivia Block from the train station and tomorrow Thomas Lehn, who will both be locked up in my studio and this sunday will, hopefully, enlighten us with the results. An one-off concert this time, due to the short time frame, so come to Extrapool this sunday. Extra concerts are by Jasmina Maschina (half of Mimit, who are on Staubgold) who will play with Theresa Stroetges and there is Golden Disko Ship, an one-girl band with guitar, found objects and toys.
And the good news is that Extrapool has some more funding, so next year we’ll do another three Brombron projects, most likely Wouter Jaspers/Audrey Chen in January, Timo van Luijk/Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg in spring and a third one as yet undisclosed.

Something About Creating Music

So, I know that one of the misconceptions about me is that I do so much music all day, but from my end this not true. Last friday Jad Fair was in Extrapool, I did the bar (serving rather than consuming), and talked a bit (a good bartender always listens but I talk) with Jan van den Dobbelsteen, who was surprised by this notion. Unfortunately I said, I don’t have that much time to do music, but I told him that last week I worked a bit on two different things. I might as well share it with you. The first is that I completed a cassette release, to be called ‘Kubus’. Freek Kinkelaar asked me to do a cassette for his Beam Ends label, which he will only release if he really likes it. Fair enough, I said, but it may mean I’ll end with a whole pile of unreleased work, before he picks out something he likes. Quite unusual for me, I already wrote some liner notes/press text etc of sorts, perhaps as a justification of what I did, or perhaps to inform Freek what it is all about. In any case, I am sharing this here:

Kubus Kassettes, later to be called Kubus Kommunikaties, claimed to be the very first Dutch cassette label. Their first release was a pretty standard sort of rock release, but right then, after that, Kubus started to release experimental music. They were ‘different’ to other labels, offering a more intellectual approach to what they were doing. Rob Smit, the label boss, had his own vision of the ambient music by Brian Eno: the four way musical universe, consisting of the musical matter, time, space and energy. In his own music, he delayed the playing of a glockenspiel and worked with the studio techniques, however minimal, to change the color of the sound. On this cassette I take his ideas, or perhaps I create covers of his pieces. ‘Stemmingen’ uses a bow and a glockenspiel, which are layered extensively. ‘Slag Werk’ uses the same glockenspiel, but played rhythmically. The computer transposes it various ways, in order to create a more gamelan like feel and it uses extensive layers. ‘Terug Gaan’ started as a four track recording of glockenspiel, philicordia organ and sound effects, played in an improvised manner. The four track is then played at half the speed, and transferred to the computer, with channel three and four playing backwards. These four tracks are then played simultaneously and totally edited, but no other computer technique was applied. Unfortunately the tape I pulled from the pile to record this one, did survive ‘time’ very well: the magnetics have come off, and I only noticed this after recording. So in good Brian Eno spirit – honor your mistakes – I decided to go ahead and use this tape, along with the imperfections of the tape. This piece resembles the closest approach to the original Kubus sound.

The picture up there is what I think will be the cover. The other thing I worked on last week was mixing the Ezdanitoff material I recorded with Wouter Jaspers at the end of September. Actually off and on I worked on this for the last month, but I think its more or less done. Very spacious synth music, but throughout also melodic. Maybe a romantic love record with ballads? That’s what I feel about it, but we’ll have to see what Wouter says, or if he will some substantially different. Its about 37 minutes and must be a CD (tracks flowing into eachother would be my idea). Anyone interested: contact me. Now its back to Vital Weekly for me.

Stats

Yesterday I added the final entry to the blog about 25 years of Kapotte Muziek. From now on no more history, just what ever comes around in the future. Greg, a devoted follower of this blog, send me an e-mail this morning that in Itunes the music sums up to 460 items, 3.6 days/3:16:22:59 total time, 12.03 GB. That is quite impressive, if I may say so, and then lots of it wasn’t even available as a download. Oh well.
Wouter Jaspers is coming over from tomorrow till friday and we’ll be recording an Ezdanitoff CD, or hell: maybe 2!

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