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.

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.


7″ single

In that big rush of everything coming together at the end of the year, I just received copies of my split 7″ with Howard Stelzer. Its released by Absurd, and its their final release. That’s a pity. Absurd was also responsible for the first ever CD by Kapotte Muziek. They also released my first collaborative work with Howard Stezler, Torn Tongue Vol. 1. This 7″ is a further extension of it. The official press text reads as follows:
“using as source material sounds of each other and previous versions of ‘torn tongue’ frans de waard & howie stelzer created a two stunning electroacoustics which work as a farewell to absurd (it’s official final release) and the first release of one of noise-below’s new projects ‘πτÒματα κ¿τω απfi το κρεββ¿τι’ (free form translated as ‘corpses underneath the beds) fited in one of absurd’s fave mediums the 7″ housed in a butterfly shaped sleeve!”
They look great! I have some copies for sale.

New compilation

Norway’s :zang lable just released a compilation called Z:#2 on which I have a track called ‘rot’, from sound found on analogue cassettes. Other artists are: Pål Asle Pettersen, HOH, Roel Meelkop, Vasøk, Sonarophon, Anders Gjerde, Nes, QRT, Nils Henrik Asheim, Bjerga/Iversen, Pumice, Per Gisle Galåen & Martin Powell, Spiritual Liberation. I have a few for sale.

Sound Cloud

So some people wrote and wanting to hear some longer excerpts of the new releases, so I put them all up at Soundcloud. Go here

it looks like this!

Terug Gaan by Korm Plastics

New releases

Ben Gwilliam/Jason Zeh – Brombron 16: Dots
Korm Plastics kp 3036
CD only
Korm Plastics is proud to present the sixteenth release in the Brombron series. Originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, it is now hosted by co-curator Frans de Waard. In the year 2000 Frans de Waard and Extrapool started the Brombron project. Two or more musicians become artists in residence in Extrapool, an arts initiative in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a fully equipped sound recording studio. These artists can work in a certain amount of time on a collaborative project; a project they always wished to do, but didn’t have the time or the equipment to realize.

Jason Zeh, a magnetic cassette tape composeur and xerox artist from Bowling Green Ohio, creates music that successfully combines elements of drone, electro-accoustic and noise. Zeh’s work relies on the creation of intimate social encounters through the use of extreme quiet punctuated by steep inclines toward moments of extreme loudness. Live shows combine a mixing of previously recorded source sounds with real time manipulation of cassette tape through the use of modified tape decks and dismantled cassettes. The relationship Zeh has to the cassettes and tape decks used to record and manipulate the sounds is not unlike that of many laptop artists in terms of the meticulous sculpting of sound that is employed in order to create emotionally charged and aesthetically dynamic compositions without the stifled and overly technical feel of some electronic music produced by computers.

Ben Gwilliam (b. 1980) is a sound artist active in the fields of sound installation, curation, improvising new music and performance. He describes his practice as drawing attention to those sounds between things, be it objects, spaces or recordings. It is these sounds and their contexts that reveal visual and musical processes of listening and looking. It is from this curiosity about sound-making/recording/finding and how abstract/descriptive that sounds can be, that he makes parallels and similarities unpicking the relationship between those uncovered sounds and moments of primary experience. In 2004 he was awarded an AHRB Postgraduate Award. In 2007 he was nominated for the Jerwood Artist platform Prize. His work has been featured on Resonance FM, and has work in several CD and Publication Releases. His has performed with artists such as Claus van Bebber, Espen Jensen, Helmut Lemke, Lee Patterson, and Jez Riley French, Rhodri Davies, Phil Durrant, Matt Davis, Hainer Woermann, Chris Heenan, Michael Vorfeld, and Sascha Demand. Since 2004 he has curated several experimental music and sound exhibitions including ‘re:sound’ 2005, UK, ‘Sculpting with Air’ Liverpool Biennial 2006 (co-curated with Lee Patterson), ‘then the silence increased’, 2007 UK (co-curated with Helmut Lemke). In 2008 he was Artist in Residence at Artist Unlimited, Bielefeld, DE.
This CD contains music that was created using sounds ‘derived from prepared tape, related machinery and othe magnetic sourcing including posting, freezing and puncturing tape’. Matsering by Jos Smolders.

Price: 10 euros

KK Null/Z’EV – Brombron 17: Extra Time, Extra Time
Korm Plastics kp 3038
CD only

Korm Plastics is proud to present the seventeenth release in the Brombron series. Originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, it is now hosted by co-curator Frans de Waard. In the year 2000 Frans de Waard and Extrapool started the Brombron project. Two or more musicians become artists in residence in Extrapool, an arts initiative in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a fully equipped sound recording studio. These artists can work in a certain amount of time on a collaborative project; a project they always wished to do, but didn’t have the time or the equipment to realize.

Since almost forty years z’ev belongs to the absolute fore front of experimental music. Playing percussive music he gained a lot of attention, but in more recent years he returned to working with electronic tape manipulation. One aspect is working with other people, such as Francisco Lopez or Kasper Toeplitz. In his collaboration with KK Null he plays electronic drums.

KK Null (born Kazuyuki Kishino in Tokyo) is a Japanese experimental multi-instrumentalist. He began as a guitarist, but soon added composer, singer, electronic musician and drummer to his list of talents, and also studied with the Butoh workshop.
Null joined the noise/progressive rock band Ybo2 in 1984, issuing several albums and EPs throughout the remainder of the decade. Later he founded more bands, such as Absolute Null Punkt (aka ANP) and his most well known one, the self-described “progressive hardcore trio” Zeni Geva. From that point he also produced albums for other artists, created his own record label (Nux Organization), played live and collaborated on albums with many other musicians, including John Zorn, Yona-Kit, Steve Albini, Boredoms, Seiichi Yamamoto, Jim O’Rourke, Merzbow, Fred Frith, James Plotkin, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Jon Rose, Atau Tanaka, Zbigniew Karkowski, Z’EV, Alexei Borisov, Earth. Noisegate and Philip Samartzis, as well as supporting such artists as Sonic Youth and Mike Patton on tour.

Price: 10 euros

Korm Plastics’ New Ear
Korm Plastics kp 2526
For a long time I wanted to do this, but always thought of it too late: a tape dealing with the arrival of new year. So many christmas tunes and never that many for new year. So I asked my closest friends if they have something. Bertin brings us a cover of one of those tunes, played on his casio keyboards, Slo Fi takes a look at the ‘Mailcop – Muzak’ cassette from so many moons ago and Freiband has a break. That’s the party side of things and on the other side we have more introspective tunes by Wouter Jaspers, The Tobacconists and Freek Kinkelaar. Available before the new year starts and likeable in all seasons. This tape comes without a cover – oops. And is limited to 100 copies, why not 2011? Beats me.

Price: 7 euros (including postage)

Four new releases on My Own Little Label

Frans de Waard – Kubus
My Own Little Label 038
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 first cassette release on My Own Little Label – an edition of 50 copies.

Price: 5 euros

Ezdanitoff – We Bring Light
My Own Little Label 039
Wouter Jaspers and Frans de Waard will be on tour again in November and in order to prepare this, they went into the studio, recorded some great music and then decided to something else on the road afterwards. The studio sessions consisted on playing on all the analogue synthesizers there (Moog Prodigy, Korg MS20, Roland Sh 01, Juno 60) and they common theme is love songs, ballads even if you want. They were mixed afterwards adding some extra material (field recordings, electronics) and doesn’t sound at all like the previous release ‘Komeet’. For the tour they choose four pre-mixes as a tour item and it will be for sale until ‘We Bring Light’ is fully mixed and released. Spacious synth songs!

Price: 4 euros

Zebra – j05 50j
My Own Little Label 040
3″ CDR
Recently Jos Smolders turned 50 and invited some friends over a beer and cake. Oh and some to play to music, Orphax, Staplerfahrer and Zebra. Since the other two will release their piece on a CDR, Zebra made an edit to fit on a 3″ CDR of their festitive piece. Three shure fire hits from their catalogue of meltpop tunes, ‘Muesings Are Jest The Start’ , ‘Dusty Riveval Music’ and an as yet untitled piece from what is called the ‘Classic’ album (to be released some day), but packed up with sound samples from the vast musical career of Jos Smolders. Rather a nice version, for the true fans of all things Zebra.

Price: 4 euros

Freiband vs The Idealist – Time Lag
My Own Little Label 041

In 2006 The Idealist (Joachim Nordwall) and Freiband (Frans de Waard) met up in studio 4 of the EMS studios in Stockholm and looked at the mighty Bucla machine. Two days were spend on taping sounds from this machine with the prospect of doing a record together. For various reasons this never happened, but the one thing that was finished is now available on 3″CDR. A heavy beast of analogue drone music.

Price: 4 euros

Frans de Waard – Floodlight
My Own Little Label 042

A culmination of two line recordings and one live recording from two recent concerts at Etalage (Nijmegen) and Tape (Arnhem). The assignment was: don’t bring your laptop and do something with the BBC Radiophonic workshop in mind. I brought five synthesizers and a cassette. A bit of Emerson Lake & Palmer but without any knive stabbing. Spacious.

Price: 4 euros

and then also finally available:

Zebra – De Limbabwe Tape
Limbabwe 50

In the early 80s young Roel Meelkop lived in the Dutch city of Venlo and tried his hands at playing in punk bands. Venlo had a fair sized punk scene, circling around a cassette label called Limbabwe. Later Roel moved to Rotterdam, discovered different kinds of music, started playing with THU20, later also in Kapotte Muziek, Goem and Zebra. He played all over Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, but never in Venlo. In 2010, a slightly older Roel Meelkop played Venlo for the first time, doing a solo concert, one with Kapotte Muziek and one with Zebra. Someone in the audience tips of Mat, the man behind the original Limbabwe label now living in Slovenia, who invites Zebra to play in his home-town. Material was prepared based on the original Limbabwe releases (punk, post punk, crisis funk, poets and impovisation) and performed for a likewise small but bewildered audience in Idrija. A trip that wasn’t easy made, missing airplanes, heavy rainfall and departing after a long bus ride from a
different airport. The live recording is released on the a-side, while the b-side sees Zebra doing short laptop punk pieces based on the original samples, leaving the beat more at home. Not a departure from the signature full on Zebra sound, but rather deepening that sound. Released, theoretically, by Limbabwe, but only available, on green cassettes, by Korm Plastics, in a full color cover and in a limited edition of 50 copies.

Price: 10 euros (including postage)

Sound samples etc can be found here:
send me an e-mail if you want to order any or all:


Was, as to be expected, an interesting experience. Anyone should definetly go there and experience it yourself. In the meantime, there is no banner like the one from Sonderborg.

Next concert, this friday