Alright. So much happening, never enough time to fill you in on the details. So I gave up smoking ten days ago, which is no doubt good in the long run, once I am over the insomnia and the feeling of depression. The good news is that I started something new, Modelbau. Since almost three years I have been playing concerts in which the laptop plays a smaller role than it was before with Freiband – which was entirely laptop based. But I must admit I am a bit fed up with the laptop and want to use analogue stuff more and more. In Modelbau I just want to use analogue gear, along with a fixed backing track. Hopefully a new one per concert. Here are some more things that are done within this concept: everything I do is recorded live to 2-track. No complicated multi-track pieces, but all ‘live’. Which however doesn’t mean there is nothing to edit. It will be heavily edited and collaged within the 2 track pieces. I already recorded various pieces (more than three hours in fact) of bits and bobs which I will edit into the first Modelbau album this summer. Likewise I also decided not to release any physical products as Modelbau, but instead just use the internet to release it. Don’t come banging at my door for free releases on your netlabel: its my intention to try and make a few $$ out of the download business. The first release by Modelbau is now up at Bandcamp along with an album and a (long) single by Freiband. This piece may also serve as my demo for live concerts. Ho Ho. Meeuw did a nice design of it.

I have been working hard on mixing two new LPs by The Tobacconists (I am still allowed as a member) and ignored my small input on the new Beequeen CD. I hope that changes soon. So much to do, so little time.


About fransdewaard
Probably most known from his ongoing work with Kapotte Muziek (a group that fully concentrates on recycling through musique concrete) and as one half of ambient sound-artists Beequeen. As well as writing the informative and acclaimed weekly newsletter "Vital Weekly", Frans De Waard also founded the Korm Plastics label in 1984, initally only offering cassettes, but since 1992 offering an ever-growing catalogue of CDs and vinyl of contemporary experimental music.

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