Tilburg sound deserts

The ever so lovely Foxy Digitalis posted a staplerfahrer mini-featurete on their blog with 2 album reviews by Travis Bird and it goes like this:

“In abstract sound exploration, there’s some kind of instinct that guides certain folks, who seem to simply feel things on an uncommon level. Few I’ve heard recently have honed this instinct as well as the Dutchman Steffan de Turck, as exemplified on a pair of 2012 releases under his Staplerfahrer moniker.

A Staplerfahrer solo CD, “Burying Lamps In The Deep Solitude” (Striate Cortex) shows off de Turck’s engagingly slow pacing. Extended sine tones and field recordings are punctuated with blasts of noise, oscillations, and rogue guitar notes. It’s minimal in the sense that there are few elements and they’re allowed to move and breathe, but it’s not really in the usual spiritual/meditative mode; there’s a sense of the musician at work throughout each piece, a more exploratory feel. De Turck isn’t afraid to play a watery field recording for several minutes before introducing extremely light processing. Even in such abstract environs, there’s something narratively engaging; like an accomplished jazz musician, de Turck always seems to know where he is and how a given moment relates to the whole.

“Exiled in Bilbao” works in a similar way in a collaborative format. A co-release by a quartet of labels (including de Turck’s own Dim Records imprint), Larraskito Audio Dissection Unit is a crew of eight European ringers in different combinations, including Sindre Bjerga and Jan M. Iversen along with de Turck. Recording in Bilbao, Spain, the experts here bring a hugely diverse, inventive, and resourceful sound palette, making for some fascinating sound environments that are uniformly dynamic and evocative. Distorted guitar notes, single-note drones, rhythmic loops, and lively modular textures work with subtle field recordings to make up these pieces. There are time-based elements like radio static, but only the barest narrative emerges; instead, there’s a lot of imagery. At times sounding quite urban, at other times hinting at musicality, and at still other times overtly nature-oriented, they remain abstract and not easily categorized, all marked by an unhurried pacing and rare self-assuredness, especially in such a format. Both CDs showcase de Turck’s strengths as an improviser, composer, and tinkerer, his patience and contemplation stemming from a true affinity for sound for its own sake.”

You can also read it on the Digitalis site over here (along with lots of other great in depth reviews and articles).

A/V Club #10

This is going to happen next month! Great night with all kinds of music organized by friends and featuring even more friends! EZDANITOFF is the project-driven collaboration of Dutch soundartists FRANS DE WAARD and WOUTER JASPERS. Ezdanitoff reinterpretates the past of experimental composed music, creating new work around different theme’s and techniques. Currently Ezdanitoff is on tour with their project “Bandwidth,” based on John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape 4, in which they perform live with radio signals and analog electronica. For the concert at OCCII Ezdanitoff teams up with Canadian wunderkind STAN STENCIL, who will give the perfect visuals to Ezdanitoff’s psychedelic soundtrack!

Amsterdam’s own purveyor of percussion and sound, RORO is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. He plays with improv group DAGORA & collaborates with many other mad men & women – he is recently returned from tour with Earth’s Dylan Carlson and preparing for another as drummer with Marshal Allen of Sun Ra & film maker James Harrar.

A/V Club #10 at the OCCII

A/V Club #10 at the OCCII

Hello 2013

2012’s been good. Didn’t do a lot of shows this year, but the one’s that happened were memorable: touring with Mik Quantius, Sindre Bjerga and Andrew Perry in February, visiting dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel and playing at Oldseed’s cosy little bar, nocturnal soundscaping in a Dutch nature reserve alongside Bram Stadhouders, Jos Smolders and Wouter Jaspers, discovering the beauty of Slovenia while performing at the awesome Šinafest in Idrija and finishing the year by doing an unforgettable artist-in-residence program with Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson at Extrapool in Nijmegen. I released one album in 2012, but proudly on Radio Free Midwich’s label of the year: Striate Cortex. What will 2013 bring? The collaboration with Sigtryggur wil be released on CD through Korm Plastics and other stuff is in the pipeline, new gigs are planned in Amsterdam and Hamburg with others to be confirmed and together with Leilani I started a new musical project called HEXENEICHE. We’ll keep you posted and wish you a happy new year!

BromBron studio at Extrapool

BromBron studio at Extrapool

BromBron #26

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be hitting the studio together with Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson. This as part of our BromBron residency at the Extrapool in Nijmegen. For a week we’ll be working on new tracks and finish it with a presentation of the results on Friday the 21st of December. Sigtryggur is member of Stilluppsteypa, a band I discovered in the mid nineties and instantly became a fan of. Needless to say that I’m pretty psyched about this collaboration!

Brombron, originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, 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.

BromBron #26, Extrapool, Nijmegen, 21st December 2012

BromBron #26, Extrapool, Nijmegen, 21st December 2012

Slovenska Akropola

About 2 months ago already, but yes, in the beginning of October Leilani and I spent a quality week in Slovenia: meeting new friends in Ljubljana, hiking through woods and mountains and playing at the Shina festival in Idrija. Below a selection of pics taken at the festival.

A warm welcome with local treats in Idrija

Mat, organiser and opener at the festival, making his guitar gently weep

The Castle where it all was happening

The room where Amper-O-Mat performed his fierce and loud set

Me pushing the limits of my equipment with my head

Natural Snow Buildings talking about which direction to go in their second half of their gig

Marko Karlovcec up close and personal with the audience

Neopaganism on the rocks

Project Baksteen introduces art into the urban areas of Tilburg at the time that vacancy arises or before the demolition of a neighborhood occurs. Young, local artists are invited to work in the empty spaces, inspired by and together with the neighborhood. In September Project Baksteen will open its doors so that you can come on over and take a look at the houses and gardens that are part of the project.

At this very moment Leilani and I are putting our ArtFart on in a house on the Veliusstraat. Our house has been vacant for quite a while and its garden has been left alone in such a way that nature could claim it all back. This return of the rural into the urban inspired us to work on themes like Neopaganism and Wicca in the garden. Inside the house we’re recording and creating a sound piece that celebrates the absence of residents and acoustic qualities that have a sleeping presence.

We’ll keep you posted on the proceedings and let you know when you can come and visit us!

Project Baksteen 2012

Project Baksteen 2012

Night Music

During the night of the 29th and 30th of September a new festival will take place in the woods of nature reserve “De Stippelberg” nearby Bakel in the Netherlands. Alongside Bram Stadhouders, Jos Smolders and Wouter Jaspers I’ll play 4 short sets in the open air. The variations in the landscape are themes that will return in the musical performances.

Sonar 2012

Sonar 2012