dinsdag 4 november 2014
In 2011, I made wonderful hiking trips with my wife in the South Downs in Sussex (UK). Back home, I tried to capture the landscapes I had just seen and experienced in paintings. I didn't really succeed. I realised that I wanted to imitate nature, make a copy. But it was just a pale reflection of reality. A two-dimensional snapshot of an experience. It's better if the paintings themselves become nature. Form their own world. This was no easy task. Strangely enough, I heard a soundtrack for these paintings in my head. Hard metallic sounds - TZENGG is not a word, but reflects the sound of metal on metal - mixed with warm organic sounds. So I started TZENGG: sound sketches for paintings.
For this TZENGG release on Charlotte Sometimes, I have reconstructed the original recordings from 2011 and 2012, and sometimes re-assembled them (without affecting the original character), and sound magician Theo Calis made wonderful new masters.
Did I manage to turn the TZENGG sound sketches into paintings?
Well, let me just say ...... it is an endless process. :)
dinsdag 28 oktober 2014
'Deconstruction’ is 95% based on deconstructed sounds. A method also known as Granular Synthesis. For example, the lower rhythmic sounds in Deconstruction #2 are created from elephant sounds. I've used these deconstructed noises to create 3 new soundscapes. Sometimes harmonious, sometimes raw. Sound designer Theo Calis has – besides mastering – contributed a lot of deconstructed sounds.
Listen, buy & download Deconstruction HERE on ADX Records.
A special Bandcamp release of Deconstruction can be found HERE.
The profits from this ‘Deconstruction’ bandcamp edition will go to the World Land Trust in their entirety.
World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.
Deconstructing the sounds of the world is better than deconstructing the world itself. :)
vrijdag 17 oktober 2014
All copies of the November 2014 issue of The Wire will come complete with an exclusive free CD attached to the cover, The Wire Tapper 36, the latest volume in the acclaimed series of new music compilations.As with previous volumes this CD is packaged in a heavy duty card sleeve designed by The Wire's art director Ben Weaver, and contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground/outsider musics covered in The Wire. One of these tracks is mine: 'The Endless Light'. For some reason the Almighty Wire Editor mutilated the accompanying text. Well, here is the 'uncensored' version. :)
“The Endless Light”
Previously unreleased The bright and powerful imagery of abstract expressionist paintings inspired Dutch soundscape-composer Martin Hoogeboom to create The Endless Light. According to painter Mark Rothko many abstract expressionist painters aspire the same: “Many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.” A good starting point for creating The Endless Light. Mastered by Theo Calis. Martin Hoogeboom 2014 soundworks have been published on such labels as Etched Traumas, Petroglyph Music, ADX Records & Charlotte Sometimes.