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Latest Releases :


How To Deal With Destiny ( Untitled 03 ) - Wed Nov 14, 2012 : !! POST-ROCK !! The sound of the wind and rain as recorded in the deserted harbors of Amsterdam, processed drums, tremelo/detuned keyboard, Katrina Porteous' poetry, and the American folksong Poor Wayfaring Stranger. SUPER headphones recommended!

How To Deal With Destiny ( Untitled 04 ) Part 1 & 2 - Wed Apr 10, 2013 : !! From the heartlands of POST-ROCK !! Processed and delayed drums ( part 1 & 2 ), looped and detuned synth, sequenced deep bass sounds, spoken word, Celtic chanting - and more. SUPER headphones recommended!

A Dream Within A Dream ( Part 1 & 2 ) - Thu Aug 15, 2013 : All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream...? ( Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849 ) Gunnthrain close to perfection : looped and detuned grand piano, spoken word, alienated voices, and Silence as a background. SUPER headphones recommended!

The Long Goodbye ( In Paradisum ) ( Part 1 & 2 ) - Mon Dec 16, 2013 : !! From the heartlands of post-rock !! MILESTONE : The 100th Gunnthrain - processed drums, looped and detuned VSTi strings, Gabriel Faure's In Paradisum, Celtic chanting, and sounds of Nature. SUPER headphones recommended!

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep - Thu May 22, 2014 : I Am Not There, I Did Not Die.. ( From the heartlands of post-rock - looped and detuned synth, grand piano (the bells!), choral sampling, broken record player, Gemini 3 (1965) and Gemini 6 (1965) space communication. SUPER headphones recommended!




( Dark ) ambientesque otherwordly surreal experimental atmospheric psychedelic post-rocky and / or neo-folky aural experiences.


"" Silence is a virtue of fools "" - Francis Bacon.

Gunnthrain is the main project of Amsterdam based underground- and soundartist Zu Dir. All through the misty haze of long gone years - still going strong - he has been building his current catalogue slowly and seemingly almost reluctant. From deliberate lofi (radio)noisy interludes to hifi stereospread infinite soundscapes he refers to his own work as Magnificent Desolation. He prefers to ride alone, living a self-chosen life ( in his own words ) "in shadows and beyond". Back in March 2007 Gunnthrain's Eternal Life was awarded Best Song Miscellaneous 2006 at iacmusic.com ( The Independent Artists Company ). Due to server-problems which couldn't handle his 10 to 12 minutes pieces anymore, he had to leave there. This was a severe throwback from which only recently he has recovered.

Gunnthrain's influences range from Joy Division to Biosphere, from Velvet Underground to Cocteau Twins, from Nick Cave to Brian Eno, from Underworld to Mathias Grassow, from Erik Satie to Thomas Köner, from Harold Budd to Pink Floyd, and all over again.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas ( 1914 - 1953 )

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, a poem composed in 1951, is considered to be among the finest works by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953). Written for his dying father, it is one of Thomas' most quoted works. The poem urges his father to fight against death - to " burn and rave at close of day " - rather than surrendering. The poet himself certainly burned with zest for life. Unfortunately, he indulged in it recklessly, drinking heavily, and dying soon after the poem was published.

As such Do Not Go gentle Into That Good Night lies at the heart of Gunnthrain's Magnificent Desolation : on the one hand Life's ( possible ) Grandeur with its seemingly endless temptations, possibilities and ( again possible ) disappointments, while on the other hand its inevitable decay and ( for some total ) horror.

On the one hand the " raging against the dying of the light ", while on the other hand the awareness of " this is the end, my beautiful friend " - a synthesis of Darkness and Light, a synthesis of ( more cosmic ) Night and Day.

"" Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His inhuman void spreads on like a gray vegetation. "" - Jean Arp.


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As he doesn't believe in reincarnation Zu Dir works on a lot of projects simultaneously - here they are...


Ecce Homo Pietoso - Ecce Homo Pietoso disintegrates then rebuilds ( most of the time ) human voice material only and is greatly inspired by the work of the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon ( 1909-1992 ). His art is famous for its often bold, grotesque and nightmarish imagery. May I add: compassion...? Compassion for humanity...?



He Who Speaks In Silence - When I was a young kid I used to sit a lot at the side of the road in front of our farm - silence can be really overwhelming.




Seelenruhe - Coming down from an atmosphere drenched in wind, rain and solitude.



Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors - From the heartlands of post-rock : recycling the Late 40's, 50's and Early 60's.



The Johannes Breeuwsma Museum - A few acoustic pictures taken from a troubled life, and more.



Anything else...?

Starting May 2013 / Vanaf mei 2013 -


The Ports Of Amsterdam ( Fieldrecordings ) - In the year 1984, carrying with me an old and borrowed Uher 4400, I spent several lonely nights in the Western and Eastern Amsterdam harbors to do... fieldrecordings... Scattered around me lay ruins - ruins of once thriving harbors, ruins of once thriving factories, ruins of trains (!), ruins of cranes, ruins overall. There was the distant smell of the past, the reality of the present - and in the architect's drawing a glimpse of the ( nearby ) future.




Finally... After a recent crash I updated from Vista to Windows 7. I was pretty shocked to find out that this included ( at least for me it did ) the loss of the Stereo / Wave Out function... Being a regular user of archive.org ( and its amazing depth in sound/radio/poetry/prose recordings dating back as far as the Thirties ! ) I was downright stuck... There was no way I could record anything ( all legal ) anymore...

And then I found The Streaming Audio Recorder... And all my problems washed away into the great North Sea... If you have recording problems like me it will solve them all... Internet radio, the sounds of freesound.org, anything on your system - it records without any loss in quality. Please feel free to try!