Die Viele Gesichter Der Sehnsucht ( 04 ) - Thu Dec 20, 2012 - (Loose translation: The Many Faces Of Deep Longing) Detuned/delayed grand piano, city rain (!), and alienated classical sampling. All about separation, loss, isolation and... deep longing... (Sehnsucht). Fifth one in a series. HEADPHONES recommended!
Aber Das Unglaubliche Habe Ich Nie Gesehen - Thu Feb 21, 2013 - ( Loose translation: But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For ) Looped and detuned grand piano, broken record player, a spoken word. Waves of melancholy, waves of solitude, and in the end only silence remains. SUPER headphones recommended!
Immer Wieder Aber Auch Immer Sinnlos - Thu May 09, 2013 - ( Loose translation: Again And Again But Always In Vain ) Second one in a series. Looped and detuned grand piano, a spoken word. Waves of melancholy, waves of solitude, and in the end only silence remains. SUPER headphones recommended!
Seelenruhe ( loose translation - Peace Of Mind ) : coming down from an atmosphere drenched in wind, rain and solitude.
In 1955 I was born as the youngest son of a farmer in the North of The Netherlands, Western Europe. In the year 1959 we moved to a huge farm ( at least for me as a kid it was ) about a mile from the nearest village, Wommels. For me the next 2 years to come were like heaven - they pretty much shaped my current artistry.
The 'road' ( it was more like a horse track ) to school was too dangerous for me to travel as a 4 year old kid : this meant... that I was free... as free as a bird in the sky for 2 long years... ( of course in the mind of a kid this felt like eternity... )
The thing I remember most about that time was sitting silently somewhere in this huge barn directly connected to the house we lived in. As the first year passed by so did the seasons - and the lights... they dimmed... November came... December came... And there I was : listening now in almost complete darkness to the omnipotent sound of the wind, the rain on the roof - and in the far away distance ( don't forget - I was only a kid at the time ) my mother's voice, almost certainly praising The Lord. What I remember most about her voice was when she finished a song - in one long last vibrating breath...
Today ( 50 years later - 2012 ) you will find elements as mentioned above in all my art : distant, almost alienated voices - the omnipotent sound of the softly howling wind ; waves of Nostalgia, and waves of Melancholy. Most of all you will find these elements in Seelenruhe. It feels like a homecoming, and yes... some desolation involved...
Song- and soundsources range from distorted keyboards/pianos, fieldrecordings and the wind itself to actually anything.
Influences : Thomas Köner, Mathias Grassow, Robert Henke, mnortham, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vidna Obmana, Francisco Lopez, Lustmord and ( as always ) a lot of totally obscure underground.
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.
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.
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!