NEWS – spring 2018 is coming – work in progress

A quick update on some of the current projects.

Inspired by Charlotte
Together with wonderful writer/artist Emily Kocken I am working on a performance project that is inspired by great avant-garde performer Charlotte Moorman. Moorman was a consequential cellist and part of the FLUXUS movement and performed works by Nam June Paik and John Cage among others.
There will be an evening with performances connected to this project at 29 March at Huis de Pinto. The date for the gallery performance and exhibition are TBA.

Emily is also organising an evening of performances this month at Huis de Pinto this month. Seating is limited and it promises to be a very interesting evening. Reserve while you can.

New Histories/Agnes Goodsir
For Australian artist Pilar Mata Dupont I am mixing the audio for a museum installation that will be shown as part of the exhibition ‘New Histories’ that will run from the 14 April-29 July  in Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia. The installation is inspired by the 19th century portraitist Agnes Goodsir. She was part of the Parisian art-scene in the twenties.

Commercial work
I am still doing quite some commercial composing and mixing for different advertising agencies. I am also (finally) working on a new commercial showreel.

Art consulting
For different museums and clients I am working as an art consulting philosopher and writer. Usually I am asked for input on theoretical frameworks for exhibitions or collection choices.

Music projects
I am involved in a couple of music projects as a mixer/producer. With FESS we are working on a new single release. Dates and more info are TBA.

Philosophy
This semester I will be teaching philosophy/aesthetics at the AKI Academy of Arts again . This is still one of my favourite things to do.

NEWS – 2017 is coming!

In contrary to the recent silence on this website, I have been incredibly busy last couple of months and I’m very much looking forward to 2017 with so many great projects and releases coming up.

I’ve been producing and mixing a large popalbum/project with a well known Dutch singer/guitarist about which I can’t really disclose details yet, but we’re working really hard to make it groove even harder.

The film Wild Flower by Fathia Bazi is still going around festivals and had a wonderful Dutch premiere at the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in the Hague.

Haider Aljezairi’s film The Last Wall is also still playing. This director has the most amazing life story: he’s a war reporter, a refugee and he made his first fiction film in a war zone.  He’s already working on new projects. Keep an eye out for his name, because this is truly a great talent of which we will undoubtedly hear more in coming years.

Wachtnacht a short by Ken van Mierlo is released online. I had a blast doing the sounddesign for this one and it had a good festival run as well. Also check out the music by Yero Pharaoh, a talented composer and generally great guy.

With visual artist Rosa Johanna I’ve just finished Trumpet, a short artistic movie to be shown in an art installation. I love collaborating with her because she always comes up with fresh and wild artistic ideas. She’s a great graphic designer too by the way.

I’m working with Dutch artist/writer/musician Emily Kocken on a performance and installation project for an exhibition. Emily is an inspiring artist. Her new book ‘De kuur’ will be released by Querido in the spring of next year.

I’m co-curating an exhibition next year at Tetem in Enschede. AKI Electrique will be shown from the 9th of February 2017

I’ve been doing a lot of commercials for radio/television and online lately. This Renault commercial is maybe the most interesting of the bunch from a sounddesign perspective, but I love doing functional design any day of the week.

I’ve been engineering for a writers camp during Amsterdam Dance Event at Studio de Keuken. A wonderful bunch of young producers and singers kicking out funky stuff. Here you can find a Spotify playlist from the participating artists.

I’ve been teaching philosophy at the AKI University of Arts this semester. Which has been a blast. I’ve met so many inspiring students that are working on a great variety of projects. It makes you wonder what this new generation will bring to arts.

My own music is also building steadily. This has always been a slow and tedious process for me, but I hope to release some new stuff in 2017.

I’ve been building a lot of equipment this year for different producers and studio’s and we’ve been rewiring the Votown Studio in Volendam. This studio is owned by Dutch musicians the 3 J’s and Jan Smit and which I have helped building from the ground up with Jaap Kwakman. These guys are great friends and some of the nicest people in music I know.

Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

NEWS – Film ‘Wild Flower’

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I’m very proud to be part of the film ‘Wild Flower’ by Fathia Bazi. The film is about Lule, a 75 year old farmer that has lived on the countryside of Albania her whole life. She tells her remarkable life story while sharing her humour an her wisdom with us.
This is a remarkable film that is in its last stages of production. I did the sounddesign and mix for the film.

As soon as screening dates are announced, I will post an update.

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NEWS – One Minute Blues – Gustan Asselbergs

 

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I’m proud to announce the release of the ‘One Minute Blues’ by Gustan Asselbergs. The project is an exploration of the fictional phenomenon of the music that is played in the Dutch coastal city of IJmuiden. In between production runs the molds that were used in the blast furnaces of the local industrial steel factory needed to cool down for a minute . This lost minute initiated an acoustic blues practice in which workers developed a strong, grooving, rough sound that started the IJmuiden tradition in Dutch blues music.

Gustan Asselbergs is a Dutch writer and musician. The One Minute Blues project consists of a beautiful limited edition notebook with short stories and a cd with ‘found field recordings’ from the IJmuiden blues tradition.

The cd is mixed and mastered by me.

1446480978It will be available online and at the Haarlem bookstore Athenaeum.

Gustan will read from his work at the ‘Avond van het korte verhaal‘ (‘Night of the short story’) on Friday 19 February at bookstore Pantheon in Amsterdam.