Afgelopen week was er een weer een opnamedag voor het FESS project. Ditmaal in de geweldige studio van Arnold Mühren, waar het altijd voelt als thuiskomen. De groove van toppers Tim Brink (drums) en Dave Besse (bas) staat als een huis.
Met dank aan Patrick en Arnold voor hun steun en gastvrijheid en aan Jaap Kwakman voor het wederom lenen van de fluwelen Coles 4038 mics.
We zijn nu ook de andere instrumenten aan het opnemen. Binnenkort weer een update en wie weet al een klein teasertje.
Sinds enige tijd werken beeldend kunstenaar, schrijfster en muzikante Emily Kocken en ik regelmatig samen. Zie bijvoorbeeld de boektrailer voor haar laatste roman De kuur. De roman kan ik u van harte aanbevelen.
We willen nu een lp gaan maken met elektronische bewerkingen van klassieke cellostukken gespeeld door Emily. We zijn hierbij geïnspireerd door Charlotte Moorman, de celliste en kunstenaar die betrokken was bij Fluxus en samenwerkte met Joseph Beuys, John Cage en vooral met Nam June Paik.
Steun ons door een bijdrage te doen via de crowdfundingpagina.
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.
I am still doing quite some commercial composing and mixing for different advertising agencies. I am also (finally) working on a new commercial showreel.
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
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.
It 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.
Last week I’ve recorded Steve Edwards’ jazz sextet at Arnold Mühren Studio in Volendam. Working with great musicians in such a wonderful space as the Mühren Studio is an absolute privilege. The London jazzscene is alive and kicking, that’s for sure.
Arnold Mühren and his son Patrick are the driving force behind the studio. They have been accommodating the greatest musical projects for decades and have tons of great stories to tell. The place has been rebuilt a couple of times over the years and has one of the best sounding medium sized live rooms I’ve ever worked in. Every little workflow is thought out and most of it is custom made. The passion driving a place like this sparks creativity and I would like to thank the guys for their hospitality and inspiration.
The project will soon be mixed and released. I will post again as soon as dates are being announced.
Photos by Katrin Magrowitz
I’m very happy to report that in February London based jazz composer Steve Edwards will travel to Amsterdam with a wonderful band to record an album. I will produce it and preproduction is happening right now.
Steve Edwards is no stranger to the London jazzscene. He has been playing saxophones and composing for decades and he has now decided to collect a great group of musicians to finally record an album with his own music. While clearly influenced by modern jazzheros like Billy Strayhorn, Archie Shepp, and Wayne Shorter, his music also contains flavours from hiphop and Caribbean rhythms. The fact that Steve has been travelling the world from an early age to see generations of great players perform, not only makes him an incredible resource on all things jazz, but also comes through in his own highly original compositions.
Steve Edwards – saxophones
Samuel Eagles – alto sax
Duncan Eagles – tenor sax
Eric Ford – drums
Sam Leak – piano
Max Luthert – bass
On September 18 Cavalier Recordings released a new JP Den Tex single “One World” which is co-written and produced by me. All artist royalties will go to a campaign on behalf of Syrian refugees in Turkish, Jordanian and Lebanese refugee camps, in close corporation with Stichting Vluchteling. This is a Dutch foundation that dedicates all its efforts to the plight of migrants and refugees. The campaign will also try to raise awareness for Syrian asylum seekers in Europe.
Watch the videoclip:
Buy the maxi single:
Walk a mile in their shoes: global income inequality lies at the heart of many of the world’s problems. Resulting in rising poverty and unemployment, religious fanaticism and civil war, migrant crises and illegal aliens… Isn’t it about time that some of our present-day rock stars joined the debate and left their ivory towers? The song “One World” was exclusively written for a campaign to raise both funds and awareness for Syrian refugees in 2015.
De film Amy gaat over de verdrietige ondergang van Amy Winehouse. Met veel moeite heb ik de film uitgekeken. Het narratief dat regisseur Asif Kapadia samenstelt uit archiefmateriaal beschrijft de tragiek van haar beroemdheid. Het leuke, getalenteerde, spontane meisje Amy dat per ongeluk een ster wordt en er niet in slaagt om de belangstelling te ontvluchten. Ik merkte gaandeweg de film dat ik eigenlijk niet zo geïnteresseerd ben in alle privé foto’s en filmpjes van de zangeres. Als kijker beland je ongewild in de schoenen van de paparazzi die haar het leven onmogelijk maakten.
Amy Winehouse verdient een film die gaat over haar muziek. Haar tragiek was misschien een keerzijde van haar talent, maar ze was en is toch vooral een belangrijk kunstenares. Waar is het archiefmateriaal van de muzikante Winehouse? Uit flarden interviews met onder andere Questlove? en Mos Def blijkt dat ze obsessief bezig was met het ontwikkelen van haar muziek. Ze wilde werken met de mensen die haar inspireerden, maar bijna niemand van die mensen komt terug in de film om te praten over muziek. Ze worden vooral gevraagd naar de kwetsbaarheid van het meisje Amy. Zou dit ook zo’n grote rol spelen als ze een man was geweest?
Het tragische lot van Amy Winehouse stopt niet bij haar dood, maar zet zich voort doordat men haar postuum haar stem ontneemt. Dat haar toevallige talent en haar ongeluk de enige bron zouden zijn voor haar kunst is kortzichtig en vooral oneerlijk.