Op maandag 13 februari stond er een stukje van mij in Trouw.
Op maandag 13 februari stond er een stukje van mij in Trouw.
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!
The documentary film Wild Flower wins ‘best documentary’ on the Ferfilm Festival. Congrats to the director. Soon I will post screeningdates for the Dutch premiere.
Again wonderful news. Raffaelo in het Wild is also selected for the Cinekid moviefestival (15-21 october). I will post an update as soon as the screening date is announced.
Wachtnacht by Ken van Mierlo and The Last Wall by Haider Aljezairi have been selected to screen (and participate) at ‘het Nederlands Filmfestival’ in Utrecht this year. Congratulations to the directors.
I’m happy to announce that next semester I will be teaching philosophy at the AKI Academy of Art and Design. The AKI is a inspiring art school that has a strong focus on practice which I find indispensable.
I am looking forward to be able to work with the students on the philosophical foundations of connecting art to thinking.
On Wednesday 6 July at the Fin! Filmfestival the wonderful film The Last Wall by Haider Aljezairi will screen at Lantarenvenster in Rotterdam.
Haider approached me with his remarkable project at the beginning of this year. He was about to travel to Kuwait and Iraq to film a fictional film with a local crew and actors nearby a conflict zone. The film is about local villagers having to leave their homes and families to fight against ISIS. The script is based on a true story and is filmed at the locations were it took place with a crew and actors that have experienced events like the one the film is based on firsthand.
When he first told me the details I was very surprised by the sheer ambition and adventure of his plan. To be honest, I was even a bit skeptical if he could pull it off. At the same time I was so curious about the material he was going to shoot, that I immediately promised to help him out with the sounddesign of his project. The result is this wonderful short film that has combines a local setting and atmosphere with a universal story about the basic human need of shelter.
Haider Aljezairi has a remarkable life story himself. He lived in a lot of different places in the Middle East and used to be a war correspondent during the last Iraqi war. In the Netherlands he started a new life, learned to speak Dutch flawlessly within a couple of years and studied movie direction at the Willem de Kooning Academy. He is undeniably a great talent and I am very curious to see what his next project is going to be.
I’m very proud that ‘Wild Flower’ by Fathia Bazi has won the ‘best debut’ award at the DocuTIFF festival.
The wise and very funny Lule, who is the main focus of the film, was present at the screening. It was her first time in a movie theatre.
I’ve been involved as a sound expert in the libel lawsuit of Dutch artist Tinkebell versus broadcasting organisation Omroep Brabant. More information about the case can be found in this report by the Volkskrant.
Recently I designed a bell sound for a Zen meditation app for Zen.nl. I had lots of fun doing it. The sound is based on a recording of an original Japanese templebell which is very hard to reproduce on a telephone speaker.