Op 22 oktober gaat in Gent een fijn festival door, het
Beeld Muziek Woord festival, georganiseerd door &
met o.a. Helen White, Ruben De Somer, Joris Van Looveren, Lut
De porre, Anouk Vermeire, John Gelaude, Tineke cartreul Patrick
Baele, Denis Vercruysse, Jeroen Meuleman (Anton voloshkin) en
Zoals de titel al doet vermoeden wordt er beeldend werk
getoond, in combinatie met poëzie en live muziek. Het muzikale luik
wordt vanaf 20u verzorgd door
Circle Bros (Be),
brunk (Be), en
sarkazyn (Be); later op de avond treden ook
Language of light (UK) (22u10- 23u00) en S
.Q.E. (UK) (23u00-23u50) aan.
Presentatie is in handen van niemand minder dan
Steven H, en er wordt ook muziek gedraaid door
DJ Glasvocht en
Silken Tofu .
OtherShore is a young & dynamic artist-driven dance company in New
York, co-founded and directed by dancers Sonja Kostich and Brandi
Unlike many modern dance companies that are led by one
choreographer and perform works created only by that individual,
OtherShore commissions new works with a variety of
choreographers from vastly different backgrounds. In doing so, the
company strives to develop a repertoire that is as diverse as its
members and one that challenges the traditional model of a modern
I am very proud to say that one of their recent
The Goats', directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar (and
performed by Miguel Anaya, Elizabeth DeMent, Sonja Kostich, Aaron
Mattocks and Brandi Norton) used some music of
Here you can see a little clip of the performance:
There you also can order the CD-r
version of this release.
Passive Cable Theory -
The two first tracks of 'Thiamine'
are some kind of dark audio trip through thick layers of looped and
delayed distortion, surprisingly relaxed as if you're blown away
but at the same time enjoying the quiet centre of the storm. Or at
least, that's one way to look at it, when you notice the 'sea'
(zee) and 'wind' (het waait) connotations of the first titles
'Autoloze zondag' is less
forgiving... no cars were allowed to drive the day this track was
recorded but this appears to be a sonic equivalence of being driven
over by a truck, sucked into the engine and being spit out in
pieces. And then being hit by another car. And again. Or maybe you
consider this to be the ideal soundtrack for a quiet trip in the
park on a sunny sunday afternoon? Some days I do for sure...
The CD-r version of this release can
also be purchased over there.
Passive Cable Theory - Initial reduction flaking
Initial reduction flaking is the most experimental of these
three. Which means the other two are less experimental, yes :-)
It starts like some Vangelis
synthesizer gone lunatic. And it doesn't look back.
My personal favorite on this album
However, most people will consider
track 3 (Inevetability) to be unlistenable and terribly annoying. I
guess they're completely right, and still it's there, for a full 7
minutes and 15 horrible seconds. I consider this to be a very subtle
track - if used in moderation...
There are some really simple, minimalistic tracks here,
exploring little textures and variations of mostly harsh/shrill
sounds, evolving noises and abstract fragments. No guitars here,
mostly heavily processed & distorted synths and structures and
violent, piercing bursts of exploding noise. Enjoy.
The brunk abum '
a simple guide' is a mishmash of old stuff (recorded between
1999-2005), quiet songs, amateuristic homerecorded lo-fi, weirdo
pop instrumentals, noisy stuff, little redundant DIY experiments,
nonsense, kitch, guitars, samples, electronica etc.: brunk
And the best news: it's available now as a
free download at
This release is also available on quality
CD-R with nice inkjet printed artwork:
it can be purchased for 5 euro (+shipping) at
(Also other download formats, like flac or Ogg Vorbis, are
available over there as a free download)
The first track of the album, ‘
tap hold’, was used as soundtrack for the promotional
trailer of the 2009 edition of the annual international dance
December Dance, which took place in Bruges (Belgium), and
was curated by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. You can see the trailer
A new 9-track
'mudskipper', is available now on
bandcamp as a limited
edition CD-R (15 numbered copies) for only 5 euro (+ shipping
depending on where you live), or as a download in any format you
Click here ] for info,
previewing tracks, ordering and download options (mp3, FLAC, Ogg
When you order the CD-R, you're automatically allowed to
download the album too, instantly and for free.
If you don't have Visa or Paypal and want a copy, just
Norm' is a very cool and adventurous podcast by Alex Pijpker.
This is what 'De Norm' is about, in his own words:
"I've always had a weak spot for artists who tried doing
something different, like making music that was more art than
entertainment, or entertaining as a piece of art. Inspired by 'Listen to the brain' (a French pod cast with covers
in different styles), 'The Beatclub' (an
electronics/blues/lounge/soul/etc party) and my own sets in
Bibelot, I created the concept for the sets you can find on this
'De (nieuwe) Norm' is Dutch for 'the (new) norm/standard'. I
chose this name to criticize nowadays' standard for music. I want
to present something different than the 'products' the mainstream
music industry brings us. I hope that some people will use my sets as an alternative for
listening to the radio and discover new artists or styles they've
never heard of before!"
Een goeie week geleden bracht
Steven H zijn debuutplaat uit: "
Ik, Steven H".
Dat verdient op z'n minst een vreugdedansje én een
Nederlandstalig berichtje op deze blog! :-)
De eerste track op de plaat, '
t Zit Tegen', is een voltreffer van formaat, en verdient op
z'n minst op 1 in de Afrekening terecht te komen. Dus ga als de
bliksem naar deze pagina en zet 't Zit Tegen' van Steven H op
En dan wil je je dit kleinood aanschaffen natuurlijk
(het artwork is trouwens ook zeer de moeite waard!)
Deze 12”-vinylplaat is een co-release van de Gentse labels
Smeraldina-Rima en is momenteel reeds te krijgen in de platenzaak Vynilla en
Fnac Gent, rechtsreeks via
Steven H of beide platenlabels (orders[at]smeraldina-rima[dot]com of
http://soundcloud.com/studiomuscle), en kan ook
gedownload worden via
Meer info op de [
myspace pagina ] en [
pagina ] van Steven H.
Over Steven H:
Steven H brengt hiphop voor mensen die spuwen op het cliché
van de rapper voorzien van pet en wijde broek. Met een
schertsfiguur als 50 Cent heeft hij dan ook evenveel gemeen als de
paus met een tafelkleed.
De teksten van Steven H –uiteraard in zijn eigen streektaal,
het Kasters– handelen over het leven van alledag en de tegenslagen
die daar onlosmakelijk mee verbonden zijn. Deze ambtenaar annex
rapper verstaat de kunst om spannende nummers te puren uit sleur en
andere vormen van verveling. Het resultaat? Muziekcritici raken er
niet onmiddellijk uit… Avanthop? Posthop? Hopperdehop?
Bediendenbeats? Of toch eerder ambtenarenrap? In elk geval gaat het
om een opwindende muzikale mix waarin elementen te horen zijn van
pop, rock, noise, industrial, jazz, avantgarde, metal en het
Ook live is Steven H een belevenis… (echt waar, als je hem
aan het werk kan zien, doen!) Tijdens de nooit minder dan
legendarische optredens sneuvelt er al eens iets op het podium en
blijft het publiek steevast compleet verbouwereerd achter.
Over de plaat:
Na vijf jaar van memorabele optredens, diverse
muziekwedstrijden en dolle partycrashes is het nu tijd voor zijn
debuutplaat: Ik, Steven H. Deze 12”-vinylplaat is een co-release
van de Gentse labels Studiomuscle en Smeraldina-Rima. In vijf
nummers neemt Steven H zijn luisteraars op sleeptouw…
Van de instanthit met alles-loopt-fout-thema "’t Zit tegen"
tot het gevoelige R&B-nummer over afwijzing "Te late". Uw mond
zal openvallen van verbazing.
Geef die jongen toch een kanse…
DIY Musicians netlabel started nearly three years ago, as a group that brought
together DIY Musicians on last.fm, and grew to become an
enthousiastic community of artists who began releasing their own
(a track from brunk was featured on compilation '
one' and on '
Now we are looking to start releasing them as paid downloads
and physical CDs via
So we need your help... every pledge, no matter how small,
can help us to make this possible and raise the necessary funds to
release 10 compilations as paid downloads and physical CDs, and on
CD Baby. From there the albums will become available on itunes,
mp3.amazon, rhapsody and other online music distribution sites!
Depending on your gift, you'll receive one or more releases,
digital or/and physical, special thanks or even executive producer
credits! And of course, every pledge gets the eternal gratitude of
all musicians involved in the project!
**** Also important to know: you can
pledge now, but
your card is charged ONLY IF the whole funding succeeds! So if we don't get there, there is no harm is done, it will
cost nobody anything, and if we succeed, it is a win-win situation
since you get your reward! :-) ****
Once you join us, we will include you in our email conversations
so you can see what happens behind the scenes as we take every
album from conception till the time we ship it. By backing us you are not only supporting good music you are
helping talented indie musicians reach greater audiences.
I found this a nice introduction to
brunk (with focus on the '
insert coins to continue' album) on
www.makeahistory.com, a website
dedicated to 'the best of free world'.
This post is a copy from the post there, but I added I more
recent youtube movie for your enjoyment :-)
(PS: funny enough, I'm not familiar with Chenard Walcker,
Felix Cubin or Burrito... so I guess I should check them out!)
brunk: '6 albums'
... zon_in_februari (track from 'winter ep')
"brunk, your finest source for sonic weirdness and musical
mindgames since 1998. Welcome home, citizens of brunkville! Free
the camp. Mind the dead ends and empty roundabouts." Bert
Vanden Berghe (BVB) is a 31-year-old Belgian (Flemish) musician
from Ghent who is known by his aptitude to get embodied into many
Passive Cable Theory are the names as
the most known ones amongst his other projects. He has also
appearing in the lineup of such groups like
Karen Eliot (with Luther Blissett),
SkullyS LandinG. As summarized, all it is a
very diverse stuff, ranging from the examples of alt-folk,
straightforward pop punk and twee-pop to free form guitar
improvisations and noise music.
insert coins to continue LP has been released under
WM Recordings this year, this is an old
album recorded and completed between 2003 and 2006. In some sense
it is a kind of trash one, because the ICTC at first started as a
bunch of leftovers and unfinished ideas. For a while BVB didn't
have definite plans what to do with them, they didn't fit onto any
album he had worked on until then (the albums so lo so fi and none
of the above are mentioned herein). He has done everything on his
own, has played some acoustic parts, bass guitars, a lot of
electric guitar parts, recorded and edited in all kinds of ways,
using an mexican Fender Stratocaster and an modified Epiphone Les
Paul, a cheap acoustic guitar, and a Squier Jazz Bass, also used
some cheap dynamic microphones. Some recorded sounds and voices are
also derived from TV. Some samples are taken from seven-inch vinyl
recordings of some kind of library music - farm animals, car and
plane sounds, weather sounds. In addition of it, there are also
represented scratches, buzzes, crackling.
However, face to face with previous brunk albums it is the
absolutely different one. First 20 seconds consist of a blend of
defective electronica, acoustic guitar touch, spoken word and
ragged guitar riffs which will predict us what will be happening
next – it could describe as in a fashion anti-manifesto per se. A
kind of destructive posture in reference to his previous works as
brunk. Furthermore, some song titles are also marked bellicosely,
or otherwise just have a meaning referring somehow to deflexion
(got it!; carcrash; blitzkrieg; mechanical errors; berror; violence
on tv). At never ever ever, the blasting attack by three first
tracks will be displaced and changed into dreamy mood music, as if
we were back to quiet and melodic brunk again. However, shifts (a
mix of heavy metal riffs and dub guitar), flipperkast dubde wraak
van de kiekens (similar to zip) is dominated by jazz guitar-alike
sound and programmed beats. Indeed, it would be very good chill out
track as well if it had much more longitude to come over us.
The another possibility is just to push “repeat track” button
on, and keep enjoying it... . There run also some floating
bubblegum funk undercurrents (this should be played at high
volume... preferably in a residential area!) being so
characteristic to sampledelic or samplecore music that I am pretty
convinced Bert Vanden Berghe has listened to Chenard Walcker and
Felix Kubin a lot indeed. violence on tv reflects through its sonic
aggressiveness and insane variability the meaning of the song title
at its best. Furthermore, some knotty organ passages and a haunting
orchestration segment have added some odd dimensions to it all.
However, in broader sense, the only artist who might have some
reminiscence to BVB..s recent work is a Russian avant-garde combo
Burrito (especially their doings and tearings around on the album
Fridtjof Nansen (2008/2009). (experimental-fashioned dub with
guitar solos and wah wah effects – one of the best tunes on the
At first sight the ICTC would probably seem to be sounding
too harsh to your consciousness to get broken through to. Indeed,
it is like the tzunami of overloaded information flowing on you at
high speed, destroying and flushing all around you, letting you
live and waiting with dread the coming of the next wall of noise.
The one and only question which could be is – are you able to
channelize all this information into understandable form for
yourself? In fact, the more I listened to it, the more I enjoyed
winter ep[ 2009 ]
4 slow, contemplative and guitar-driven songs with additional
sounds and noises. " ... Very calming, soothing and beauteous. The
perfect release to welcome the spring ... " Recorded februari 2008.
Free release at
Improvisations on guitar + loopstation. Just some very rough,
quick 1-track recordings with an electric guitar (some tele, some
strat) and a loopstation, plugged straight into my audio interface
- I used Cubase + amplitube to record on my laptop. For each track
the guitar is differently detuned in a random way; this way I had
to 'explore' the tuning myself each time while playing. No edits
were made, I preferred not to disguise the very lo-fi & sketchy
character of these tracks.
Free release at
Ouch, sorry - I'm a little bit late with this one...
but I'll post it anyaway because it's great!
Jan Turkenburg, a music teacher, composer and songwriter
from the Netherlands, also known as
Meneer Jan or
Splogman, made a great radio special for
Radio Zero (Lissabon, Portugal), dedicated to Yuri Gagarin:
One hour of dutch and belgian space music... sounds from
other galaxies, and beyond! All kinds of songs related one way or
another to space, astronauts, flying, rockets and... automatic
countdowns ;-) - all beatifully mixed together and presented Jan
This is the playlist of the show:
The Bran Flakes – Countdown to the end [Turkenburg-edit]
Tom Dissevelt – Whirling
Mistral – Starship 109
Kayak – Chance for a lifetime
Spinvis – Astronaut
Jo Smit – De Astronaut [excerpt]
Simon Vinkenoog – The Flying Dutchman
Kid Baltan – Song of the second moon [excerpt]
Batmobile – Amazons from space
Peter Schaap – UFO-naut
De Zingende Fresia’s – Poep
Theo Vaness – Back to the music (Time machine to the
Bolland and Bolland – Spaceman
Benny Vreden’s children choir – Apollo 17 [excerpt]
Gruppo Sportivo – I’m a rocket
Tom Dissevelt – Whirling [excerpt]
René Vis – Space machine
Nieuwe Snaar – Het Heelal (The Universe)
Jan Turkenburg – Help! is there anybody out there?
brunk – automatic countdown
Kid Baltan – Song of the second moon [excerpt]
Jan Turkenburg – Yuri’s trip
Boudewijn de Groot – Captain Decker
Jan Turkenburg & The Meander Big Band & 200 kids of De
Wendakker – In my Spaceship [live]
The brunk track
automatic countdown (with a silly announcement by yours
truly at 51:30...) is taken from the album '
sept 2003', which can be downloaded legally and completely
for free at
WM Recordings: [
here ] - and from the brunk Bandcamp page: [
You can listen/download the podcast [
over here ].
netlabel (a great young netlabel dedicated to people who create music
with a do-it-yourself attidude) just released its third
compilation, and it's another great one!
It features no less then 30 (!) tracks: more then two hours
of great music in all kinds of different styles, a surprising and
eclectic listening experience created by people from all over the
I've got the honour to be featured too: track 17 is a new
brunk song (looking at trees at night).
And the best part: it can all be downloaded legally and
completely for free!
bandcamp page, you can choose your preferred format (f.i. mp3) when you
click on 'Download album'. The download link will then be
sent to your e-mail adress. (Of course you can also listen to the
whole album there or just download individual tracks too):
My last post wasn't really music related, but this one
When the drummer of your band suddenly decides to disappear
or gets struck by lightning (remember Spinal Tap) - don't panic!
Just look out for an old rusty tractor!
Recently I discovered some hilarious youtube videos, and I
decided to post some on my blog now and then. So here's a first
The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient
Weapon by Richard Gale! Funny title you might think, but: it's
exactly what you get! ;-) It's a fake horror movie trailer, which
actually is a short film in it's own right. (Named Best Short Film
of 2009 by Rue Morgue Magazine). So if you like horror movies with
a sense of humour(*), here you go: