Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sounds of the Day #24/2017: Bernard Stiegler (24) ,Radboud Mens (1-3), Jeroen Diepenmaat (1-7)

Bernard Stiegler - Economie, écologie, anthropie et néguanthropie (I/2017)

Radboud Mens - Test Tones (2016)

Radboud Mens Three Linear Studies Of Cross-Synthesis (2016)

Radboud Mens -Cycle (2015)

Jeroen DiepenmaatCR..... (2016)
The turntables are enhanced with white horns with long needles. These are used to play the discs, according to a code. Each disc has a unique code on the cover that instructs the players how to play the disc: at what speed, with which needle and how many laps. During the three performances each disc is used only once. Together, the four players use 40 discs for one performance. This makes each performance unpredictable and different. After the performance the used discs are for sale. Now the codes on the cover not only function as a score for the players, but also as a download code for the buyer. By sending the code you get the recordings and photographs of the three performances. This way the disc is an instrument, a piece of art and an audio carrier at the same time.

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Drums for Eugène (2016)
In the basement of the library I came across a little book together with a 7" record. The book is titled 'De muziek van de mens' (The music of man) and it was written by Eugène Brands, one of the Cobra painters. The book describes world music and the 7" has audio fragments to illustrate the diversity and richness of music from all continents. Brands was a cognoscente of world music and old jazz and blues. A radio documentary recently broadcasted by VPRO program Urubichadie, reveals how dedicated and serious he was looking for new sounds, and how he also liked to share them. In response to both the music and the text I made a series of linocuts which now serve as a cover for my CD 'Drums for Eugène'. The music on the CD also refers to Eugène Brands. The jazzy drums of the first two tracks shift constantly and create new rhythms and patterns. Very much like the patterns in traditional African music. In 'Drums for Eugène' the rhythms originate from two identical 7" records playing simultaneously. This 7" record is titled 'Philicorda Rhythm Record'. A minimal difference in playback speed causes the drums to play in synch, shift out of synch or play offbeat. After which they slowly interweave again and sound exactly the same at some points. It's a surprising listening experience, where a curious ear can make all kinds of discoveries, both rhythmically and in sound, tone and timbre. I secretly assume that Eugène Brands would have appreciated such an auditory journey." - Jeroen Diepenmaat

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Frayed Air (S.1a)  (2016)

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Frayed Air (S.1b)  (2016)

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Frayed Air (S.1c)  (2016)

The Frayed Air albums (S.1a, S.1b and S.1c) are the record of three live performances by Jeroen Diepenmaat at the 'Muziek bij de Buren' festival in De Perifeer. During these performances grooves are made in one side of blank vinyl records, while playing simultaneously on four turntables, using knives and sand paper. Thus Jeroen Diepenmaat physically sculpts a live soundscape with a gradual accumulation of subtle pops, clicks, hiss and noise, occasionally using additional sounds from pre-recorded vinyl. The result is extremely meditative, ingenious and beautiful. Afterwards the recordings of these concerts are cut on the other side of the same blank vinyl that was used as an instrument during the performance. This makes all three Frayed Air albums totally unique and directly linked to the live experience where they originated; they are a concert registration and an instrument united in one object. Frayed Air comes on black 12" vinyl in a white outer sleeve and a green inner sleeve, both laser cut. The release details are hand written on the back by Jeroen Diepenmaat.

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Knip/Plak. Ep 1 (2016)
cutting up flexidiscs to record new rythmic sounds.

Jeroen Diepenmaat - Knip/Plak. Ep 1 (2016)

Second release in the KNIP/PLAK-series. This time the flexi-discs are cut up and pasted together to create a slow moving universe of sound. Three recordplayers and a bunch of flexidiscs are used during recording, also scissors and tape. Besides the digital release there's the limited physical release shaped like a little book in a cardboard box.

Jeroen Diepenmaat - KA .... (2016)