Techno Classic s - Mix 1 - September 08, 2017

I am glad to share ‘Techno Classics - Mix 1’ recorded last week. Today the mix was transfered to a charming tape cassette. By this I am glad to have installed the tape recorder again. The reel to reel is ready also - being open minded again to make a few tape works. My father cleaned and serviced it, the reel to reel machine is about 50 years old. This mix is on tape cassette, type2 but I need to add, it sounds rough and you need to be in the mood for this. I'll make it up with some other mixes, contemporary works and more proper recorded. I do love the tape directly from the medium much better than this rerecorded version (digitalised version - this one). Maby I'll make another try.

The set is straight forward with the use of 3 decks and the likes of Steve Bicknell, Scorp, James Ruskin (Steve Rachmad remixed), The Advent, Regis, Chris Liebing, Steve Stoll, Jeff Mills and others. Next sets will be coming soon and other mixes. As last I hope to share new own works soon. I’ve recorded quite a lot of live tracks the last months and currently going through them. There are a few favourites found so far. Expect much more techno again to come in general. After the mixes I will be fully focussing on my own work but I am enjoying the decks these few last weeks. Also I feel to put back what I took away, starting with this one. There will always be a work section based on drone/experimental/film score of course, I need both.. like at this time in the website album, this kind of stuff. It is possible to wait a moment untill the mix loads properly. 

Feel free to share and download. Thanks much for listening people.

Genre: Techno/ DJ set

Duration: 50 Minutes

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Website Updated - August 20, 2017

The website is updated after a long while and I hopefully will be more active again here. The website has been neglected much for that time being. Expect more music and activity to come. A lot of ideas where made however during the past months without planning out something specific. I have been searching new things for the studio - activity in other ways, people don't see or hear perse but is often the heart of everything. I found a few new signal processors and some other stuff. I very much like the tube echo I've found.

Another thing would be, not so important in the context of what I do but in regards to the older post (previous post about Ondes, for who cares); I've met with Chris Maene. I noticed right away that it wasn't the Ondes Martenot but it is the Ondioline (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondioline). Both have a speaker yes, wich must've been the confusion. They are similar and I was equally impressed. The Ondioline is one of the first synths built, roughly speaking. Truly an honour to see it. Sadly it is in very rough condition and should be serviced. Much congratulations to Chris. Impressive museum pieces, hats off.

To end this news, I also announce you to start the building of a new waterphone wich had to be postponed way too long. Hopefully the project can be posted in some months from here. The reason is mostly because I want to compliment it with the other two waterphones, this one should be based on 1 bended tone. Like with monophonic synths, they appear to sound very similar to eachother but in truth they all have much difference in sound character. Hopefully me and my Father can end this project equally like the previous. In short, more stuff to come again!

 

The Horror Waterphone - September 09, 2016

Me and my Father made another Waterphone a while back but this new one is much better. I chose the materials with thought. They are rich in quality and sound. The welding was difficult, the materials are hard to weld well together. The waiting is rewarding. The sound is rather cinematic and I often miss these deep long tones that can sound like a horn (Listen to the Megabass Waterphone for example). My echo has a shorter decay but in some way warmer, simply put it sounds different. The echo grows a lot though when bowing all rods simultaneously and repeatedly. My hunch is that, this is due that it's not flattened. Lesser is; the instrument has quite a weight but it is a lush studio instrument undoubtedly, should make a fitting stand..

Some waterharps are called the 'The Whaler', 'The Megabass', 'Orca' etc. I decided to call this one 'The Horror Waterphone' because simply that is how it sounds, ha! A Waterphone is known to sound eerie allready but you get the idea. 

Thank you Richard Waters, inventor of the Waterphone. - true honour to play the waterphone and being part of a small family of waterphonists. Thank you.

(RIP. Richard Waters - sept. 9, 1935 - July 4, 2013.)

 

Ondes - June 30, 2016

Recently my sis got married, hurrah! I spoke to the father of my brother in law. He is Chris Maene, piano builder. He makes replicas of antique pianos for the most and recently he designed the new instrument for a very known person in the classical music scene. Often he comes in the news and such but this has nothing to do with me! ;)

Shy to speak to the man, I mentioned the Ondes Martenot. He said "..that is the instrument with the speaker...isn't it?" I answer, that's correct. He answered "I have one in my museum", I understood it was given to his father, Albert Maene who was piano builder before him. I am invited to go over and record some sounds with my brother in law. Curious what I could do with the sounds. The Ondes is a beautiful instrument and would be very much a privilege to play on one. There are probably but a few left of these in Belgium if not only one. 

Here's some info about Maene for who is interested and a link about the instrument: 

http://www.maene.be/nl/over-maene/geschiedenis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondes_Martenot

 

 

Stringed Instrument (prototype) - June 19, 2016

A while back (close to last year I think) I handcrafted an instrument. The idea came because of an old guitar that we had. I used the humbuckers from this and started to "design" with pen and paper. Then with cardboard I drew measurements at real scale, so it started. The idea is to do it over and bring better aspects to the shape of the design, building with more elegance, better wood and finish etc., also smaller, should be more pleasant too to play it. Here it is for now, it can create beautiful drone sounds wich was my idea but becomes a mess easily too because of the string positions. The strings are made from bronze. My Father helped me when I started to string it up. The pull is a lot of force and is not to be underestimated, wich I did. It would had eventually bow. My idea was good too but he made a metal shape to hold inside wich is way stronger. I have many design idea's and I do them but still need to learn more about metal construction. :)

Still no name but it sounds sometimes like something deep..and creepy often.

The instrument needs to be played through echo/ reverberation. 


Past and memories.