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File under: AmbientMinimalism

Telesoniek Atelier

A Selection Of Improvisations 1989-2017 (2LP)

Label: not on label

Format: 2LP

Genre: Electronic

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Telesoniek Atelier is the nom d’artiste of Dutch audiovisual explorer and electronic music sorcerer Hans Kulk, who’s been steadily carving a name for himself in Dutch art circles while constantly shining a light on the electronic music pioneers that came before him. ‘A Selection of Improvisations’ brings together some of his work of the last quarter of a century, veering back and forth between avantgarde classical music (the post-Bachian opener ‘Chateauroux’, ‘Oberheim Impro’), thoughtful minimalism (‘A Prophet Oberheim Impro’), emotive ambient (the wonderfully understated ‘I Am’ and the Klaus Schulze-dedicated ‘Gruesse an KS’) and eerie retro-futuristic soundscapes (‘Improvisatie’, ‘Montage De L’Histoire’). It’s a varied bunch that’s so heartbreakingly beautiful you can’t help but wonder why none of this was ever released before.

“There was never much focus on recording quality - I was interested only in capturing the momentary musical idea improvised on those great SCI, Oberheim and ARP instruments”, Kulk humbly states in the liner notes of this beautifully designed double album. While he’s obviously selling himself short here - ‘Improvisations’ sounds great from start to finish and that can't be solely attributed to the expert mastering of Frédéric Alstadt - it’s this sense of selflessness and unpretentiousness that makes this such a thrilling ride. The music speaks for itself here and it speaks volumes.

"Fascinating improvs.  I loved 'Gruesse'. "  Suzanne Ciani (Atmospheric, USA)

"Beautiful music with real subtlety and depth” Anthony Child (Surgeon, Transcendence Orchestra, UK)

"Lovely, pure synth music." Mark Pritchard (Warp Records, UK)

"The phenomenon of the sound and music created here is very mysterious. These pieces of music, created without any intention of being published, reached my ears without warning. Of course, this happened because I have lived a life devoted to a certain kind of music, but there is a chance I would never have listened to them in my life. But, they came to me. Now they play over and over in my listening space - blending into the air that surrounds me. Vibrating. It is as if they had always been there from a long time ago."  
Chee Shimizu (Organic Music, Japan)

"Absolutely love Chateauroux .... I love all of it!" Maria Somerville (4AD Records / NTS Radio Earlybird Show, IRE) 

"Chateuroux is mighty... A proper zoner. Flung on earth." John T. Gast (UK)

"This is a great release by Telesoniek Atelier - a musician unknown to me before now. I've been thoroughly enjoying playing this double vinyl release since i got it. Both discs are filled with amazing music that moves between abstract electronic experiments to melodic, DMT bent sounding, classical contemporary music and futuristic soundtracks from non-existing Sci Fi movies you'll wish you could see. It time-warps you from here to there then freezes the moment. It all sounds like its been taken straight from the ancient room .. you know, that one where the spirits of the great teachers live. This is very focused, unpretentious and highly emotive music . A wonderful and dreamy sound garden coming from what I imagine to be a beautiful mind . These discs will be camping out on my turntables for a while."   Tako Reyenga (Music From Memory, NL)

"Completely knocked out while experiencing this blissful minimalism. I feel covered in the circularly enveloping tones of the Oberheim synths - like i have been time-warped.
I hope his music reaches the world." Dubby (Ondas, Japan)

"A deep sense of the symphonic permeates this record. While synthesizers form the basis of its sound, Hans Kulk shapes their timbre into uncanny acoustics and weaves them together like an orchestra. Just when you think you have understood what is happening, another layer reveals itself. Yet it keeps a floating sense of lightness throughout. A truly rewarding listening experience."  Hainbach (DE)

Details
File under: AmbientMinimalism
Cat. number: HK 001
Year: 2022
Notes:
Liner Notes: Full Liner Notes: A1: Chateauroux A reflection on a two-day trip by traditional sailing boat on the Ijsselmeer. Instruments: SCI Prophet 10 sequence (non-transposed); played Godwin SC organ. Year: 2007 A2: Prophet 10 Minimal Suite part 2 Instrument: SCI Prophet 10 sequence played (transposed); additional P10 output-channel through wah-wah pedal; field recordings. Year: 2015 B1: A Prophet Oberheim Impro Instruments: SCI Prophet 10; Oberheim SEM 8-voice. Year: 200 B2: I Am Instrument: SCI Prophet 10 sequence (non-transposed) with additional playing. Year: 2002 C1: Gruesse an KS Inspired by and dedicated to the all time analog sequence master Klaus Schulze. Instrument: SCI Prophet 10 sequence played (transposed). Year: 2017 C2: Improvisatie Instruments: Oberheim SEM 8-voice solo. Year: 2011 C3: Hope Instruments: SCI Prophet 10 cluster; P10 upper/lower outputs processed by 4 VCAs and 4 EGs of the ARP 2500; Short-Wave receiver. Year: 2002 D1: Oberheim Impro Instruments: Oberheim SEM 8 Voice programmed for multi-timbral voices; voice assignment mode on 'continues'. Year: 2005 D2: Montage de l'Histoire Edited and processed years later for Project MMN with photographer Marcus Peters and author Louis Jongeleen, presented at Noorderlicht International Photo Manifestation 2017 Groningen/Assen. Instruments: SCI Prophet 10 sequence; SCI Pro One sequence; both clocked randomly, rate manually controlled; Echolette tape echo. Year: 1991/2017 D3: Symphonisch Sounds both played and mixed on the ARP instruments using only the controls. Instruments: ARP 2500; ARP 2600; Self-built mix-controller; Echolette tape echo. Year: 1989 Over the years I've employed various mixing and recording methods: self-built passive mixers combined with the voltage processors of the ARP 2600; MM mixer; Mackie mixer; A&H GL-2 mixer, various tape cassette recorders ; Fostex 8-track tape recorder; Tascam CDR recorder; Zoom R16 HD Recorder; Macbook through a Focusrite interface. There was never much focus on recording quality - I was interested only in capturing the momentary musical idea improvised on those great SCI, Oberheim and ARP instruments. All instruments were played using CV foot pedals for overall expression, in addition to knob and wheel parameter controls. Most of the time the Prophet 10 was played in 'double mode' meaning the upper and lower voices are coupled. The Prophet 10 sequence transpose software has a unique bug; the sequence can be transposed chromatically. However in that mode the played notes on the lower keyboard are transposed in whole tones only. So specific voicings are needed which have been used musically. In 2021 I made small edits of most tracks in Reaper for this release. Everything played, recorded, produced & edited by Hans Kulk My sincere gratitude for this release initiative to my Willem Twee studios friends Mark Cremins, Rikkert Brok and Mitchell Van Dinther. Special thanks for all the support and space from my wife Ellen, our daughter Evelien, and my parents Wil and Aad.