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Frans de Waard

Klankschap 1999-2005

Label: ZANG RECORDS

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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The second solo CD under his own name, following the widely acclaimed 'Vijf Profielen'. Six pieces from the period 1995-2005 dealing with field recordings and sparse electronic processing. 'This disc consists of 6 pieces, all realized between 2002 and 2005, despite the title. It's bookended by 2 short pieces called Werkplaats #1 and Werkplaats #2, both derived from older Kapotte Muziek workshops. Both of these splurts out some manipulated machine sounds and odd electronic treatments and work well as intro and outro. The second piece is entitled Klankschap #9 and in this piece we're literally exposed to the elements. The 20 minute piece is based around field recordings of running water, which I guess is a waterfall or a river, and howling wind crashing against the microphone. It's a tricky business to capture sounds from a specific environment and release them in a new sonic terrain. The sounds are recontextualized, ultimately transformed into new sonic values, but there's always the danger that the link between what it once meant and its new life is missing. The other approach to this problem, is of course, as we all know, to just set the sounds free. As music concrete, this piece doesn't quite do it for me. And sticking to the first approach, I seem to somehow be missing that link here. However, Epitaph, based on recordings by the late John Waterman is great. Somewhat threatening drone sounds, like they are coming from inside a floatation tank or some kind of a pressure chamber are combined with bursts of static. Klankschap #2 is based on recordings from a shop in Tokyo, and later revised in 2007. Crunching and thumping sounds, like a piece of sandpaper is played on a turntable, are followed by high-pitched electronics that becomes quite unpleasant. The static that comes in halfway through has the effect of highly needed summer rain on dry stinking asphalt. The piece ebbs and flows with some treated field recordings combined with what sounds like manipulated turntables. Great piece. Equally great is Ramp from 2002, constructed from pieces of recordings from the US by de Waard, Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop, Jason Talbot and Howard Stelzer, the latter one of which de Waard definitely shares a similar sonic aesthetics. Expertly mixed, this piece is crackling away, like electronic insects hovering in the humid air in a rainforest jungle on an alien planet. De Waards second proper CD release is certainly intriguing, the pieces are fresh sounding and balanced, dynamic and expertly mixed. Somehow the second piece that is largely based on rather pure field recordings fails to engage me. Still highly recommended to anyone interested in fresh sounding electronic compositions from the world of klankscapes rather than klangfarben.' (Review by Sindre Bjerga, Vital Weekly)
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Cat. number: z 023
Year: 2010