**numbered edition of 25 copies** "These Pieces are the Result of a long Process which lasted ten Years or more. I’ve been in Touch with Jon off and on, exchanging Music for each to work on. Working on Tracks and leaving them to rest. On the Surface, nothing much happened. The Music was somewhere filed up, almost forgotten. We didn’t make music together for Years to come. Then early 2018 there was a sudden Breakthrough. The Pieces now published on this LP are the Result from this... I strongly see a great Analogy with certain alchemic and hermetic Processes. In Hermetism there’s the Process of slow cooking. Cooking the content of a Pot, with the Lid on, to preserve it’s full Potency and to build up Power. The Content of the Pot is mixed, transformed, sublimated without anyone seeing it, or being aware of it. The Lid is only taken off when the Content is ready. The same Process was applied to my Collaboration with Jon Mueller, without us being aware... Time had silently transformed and sublimated our Collaboration. Roasting the Salamander, thus transforming the Prima Materia." - Raymond Dijkstra
Jon Mueller has been a Drummer and Percussionist since 1985. In 1990, he studied Music Theory at Columbia College and took private Drum Lessons from Hal Russell. In 2018, he took private Voice Lessons from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. Covering a Variety of Genres and Techniques over the Years, his aim has been to use Drums, Percussion and Sound as a Way to express something felt but not easily defined. Audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United Kingdom have described his Performances as ‘cathartic’, ‘intense,’ and ‘meditative’. Notable solo Performances have taken Place at the Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, SXSW, Alverno Presents, Hopscotch Fest, and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. From 1999 – 2009 he owned the Recording Label and Promotion Company Crouton, which published and promoted over 40 Releases in deluxe Presentations from Artists out of the Avant Garde. Crouton also organized Events in the Milwaukee and Chicago Areas with Artists from around the World. These were documented by the Press and even filmed as Part of a PBS Documentary on Jazz Musician Ken Vandermark. Mueller has given Talks about Listening and Creativity at Loyola University, Viva! Art Action, Translator Lab, Wesleyan University, and PechaKucha. He has published two Works of Fiction, Pianobread and Endings, and contributed Non-Fiction Writing to ChangeThis, Pear Noir!, and more.
Raymond Dijkstra is a Multidisciplinary Artist working in the Fields of Music and Visual Art. His Discography entails over 120 Titles of mostly Vinyl Records. Between 2008-now he has been working on an ungoing Catalogue of 3″ and 5″ Vinyl Records, published by Editions Le Souffleur. These miniature Music Pieces of 1 minute (on 3″) and 2,5 minute (on 5″) comprise Music only made with Acoustic Instruments and Acoustic Found or Household Objects, without any use of Audio Effects, thus creating A Musique Brut Type of Music, which Dijkstra likes to designate as Expressionist Music. These Experimental Acoustic Pieces (till this date 58 in total of which some contain up to 3 or 9 Records per Title) form together Raymond Dijkstra’s ‘Catalogue du Bruit’ (Noise Catalogue). Each Title came with Handmade Hardcover Mini Boxes and a Wooden Dowel attached to the Innersleeves; as well as Handmade Artwork, often including Collage and sometimes Needle and thread, and even a Box with Mackerel Fish Skin (which innerflesh had been previously devoured by Dijkstra and after this was dried for over half a year) among others. Dijkstra sees Catalogue du Bruit as the Centrework in his œuvre of which all different Branches of his Art and Music grows. His Music ranges from the aforementioned Musique Brut to different Types of Electronic Music. In his Electronic Music he has rarely used normal Synthesizers but prefers to work with 1950’s and 60’s Tube Oscillators and Filters.
Handmade Artwork by Raymond Dijkstra and Jon Mueller. Signed by the Artists. Raymond Dijkstra Artwork: Gatefold Cover of Grey Cardboard with Construktivist and Cubist handdrawn Pencil Lines / Thread and Needle. Jon Mueller Artwork: Green/Black Mat Board, Black and Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint, Photo Corners, Pure Essential Oil, Poly Sleeve. Improvised Symbols on Each Cover were executed using Broom Stick Fibers. Each copy is different.