Thursday, October 29, 2009
A small two date tour took Kapotte Muziek to Hamburg and Emden, along with Beequeen and Small Cruel Party. The Flora, or Rote Flora, was an old squat in Hamburg and still exists today. This show was organised by Thomas Beck, who would later release the split LP by Beequeen/Kapotte Muziek on his Wachsender Prozess label (we come to that when we post something about the concert that was released then) and is the second post-US tour where Peter Duimelinks and me played together for the first time. That makes 1993 the busiest year of gigging, with 21 concerts as Kapotte Muziek. You can download the music, but no image, photo or flyer, did survive in the archive. All I remember the Flora was pretty cold. Players were: Peter Duimelinks and Frans de Waard. Gig 19: Flora, Hamburg, Germany
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a contribution to a thematic compilation cassette released by Luis Mesa on his IEP tapes, all dealing with the human voice. I am not sure if this link includes the scan of the booklet. Its a nice tape. My contribution consists of a loop saying 'De Stem' ('the voice') and some sped-up and slowed down sound.
Kapot Produkt 48: 'De Stem' on Registro De Voces (c60 - Okt.1987 - ed. of 150 copies)
Iep Tapes 108
(Booklet with one visual from Kapotte Muziek)
In the past we have done a few gigs for Ben Schot, an artist from Rotterdam and who runs the publishing house Sea Urchin. We played once as Death Pact for him in Den Haag, and three times with Kapotte Muziek. This particular gigs was at the museum Boymans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, when he presented a Dutch translation of 'Les Champs Magnetiques' by Andre Breton. He asked us to deliver a live soundtrack to 'Un Chien Andalou' by Luis Bunuel. The night before we watched this movie (about 14 minutes) a few times and talked what we should do. I think we delivered quite a good piece that afternoon, but we can't validate my statement: it was not recorded. So therefore nothing to download today.
Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard. Gig 82: Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Friday, October 23, 2009
In those days music merged often with mail-art, and one of the mail artists I was in contact was Klaus Groh. He released a whole bunch of compilation cassettes with various themes. Since a friend made me an electronic bird of which you could alter the sound by turning a knob on the schematics, I did this one piece for the compilation called 'Birds'. On the cover it says Frans de Waard, but it should have been Kapotte Muziek. This online version is unindexed, and listening to this piece now makes me indeed which excatly was my piece.
Kapot Produkt 21: Untitled Cut on Birds (c60 - Oct 1986) Audio Edition Ammerland aea 6
(The cover says Frans de Waard, but this has to be Kapotte Muziek)
Oddly enough, following last week's workshop in 2005, the next workshop we did was this one, in the same place. This time with only three participants. Last year I already posted something on my personal blog and here is the link again with full recordings of the concert and the field recordings. Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard, plus participants of the workshop, Sybille and Till if I remember correctly, plus a third person whose name I don't know. Gig 105: Kulturbunker Muhlheim, Koln, Germany
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is the first post that has two XX's in it. This means it was released in October, 1986 to be precise, but there is not exact date. Soon there will be also posts with XX-XX, meaning I don't even know the month of the release. I guess I just was never a good person to keep a diary. So it goes. So in October 1986 this short compilation cassette was released by Heer PJ, the person who did a really nice magazine called Ha! Fijn? with stories, comics and such like. Issue 8.15 refers to the 15 minute tape that was included, copied on a computer tape (which had no start leader, and were used to store computer programs on), and all tracks are pretty short. There is a guy locally who borrowed once a whole bunch of compilations with Kapotte Muziek, so for many of these posts I will refer to his site. Get this compilation here. No scans however of the magazine, which is a pity, but in his defense: this is a difficult one to scan.
Kapot Produkt 41: 'Killing Komputer Kontakt' on Dadadatatape (c15 - Oct. 1986)
(Comes with a magazine called Ha! Fijn ? 8.15 with mail art from Kapotte Muziek)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
In 1997 Kapotte Muziek did their first workshop, but that was late september so it will take a while before we talk about that. Today we have work from a workshop we did at the Kulturbunker Muhlheim in Cologne in 2005, organised by a true supporter of Kapotte Muziek, the ever lovely Till Kniola. There were more or less six or seven participants that day. A workshop starts at 11:00 in the morning with a general introduction (by me) on Kapotte Muziek and some examples of electro-acoustic music, then Roel explains how to make a contact microphone, which participants then make two of them themselves and Peter explains making field recordings. Then the participants go outside and find whatever junk to play on and do some field recordings. When they arrive back, the junk is connected to contactmicrophones and checked out for the sound quality and we all listen to the field recordings. There is a bit of a rehearsal and in the evening we play one or two short concerts with them and then Kapotte Muziek plays solo. In this zip file you'll find MP3 of the concerts (the first three pieces) and six field recordings. It was the first time I used a new laptop to record on and something went wrong adding some distortion to the sound, but no doubt some will like that. A few pictures are enclosed as well. The one here shows Till Kniola (left) and Roel Meelkop (right). Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard, plus participants of the workshop whose names I no longer have. Gig 95: Kulturbunker Muhlheim, Koln, Germany
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The idea behind this compilation was simple: you pay a certain amount of money and get in exchange a certain amount of time on a compilation. Stichting Muziek Nieuws were not the first to such a thing: '17 to 7 on 33', the 7" by Plurex started all of this (the band behind Stichting Muziek Nieuws, ORDUC, was on there as well), and also Stichting Stopcontact did records like (including Kapotte Muziek, as we will see later). I usually didn't have that much money, so I bought only one or two minutes. Here an one minute track, called 'Informatica' (which can be downloaded asan .aif actually). The whole album can be found here. Stichting Muziek Nieuws would later release the very first LP by Kapotte Muziek.
This is one of those concerts where my memory is insufficient! I don't remember this particular gig at all. It was in Nighttown in Rotterdam and it might have very well be that concert where we played some short pieces with various people (whose names I don't know anymore) from the Rotterdam Improvisatie Poel, mainly wind instruments. We all played as the audience left to see a concert in another space, and repeated that for, I think, three times. So three short concerts. This recording may very well be just Kapotte Muziek, as the others played acoustically. Part of a bigger event, but it eludes me who else played. Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard. Gig 40: Nighttown, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
you can download this concert
you can download this concert
Friday, October 9, 2009
On August 21st 1999 my father passed away, and he was the one who gave me the name Kapotte Muziek for all music that I played and he hated. That stuck (in various ways), but it sounded good as a bandname. Normally I'd like to think that all music Kapotte Muziek plays - at least for the good part of the 25 years - is absolute music, i.e. music that has no 'programm' (politically, poetically etc.). That division comes from classical music - a subject dear to my father. So when we played at De Kelk in Brugge a few months later, we decided to play a kind of 'In Memoriam' for my father. Programm music, dealing with silence. My mother came - the only concert she ever from me, and my father never went - and thought it was 'nice, save for the louder bits which happened every now and then'. I do remember it was part of a festival, but I forgot who else played, probably Klangkrieg, as I remember Felix being there, as well as Uli Rehberg. Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard. Gig 59: De Kelk, Brugge, Belgium.
you can download this concert
you can download this concert
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Gig number 94 this is, Kapotte Muziek at Broeinest in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. A small venue, or gallery... I couldn't work it out. It was organised by our old friend DMDN (of Midas Music), who was DJ during the evening and who played with us on for about 1/3 of the concert - the last third part. Also playing that night was Jos Smolders, who was brilliant. He made a live recording using a binaural system and I made a line recording. Jos stuck both recordings together and released them on his own Ear Labs website, where they can still be downloaded. I think Chrissy, Jos' lovely daughter, took this rather odd picture. A great recording! Players were: Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop, Frans de Waard and DJ DMDN.
Friday, October 2, 2009
In October 1989 Merzbow visited The Netherlands by invitation of V2 (where I was a volunteer back then) to play three concerts: at V2, one at Ekko in Utrecht and one in Diogenes in Nijmegen. Diogenes was a student club with too much money to burn from last night boozing, so they organized the most crazy events. That particular week they had a perversity festival. The Haters played, Die Form also and an incredible film night which was much rumored about, but in fact not many people saw - I was there. Anyway Merzbow played on tuesday as a duo (Masami Akita & Reiko), since K. Mizutani was to arrive later - he went along to the fourth concert, in Bordeaux. Tuesday was also the day I had my radio programm at the local illegal radio station, Radio Rataplan. Masmai agreed to play a concert with me, as Kapotte Muziek, roughly about forty minutes. Freek Kinkelaar was the engineer, popping in some tapes by Emil Beaulieu and SBOTHI. I played a small cassette recorder, Masami on the sound effects. The picture you see is from the concert, I think it taken by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen. On the left of me is Peter Duimelinks. Reiko was also present, Freek at the controls sat next to Peter, not on the picture. The flyer below is the original - like many you will see on this blog, the original glued one with marks (historical documents only please) and was spread around town. The show was taped, at home, from radio (since the station had no means of recording) by Koen van Oosterhout (Prilius Lacus). The first twenty minutes ended up on side A of 'Documentation/Collaboration', the LP by Merzbow Kapotte Muziek I released soon after. The b-side has further 'recyclings' of side A - recycling being the hot term for what is now called remixing. The tape I took to France, where THU20 played (with me in the line-up) later that week, and was used a backing tape for their concert (released as Merzbow/THU20 LP by Midas Music later)
Unfortunately, for you, I am not offering this as a download, not the LP nor the concert. I still have plans to do a 3CD set with the entire concert recording, the b-side of the LP, the LP 'Continuum' and the cassette we did,plus a few compilation tracks. In the pipeline for years, but it will come, eventually. Both LPs can be found here.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Last week Alex from Gonzo Circus did a test with me, playing me records which I had to guess and discuss. It will be part of the next issue of Gonzo Circus. His first question, how can you be so sure it was October 1st 1984 that you started Kapotte Muziek. This history lesson starts with a well-known, since it has been told before: In 1983 I compiled 'De Nederlandse Cassette Catalogus' (which deservs a blog of its own) and send out copies to various people, one being Graf Haufen, who had his own label, magazine, group and what not, and was a bit of hero. He released a cassette compilation, called Katacombe (actually two volumes already), and was impressed by my catalogue of Dutch labels, and asked me to compile a cassette with only Dutch hardcore electronics, which I did. In hindsight I don't think its that much hardcore electronic on that tape, but that's a different story. In any case, I thought it would be nice to add a piece of music of myself, and used whatever time was available at the end of the tape, one minute. I took all alarm bells I could find in the house and set them to the same time, and recorded the sound. Not a great piece, but on this compilation it works quite well. I decided to call the band Kapotte Muziek, since it was a term my father used quite a lot of qualify all music I heard, and the piece has no title, but, in spirit of what was fashion in those days, it also said 'Kapot Produkt 1'. The cassette got a good review in Muziekkrant Oor, and Staalplaat picked up on it, and sold quite a few copies.
The cover shown here (click on it to enlarge) is the original cover of the release on Schrei Records, and it mentions Korm Plastics also a co-label. Later on it was re-issued by Industria Tepa, another short lived label I ran and released on CDR in 1999 by Korm Plastics (when working for Staalplaat, maybe its still available from them). Its not online, but you can download that first, untitled piece here.