48 Hour Film Project Breda – “Gedicht”

Gedicht, or Ode, is the name of the shortfilm we made with Team Doewet again in March 2014. During this project I was the Composer and Sound Designer. The movie needed very atmospherical music with some razor sharp edges. During the Award Ceremony this movie was granted with Best Director and Best Sound Design for which I’m very proud.

El Anterior – Performed on 101 key dance organ

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Over a month ago I told a few of my friends that I wrote book during the holiday, a fictional story based on true events during the establishment of the Peace of Utrecht, the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) and the preceding war. This wasn’t a lie. This book was to be presented on the opening night of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2013 in Museum Speelklok. So I invited these friends to come to my “book presentation”. They did. And when they did, they found out my book wasn’t an ordinary novel. On the contrary:
I wrote an organ book so that a big dance organ (built in 1927) could play my composition, my story. It’s called El Anterior, which means “The Preceding”. I appreciate a little joke from time to time. Luckily, so do my friends! 😀

El Anterior

El Anterior

48-hour Film Project Rotterdam

Today I am participating in the 48-hour Film Festival in Rotterdam. Al of the sound design is done by me. I just finished running around in the forest with some audio recording gear. Now it’s off to the set to record more of the actors there. The movie is called “Weg” which is Dutch for, “Away” or “Gone”. It will be shown in a Rotterdam Cinema and afterwards it shall also be uploaded so I can share it with you.

The re-edit of our movie is online! I was responsible for the sound design in this short, and also the end credit music. Alas, no English subtitles.

“Unusual” songs

Using several music-technological tools I am creating a serie of so called unusual songs. Two of them are already audible on my Soundcloud page.

  • For “Beautiful Thief” I used Max to create a simple granular synthesizer, which I controlled using a light sensor with a lamp to scroll through a vocal sample and a single fader to set the length of the grains.
  • “Set Me Free” is a serial composition using phasing as a composition technique.
  • The harmony of “Lit” is solely dependent on a simple algorithm that was based on an analysis of the harmonic lines of a series of Bulgarian folk songs. Later I found out this was an existing technique called Markov Chaining. I made it in Max so that I could directly import the midi induced chords in my DAW.
Harmonic algorhythm

Markov Chaining Harmony

Prize won for composition for organ!

I’m very happy to share with you that the jury and also the audience voted for me to win both prizes in the composition competition in Museum Speelklok last week. I won a passe-partout to the Gaudeamus Feestweek where at the opening my last composition, Gypsy Travel, will be played on the fairground organ De Schuyt. I also won the privilege to compose another piece for another organ for 500 euros. Thanks to all my friends for their support!
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