Monday, March 31, 2008

Postcard 7inch

Finally the new and first ever Idea Fire Company 7" Postcard arrived today. It's released by Entr'acte in the UK, and it was recorded at my studio in 2005. Karla, Scott and me rehearsed for the IFCO tour there and everything was recorded. From the various takes of the various songs I melted together these two tracks, which I'm particularly proud of. Two hundred copies have been, so it will not chart on mTV, I guess, but who cares.
On My Own Little Label I released a 3" by Freiband, called Capture, which is a remix of the Audioscoop 2LP. It turned out quite nice also.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Take me for a ride

What a day, oh dear diary. First I received the printwork for The Hafler Trio's 'Dislocation' which looks great. Than Idea Fire Company's Island Of Taste LP arrives, which also looks and sound great. Then the phone rings:

(US female voice): "do you have the e-mail address"
(me): "yes, m'am" (always polite on the phone, never in real life)
(US female voice): "you won a free trip to florida and bahamas. you'll be staying in the radison, go on a cruise, go disney ('one day i'll take you to disney land, boyd'), universal studios, free food. Just buy your plane ticket and the rest is free'
(me, innocent): "really?"
(me, flabbergast): "gosh"
(US female voice): "isn't that great"
(small talk continues for 10 minutes on how exciting this all is)
(US female voice): "I'll put through to my co-worker to run some details"

(US male voice, much more down to earth): "yes, Frans, I'm taking you through your coordinates"
(me, sky high): "ok"
(US male voice): "you have buy an insurance today for only 998 us dollars, which is, well, hum, exactly 600 euros, but its for up to 4 persons"
(me, going down): "and just for myself?"
(US male voice): "that would still be 998"
(me, hitting ground): "well, i can't spend that money today"
(US male voice): "goodb" - phone disconnects

God Damn America - I love it. Hey, Scott, God bless Captain Black.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Maastricht Rules!

It's hearth warming (like a campfire) to see all the positive feedback on my 'I hate Galleries' post and Eindhoven: are you there and still not listening? I was in Maastricht last friday to present the Audioscoop 2LP set via small talk and some live music, and if it wasn't something that I didn't know, I could call this 'to hear a pin drop'. Eindhoven, are you listening? People like music and want to shut up. Nice evening there in Maastricht with some excellent performances of Titmachine, Rene SG (with whom the party continued well beyond closing time), Staplerfahrer and Feedback Society. The Audioscoop 2LP has a track by Kapotte Muziek as well as Asmus Tietchens, Andrea Neumann, MSBR, Sudden Infant and such like and is a very nice one. The remix I created will be released as a 3"CDR on My Own Little Label.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


An Oahu is an acoustic lapsteel guitar, named after one of the Islands of Hawaii. My friend Martin Luiten has one and he provided a bit of playing the instrument to me and Rutger Zuydervelt, a.k.a Machinefabriek. We have been reworking the material into bits of thirty seconds which we bounced back and forth until we had enough rough material. It's hard to believe, but I completed my mix on Janaury 6th (Rutger some days before that), and today the finished CD land on my doorstep. Released by Low Point, with a nice Rutger cover. The original Martin track opens up, then it's me, then Rutger. I am amazed by this speed and it's actually a great CD too. I have some copies to sell!
With Martin I am working on some new music to, real time guitar playing and real time laptop. We are now mixing it and most likely we'll use the name Pick Up for our project.
This friday I'll be playing in Maastricht at the presentation of the 2LP compilation 'Audioscoop'. I am part of the official side of it, will speak a few words and do a sort of remix of the album - if i can get things finished before that. Kapotte Muziek is also on the LP.