In the first week of July I made four songs in a real nice flow.
They make up a new album. I think it will be released soon,
after checking and optimising mixes, mastering etc.
Electronic Muse was an idea I had in my mind for a longer time.
A certain sound and flow. It just didn't happen, too busy doing
other things. And then I made a new synth patch. Within four
days the whole album was recorded + artwork painted, out of thin
air. I spent another week for mixing, a few gliss overdubs and
mastering. All in all this is a pretty spontanous album in the
Berlin School style.
I always make choices which instruments to use and not to use.
This time it were 5 synths, both analog and digital, two combo
organs and glissando (a blissful electric guitar technique). I
also used two sequencers.
New album by Son of Ohm:
Also released by Neu Harmony, on high quality CD-r
(get it at SynthMusicDirect)
The first two songs I recorded live in
my studio on two track, in preparation of the live set played at
the ‘Electric Spectrum Experience’ June 16, 2018 in Groningen.
Blackbirds I actually played at ESE. I added a third track,
Velvet Sky, also recorded live in my studio, 2016.
'Normally I spend a lot of
time building up an album in my studio. It is a process in which
an album slowly grows and I have all my synths at hand'.
Electric Spectrum Experience was great fun. There were some very
interested visitors. People that traveled from the other side of
the Netherlands and some even coming from Germany or England.
We had some problems with the P.A. in the first half; they
appeared to be off... And the only sound we heard came from
three stage monitors that were mono as well.... My sound was
very shitty. And my performance wasn't where it should be, I was
so distracted. There was a horrible loud hum in my guitar
sound... The recordings went wrong, the video couldn't be played
at first Luckily a friend in the audience came with a solution;
he had his laptop and became member of the crew.
Well, it was a very useful experience!! All in all it
wasn't too bad, and the audience anticipated very nicely.
I loved to perform on stage. There was so much happening all
afternoon, it went by like a blur. Slowly it is sinking in. The
nice conversations with visitors, some of them musicians who had
experienced all the hassle that performing live electronics
brings. The experience of playing with fellow musicians on
stage, free improviation. The organisation of an event like this,
keeping it all together.
So it really made me thinking. There are many possibilities. I
would be a good thing to keep on playing and developing a solid
live set. I really feel like approaching this beast with the
same attitude I have with Astral Son. It is inside me and has to
come out! I can make studio albums forever, and I am very
skilled to do so, but I need to step out. There are so many ways.
My setup for the experience!
Next Saturday (16th of June) I will do a live performance at the
Electric Spectrum Experience in Groningen. It is going to be a
long track in the Berlin School tradition.
Bert Hulshoff ( Phrozenlight), Arend Westra (Eagle) and Gert
Blokzijl are going to play solo pieces also. In between we will
do jam sessions.
These are all fine musicians who are well known in the
international EM scene.
is a collaboration between Phrozen Light and me.
The Electric Spectrum Experience is a showcase of EM made in the
North of the Netherlands. We do believe we have a unique sound
because of the landscape and character of the people who live
here. We are mostly inspired by the cosmic electronic music made
in the seventies. Free flowing soundscaping and sequencing with
lots of space for improvisation.
November 2017: Review on
Gesamt-Meisterwerk, bei dem vom Flow her alles perfekt
aufeinander abgestimmt ist...."
October 2017: Astronaut has been released on the Neu Harmony
label! On high quality CDr! get it at
September 2017: The new album 'Astronaut' is ready...!
The album contains five songs and a cosmic bonus track.
All very analog with synths/sequencers, organs and a bit of
electric space guitar.
Released as a download on
June 2017: Syrinx has been released on the Neu Harmony
label! On high quality CDr! get it at
January 2017: It has been
awful quiet around here...Not in my studio. Last year I finished
and released another psychedelic
Astral Son album on cd & vinyl
and made the second Son of Ohm
album. The thing is that my studio PC broke down just after
finishing the Son of Ohm. I had to get a replacement for the PC.
So the mastering for the album has been postponed. I hope to get
it done soon!!!
November 2016: The new
organic electronic Son of Ohm album is amazing. It's almost
analog drenched cosmic
songs, only synths, organs,
some electric guitar and drum machine. I've been playing around
with my new Moog Synthesizer and a sequencer for a nice interactive live feel. Stay tuned!!
I've done a live performance at Cosmic Grunn!
Weaving some cosmic music patterns
with synth, organ, sequencer & spaceguitar...