For SSFB radio #22 we had Vie Garantie’s Marion Guillet over all the way from Paris.
In the early 50s, Philips introduced the reel-to-reel tape recorder to the commercial market, marketing it as a device with a host of options. But what Philips hadn’t foreseen was that daring souls would take the tape recording deep into “the metallic wilderness” in search of prey lurking in our everyday audio fields. Meet the sound hunters.
At 79, Belgian-born Joel Vandroogenbroeck hasn’t got just a long name. His comparably long and fascinating career that began at the age of three saw him build up an impressive repertoire of unusual instruments and a diverse body of work that is gaining brand new fans today, thanks to multiple reissues of his albums in recent years. From classical cinematic pieces to drones and electronic funk, the experimental offerings of this multi instrumentalist is an acquired taste. For those ready to take the plunge, Tijmen Lohmeijer has prepared a selection from Vandroogenbroeck’s solo excursions to get your feet wet.
Long before Das Ding resurfaced as today’s Minimal Wave icon, before the Internet became commonplace and indispensable in every household, he was just Danny Bosten – a small town Dutch boy with pop music dreams. Dreams that turned him from a bass player in a teenage band called Spastix, to a fledging recording artist churning out cassette tapes from his bedroom studio, only to abandon the podium later to serve as a devout militant in the squats of the Dutch capital.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. April’s picks include music by Sonya Spence, Minimal Man, Paraf and Rhythmus 23.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has brought forth some of the top-selling artists of the African continent, with the late 80s and early 90s famously dubbed the Belle Époque of African rumba music. Bands like Franco & Le T.P.O.K Jazz, Empire Bakuba and Afrisa International toured long distances to shake up the nightlife of cities like Nairobi, Luanda and even Paris and Amsterdam with their danceable Congolese rumba and soukous. Sung in Lingala – the lingua franca of capital city Kinshasa – the songs were naturally incomprehensible for those who did not speak it. But to the Congolese listener, they meant more than just a good night out. The music, with its accompanying diarrhée verbale was a lesson in straight talking.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for April. Sit back and enjoy.