George Hysteric’s Strange Selections
Every month, George Hysteric takes time away from running the “strange music from beyond” Facebook group to create a playlist for SSFB from the group’s extensive music library.
Heartbreak. It can happen to all of us. While the festive season brings with it ubiquitous feelings of warmth and joy, these are not sentiments shared by all. Be it memories of a lost kin, friend or lover, some of us share rather a common wound to the heart. For the lovesick and forlorn among us, SSFB founder Quintin van der Spek offers five unconventional Christmas carols to help sweeten the bitter nights ahead.
While preparations are in full swing for today’s event, we would like to take a moment to highlight one of our speakers, and in particular, the feats he has done in the past. Dutch Sounds From Beyond being our topic of the day, a certain focus on experimentalism is in place; it’s the main reason why Hessel Veldman started his label in the 80s in the first place. Here’s a short overview of al his endeavours.
The mid to late 70s was a staggeringly fertile period for early electronic music production in Europe. Some German and UK-based artists like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, in particular, were at the forefront of this evolution. Meanwhile in Seattle, Kerry Leimer was so intrigued by the sonic sounds coming from Europe that he began creating his own extensive volume of work spanning genre, style and instrumentation. Most of his work was only known to a select few, until the New York-based imprint RVNG Intl. started digging into Leimer’s fascinating catalogue. Sonny Meijer takes you on a trip exploring the sounds and story behind this mysterious man.
What’s considered a rare groove is open to anyone’s interpretation. For me it needs to possess a certain feeling, be it one with rock and psychedelic leanings, or straight-up floor fillers of disco, funk and soul. The phrase “Indonesian rare groove” was coined by two of my good friends from Jakarta, Merdi and Aat. In Indonesia they refer to this as Irama Nusantara; Irama meaning groove in Indonesian and Nusantara is a contemporary term for the Indonesian archipelago. The music that Jiwa Jiwa represents bears this groove.
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 February. Sit back and enjoy.