I’m feeling up for an experiment. Let’s make something!
I’m a pretty visual person, and I can get inspired by watching (moving) images that carry something, an athmosphere or emotion. So I thought, I’m going to create a track based on visual input.
So I’d like to ask everyone that’s interested – send me video. It might be a beautiful shot from a movie you just watched. It might be a thing you filmed on your phone that means something to you. It can be just a single short shot, or a collection of shots (like an abstract music video). Anything you feel could or should inspire me.
I’ll collect the things that get sent to me into a moving moodboard and create a track based on them. Might completely not work out, but that’s why it’s called an experiment. Might do more if it works out well.
I’m finally able to show this video of an installation I’ve built in cooperation with Tijmenrockt. It gives visitors the ability to play with the song “Moebius’ Travels”, creating new versions on the spot. Check out the video, and possibly play around with it when the installation comes to a city near you!
The good people at Mad-Hop have been steadily releasing good compilation for the last few years. For vol. 8, I’ve submitted the previously unreleased track Rise Up, which opens the compilation, followed by many great names like Slugabed, Hamertje Tik, Pixelord, Julien Mier, Evil Needle and many others.
Yesterday, “Lazy Thunder Remixes” was released on Lowriders Recordings. Featuring remixes by Kidkanevil, Julien Mier, Bastard Sugar and myself, this digital release showcases a new take on tracks previously found on the Lazy Thunder EP.
The EP can be downloaded from the Arts The Beatdoctor Bandcamp, and is “Name Your Price” – You can download it for free, or choose to donate an amount of your choosing to help fund this, and the next, release. It’s also available for streaming through Spotify and Soundcloud.
A while ago I walked into the Binkbeats studio, where the man himself was fooling around with some percussion instruments, to recreate electronically made beats with live instruments. I immediately got my camera and some lights and recorded the routine, and threw it on Youtube. And we basicly haven’t stopped since. Here’s the five videos we did up until now.
It’s been a while. Apart from a collection of old gems released earlier this year, the last real Arts The Beatdoctor release was Progressions, in 2008. But all the hard work paid off, and I’m happy to be able to tell you that Lazy Thunder is now officially out on 12″ vinyl and digital. Check it out.
Soundcloud also features the option to “like” and “repost” which also helps to spread the word greatly. There’s nothing better than seeing people enjoy and share the stuff I’ve been working on for years in secrecy.
Alongside the likes of Boeboe, Vincent-Paolo and Oby Nine, I’ve been asked by 22tracks to make a remix of famous Dutch composer Simeon Ten Holt’s “Canto Ostinato” on location at the World Minimal Music Festival, at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. The results are now available for free download courtesy of 22tracks.
Released on March 1st: My remix of Bombay Show Pig’s song “Fingerprint”. It received its online premiere on Potholes In My Blog, check the article here. It’s available for free download through Soundcloud (above) an on my Bandcamp page.
I’m giving away the material of the first track, All We Are. You can get creative with it, make something, go wild.
Download works via “Pay With a Tweet”. Check the included PDF for directions on what you can and can’t do with the material.
I’ve compiled 30 tracks from the last 10 years. As of today, it’ll be available for digital download on Bandcamp. Also, I will “premiere” 1 track for streaming every day of February. Check the available tracks, or buy the whole compilation, here:
Those of you who have seen me perform live since 2007, have been able to see me in various different settings and with various instruments and means of performing; Backing a jazz-oriented band with beats, performing with a group of orchestral singers, improvising with various instrumentalists, rocking shows with MCs, or concentrating on live keys and guitar. The last form my liveshow took, had me performing solo music, trying to build
And second, straight from Rotterdam, there’s the Redrum Recordz compilation “Songs of Charcoal”. Amongst tracks by Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Fremdkunst, there’s my track Ghost In The Machine. You can stream the whole compilation here (maybe only for Dutch listeners).
So, there’s this Dutch TV show called Spuiten & Slikken, where they talk about having sex and doing drugs. It’s like Amsterdam; The TV Show if that existed. It’s pretty cool actually. The original presenter of the program, Sophie Hilbrand, was actually one of the first people to play my music on big Dutch radio, when she still had a radio show. And last week, the paths of this TV show and me crossed again when they bumrushed the party I was playing at in Canvas.
So that how it’s possible for me to type this next sentence:
Watch the video below to see me perform in front of a crowd of halloween-partygoers, a camera crew and a TV presenter high on GHB.
(my little feature is at 21.35)
Today, Mad-Hop 5; Mad Love is released. It’s a free compilation (pay-what-you-want) which collects a lot of interesting, up-and-coming producers in the beats scene. My remix of Leadsmen’s “Words Unspoken” is on it, alongside productions by Sina, Dizz1, Headshotboyz and many others. This remix was previously available on Leadsmen’s Words Unspoken EP only, so if you didn’t catch that one yet, here’s your chance to pick it up for free.
An hour ago, the first-ever 22beats compilation went live on 22tracks. 22beats is a project by 22tracks, where 22 Dutch beatmakers/producers show their stuff. I was asked to contribute a track too. So, you’ll find my track IL404 at number 21.
Last week, I debuted my remix of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” in Giel Beelen’s live radio show on 3FM (watch the video here). Today, I’m putting it up for free download, for all to enjoy. It ofcourse features the lovely vocals of miss Lykke Li, but also those of PAX, and the bass guitar of Morgan Moore. Listen and download via the Soundcloud widget above, and of course feel free to share it with whoever you like.
Although the download is free, I cost me some to make it so (amongst other things, to pay for the excellent mastering job by Audible Oddities). If you want to support, consider buying the remix from Bandcamp (it’s name-your-price, so you can give as much or as little as you like). It’s also available there in wav format, if you like even higher audio quality than the one offered on Soundcloud.
A while back I announced the pre-order of the new batch of Arts The Beatdoctor shirts. And they came in a short while ago, but seeing as I just this week found the time to get them photographed properly: All watch in awe as I present to you: the Arts The Beatdoctor Waveform T-shirts!
Available from the Bandcamp Webshop, in 2 different designs, both in 2 colors and for men and women.
Design by Nick Liefhebber, photographs by The Thanks We Get. And a big thank you to Abel and Danique for gracefully modeling the hell out of my shirts!
2012, a heavily prophesized year. Some say it will be the last year on earth. Others say, it will be the year Arts The Beatdoctor releases a new record.
While both statements might come true, you can help out with the second one; I’m looking for your one-of-a-kind voices. I’d like to be inspired by outside influences, so I decided to ask everybody who is interested to send in a recording. Who knows, your voice might end up in an Arts The Beatdoctor track. Expect it to be cut up, reversed, bit-crushed and violated in other harsh but creative ways…
Make sure to upload your voices before February 1st 2012.
Steps to make it work:
Make a recording of your voice. The length should be in between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Please record in one take, without a backing track (so, record “acapella”). You can sing, record a poem, whatever you feel like. You can record in any language, or even record something without words.
Name your file: “artsapella *yourname*”.
Take a deep breath and upload the recording via artsthebeatdoctor.wetransfer.com. In the WeTransfer comment field, add your full name, and how you would like to be credited (your own name or pseudonym).
If your recording ends up in an Arts The Beatdoctor song, you will be notified. You will get a free digital copy of the release. You will be credited as “additional vocals by…” You can register your share in the song at your country’s musicians’ rights organisation (in Holland, this is SENA for example). This way you will receive a percentage of every time the song is played on the radio. There are no other rights associated with the use of your voice: By sending in your submission, you implicitly give Arts The Beatdoctor the right to use it as a sample without additional payment being required..
Now do a little dance! You’ll soon receive a confirmation e-mail.
(note: The guys at WeTransfer have decided to support the project and have provided a dedicated upload channel, making the upload process somewhat easier. Thanks guys!)
On October 23rd, I opened for Eskmo in Simplon, Groningen. Nikki and Johannes Fabery De Jonge shot this video during that show. It’s a bit of a showcase of what the new (and still evolving) show looks like.
In december, a new Arts The Beatdoctor shirt will be pressed. It will be available in women’s and men’s, and in 2 designs. Until it is pressed, I will be taking pre-orders in the BandCamp webshop. A free download of the track Ghost In The Machine is included. Pre-order bonus: shipping costs to The Netherlands will be on me, and to the rest of the world will be 50% off.
Beats Broke’s latest signing, Leadsmen, have released their first EP today. Words Unspoken consists of 3 original compositions by the two Dutch beatsmiths, and 3 remixes by Project Mooncircle’s Robot Koch, the awesome Octopus Project from Austin, TX, and a remix by me. You can listen to my remix below:
So, last weekend I played 2 shows opening for Eskmo, one at Amsterdam Dance Event in the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, and one in Simplon Groningen. Thanks to everybody who came out to see it, very good to test out some of the new work in front of real people!
3voor12 Groningen posted a nice review (in Dutch) with some pictures. Check it here.
So, what’s been up lately? Well, after releasing Transitions in 2007, Progressions in 2008, taking part in The Q4 for 2010′s Sound Surroundings and Darker Days, and touring all over the place, it was time to take a step back and decide where I wanted to go. As a result of that, I quit The Q4 in october 2010, developed a completely re-thought way to perform my tracks onstage (check it out if you’re near any of my shows), and found the inspiration for new work (if you’re curious, check out the first result of this, my new track Ghost In The Machine).
So what’s coming in the future? I don’t know yet. But because of this website, you will know as soon as I do.
I did an interview with Max at broken-culture.co.uk. It turned out to be quite an interesting e-talk. If you’d like to know more about what I did recently, or why it has been quiet for a while, check it out.
I’ve moved my webshop over to Bandcamp. From now on all items on sale (CD’s, vinyls, digital releases) are available there. Payment options are PayPal or creditcard, shipping is worldwide. You can also combine items to keep the shipping down.
Added bonus: If you buy a release on CD or vinyl that’s also available digitally, you get the digital version for free, immediately after paying. So you have something to listen to while you wait for the CD or vinyl to arrive.
If you go to the Music page on my website, and click on a release, on the right you will see a music player with a Buy button. This will take you to the item in the Bandcamp store. Or you can just browse the store from here.