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Blonk, Jaap: Mixed From Heaven [VINYL] (Plant Migration Records)

Loose remixes of Jaap Blonk's very first series of short sound poems in 1993, "Liederen uit de Hemel" ("Songs from Heaven," 1985-87), reconfigured with electronics and unusual approaches to sound.

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Edition of 300 housed in offset printed sleeves with artwork by Trevor Renwick

Label: Plant Migration Records
Catalog ID: PM013
Squidco Product Code: 18209

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Recorded in Arnhem, Netherlands, in 2002 & 2013.


Jaap Blonk-voice, electronics

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"Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music.A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry, which is being exhibited.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 25 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on various labels, such as Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, Monotype Records, Terp and Elegua Records.His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. Forthcoming is a sequel with the title "Traces of Cookery".A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in 2013, entitled "KLINKT"."

-Jaap Blonk Website (

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track listing:


1. Mixed Angels 7:39

2. Electroschock Therapy 5:00

3. Krak Piekaporr 5:34

4. The Prime Minister I 1:51


5. Schrorr Blorr Machine 7:43

6. Last Throw 3:46

7. My Sweet Lalula 5:06

8. The Prime Minister II 1:30
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"The pieces on Mixed from Heaven are loose remixes of Jaap Blonk's very first series of short sound poems:

"Liederen uit de Hemel" ("Songs from Heaven," 1985-87). These were published as part of a book/CD with the same title in 1993, now long out of print.

The original titles, in the order of their 'disguised' appearance on this LP, were:Angels (melody by Albert Ayler), Electroshock Boogie, Pierikjaure, De Minister I, Schrorr Blorr Grammat, Là où ça sent la merde, Lili (mit der Schokolade zwischen d'Beine), De Minister II."-Plant Migration Records

Edition of 300 housed in offset printed sleeves with artwork by Trevor Renwick
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European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Unusual Vocal Forms
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