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A series of improvised performances with the central idea of acoustic and electronic artists experimenting with the electronic medium in a live setting with musicians with whom they have never played with before.

Various Artists
Kraakgeluiden: Document 1

Various Artists: Kraakgeluiden: Document 1 (Unsounds)
Label: Unsounds    
Released in: The Netherlands    

"Kraakgeluiden, a series of improvised music-performances involving acoustic and electronic instruments, was started in 1999 by a group of musicians in Amsterdam. The central idea of the series is to encourage musicians and composers from Amsterdam and elsewhere to experiment with the electronic medium in a live, improvised setting. They perform in combinations, which include musicians with whom they have never performed before. The selection of recordings on this CD aims at representing the diversity and the quality of the Kraakgeluiden improvised sessions."-Unsounds

"California native Michael Vatcher, now residing in Amsterdam, quickly progressed from hitting household furniture to taking vibraphone and snare drum lessons as a child. In California, he played with reedist Michael Moore, with whom Vatcher has had a long musical relationship, John Handy, and Terry Gibbs. After spending a year in New York City, Vatcher moved to Holland in 1981.

Since arriving in Holland, Vatcher has played with such groups as the Tristan Honsinger Sextet, the Martin Altena Ensemble, John Zorn, The Ex, Roof (with Phil Minton, Tom Cora, and Luc Ex), and Van Dyke Parks. Vatcher is also a regular accompanist with the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and has an ongoing musical relationship with dancers Katie Duck and Eileen Standley."

-All About Jazz (

"Steve Heather (Composer/Performer/Musician) is a freelance musician (drums, percussion, electronics) and composer, performance and installation maker based in Berlin. Born in Melbourne and studied percussion/improvisation at the Victoria College of the Arts and performance art at Das Arts/Amsterdam.

Steve Heather's current music projects/bands vary from avant guard, free jazz to noise, drone rock and prog fitness disco include: STIFF LEATHER, TUB, NEU TRAINERS, THE STILL, BOOKLET, MRS CONCEPTION, RAFT, SHELTER, THE PEELED EYE and ASHES. Steve was the co founder of the Amsterdam based electo acoustic music series, Kraak Geluiden and is also is the co-founder of the new media/ performance group SXS ENTERPRISE with Siegmar Zacharias and Xander De Boer.

As sound designer, composer and performer, Steve Heather works regularly in the fields of dance, theatre, film new media, performance and has worked with The Netherlands Dance Theatre, Sandra Parker Dance, Scapino Ballet, Ivana Müller, United Sorry and Dansgroep Amsterdam.

He performs regularly at European Festivals with performances, among others, at Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) Haus Der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), BRUT (Vienna), Grand Theatre (Gronigen), Sophiensaele (Berlin) and Volksbuhne (Berlin). Steve Heather has undertaken numerous artistic residencies in institutes such as Les Bains (Brussels), sophiensaele (Berlin), Steim (Amsterdam), STUK (Leuven), Grand Theatre (Gronigen), Dance House (Melbourne)."

-Soundcloud (

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Product Information:

UPC: 634479533525

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 06u
Squidco Product Code: 2828

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at different locations on various dates.


Colin McLean-mac

Cor Fuhler-EMS synthi AKS, turntable, linguaphones

Andy Moor-guitar

Lucio Capece-soprano saxophone

Yannis Kyriakides-sampling, pulses, waves

Marko Ciciliani-no-input mixer

Yoshio Machida-amorphone #2

Richard Barrett-keyboard, computer

Paul Obermayer-sampler

Michael Vatcher-percussion

Lou Mallozzi-turntables, CDs, tapes, microphone, amplified voice

Michael Vorfield-percussion, strings, electronics

Koen Nutters-double bass, structure, composition

Robert van Heumen-laptop

Jeff Carey-laptop

Sakir Oguz Buyukberber-bass clarinet

Morten J Olsen-percussion

Bjornar Habbestad-flutes

Carlos Galvez-clarinets

Dirk Bruinsma-soprano saxophone

Gudrun Hrund Hardardottir-viola

Sasha Agranov-cello

Henk Bakker-bass clarinet, electronics

Huib Emmer-guitar, electronics

Anne La Berge-flutes, micromodular, laptop

Rozemarie Heggen-double bass, radio

Gert-Jan Prins-electronics, FM modulations, radio

Joe Williamson-double bass

Steve Heather-electronics, percussion

Walter Fabeck-piano, composer

Hilary Jeffery-tromboscillator

John Richards-kreepback instrument

Cesar Villavicencio-e-recorder

Dragan Pajic Pajo-guitar, FX

Matt Rogalsky-homemade 'Kash' sampling, software, small amplified objects

Stephie Buttrich-voice

Justin Bennett-computer, microphones

Jaap Blonk-voice, electronics

Tobias Delius-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Alan Purves-percussion, penny whistles

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Track Listing:

1. kraak 09.12.2002 7:12

2. kraak 19.05.2003 9:52

3. kraak 01.03.2000 5:31

4. kraak 30.09.2002 3:50

5. kraak 16.12.2002 5:40

6. kraak 21.04.2003 8:00

7. kraak 14.04.2003 4:17

8. kraak 26.05.2003 6:28

9. kraak 12.05.2003 7:14

10. kraak 28.10.2002 4:40

11. kraak 16.09.2002 4:20

12. kraak 05.12.2000 4:54