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Blonk, Jaap / Cor Fuhler: Pre-Zoic Cellways (Kontrans)


 

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Jaap Blonk-voice, powerbook, effects

Cor Fuhler-EMS synthi-AKS, turntable


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Label: Kontrans
Catalog ID: 551
Squidco Product Code: 5618

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: CD Opaque Snap Case
Recorded at Wieman at Edgetip Studio, in Arnhem, Netherlands, on March 30th, 2004, by Jurre Wieman.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Since 1990 Jaap Blonk and Cor Fuhler have been collaborating in several groups in Dutch improvised music, as well as in a pair of experimental radio plays. This is their first available recording as a duo."-Kontrans


Artist Biographies

"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 (http://www.jaapblonk.com/Pages/biography.html)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Ubiquitous Fungi Phase 18:40

2. Amoeba Threshold 6:30

3. Trapezoid Euglnea 13:29

4. An Algae Generator 5:30

5. Notches Of Mycoplasma 10:59

Related Categories of Interest:

Blonk, Jaap
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Unusual Vocal Forms
Turntablists
Electronic Forms
December 2005
Duo Recordings

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