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Comes & Simonis: Regering [CD + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)

"Regering" signifies "Government", the title and track names derived from the works of B. Traven, in the first meeting between sound artist and composer Matrijn Comes and guitarist Lukas Simonis (AA Kismet, Coolhaven), in a dark album of subtle innuendo and detail, running the spectrum from nightmarish environments to hopeful glimmers; an impressive collaboration.
 

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Label: esc.rec.
Catalog ID: esc.rec.85
Squidco Product Code: 30522

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at L6S Studio and WORM studio, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, between 2018-2020.


Personnel:

Martijn Comes-Rhodes piano, organ, African percussion, Roland Space Echo, Echos from Space, synthesizers, software

Lukas Simonis-guitars, effects, Synton Syrinx, Blippoo Box

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Artist Biographies:

"Martijn Comes (1979) is a Dutch composer who is specialised in new media, sound design and electro-acoustic composition. He graduated at the academy for Digital Communications in 2004 with a thesis on live stage performance with the aid of digital media and studied Composition for Film at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (2010). He wrote diverse works based on research in popular music, contemporary music and classical music combining elements of various acoustic+digital aesthetic, composition techniques and sound design in six releases with 'Infinite Spaces and Beyond' (2014), 'Wolf' (2015), 'Tradition Noise (2015)', 'Radio Oblivion (2016)' and 'Interrogation of the Crystalline Sublime' (2016) being his most recent albums, which all were critically acclaimed.

Next to performing locally he performed all over Europe: Athens, Madrid, Valencia, London, Paris,..

His work has been broadcasted world wide on local as well as national stations like Radio 3 Spain, Polish and Norwegian National Radio, and RTÉ Ireland. He worked with filmmaker Thomas Mohr his 'Resonance' & 'Learning curve' films, which both were curated by the LIMA Media Art Platform (former NiMK). 'Resonance' was part of the Best Of selection of the Ars Electronica festival in 2010.

He has written critiques for broadcasting network the VPRO (Vrije Geluiden) and he is an avid curator of concerts and host of two national radioshows in the Netherlands, 'Kraak Helder' and 'Inventions for Radio', both featured on the Concertzender. Both programs focus on promoting innovative electro-acoustics and broadcast-art. Collaborations include the New BBC Radiophonic workshop.

He received commissions by: IO SOUND (ca), Bedouin Records (uae), Bastikaya Tapes (uae), Silent Records (usa), Time Symmetric (us), WORM Rotterdam, Moving Furniture Records, Smikkelbaard (nl), Municipality of Haarlem (nl), Oedipus Brewery Amsterdam (nl).

His work for Carillon 'EANN' was premiered on the St Bavo Church in Haarlem, and was selected as the opening piece of the prestigious LE GUESS WHO festival, Utrecht in 2017.

Martijn shared the stage and collaborated with artists as Kim Cascone, Twine, Mitchell Akiyama, Rosa Menkman, Marijn Korff de Gidts, Christian Pabst, Fred Gales, poet Martin Reints, actrice Annette Kouwenhoven, Armeno Alberts, Philippe Petit, Giulio Aldinucci, Lucrecia Dalt, Freida Abtan, Scant Intone and Orphax."

-Immovable Substance (http://immovablesubstance.com/biography-cv/)
9/22/2021

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"Lukas Simonis has his roots as an instrumentalist and musical 'activist' in the industrial music and noise rock of the Eighties ( Throbbing Gristle, the Residents, Pere Ubu, Sonic Youth and beyond). Being a part of the Rotterdam jazzbunker scene (a collective that consisted of heavy drug induced punk rockers, freejazzers, early electronic musicians and pre-postrock combo's) he discovered the delimited world of improvisation. In the meantime & after he played in bands like Dull Schicksal, Trespassers W, Morzelpronk, AA Kismet, Liana Flu Winks, VRIL, Stepmother, Perfect Vacuum and Coolhaven. At the same time he was/is organising concerts, events and films, first at the Jazzbunker in Rotterdam later on the Dissonanten festival, the Dissidenten festival, Popifilm, Dodorama , WORM, a multimedia centre for experimental art and finally stichting KLANGENDUM since 2013.

Nowadays he collaborates with lots of people from different backgrounds. For instance; Kruk (with Nina Hitz and Sato Endo), STEPMOTHER (with Jeroen Visser, Bill Gilonis and David Kerman), Jim Whelton (London), Ergo Phizmiz (UK), Dave Brown (Melbourne), The X Static Tics (with Henk Bakker and various others). Other people he worked with; Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Goh Lee Kwang (Kuala Lumpur), Bohman Brothers (UK), Anne La Berge (USA/NL), Faces (with Huib Emmer, NL), Peter Stampfel (USA), Eddie Prevost (UK), etc."

-Lukas Simonis Website (https://lukas.home.xs4all.nl/english/lukas.html#shortbio)
9/22/2021

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track listing:


1. Opstand der Aanhangigen 8:08

2. Laffe Epicus 7:58

3. Ouverture voor een Einde 6:46

4. IJzingwekkende Weegschaal 11:15

5. Er is maar een Nergens 13:54

6. De Verloren Zaak 12:37
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"With the album Regering (dutch for 'Government') the duo Martijn Comes and Lukas Simonis release their first record together. The title and track names are derived from the works of B. Traven (aka Ret Marut), which says something about the atmosphere of the work and the way it was constructed. Although there are signs of Traven's criticism of capitalism, freed of blatant moralising, there is also a sense of nostalgia as far as the atmospheric side of the music is concerned. A longing for the days when social media and the lot were not involved in the struggles for justice and freedom.

Of course this is 'only music', and how can you criticise anything by just making sounds and suggesting an aural world that goes beyond that? That being said, listening to this ambient meets improv meets film-score album is its own reward, so it may be best to let the listener decide.

Martijn Comes comes from a film-score background while also moving in circles of experimental electronics, ambient and drones. Lukas Simonis is a seasoned improviser/sound artist with a post-punk edge."-Esc.Rec

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