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Preliminary Saturation (Wouter Jaspers / Steffan de Turck): Summer Breeze [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Muzan Editions)

Two large works of sound from frequent collaborators, Dutch sound artist and experimenter Steffan de Turck (aka Staplerfahrer) and Netherlands sonic innovator Wouter Jaspers, the first piece contrasting music-box synthetic melodies with deep drone and noise; the second a dark work of haunting properties that evolves to a spectral whisper of submerged voice.

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Label: Muzan Editions
Catalog ID: MEDS056
Squidco Product Code: 31065

Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in The Netherlands, in 2020, by the artists.


Steffan de Turck-composer, performer

Wouter Jaspers-composer, performer

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"Steffan de Turck (Goirle, 1974), known by the pseudonym Staplerfahrer, is a sound artist. His work is mainly characterized by the use of digital samples and analog noise, whereby everyday utensils produce distorted sounds through electrotechnical modification.

In September 2007 he curated the acoustic noise project at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg. He also played at the Interpenetration Festival in Graz and the NUmusic Festival in Stavanger, Norway.

He is a member of the underground label and artist collective Vatican Analog from Tilburg."

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"Wouter Jaspers (Deurne, February 22, 1985) is a sound artist.

His work mainly consists of minimal soundscapes and drones for which he often experiments with effects equipment, modified synthesizers and contact microphones, where analog noise and field recordings form the basis of various melodic structures. Jaspers - then still stationed in Tilburg - played more than 400 times around the world between 2007 and the end of 2010, making it one of the most touring artists in the Dutch experimental music scene.

In 2007 at Vatican Analog released CD Babi Yar, an exploration includes a tribute to the victims of the massacre at Babi Yar in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1941. On the CD Exhibition, released in the spring of 2008, he translates field recordings he made in Ukraine, India, Poland and Germany into new compositions. For this CD he traveled to Theresienstadt, among other places, and used recordings from the radioactiveinfected area around Chernobyl.

His album Glorious Days was released in 2009, on which he collaborated with, among others, the lead singer of the Norwegian band Serena Maneesh, Emil Nikolaisen, who also worked as a producer and sound engineer on albums by the American band Woven Hand. To promote the album, Jaspers toured the United States, much of Europe and Asia.

In August 2010, Jaspers spent a week in the primeval forests around Brno, Czech Republic to work on a new album, which will be released in mid- April 2011 on his Vatican Analog record label. On September 27, 2010 he gave an artist workshop in Amsterdam at STEIM, institute for electronic music.

Besides his solo work, Jaspers is also active in other projects within and outside his noise collective Vatican Analog, such as in 4DALADIEZ, an experimental improv band with Vincent Koreman, Steffan de Turck, Bas Welling and Bas Verbeek. Together with De Turck he also forms the occasional duo Preliminary Saturation, he performs with Frans de Waard as Ezdanitoff and he performed with the Norwegian Sten Ove Toft with drone and noise project The Professional Skaters. He also collaborates with the American cellist Audrey Chen.

As an experimental musician, Jaspers developed a fascination for modifying analog equipment. For example, in 2010, together with technician and musician Christian Zollner, he set up the company Koma Elektronik, with which the duo started producing analog equipment for adventurous musicians from Berlin. The company now has a large group of employees and the products of the brand are sold all over the world. In 2016, the company also opened a workshop and shop in Berlin, Common Ground."

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track listing:


1. Across The Floor 17:27


1. The House Next Door 17:04
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Wouter Jaspers returns to Muzan with his long time collaborator and friend Steffan de Turck as Preliminary Saturation. Summer Breeze is an ambient-noise album that lives up to its name for just how pleasurable it is to listen to.

The music box melody that provides the main theme for "across the floor" functions as a soft counterpoint to the noises and drones that pulse and slide beneath it, evoking images of sunlight and slow stretching shadows.

"the house next door" strikes a darker, more mysterious tone, with staggering synth melodies and cavernous drips filling the space and drawing the listener in deeper and deeper until everything gets stripped down. Here, hypnotic tones and repeating percussion are the minimal elements that seem to summon forth a spiritual dancefloor, beckoning us to move our feet."-Muzan Editions

"This duo has been around for thirteen years but in recent years a lot less active. Distance between both musicians might be one reason (The Hague/Tilburg and Berlin), but also other occupations. In the case of Wouter Jaspers (also known as Franz Fjodor, and part of Odd Narrative and Ezdanitoff), his work with the development of musical toys as Koma Elektronik (a company he left late last year) kept him off music for quite some time. The other half is Steffan Turck (also known as Staplerfahrer, part of A Vibrant Struggle, and Hexeneiche). They still get together occasionally, pop open a bottle of wine, light a cigarette and then start to play around with their toys; synthesizers, electronics, electromagnetic waves, and loops. I enjoyed their previous release, 'You Are The Universe' (released by Moving Furniture Records, Vital Weekly 1141), which had an odd yet great take on the notion of cosmic music, here they continue and expand that notion. However, on this tape there is more improvised music feeling to the music, sometimes going a bit too long, such as the music on 'Across The Floor', but the synths that open 'The House Next Door', sound fat and tasty. The second part of that piece has a broken loop of sounds, slowly going out of control, including a voice buried in the mix (or perhaps, from the house next door). The last part of 'Across The Floor' has a powerful drone laced with field recordings from one of Berlin's construction sites. It is all a bit shaky, but throughout, an excellent cassette.-"Frans da Waard, Vital Weekly

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