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van Houdt, Reinier

Drift Nowhere Past / The Adventure Of Sleep [2 CDs]

van Houdt, Reinier : Drift Nowhere Past / The Adventure Of Sleep [2 CDs] (elsewhere)

Interested in compositional work involving sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise & environment, Dutch composer Reinier van Houdt shares six works developed for erstwhile record's festival AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine, each piece focused on a specific day of the month; and a complementary set of four compositions about everyday recurring situations.

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Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 021-1
Squidco Product Code: 32046

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold (x2) in plastic sleeve
Disc 1 recorded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in March to August, 2020.

Disc 2 recorded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in May, 2021 to February, 2022.


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"Rotterdam-based composer/pianist Reinier van Houdt created six pieces from March 22 to August 22, 2020 for a monthly 'quarantine' series of the online festival AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine, commissioned by Jon Abbey. Each of the six pieces on 'drift nowhere past' was recorded on the 22nd of each month (#18, #75, #128, #155, #194, #211).

"I've made these pieces from what I played, listened to, recorded, played back, read, watched, heard, or imagined, each during one specific day in the quarantine of 2020."

After the online festival ended along with the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Yuko Zama invited van Houdt to work on a counterpart later to be released together with the six pieces on two companion CDs.

"Where drift nowhere past is a collection of journal entries and focuses on whatever is entering into the mind on a specific day each month, the new piece the adventure of sleep concentrates on situations that recur every day: realizing the passing of time, hearing the sounds of neighbours, the moment of falling asleep, the moment of waking up. Like drift nowhere past, the adventure of sleep spans a six-month period and again the material simply came from what was already there, accessible, happening, remembered, imagined or otherwise.

For both these works, a quote by Franz Kafka served as a silent motto, its meaning even compounded by the Covid lockdowns during which the music was composed:

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

"-elsewhere records

Artist Biographies

"Reinier van Houdt is a composer and pianist from Rotterdam, Netherlands, member of both the Ensemble MAE and the Ives Ensemble. Reinier van Houdt studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He premiered music by ao Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt; he has collaborated with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and with theatrecompanies like Hotel Modern, Andcompany&Co, Veenfabriek, Leine&Roebana and ZOOGDIER, a musictheatregroup of which he is co-founder. He also one of the driving forces behind ensemble MAE." (

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Track Listing:


1. Drift Nowhere Past (22 March 2020) 14:00

2. Friction Sleep Maze (22 April 2020) 08:51

3. Horizon Without Traveler (22 May 2020) 10:43

4. Skies Waves Trails (22 June 2020) 21:08

5. Bardo For Cor (22 July 2020) 07:48

6. Mystery Of Erasure (22 August 2020) 11:29 CD2

1. A Stitch In Time 10:36

2. Parallel Spaces 06:13

3. -Void- 12:25

4. A Fold 06:16

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