After Five Years ...
("So, what has become of DJ Harsman?")
Happy birthday, WMRecordings! Congratulations Marco Kalnenek!
Time flies now, doesn't it? I greatly admire what Marco has achieved in these
5 years. The extremely divers and eclectic collection of fine music that he
has made available online, presented with a lot of care and much respect for
the music and artists, is priceless in every possible sense of the word. Priceless
as in 'treasure', as much as priceless as in 'free' ...
100 x downloads x free x albums ...
Every reason therefore also for me to be proud: in the guise of DJ Harsman
I contributed to the label's very first release, on november 7th 2004. That
Wind, Sails, compiled by Splogman as part of his 52 Weeks project. On
it you will find my Oerdvlieg, played with the 'Geluideiland': an
interactive soundmap of the Dutch
island of Ameland that DJ Harsman composed when he
roamed the island in may 2003.
Much has happened since.
And these very days I have a fine 5 year celebration lined up
myself! For on october 7th 2004, just a little before Marco kicked off WMRecordings, in front
of the Amsterdam RAI building I
launched Raudio, which over the years has become a collection of 24/7 soundart and experimental one pure sound thing audio webstreams,
built form several hundreds
of hours of pure sound.
To celebrate Raudio's lustrum, we
made RAUDIO IIIII: a free iPhone and iPod Touch application that will bring
all this streaming sound to the inside of your pocket or to the palm of your hand.
RAUDIO IIIII will allow you to tune
into each one of Raudio's twenty 24/7 audio web streams. Do it whenever you feel like, and do it wherever
you are (povided within the reach of a 3G network or a Wifi connexion.) The
collection includes - just to name two - the amazing 9
Beet Stretch (a recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony slowed down -
with pitch correction! - to play for 24 hours ...), and Het
GesPreK 1982-2005, based upon a cut-up of a series of life musical conservations between 12 musicians, originally
recorded in the Amsterdam Paradiso in 1982.
It is at this very same spot, in Paradiso's "Kleine Zaal", that on friday
november 13th we
will officially present our application, with a little festive speech,
and performances by the ookoi and special guest
Peter Zegveld. (The party starts at 17h, please do come, grab the app and
join the fun!)
Meanwhile, rather than roaming wadden islands, DJ Harsman these days is roaming
our cities, picking up audio tape debris from the streets and from bushes
for his Found Tapes Exhibition.
He is also writing a book on the noble art of foundtaping, which should be
printed and available for your reading pleasure as of very early 2010. It
will be partly written in english, but its main language is dutch, like is
its title: "Alle Geluid Van De Wereld" ... Other kettles on the cooker
for the near future include a curatorial project around Penelope Audela's
collection of a boggling 144.567 audio cassette tapes. (Read some first reports
on this 'monstrosity' here
Last but not least: let me finally start making the album for WMRecordings that I always have wanted to make but for some reason
never got round to ....
Harold Schellinx - Paris, november 10th 2009
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