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Next event on November 28, 2015: To Whom this Power: a theatrical concert for organ, flute, harp, laptop-instrument and narration

October 28, 2015

Spill try-out

Miriam Overlach performed Spill twice at the Stedelijk Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch (NL). It was a big succes! Everything worked as planned, and the cow-skins added to the atmosphere. A compilation video below.

September 23, 2015


The last couple of months I've been working with harpist Miriam Overlach on a new composition for harp, oil pipe and electronics. We've researched various extended techniques, electronic effects on the harp and ways of combining these. We're in the last stage right now, preparing for a try-out in the Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch NL on October 18. The premiere will probably be at the Who's Next festival in Almere NL on November 7, and another performance in Orgelpark on November 28 as part of the concert program 'To Whom this Power'. A teaser video below.

September 9, 2015

Shackle and Men with Motors

Shackle has had two sweaty and electrifying performances with the electro acoustic duo Maenner mit Motoren in the last few months. Both were at the Kunsthaus Rhenania in Köln, a buzzing building that houses visual and sonic artist workspaces.

The first was on May 12 at the end of a 2 day studio collaboration and the second was on 29 August as part of the Strom IV festival.

Sven Hahne has recently moved to Chili but his wizardly visual programming continues to partner with us!

Both performances were on incredibly hot days in Köln. The audiences sipped beer as we cavorted through musical playgrounds, sometimes spacious and sometimes raucous.

June 23, 2015

Moving On Second

Moving On Second is an algorithmic composition for Sauer Organ and SuperCollider. The composition follows a 4-chord progression derived from the aria 'In Deine Hände' from the J.S. Bach cantata 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit', by accident pitched one semi tone up from the original. It was premiered on June 3 2015 during Orgelpark's symposium 'Bending Baroque'. More information here.

June 16, 2015

Shackle Rocks at MLK Amsterdam

On June 12 Shackle performed a set at the fabulous Instant Music Day in the Maarten Luther Kerk in Amsterdam. These are two raw excerpts from that concert.

Listen here: Shackle | MATH (Boards of Canada covered)

Listen here: Shackle | BOW-TORQUE

May 15, 2015

Detuning Guitar and Money For Your Whale

Added excerpts from the Zaal 100 concert on May 8 2015. Detuning Guitar and Money For Your Whale + Buhrs + Rood.

May 14, 2015

Shackle Affair with Männer mit Motoren

Sitting in a coffee-n-bread place on Heumarkt Cologne after a great Shackle concert last night with Männer mit Motoren: Sven Hahne and Matthias Muche. So much fun! Sharing similar esthetics in music ánd working methods, it's always a pleasure to work with these men. Recordings were made, so these will become available when we get to it.


Finally found some time to update the Sounds section. This was long time overdue. Added sounds: SpoonDuo, Detuning Guitar, Shackle, GeluidjesFabriek. More to come, after I've mixed more recordings. A modern day dilemma: storage space is cheap, so one tends to record everything - but time to listen and review these recordings is NOT cheap at all.

April 23, 2015


The track Funeral Freeze (based upon a process I developed for MDFreeze) appears on the Nachtstück label compilation Nachtmuziek.

Steenklank 2015

Spring is in the air. Soundtrackcity is continuing their organised Steenklank walks. Experience architecture in sound!

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