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February 1, 2016

Fury album online

The first half of the Fury can now be listened online. Let me know if you want a hardcopy and I'll save one for you.

Stranger the full album online

I uploaded the full Stranger for anyone to enjoy. If you are one of those people (like me) who still likes a hardcopy, let me know and I'll save one for you.


Video documentation of To Whom this Power

This is a compilation video of the theatrical concert To Whom this Power that took place in Orgelpark Amsterdam on November 28 2015. Integral video documentation of all 5 compositions can be watched here.

January 9, 2016

Looking back and forward

For me 2015 was the year of forging quite a few new works. Detuning Guitar for Jasper Stadhouders and myself, Untitled For Anne for, well, Anne La Berge, and SPILL for Miriam Overlach. I also developed three pieces for organ in various constellations: Moving On Second, Sunday Rhino and Sacred Noise, involving Audrey Chen, Jacob Lekkerkerker and Michael Bonaventure. Some of these pieces premiered in Orgelpark during the theatrical concert To Whom this Power which I created together with the performers, director Nienke Rooijakkers and sound-poet Sieger Baljon. All these compositions were developed with extensive help from the performers and collaborators, and would not have seen the light without them. Thank you!

Where 2015 was full of composing, it lacked a bit in just playing, just being in the moment. I'll make that up by performing 5 times in the first two months of the new year. Check the dates in the events section. I am looking very much forward to that! I hope to see some of you there, please come and enjoy the music.

January 1, 2016

Happy new year!

I have been enjoying some time off with family the last days, but still found some time to nerd around and make the audio player on this website accessible for smaller devices. Note the arrow on the right of the player, which opens a separate window with this player so you can keep the playback running while browsing. Exit Flash, welcome HTML5! Feedback welcome.

December 20, 2015

Shackle at SARC in Belfast

Shackle spent a couple of days in early December in Belfast at The Sonic Arts Research Center in Belfast giving a Converging Objects workshop and performing with a group of smart, well-versed and diverse group of students. The famous Sonic Lab there is equipped with a plethora of speakers that are situated in every nook and cranny in the hall. We used only some of them but still enjoyed the sounds and music we made performing with the Shackle Affair system.

Many thanks to Stef Kalonaris who hosted us and to the faculty and students who made the short visit so rewarding for all of us.



December 9, 2015

To Whom this Power

After a long process of developing the concept, applying for grants, getting all the pieces together, finally the moment was there for the premier of the theatrical concert To Whom this Power. On November 28 at 8 the audience came strolling into the marvellous Orgelpark with its 7 church organs. Friends, collegues, organ fanatics, new music lovers. While the 5 performers, Anne La Berge, Sieger Baljon, Miriam Overlach, Jacob Lekkerkerker and myself, were hanging out on stage.

Jacob started the evening with his fantastic solo organ+electronics piece Black Noise White, followed by SPILL & Untitled For Anne by my hand, Anne's sweet and noisy Dakota and finally Orgelpark's commission piece Sacred Noise. “An attempt to wrest Sacred Noise from industry as a prelude to the discovery of a more trustworthy proprietor to whom this power may be bequeathed.” All of this alternated with Sieger Baljon's great poems about 'how we slowly but surely are ruining the earth's treasures'. The whole thing directed masterfully by Nienke Rooijakkers.

Then, applause. Very positive responses and, of course, critisism. Next weeks we'll undoubtedly discuss all of this, and see where to go from here.

I have great memories of sitting there in the sound field, surrounded by all this great music and musicians. Thanks to Miriam, Jacob, Anne, Nienke and Sieger for helping me to make this all possible. And of course Orgelpark for believing in this project.

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.

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