woensdag 6 november 2019

"Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" released

Two "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" boxsets have been released at the E-Live Festival in Oirschot, October 26th.
It was another nice - sold-out - edition of the annual festival, with some great performances, and a lot of pleasant talks and discussions with many people.

In the meanwhile all pre-orders have been shipped

There are still limited and numbered boxsets left, so don't wait too long ordering your copy!
 

"Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" boxset.*
Boxset 1: "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" - Limited to 50 numbered copies
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams 2-CD
Exhibition of Dreams revisited CD
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD
Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook

"Exhibition of Dreams in progress" boxset.*
Boxset 2: "Exhibition of Dreams in progress" - Limited to 50 numbered copies
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook

Additional offer
Buy two or more CD's from the REMY catalog, and get the "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" 20 pages artbook for free. 
The artbook can also be bought seperately from the Deserted Island Music shop: www.desertedislandmusic.nl.


While there are still some upcoming acitivites around the twentieth anniversary of my debut album, I am already making up for the release of completely new music.

More information soon within the coming weeks about the new studio album, scheduled for the first part of 2020.

vrijdag 18 oktober 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - facts, stories and more - part 5



As you could have read on my previous blog, this year it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To work towards this celebration, past weeks I have shared related facts, stories and more. This is the final 'episode', as next week "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" will be available.

Boxset 1: "Exhibition of Dreams
20th anniversary" (4 cd's + artbook).
As soon as "Exhibition of Dreams" follow-up album "The Art of Imagination" was released, I took the opportunity to have releases of most of the next albums during the annual E-Live and E-Day Festivals. Simply because a large part of the target listeners of my music gathers during these days. Which also will be the case again for this year's edition of E-Live ("Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary") on October 26th, and next year's E-Day (the upcoming new studio album) on April 11th.
Visit http://www.e-live.nl/ for event information and tickets.

While current focus is on the 20th anniversary of "Exhibition of Dreams", I am also nearing completion of my next studio album. Although I am constantly searching for new directions within my music, I chose to slightly refer to my main influences back in the days of "Exhibition of Dreams". Including long and stretched out pieces, some serious sequencing, dreamy and psychedelic surroundings, detailed layering, and... Oh well, more about it soon!

Boxset 2: "Exhibition of Dreams
in progress (cd + artbook).
For now, be sure to order your copy of one of the limited "Exhibition of Dreams" 20th anniversary boxsets.
If you are planning to visit E-Live on October 26th, just mention this with your order, so you can pick up your copy there.
Ordering and information: www.desertedislandmusic.nl.

Thanks a lot to all of you who have been supporting me in the previous 20 years! 
Although I am 'officially' still an amateur musician (as I still have another full time job, and because I don't have to make a living out of my music), and although in the first place I am creating music for my own needs, I couldn't have achieved everything without any of your support, motivational and critical comments, friendships, and whatever supported me during my musical journey. Your presence has been proven to be necessary to continue what is most important in my life: making music, and being involved into it!

donderdag 10 oktober 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - facts, stories and more - part 4

 As you could have read on my previous blog, this year it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To work towards this celebration, I will share related facts, stories and more, within the next weeks.

The typical and recognisable "Exhibition of Dreams" artwork was created by Ewout Koek.

During his foreign trips he took photos from the ruins of Persepolis in Iran and 'La Dame de Warka', with which he composed the cover artwork for what was to become my debut album.

For the inside of the CD cover there were used technical sheets from the Eminent 310 Unique organ, which can also be heard on the album.
 
Throughout the years various color adjustments have been made for the various releases:

Exhibition of Dreams 10th anniversary, EoD (Exhibition of Dreams revisited), Exhibition of Dreams bonus tracks, Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary and Exhibition of Dreams in progress.

donderdag 3 oktober 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - facts, stories and more - part 3


As you could have read on my previous blog, this year it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To work towards this celebration, I will share related facts, stories and more, within the next weeks.
Original 1999 "Exhibition of Dreams" 2-CDR release.
Shortly after the release of "Exhibition of Dreams", on December 20th 1999, the album rapidly sold out. Because of ongoing negotiations with Groove Unlimited for the next album release, it was decided not to make another run of CDR-sets. And because of ongoing demand for the debut album, I already had in mind to re-release the album in ten years. Which happened.
In the first place I recorded new versions from a selection of tracks from the original album, to be released as "EoD". Secondly, the original double album was entirely remastered, and released for the first time on factory pressed CD's, instead of CDR's. Everyone who didn't have the opportunity to obtain the original album back in the days, now could get hold of the original music from 1999.

Although the original CDR release (limited to 50 copies) is still in the collection of a couple loyal listeners of my music, it is likely that these discs won't play properly (or even not at all) anymore, due to the course of time and quality of this early CDR generation.

donderdag 26 september 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - facts, stories and more - part 2


As you could have read on my previous blog, this year it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To work towards this celebration, I will share related facts, stories and more, within the next weeks.
 


Today, it is exactly one month until the release of "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary".
Original 1999 "Exhibition of Dreams" 2-CDR release.
"Exhibition of Dreams" is a collection of the best tracks I had to offer at that time. They were composed and recorded between 1997 and 1999. For the release of an album, there had to be recorded better versions. Which was done after having moved all equipment to the attic of the home of the parents of my musical partner in crime, Ewout Koek.
Where we had in mind to release a single disc, it became clear during the recordings that it simply had to be a double CDR. Quite daring for a debut album, but it felt good. And we didn't have to take big commercial risks, or obligations to a label to restrict to just one disc. Besides, we just established our own label, AKH Records.
As I didn't have a clue if my music could be interesting to other people, "Exhibition of Dreams" became a testcase to find this out. And, surprisingly it became clear that it moved people. My debut paved the road for my musical journey since then.
When I got in contact with the dutch Groove Unlimited label, there was discussed to release a selection of "Exhibition of Dreams" tracks as a single CD. The album was not meant to fit on a single disc, so I came up with an entirely new album, "The Art of Imagination". It was released the year after my debut.

vrijdag 20 september 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - facts, stories and more - part 1

As you could have read on my previous blog, this year it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To work towards this celebration, I will share related facts, stories and more, within the next weeks.
Part of the minidisc archives.
Earlier this year, when browsing through my archives, I selected some significant recordings. The limited edition "Exhibition of Dreams in progress" disc contains these never released before essential audio tracks which lead to the final selection of tracks for the album that was released on December 20th, 1999. Strictly limited to 100 copies, and available as part of two limited "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" box-sets:
Box-set 1: "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" 
Limited to 50 copies.
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams 2-CD (10th anniversary master, 2010)
Exhibition of Dreams revisited CD ("EoD", 2009)
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD (2019)
Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook (2019)
Box-set 2: "Exhibition of Dreams in progress"
Limited to 50 copies.
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD (2019)
Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook (2019)
For this 20th anniversary, all artwork has been revisited.

 If you want the limited "Exhibition of Dreams in progress" CD, you need one of these two box-sets. The "Exhibition of Dreams" 20th anniversary artbook will also be available seperately.
"Exhibition of Dreams in progress".
On the limited "Exhibition of Dreams in progress" CD, for the first time the album's rejected opening track can be heard. I still like it a lot, but the version which appeared on the album definitely fitted better with the other tracks.

Secondly there are included four live tracks. Three of them have been part of a concert I did on November 13th,1998. This was the first time I exposed music from the debut album in progress. A couple of months later (17, 18 and 19 February 1999), I played "Mirage" as warm-up for the talents show on my high school. The registration of the first of these performances is included on the CD.
Please visit www.desertedislandmusic.nl to order your copy!

zondag 15 september 2019

Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary


This year, it is exactly 20 years ago that my debut album "Exhibition of Dreams" saw the light.
To celebrate this milestone, there are going to be released new related items on October 26th.
In the first place there will be available a 20-pages artbook, containing background information, notes, artwork and photos from my archives. In addition there are included written memories of people who have significantly contributed to the success of "Exhibition of Dreams".
Secondly, a strictly limited edition CD of 100 copies is going to be released: "Exhibition of Dreams in progress", and will be exclusively available as part of two different boxsets. The audio on this disc contains never released before essential audio tracks which lead to the final selection of tracks for the album as released on December 20th, 1999.
For this occasion there will be available a couple of deals:
"Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" boxset.*
Boxset 1: "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" - Limited to 50 numbered copies
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams 2-CD
Exhibition of Dreams revisited CD
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD
Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook
"Exhibition of Dreams in progress" boxset.*
Boxset 2: "Exhibition of Dreams in progress" - Limited to 50 numbered copies
Content:
Exhibition of Dreams in progress - limited edition CD
Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary - 20 pages artbook


"Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" 20 pages artbook 

Additional offer
Buy two or more CD's from the REMY catalog, and get the "Exhibition of Dreams 20th anniversary" 20 pages artbook for free.

Pre-order from www.desertedislandmusic.nl


* Please note that the artwork is not definitive yet, so it might be subject of change within coming weeks.