vrijdag 17 april 2015

Archives 1

Tomorrow I will be present again with Deserted Island Music at the annual E-Day Festival in Theater De Enck Oirschot.
In first instance to sell my physical albums (I also have available some discounted products; just drop by if you are at the festival too), but also to promote my new digital download release "Archives 1", which will be released on this same day.

Here are details about the "Archives 1" release:
Since the early 90s, Remy registered an uncountable amount of compositions, improvisations, try-outs, sketches, studies and performances.
Remy always felt the need to release a lot of this material, but with such a huge variety of recordings, it was never possible to release everthing.
During the selection process for the released REMY-albums, a lot of music was rejected. Simply because these tracks didn't fit into the concept or feeling of the specific release.
A large amount of unfinished tracks, sketches, etc. will definitely never be released. And there also is enough stuff that is absolutely not good enough by means of technique and recording.
But through “Archives” there is this possibility to publish and share a lot of these recordings. Recordings that otherwise would never have seen the light.
Besides the fact that “Archives” offers music that could never be heard before, it gives the perfect insight into Remy's musical and artistic world, as well as it might also help to understand the direction Remy's music evolved into.
“Archives 1” contains material from 2004 until 2006.

1. To The Sea (studio, 20-12-2005) 9'11
2. Sleep Music (improvisation, 1-7-2006) 15'00
3. Silent Hill (improvisation, 20-1-2004) 20'09
4. Turn Of The Tides (concert, 8-4-2006) 25'11

Here you can hear excerpts from each song:

"Archives 1" consists of mastered archives recordings and will be available as 320 kbps MP3 and 16 bit / 44,1 kHz FLAC. The accompanied artwork contains the necessary background information on each of the tracks, as well as some photos from the period of the specific music pieces.

The digital download only release "Archives 1" coincides with the launch of the renewed Deserted Island Music website/webshop: www.desertedislandmusic.nl.
Although there still have to be made some more adjustments, feel free to already let me know your opinion and experience with the site. Indeed as soon as it is online.

maandag 13 april 2015

Free Arts Lab photoshoot

This afternoon Jeroen, Petter and I had a photoshoot for Free Arts Lab. The shoot was done by Nausikäa de Blaauw, who already made some great live photos during our concert at the Pletterij, last year.
We were allowed to make photographs at "De Hallen", an arts gallery in the centre of Haarlem.
This location offered excellent opportunities for making some nice and surprising compositions.
Although the gallery is closed for public on Mondays, we were allowed to access all rooms, exposition areas, and also the roof.
So we had all freedom to pose.

We already got an impression from the results from the camera's display, but I am really excited and looking forward to see the full resolution final results. Photos will be shared as soon as there is made a selection.

maandag 6 april 2015

Groove's New Year's Party - free audio download

As you already could have read, I participated on Groove New Year's Party, at Theatre De Enck in Oirschot, on January 11.
A free download containing the first 36 minutes of the jamsession can be obtained from the Groove Unlimited website.

The registration consists of the unedited stereomix, and therefor also contains mistakes and some mixing issues. But it definitely gives a good impression of the performance and the atmosphere.
It is great to hear things sounded a lot better and more organised than I had in mind when being on stage.
About the downloadable audio track:
The track contains announcements and introduction of the musicians by Ron Boots, who didn't join the musicians, but took care of the live front of house mixing.

Featuring musicians (in order of appearance):
0:00 - 0:43 - Introduction by Ron Boots
0:43 - 6:35 - Intro by Eric van der Heijden, René Splinter and Harold van der Heijden
6:35 - 14:45 - Introduction of the other musicians: Jeffrey Haster (Synthex), René de Bakker (Beyond Berlin), Martin Peters (Beyond Berlin), Remy Stroomer, Bas Broekhuis, Frank Dorittke (F.D. Project), and start of Sequence 1 (by René de Bakker)
14:45 - 25:35 - Sequence 2 (by me)
25:35 - 36:15 -  Sequence 3 (by Jeffrey Haster)

I think there is potential to give continuation to this project. We'll see...
For now: enjoy listening!