Wieman futuring Jos 'Mad Mod' Smolders - Alive Futarist Minifesta
Korm Plastics KP 3062/Attentuation Circuit ACU 1005
CD only - 200 copies
In 1914 Luigi Russolo wrote his famous 'Art Of Noise' manifest. The
100th anniversary of 'Futurism' was celebrated all over the world but
also in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Wieman was invited to perform their
meltpot of futurist noise and since Tilburg is the hometown of their
close friend Jos Smolders, and since he has switched to modular
synthesis (and his synthesizer looks like a space ship control unit
anyway), it was decided we would join forces for this project. In the
usual fashion of home preparation and then spending a day to sort out
the sequence of the tracks, Wieman and Smolders set to work, plundering
freely from recordings of Russolo's original 'Intonarumori'
instruments, via the sixties soundtracks of sci-fi movies (Star Trek,
2001 A Space Odyssey), Vivenza's machine recordings, industrial music
and afro futurism, Wieman applied their usual meltpop techniques, while
Smolders added his modular synth madness. It's bursting with mechanical
rhythms, spacey choirs, and machine noise as well as sampled spoken
word. In accordance with true meltpop the guessing game (hmmm, where
have I hear this before?) is yours.
Wieman is the project of Roel Meelkop & Frans de Waard; the logical
runner-up to Goem, first called Zèbra, but in 2012 they changed their
name to Wieman. They call their music meltpop and take conceptual
approaches to create new music. They created new pieces out of the
catalogue of Factory Records, worked with music that had the word
'music' in it, remixed music from the cassette label Limbabwe Tapes,
provided music for a performance leading up to screening of 'El Topo'
by Alejandro Jodorowsky (together with Ben Schot), worked with Wally
van Middendorp (of Minny Pops), reworked Cybe (80s synth musician) for
an LP, dissected classical notions in pop music and even mined their
own Goem catalogue as the source of music for a new piece of music.
They only work on commissioned music.
Jos Smolders is a composer and mastering engineer, who recorded for
Korm Plastics, Quiet Artworks and Staalplaat, is a member of THU20 and
WaSm (together with Frans de Waard) and whose motto is that "Getting
into the headspace and understanding the perspective of the artist is
essential". His mastering clients include Merzbow, Pierre Henry and
Scanner among many others.
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