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Modular Works 2015Q1

by Jos Smolders

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Donald Harney This is my favorite release of 2015 so far, comprised of four electronic masterpieces which are warm and playfully complex enough to warrant many repeated deep listens. These homages to Robert Hampson and Pierre Henry are outstanding. Favorite track: TomTomTomTom.
TomTomTomTom 11:56


“I composed these works during the first months of 2015. They are clearly defined constructions, built in a modernistic fashion. The sounds have a character of their own (objets musicales) but I force my will onto them and thus create a composition. In the months before this production I had been restoring and mastering 10 albums of the music of Pierre Henry. That, as always, had a great influence on my state of mind as a composer. The theatrical approach of Henry is clearly audible in these works. I started with a certain mood in my head and worked from there. First collecting the initial sounds (objets sonores), reworking and editing them and in the mean time placing them in a timeline. Three of the works are dedicated to Robert Hampson, who can be such an inspiring conversationalist on the subject of Musique Concrete.” — Jos Smolders, Tilburg, July 2015

Playing with sound and music for 30 years, co-editing Vital Magazine, and founding THU20, a supergroup of the Dutch experimental underground, Jos Smolders has been a significant contributor to the electronic music community. In addition to his work as a sound artist, he founded EARLabs.org in 1998, eventually turning it into a website dedicated to the fledgling netaudio scene, which combined aspects of online magazine, online label, mastering services and social media functionalities in a revolutionary way. A writer, editor, sound designer, composer, producer and pioneer, Jos Smolders uses his broad experience to perfect and polish the sound of artists including Pierre Henry, Jim Jarmusch, Jozef van Wissem, Merzbow and Scanner.


released September 15, 2015

Composed by Jos Smolders.
Cover art by LIA.


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