Just another night in a bar in Kampen city somewhere in February 2002. Two old acquaintances get to talking and of course it’s all about music. One of them (Timon Straatsma) is mainly a connoisseur with an almost obsessive passion for sound, the other (Bram v/d Oever) is a practicing musician. That night a plan is forged: Gluid (sort of dutch for sound).
Timon, armed with a MiniDisc recorder and microphones, will record sounds and atmospheres after which Bram will construct music with these recordings. Main objective is to keep the sounds as pure as possible and to definitely not use any ‘real’ instruments, drum computers, synths or samples from other sources. Only Bram’s strange habit of damaging cd’s from his collection (resulting in jitters, tics and glitches), setting ashtrays on fire, nearly blowing up speakers and making bizarre throat noises was allowed…
From the first session with toy box, wine glasses and pounding on floating barrels arises ‘Ekal Naws’. The two are enthusiastic with the result. Timon now takes his recorder and microphones with him everywhere he goes and Bram creates a load of sketches for more tracks. But than comes a period in which Timon is mainly otherwise occupied and Bram on the other hand has lots of free time on his hands. Bram decides to finish the sketches by himself. After that the forged plan comes apart and Gluid is slowly forgotten.
It isn’t until sometime in 2005 that Bram lets some other people listen to the tracks. A musician friend (Marc Fien aka MAGA) encourages him to send Gluid to esc.rec. and also sound engineer/musician Jasper Koekoek of the Paperboat Collective is enthusiastic and offers to remaster the disc and strike a few tracks. Some striking, mastering and sending happened and here is the result: Gluid!
released 31 January 2006
Composed and arranged by Bram v/d Oever. All sounds recorded with microphones, most of them on MiniDisc, by Timon Straatsma. Recorded in 2002, created and manipulated in 2002/2003. Originally mastered by John Alonzo. Second master by Jasper Koekoek. Design by Harco Rutgers.
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