The summer has come in though is almost gone again,
Awe bleteþ after lomb
lhouþ after calue cu
(The ewe is bleating after her lamb,
The cow is lowing after her calf;
The bullock is prancing,
The billy-goat farting,…)
excerpt from ‘the Medieval round ‘Sumer is Icumen In‘)
Just in time to round off the summer, I finished a new song cycle, which, hopefully, won’t oblige you to bleat your dissapproval 🙂
I wrote five short poems, thematically going from the effect of a mere hum to the impact of loud music in a dark dancing. I The cycle is composed for Annelies Van Hijfte and Frederik Martens of whom I very much admire their diligent excursions the the vast aural landscapes of the ‘Lieder’. The fun thing is, that I foresaw the possibiltiy that this set of five songs may be accompanied on a Oberheim OB6 synth in stead of the big black beast of always. It’s my own minor attempt to force some 21st century atmosphere in one of the most established statements of classical musical performances.
Meanwhile many things are going on. A recording of three songs of the coming ‘Carbon fixation’ program is currently put together. Annelies Van Hijfte is re-recording two ‘old’ Hardscore songs. The five songs will be produced by Rich Mouser, the American producer, a real plug in studio magician, heavily recommended by Ronald Dhaene, the drummer of our band, who let him master him his own ‘endless tracks’ with nothing less than stunning results.
Also, Tomas Hendriks is in the artistic throes for his last two visual instalments for our premiere of Carbon Fixation on October 26th in De Bijloke. Please don’t forget to write this date in your iPhones!
And on October 6th Beat Love Oracle will make its official debut in a try out concert in ‘TREFPUNT’ at 9PM. Seven pieces I composed and two by Frank Debruyne will be presented to the wider world.
Last but not least, the three smartest guys on the block, together Headliner, the curators of ‘Voorwaarts Maart/En Avant Mars’, asked me to compose
a string quartet which will be put in a ‘time capsule’ for 15 years. The idea is that this composition only will be performed in 2033. ‘The Future’ is the overall theme of their third festival project. Undoubtedly, their future is very different compared to mine. It might be that I already will be ‘history’ then. These notes might become so the last remnants of my life devoted to the scribbling (virtual as well as actual) of black dots on sometimes reluctantly waiting staves. Wait and see is to be taken very literally this time…