yup, we swopped places inside the Zwijsenpand. Moved out off our little place into a much bigger one: the former vault of the building, where “they” stored all their important papers. Now we’re storing all of our rubbish there and we’re sharing it with Jorn Kortooms. Give us a call when you’re in the neighborhood and we’ll record some shit or just hang out!
August 27th is the date to remember. Your favorite mofo’s from VA have been travelling, touring, working etc. and now we’re all back in town. Time for a party! Cheap beers and fun, a lot of fun! Be there!
27th of August 2009
start: 20:00 hrs
Gasthuisring 58 Tilburg
Little more than a week ago we had our third edition of the Optimus Prime Noise fest. About 20 acts were playing for about 12 minutes each (with the odd lengthier exception) and styles ranged from the obvious harsh noise versions to kinda postrock, kinda artrock, kinda ambient drone and kinda tribal/industrial. Somebody was even making coffee during his set.
Apart from some minor technical difficulties, the program had a continuous flow. When one act had finished his/her thing, the next one started and so it moved on. Resulting in a big wave of noise for the audience to enjoy. So yeah, it’s quite safe to say that we’re happy about the night.
Our friends from Teringtyfuskanker were filming all night long and the results can be found on their youtube channel. To get you started, find a clip below of the excellent opener of the night: Vrienden van de Duitse Keuken.
Odal. Fokkin Odal. Man, I don’t have enough words to describe this guy. He’s everything we would like to be. Watch him (full frontal) below.
Neurobit is the alter ego of Dutch breakcore wizard Bas Welling aka Rioteer, as which he has been working up quite a storm in the European breakcore scene with his own blend of heavy breakcore, speedcore and just plain weirdness. His roots lie in all kinds of electronic music, a big blend of punk and even the odd African Percussive Music. As Neurobit however, he explores the sonic fields of gameboy mayhem.
Mind you, it is not exactly what you might normally connect with the usual bleeps and bits of gameboy music. On Sonic Romanticide we hear a more darker and noisier side of the genre. This nicely designed 3” CDR, released by Germany’s Retinascan, does start off with a pleasing and lovely short bootyshaker called Für Benita, but from there on it is a journey through the sonic wastelands of 8bit chipstyle.
On Serenity Disturbance we hear the deserted outbacks where even Mario doesn’t dare to drive his cart anymore, but where we wouldn’t be too surprised if we run into a lonely deranged drifter straight out of a Mad Max movie.
Useless Boredom Rigid Apathy crosses the border towards more psychedelic territories, with its repetitive score of warm and deep bleeps. Subsequently paving the way for more elongate droning in the finishing track Dronesuite in D, which transports you right into space and away from it all.
Find it also at the Earlabs site.
There’s a guy with a long line of drool hanging out of his mouth in the clip below… shaking uncontrollably and slamming his fists on the table in front of him. Man! He’s really getting into it! He’s the new kid on the harsh noise block: Svartvit. Born out of the clay in Mierlo, he’s ready to throw around some dirt in Tilburg, next friday. Don’t expect a lightshow though…
Pu:ppkakkbaggrlull… I still cannot write down their name without checking their myspace first… but anyway, we love them here at Vatican Analog Headquarters and this year they’ll make their hatrick at the Optimus Prime Noise fest! How cool is that? Way cool, for sure. Have an appetizer with the short clip below, from a gig they did at last year’s ZXZW, also here in Tilburg at the Sounds recordstore.
From Gent (Belgium) comes one Andy Eeckhaut, better known as O.M.S.-N.M.A, a project that mixes experimental electronica, electro acoustic music, noise and dark ambient into a hot and steamy brew. His compositions are centered around field recordings and analogue modulation, but live a big slice of improvisation peeks around the corner, giving his pre-recorded pieces extra depth and heart. Below a clip of a gig he did at the Støy På Landet festival in June, last year.
Kevin Shea? Yeah! Kevin the Shea! You know, he’s that hyperactive spastic drummer and stage gymnast from Brooklyn based party noise and blood pumping free improv outfit… Talibam! With his compadre Matt Mottel he already entertained quite a crowd in our little hometown that we call Tilburg (and just recently in Paradox). This time he’ll perform solo and we’re very curious what it is that he’ll bring. Here a little Talibam! clip to make you remember his capabilities.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HxHYN7Nm28]
Horacio Pollard was born in Ibiza in the summer of 1981, he moved to the UK when he was 5 years old, went to college 2001 and it was there that he met Richard Harrison (aka Badboy, Rupert murder, Animal fact) & started to experiment with noise with their project Doggs. He has made many releases all of which vary greatly ie. drum machine industrial kinda stuff to more avant noise freak out jobbies.
He is half of weirdo pop noise outfit 55 blues, and guitarist in outdoor phenomena cau_cational betreet plus countless other one-off projects. His label Neigh Music is constantly releasing interesting unique stuff and he is currently developing a recording studio in East London, Iceni Village, which will be a dedicated noise recording ‘plaza’.
and he makes videooooooooooos: