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MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS
We only release music that’s brave enough to break with convention. But you must be very brave to break with your own conventions. Arjuna strips down his music. Naked, vulnerable. Redefined all of his well known songs together with a group of great classical artists. The presentation of this special project took place during the KROOKS by day event. This release contains the live recordings, with the artwork by Berbe Rinders Art.
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Een jaar geleden ging ik met een aantal mensen naar de compositie Music for 18 Musicians van Steve Reich. Dat was heel erg hypnotiserend en inspirerend. Naast het concert was er ook een gedeelte voor theorie en hoe Reich de verschillende loopjes over elkaar heen legt. Ik heb die avond gelijk een track gemaakt die daarop geïnspireerd was. Daarbij heb ik verschillende ritmes over elkaar heen gelegd die een hypnotiserende brei van klanken vormen waarbij de track van heel leeg naar heel vol ging. Toen ik dit aan Satori liet horen was hij gelijk verkocht en volgende week komt het hier allemaal bij elkaar in mijn release MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS.
The first time I saw Darkside was during ADE at the Concertgebouw. I hadn’t bought a ticket in advance and had actually never heard of Darkside before, but decided to go and check it out. Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington gave a tailor-made instrumental classical performance for the Concertgebouw and it was very impressive. It felt really next level. I’ve never had so many goosebumps in one hour! Besides, I loved the fact that the crowd sat down and only paid attention to the music. That’s definitely something I want recurring during MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS.
Early on, without me really knowing, I made sort of ambient-like music. When I played it to Isis, she told me it reminded her strongly of Philip Glass. I started listening to his music and I very much liked his repeating modern music with a lot of classical and electronic elements. I also enjoy the repeating voices a lot. It’s really an art to hypnotise people with limited means and a lot of repetition and still get them to understand your music. His music is also a precursor to modern electronic music.
JEAN MICHEL JARRE
Around 2000 when I first started listening seriously to electronic music, one of the first artists I encountered was Jean Michel Jarre and his albums Équinoxe and Oxygène. Although they were released in the late seventies they still felt very innovatory. He makes that French synthesizer filterhouse with a lot of narratives, just like Daft Punk started doing with the release of the Discovery album. That kind of storytelling is something I try to put in MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS as well.