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Label & Cat.Number: Lona Records Locd71r
Release Year: 2011
Note: high quality live recording made in London, Dez. 2006; abstract drones & experimental musique concrete, ever changing & very "pure" sounds.. ; lim. 100
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €10.00
More Info"Recorded live during LMC's 15th Annual Festival of Experimental Music at the ICA in London on December 15th 2006. Many thanks to the LMC for their good care and especially to Benedict Drew for inviting me.
Bio: Roel Meelkop (1963) studied visual arts and art theory at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
During a post-graduate course at the same academy he decided to dedicate his work to sound and music. His musical activities date back to the early eighties when he started THU20, together with Jac van Bussel, Peter Duimelinks, Jos Smolders and Guido Doesborg. THU20 have released several tapes and CD's and performed regularly in Europe.
The working method of THU20 included many discussions about how to compose and why. This period was crucial in forming his ideas and concepts about sound and how to organise it, but it was not until the mid nineties that he was able to fully realise these ideas. The purchase of a sampler and later a computer radically changed his possibilities of working with sound, offering infinitely more control and freedom.
Since then he has worked steadily on a body of work, most of which was recieved enthusiastically in the small but dedicated world of sound art. His other activities include working with Kapotte Muziek and GOEM and organising sound events, mostly in Rotterdam.
Aside from releases, Meelkop also creates site-specific sound installations and performance pieces in collaboration with other artists." [label info]
"As someone who saw quite a few solo concerts by Roel Meelkop, I happen to know that he prepares his concerts and repeats pieces in different places, before arriving perhaps at the final (studio) version of that piece. I didn't see/hear this particular concert at London's LMC, in 2006, but apparently mister Meelkop is still satisfied with the result to release it. I am not sure if this is a microphone recording or a line recording, or perhaps a combination of both. Its a piece that is classical Meelkop: it features almost all of his interests: found sound, acoustic sound, computer processing, bits of rhythm (processed percussion perhaps), microsound and fine montage techniques. Sometimes building up to a large crescendo before cutting out at the highest peak and moving into something entirely different. A narrative piece with no narration, and perhaps a kind of narration you should think of yourself. Forty-four minutes of sheer silence and loud moves - microsound at its best. Music that requires your full concentration, best be heard in a dimly lit room, eyes closed and let it work for itself. If ever you want to put on a concert with this kind of music, Roel Meelkop is your man to play a perfect concert." [FdW/Vital Weekly]
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