SMK131 | Suzanne Peeters – A Short History of Actually Being

In contrast to Suzanne Peeters’ (1990) earlier works, ‘A Short History of Actually Being’ signifies a sharp turn towards a more minimalist aesthetic, offering the listener a wide ‘range of silences’ and melodic fragmentation. Still, her auditory autograph is obviously present in all seven pieces: a focus on simple harmonic structures, musical coloring and slow rhythmic changes signify the charming world of this Belgian composer.

The seven tracks on this album are specifically written for the short-film ‘The life and times of Siddhartha Gautama’, directed by the French movie producer Philip Caron. While the film has unfortunately only been shown during Leiden’s film festival (2017), the soundtrack itself has appeared several times through public media.

Peeters currently lives and works in the city of The Hague, The Netherlands – being granted a meager financial compensation through De Bescheidenheid’s funding network.

‘A Short History of Actually Being’ has been recorded in summer, 2017 with generous financial support of De Bescheidenheid. Many thanks to Maria Afonso for conducting the piece and Bert Geelink for keeping us on the right track. The scores of this piece are kept at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag.

SMK109 | De Methode – :​/​/​GGL MK04 – Curtain

What be this? Why, my Smikkelelves, it’s another batch of off-beat, instrumental investigations from Rijnsburg’s greatest troubadour and circuit-botherer in living memory. .://GGL MK04 – Curtain is to all intents and purposes a set of late night VHS soundtracks probably birthed by an all night brainstorm in Den Haag, where our hero now lives. For there is definitely something of the existential slipperiness of Den Haag in this music. Louche fumblings, furtive suggestions, late night wanderings through lonely places; all seen through a lens that keeps going on the blink, a neon city-scape viewed through a film of old TV static.

Tracks like ‘Houses’ and ‘Trainwreck’ have a furtive feel to them, something narsty in the schuur and it’s not rotting narcissus bulbs, Squire. Fever is a sort of lofi Suuns, squiggles and glitches bubble away as we get a sn(e)aky vocal thrown in now and again. A hint of Barry Adamson’s loucheness here, and echoes of Laurel Halo cutesiness elsewhere (in ‘Insomnia’, for example). In fact the whole LP could be Tinder talking to Grindr when we humanoids aren’t looking. The beat throughout is that stentorian Art of Noise biff, but played on a kitchen appliance. It’s weirdly enjoyable. I’d imagine his bedroom needs fumigating.

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