Random Songs 20?? – 20?? (2010)

I record a lot and some songs are never released on an album. Sometimes they just don’t make the cut, and often they don’t fit in with the rest of the tracks. Kill your darlings, they say.

The album cover and the title are both a homage to R. Stevie Moore. A very prolific artist who released as many as 400 albums. Lp’s, CD’s, Cassettes, some on labels, some self-released.

This album features the 2005 hit song Lucky Bamboo. A song about the Tiger mosquito that is imported into The Netherlands nesting in ship containers containing Bamboo from China.

The Voice (2009)

A unique album comprised of tracks made on lyrics of Frank Sinatra songs. Guitar, synth, percussion and effectious vocals by Bertin. Get it at Spotify.

Nur Elektronische Gerate im Tropischer Garten (2007)

In the winter of 2007 I got the opportunity to be an ‘artist in residence’ for a short while and work in the CEM studio embedded in Worm, Rotterdam. There, near the very pittoresque (when snow-covered) Delfshaven, I got to fool around with a rare and antic ARP 2500 modular synthesizer (from the early 70’s !) and also some other impressive 19″ rack with a mixture of analog synth modules. Basically just a whole lot of buttons, matrix systems and patch cables for me to get lost in.
After a few days of investigating and experimenting I had figured out the basic capabilities of the machines and got to appreciate not only the warm ’round’ sound of the oscillators and filters, but also the notably instability of the old analog set and figured out the logic of a ten step sequencer.

In the end, I edited my recordings into twelve nice-sounding miniatures and compiled an album of it. Each track is given the name of exotic fruit to accentuate each specific flavor. Mind you, it’s without doing any mastering. So it might not win the loudness war. But his is a chance for listeners to come close to experiencing the dynamic quality of analog synthesizers.

Sprokkelkennis (2005)

A pretty unknown album, I sometimes forget about it myself, but this one is actually damn good. Never a boring moment! I made it while I lived and acted in an artist-run venue for experimental music, performance art Extrapool, Nijmegen. Famous for the Knust printshop.

This album is sonic, glitchy, and borderline experimental. Combining sound art and noise with catchy melodic instrumentals. It is dense, but also playful and friendly at times, like most of my music really.

Joyeux (2004)

This album is one great merriment or delight. Made with Casio keyboards and some Korg ms-20 space sounds. Inspired mostly by easy tune Martin Denny, Popcorn, instrumental hollywood music from the 50’s and 60’s, but I can’t promise it sounds that way.

It’s available on Spotify.

It does however feature the immensly popular track Videorecorder. Which is available on 7″ vinyl

The artwork is an altered reproduction of T-rex’s Ride a white swan compilation album (1972). An album I have listened to a lot.

Digitally distorted miniatures (2003)

Released by me on the Olé records label, initiated by Pieter Kock of O Tannenbaum fame. An album, more or less like Sprokkelkennis only with more guitar and vocals. Button up remix is made for the new Button Boss button maker of the Halfwithal, Nijmegen. Traveling emix is a remix of a Lee Scratch Perry track. The track Dinner is Ruined is an homage to the Canadian band fronted by Dale Morningstar.

Most of the tracks are pretty distorted, pitched, and speed up. The guitar tracks sound a little similar to John Frusciante’s Niandra Lades or Usually Just A T-shirt more-than-excellent album.

I found the album on Youtube, but it is also available of Spotify.

None (2002)

Recorded on 4-track tape with a microphone, guitar and a Casio sk-1. This is one of my most intimate lo-fi albums. It’s on Spotify

Wasting precious summertime (1998)

This is the first album that I released as a Cdr and demo-tape back in 1998. It’s song-based lo-fi music in the same line as Beck, Ween, and Smog.

On this album I had fun experimenting with loops and beats. The samples and loops in these recordings are made with a prepared record player. The echo effect on Racecars and Horses is created with two cassette players. Other instruments and sound effects I used are Spanish guitar, melodica, television, and I made beats with Propellerhead Rebirth.

All songs were written and recorded between 22th and 29th of Juli 1998 on a four-track cassette recorder and digitally remastered in the spring of 2000. The original master was lost and the audio is taken from a twenty year old CDR meaning the first track has some glitches. Other than that it is exactly how it sounded in 1998.

Produced by Bertin. Thanks to Jaap Schuurman and Rik Simon.