This album has a snappy title but some extended and moderately minimal music. It is produced with two analog synthesizers and two Casio sk1 keyboards simultaneously. Little to no overdubbing or editing, which adds to a more vivacious experience. Fit for background, concentration, ambient, non-music. Listen hither or Buy it, it is only 12 cents per minute.
Welcome to a sonic expedition. Follow the link to start your trip. BREAKERS offers a variety of timbres, rhythms and melodies that are adventurous and inspirational. Everything from a poly-rhythmic upbeat noise track to a cruise along the coast of uncharted artistry.
Johann Kauth asked me to make a tape for his Stenze Quo label. I was honored and immediately became inspired by the idea of releasing a cassette. I decided to make this album as analog as I could. I used only Casio keyboards and a different Casio for every song. In the end I also used two Yamahas and a Korg Minipops rhythmbox and some analog echo effects. The tracks are mostly instrumental easy going pop miniatures with little or no abstractions or experimentation. The tape was released and re-released in 2010 as a limited edition. The original silkscreen artwork (not on Bandcamp) and the print on the cassette are by Johann. download here
“VISITORS is probably best described as an excellent project coughed up by the illustrious creative mind of a certain individual named BERTIN. It also might be that visitors from outer space had visited him and reprogrammed BERTIN to be the mouth and musical brain to express their cultural approved foreign alien propaganda, against his own will. ”
“this tape has 9 songs and they all are material of an excellent catchy kind. Not over the top poppy, very sci-fi, but all done in a friendly and good mannered way.”
This is the quintessential VISITORS album from 2012. A tribute to 20th-century sci-fi, composed in catchy electro-pop songs. It’s a reflection on life as we know it, from a God’s eye view of extraterrestrial aliens and futuristic robots.
I’m proud of the music, the lyrics and the concept. Besides this music, many music video’s were made and concerts were given. I want to thank my fellow visitors who performed with me on stage, acted in the video’s and helped with the workshop’s and filming.
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.
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.