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Tropendrift

by Dirk Johan Stromberg

Noise, and balancing it both sonically and formally, is the primary acoustic element that Dirk concerns himself with. The composer's fascination with acoustic instruments as well as technology has led to his pursuit of trying to integrate the two and henc
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1. Thailand: Bangkok R &R
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
13:13 album only
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2. Thailand: Chieng Mai: The Fortune Teller
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
7:41 album only
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3. Thailand: Mae Sai: The Border
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3:00 album only
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4. Malaysia: Georgetown
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
5:50 album only
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5. Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
5:34 album only
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6. Malaysia: Jahore Baru
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
2:02 album only
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7. Singapore I: 8 Dec. 1942. 04:15AM
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
11:06 album only
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8. Singapore II: POW
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
7:13 album only
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9. Singapore III: Bugis Street
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
1:20 album only
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10. The Goddess of Love I
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
8:06 album only
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11. The Goddess of Love II
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
3:16 album only
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12. The Goddess of Love III
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
5:40 album only
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13. Dance of the Monkeys I
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
1:47 album only
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14. Dance of the Monkeys II
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
4:03 album only
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15. Dance of the Monekys III
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
7:34 album only
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16. Singapore I: The Strait
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
0:00 album only
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17. Singapore II: The Plantation
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
0:00 album only
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18. Singapore III: Kranji Memorial
Dirk Johan Stromberg/Albert Hagenaars
0:00 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I first read Tropendrift / Tropical Drift in December 2004. I was immediately attracted to it because of its sexuality, longing and beauty. Inspired by Tropendrift, I dropped my plans to move to Europe and set off on a three-month trip to Asia to try and gain a better understanding of the aesthetics underlying the book.

My perception of the poetry changed greatly during this trip. The work began to assume the rhythms that friends sang to me, the time of the locations and the new world of sounds that had enveloped me – those of tuk-tuks, wet markets and a language that sang in a melodious monotone.

Financially exhausted by my trip, I headed off to play on a cruise ship in Mexico in order to finance my work on Tropendrift.

After a few months on the ship, I returned to NYC to finish translating the sketches into a composition and to record.

During the recording process, I was amazed at the depth of the book. So many layers of meaning and sub-currents surfaced that I had not seen or clearly realized before as I completed the sessions – over a year after first having delved deeply into the book. After a couple of months, the work was on hard disk and I took it with me to be mastered in the Philippines, the country of origin of my wife Sheryl.

When finishing the recording during monsoon rain at the Taal volcano, I realized the work had finally come home.

Tropendrift includes only 18 of the 48 spectacular poems of the book. The poems have been selected on the basis of my own personal experiences and the desire to retain the flow and form of the book.

The work consists of two parts, each with three movements, which in turn comprise three subsections. Any movement of the work can either stand independently or play its role in the larger context of the composition, as the listener desires.

The author of the poetry prefers to have the subsections of the movements that deal with the same theme segued together – such as the Goddess of Love and Dance of the Monkeys.

The work is meant for a performance with all parts performed life with the addition of some looping, automated diffusion and artificial intelligence.

Dirk Johan Stromberg, 2005



Dirk Johan Stromberg is an American musician. His passions in music are inspired by a nomadic lifestyle that began at birth. Having grown up in Europe (Great Britain, Switzerland and The Netherlands) music as a common language of expression is a strong theme in his music. Later, having lived in Texas and New York City, the vast cultural divide and the intolerable similarities between Europe and the United States along with the book Tropendrift he was driven to South East Asia, which has had a profound influence on his music and philosophy.

His musical influences come from classical, jazz, improvised, pop, music of South Asia, the Far East and the avant-guard. Being interested in the spontaneity and intimacy in performance, his compositional style, performance and research are based on combinations of exploring sound pallets of acoustic instruments and their integrations with technology through the use of artificial intelligence and re-synthesis techniques in reactive, semi-improvised and aleatoric performances.

Dirk’s music has been performed in Europe and the United States including; Bucharest, Istanbul, Amsterdam and New York City and his music has been programmed on several radio stations throughout the United States along with several online radio communities. His music appears on several compilations and a two CD set of Dirk’s composition Tropendrift released by In de Knipscheer based on the poetry of Dutch poet Albert Hagenaars.

He has been a composer in residence at STEIM (Studio for Electronic Instrumental Music) and has received recognition for his work from ISAM (Institute for Study in American Music) and MATA (Music At The Anthology).

Dirk Stromberg also works as a production consultant in music and performer and has produced several CDs and DVD's of electro-acoustic and acoustic music and performs regularly internationally.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Music from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is currently on faculty at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. His current projects include physical as well as web-instillations (in collaboration with David C. Scott), a work for saxophonist Robert Reigle, an opera and a book about musical evolution and style entitled, "Timeline to an Aesthetic: a Look at a Canon and Composer's Musical DNA."

about his music

Dirk Johan Stromberg has dedicated his work to music that is founded in the live performance experience, a passion that stems from his work as an improviser. His compositions delve not only into aspects of improvisation and chance but also deal with reactive performance, real-time composition and the implementation of technology in acoustic music. His interests in reactive performance and real-time composition have manifested themselves in the creation of intelligent computer programs and alternate notation systems as well as the formation of the group Lente, which has allowed for collaborations that have helped cultivate these ideas. Dirk further implements technology to deal with sound in space in such a way that sound diffusion becomes an intricate performance element and further making a performance a separate experience from a recording.

Noise, and balancing it both sonically and formally, is the primary acoustic element that Dirk concerns himself with. The composer's fascination with acoustic instruments as well as technology has led to his pursuit of trying to integrate the two and hence works mostly with live sampling and re-synthesis. His approach to re-synthesis allows the composer to blur the line between what is part of the acoustic performance and what is computer aided/generated sound.

about his performing

Exploring the nature of sound and its perception has led Dirk to explore his own instrument the guitar. Often making the guitar sound more like a gamelan orchestra rather than a guitar through acoustic manipulation. In recent years his work with prepared guitar, influenced by the works of John Cage, has been a main focus in his improvised music. As well as being a jazz guitarist his work as an improvisor has led to a solo career as well as currently playing with Islak Kopek, the first electro-acoustic free improvisation ensemble in Turkey, whose debut album, also engineered by Dirk, will be released in the fall of 2006.

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