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by Jaap Blonk

Pieces for electronics and voice of astonishing variety. Musique concrète, beats, sound poetry, minimal techno, a manifesto, soundscapes and more: it’s all there on this record.
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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1. Yeah Poo Wap
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2. Boring Conversation
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3. One Among Many
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4. Circular Deprivation
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5. Cacotok
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6. Dirges (For Hugo Ball)
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7. Irrelevant Comments
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8. Bubble & Squeak
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9. Some Attempts
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10. Knackersumm
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11. Raadgevingen Voor De Jonge Maker
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12. Slight Incision
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13. Burning Tongues
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14. Interesting Conversation
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15. Alisha's Dance
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16. A Song for My Dentist
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Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.
He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.
In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music.
A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.
From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.
He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics and visuals the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
Starting with a commission of Stanford University in 2012, he has embarked on presenting multi-channel work as well.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.
He received grants for composition both in the Netherlands and abroad.

In the 1990s he started making larger-scale drawings of his scores, which developed into an independent body of visual work and is now being exhibited regularly in different countries.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 25 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype, Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records, Scumbag Relations and Balance Point Acoustics.
His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in August, 2013, entitled "KLINKT".



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