zaterdag 5 oktober 2019

Saturday 5 October - Vrooom #75

Saturday 5 October 2019

Vrooom #75: Instruments Make Play on tour


location: Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht – Ebenhaëzerstraat 52A, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro

Tonight's Vrooom event is an Instruments Make Play (see for more info below) festival spin-off with mindblowing performances from Jasna Veličković, Anton Mobin, Calum Stirling, and Chris Meighan. These performances are part of a small tour which also includes shows in Amsterdam (Oct 4 @ De Fabriek Volkskamer) and Deventer (Oct 6 @ Kunstenlab).

Jasna and Anton first met at WORM last December during the Instruments Make Play festival, where they demonstrated their own creations; Jasna’s Velicon and Anton’s Prepared Chamber. Since then, it obviously made sense for them to start working together as a duo, as their approach to the instruments seemed complementary and the aesthetics they each develop in their music could offer an innovative new musical form. |

Calum Stirling's multidisciplinary art practice includes sculpture, sound, moving image and architectural intervention. He will be bringing his own developed, self-built Remote Village aka The Frolicsome Engines with him. This 64-channel electromechanical sound orchestra is part drum machine, part lo-fi sequencer that plays compositions with magnetic pedals on re-used musical instruments, children's toys and workplace waste. From angular staccato to loose swing, Calum's machine plays beats that are infected by the mechanical peculiarities and limitations of the unique construction of this machine. It's like a bastardization of a traditional fairground organ that tries to replicate the sound of an 808 drum machine, but ends up sounding like the rhythmic bump & grind of a regional British train as it bangs, squeaks and rattles.


Chris Meighan makes danceable electro with his 'Koffersynth' (suitcase synth), an all-in-one synthesizer, sequencer and drum computer built into an 80s Samsonite briefcase. He has been working on it for four years. The Koffersynth also provides video images. This creates a comprehensive multimedia experience. |

About Instruments Make Play:
Instruments Make Play is an event and production platform for self invented musical instruments and its inventors / makers. It takes shape in the form of live concerts, exchange, workshops, exhibitions and residencies. The first events were launched in November and December 2017, in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Deventer. Instruments Make Play is Initiated, programmed and produced by Lukas Simonis, Julie Dassaud and Harco Rutgers.

dinsdag 24 september 2019

Thursday 3 October - Europalia Romania

Thursday 3 October 2019

Vrooom x Europalia Romania:

┆ETTO BUBU – visuals

location: V11 – Wijnhaven t/o 101, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 end: 02:00 / presale: 8€

This night we will be taking a deep dive into Romania's captivating music scene. Together with co-hosts Sandwich Island, we proudly present lush Maneletronic pop, eclectic DJ sets and visuals. This event is co-organised in close collaboration with Europalia Arts Festival Romania. Take note: this is the first Vrooom-related event to take place on the V11 ship!

The music of this illustrious duo epitomizes much of Future Nuggets' trademark "Maneletronics", a style that incorporates Manele (or more specifically "proto-manele") which is a form of folk pop from Romania with influences from all over the Balkan. Proto-Manele was the soundtrack to the wedding parties in Romania during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Raze de Soare's "Albatros" EP on Future Nuggets is a spirited tribute to one of the most locally famous proto-manele bands, the eponymous Albatros. Raze de Soare mixes dope bass and lush synth melodies into a chilled psychedelic ‘80s sound to dance to.

Dragoş Rusu has been a prominent presence in Bucharest’s alternative music scene for over a decade. A DJ, journalist and music adventurer, he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Attic Magazine; an online music platform that covers a wide variety of music and promotes Romanian artists and music culture worldwide. Rusu's DJ sets know no boundaries, he can be spotted playing textural Techno or Acid House as well as intriguing outernational oddities; African, Greek, Turkish, Arabic rhythms, and occasionally contemporary gypsy music. Since 2016, Dragoş has been the artistic director and curator of the acclaimed Outernational Days, a festival of music and related arts that digs deep into various subcultures positioned at the periphery of the international sphere. |

Bogman is one of Bucharest's most versatile DJs. In the early ‘90s, he started a HipHop show for Radio Nova 22, the first independent radio station in Bucharest, and initiated the first Romanian HipHop parties. Later on he set up a series of social events together with DJ Vasile that turned a small games house into the The Web Club; a legendary place that every cool kid in town hung out at. In 2001, Bogman jumped the fence to New York, where he worked at the Turntable Lab store and became a resident DJ for Apt, and Nublu. Nowadays he is one of the programmers at the Control Club, one of the most important alternative music clubs in Bucharest.

┆ETTO BUBU┆– visuals
Computer games & interactive human things, devised by a human being, living and working in R'dam.



Since 1969, EUROPALIA has been organising arts biennales, each focusing on a different guest country. Its four-month multidisciplinary programme comprises hundreds of events throughout Belgium and in other European countries. EUROPALIA enthralls a broad European audience not only with exhibitions, but also with performing arts, music, literature, conferences and film. Heritage plays a significant part, but the contemporary scene is also generously covered; new creations and interaction between artists from the guest country and from Europe receive particular attention. EUROPALIA provides insights that avoid Eurocentrism. It stimulates open dialogue between cultures in an atmosphere of trust.

donderdag 29 augustus 2019

Wednesday 11 September - Vrooom #73

Wednesday 11 September 2019



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro

First Vrooom after the summer. Our probes have scanned the peripheral music scene of Argentina and found Vic Bang's cheerful micro tunes And Yoto's dadaesque electroclash. Görkem Arıkan will present his impressive “ARMonic” performance, utilizing a self-made gesture-based system. Music performances to liven up your otherwise presumably boring Wednesday evening.

Yoto is the off-the-wall solo project of Ignacio Sandoval; an artist born in Córdoba, Argentina. After being a singer, drummer and guitarist in multiple bands, he began working with SunVox (a modular synthesizer with a pattern-based sequencer) in 2017. Ignacio samples his own voice, various instruments and the sounds of all kinds of objects, resulting in a noisy collage of fractured but danceable rhythms. This all builds up to a rather explosive live performance. Next to his releases on Abyss, and Agva he also self-released seven other albums.

Victoria Barca is a self-taught musician​ who performs solo as Vic Bang. Like Yoto, she is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She creates joyful micro songs using samples, guitar loops, cute melodies and stuttering rhythms. She has been part of a wide variety of music projects since 2006 and recently performed at MUTEK festival. Her latest recordings were released by Abyss; currently one of the most exciting electronica labels in Argentina.

Görkem Arıkan is an interdisciplinary artist who creates gesture-based audiovisual performance systems, embracing the aesthetics of failure. He is the co-founder of A.I.D (Art Is Dead) which is non-profit collective that organises experimental music and performance events in Turkey. Görkem recently graduated from the Institute of Sonology and STEIM masters, where he built "ARMonic", which aims for an intimate relationship between the computer and body.

dinsdag 2 juli 2019

Wednesday 10 July - Vrooom #72

Wednesday 10 July 2019



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro

Vrooom skipped June but is back in full (d)ef(f)ect at Klooster Oude Noorden this month. On the program: the Rotterdam premiere of a brand new piece by Andy Moor (THE EX) and Yannis Kyriakides, a solo set by Lucie Nezri, and a duo set by Elvis Homan and Stefan Lievestro. An evening of celestial turkeys, sonological exploration, the soundtracking of dream texts, and more.

Sleep Talk is a new project by Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor (The Ex). Using dreams as source material, an algorithm generates sound based on the texts that are fed into it. The sounds originate from a three-day recording session in Venice during the Biennale, at the French Pavilion in October 2018. In concert Andy and Yannis add their performance and improvisation skills to create an intense, full soundtrack to the dream texts which are projected on a screen. The recorded voices of Scottish composer Genevieve Murphy and Italian comtemporary dancer Valentina Campora are added in English and Italian, retelling the dream and adding another layer to the this rich dense world of sound, words and image.
Andy Moor (The Ex) – guitar | Yannis Kyriakides – electronics | @andymoortheexpage

Lucie Nezri is a composer, performer, and DJ from France, currently studying at the Institute of Sonology. in her eclectic artistic practice, Nezri is drawn towards the use of probabilities, deviations and subjectivism. The more she carries on her explorations, the more she feels the need to get back to words and play with language as a compositional starting point.

Rotterdam-based duo who traverse the realm that stretches from ethereal beauty and bliss to mayhem and destruction. Stefan Lievestro has recorded with a wide variety of artists and performed with jazz artists like Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Next to that he leads two bands of his own and is the founder of Mainland Records. Elvis Homan is a Slovenian drummer and composer, who graduated at Codarts in 2017. He is a regular member and band leader of Quartzite 4tet.
Elvis Homan – drums, electronics, compositions | Stefan Lievestro – bass, pedal steel, electronics, compositions

This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie.

dinsdag 30 april 2019

Thursday 9 May - Vrooom #71

Thursday 9 May 2019


┆20 GUILDERS (Acid Mothers Temple, Miminokoto)

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:55 / entrance: 7 euro

Vrooom is checking in at Klooster Oude Noorden for an evening of catchy songs and playful sound. 20 Guilders is the Tokyo-Based duo of Suzuki Junzo and Mitsuru Tabata, who play dreamy acid-folk songs. Tabata is a founding member of the Hanatarash and Boredoms, and is also known for his involvement in Acid Mothers Temple and Zeni Geva. Suzuki Junzo usually plays solo guitar noise sets and is a member of Miminokoto. Sam Gas Can indulges in meta-pop-art. Gigaldi Gratt will play the Flügelhorn alongside Richie Herbst's analog modular synthesizer explorations.

┆20 GUILDERS┆jp - Tabata Mitsuru & Suzuki Junzo
Famed Tokyo troublemakers Tabata Mitsuru and Suzuki Junzo got together to create dreamy psych-folk as the duo 20 Guilders. With lots of experience between them as (ex-) members of Acid Mothers Temple, Zeni Geva, Miminokoto, Overhang Party, etc, they incorporate influences from around the globe in their refined repertoire of catchy psych songs. Based on the straightforward, gentle guitarwork of Junzo and the heartfelt singing of Tabata, their songs are often peaceful, but also contain occasional bursts of fuzz. |

Sam Gaskin has been playing and recording music for more than ten years under the moniker of Sam Gas Can, with which has released a wide variety of releases. He played various instruments in free-form bands like Sunburned Hand of the Man, and Egg, Eggs [sic]. His unique vision of DIY self-expression salutes the original cassette culture generation with a precise use of pop song structures and with a sparkling sense of humour. He is very much of the Jad Fair school of thought; put something in his hands and he will be able to play, and play it "well". Think also of R. Stevie Moore, early Beck or Vyto B.

These guys are key players in the Austrian experimental music scene. Richie Herbst is a musician and sound activist based in Graz, often credited simply as Herbst. Beside performing solo, Herbst is part of FS Massaker and the Regolith band, and has collaborated with ZS, Tumido (with Gratt), Armin Steiner (of Thilges3), Christof Kurzmann, Fred Frith, and many others. He is also the cofounder of the label Interstellar Records. Christian Gratt is a renowned Austrian guitarist, bassist, trumpeter and composer, who plays solo shows, composes musical scores, and collaborates in many different musical settings. |

maandag 1 april 2019

Friday 5 April - Vrooom #70

Friday 5 April 2019



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 21:00 end: 00:30 / entrance: 7 euro

Whoops, it's our seventieth, how did that happen, will someone do an eulogy for us? On the program: A father/daughter dada-leaning duo whose improvised musical and geographical excursions will leave your head spinning like a well rubbered doughnut in a car park. A special occasion live collab between Guido Hübner (Das Synthetische Mischgewebe) and Rotterdam-based expert knob twiddler Roel Meelkop, and, last but not least: a live coding set by eerieear.

Yeah You is daughter/father duo Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas. Their project grew from a desire to make something during every spare moment, using compact recording gear to turn banal everyday family drives to into spontaneous recording sessions in the car. Thomas’s distorted and alluringly jarred synthesisations act as a jagged platform for Brandhi to writhe improvised stream of consciousness lyrical trips. Their latest LP 'KRUTCH' is a burst of poisonous, weaponised pop spat out on the roam, and captures the exhilaration of driving with your eyes closed. Recorded mainly in a Renault Clio in The Netherlands and Germany throughout early 2017, it is the duo at a freshly terrifying apex, funneling desperation through an unerring noise pop lens. /

Guido Hübner (DSM) & Roel Meelkop have been involved in experimental music for decades. DSM initially formed as a group in Berlin in the early 1980s and quickly became part of the early international industrial cassette scene. Composing for light installations with open-reel machines, cassette recorders, microphone and guitar fuzz boxes, they created a type of electroacoustic anti-music. With unusual concerts in the underground network as well as in high art institutions and museums (Centre Pompidou, etc.), the group toured with changing casts for many years. Hübner remained as the fixed core. Meelkop has similar origins in projects such as THU20, Kapotte Muziek and GOEM. Together the duo will perform for this particular occasion. Their duo performance will be characterized by the use of modular sets on stage: an acoustic one (DSM) and an electronic one (RM). /

eeriear from Buenos Aires has been meticulously tuning up his scripts for his live-coding set at Vrooom. Live coding or 'on-the-fly programming' is an integral part of the running program in question. As a performing art form it is a creativity technique centred upon the writing of source code and the use of interactive programming in an improvised way. Live coding is often used to create sound and image based digital media, as well as light systems, improvised dance and poetry, though is particularly prevalent in computer music. /


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie.

maandag 18 maart 2019

Saturday 23 March - Vrooom #69

Saturday 23 March 2019



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 21:00 end: 23:55 / entrance: 7

Vrooom #69 offers stark contrast between the savage drum excorcism of Kiyasu Ryosuke (of Fushitsusha / Sete Star Sept fame) and the sophisticated sound construct of instrument builder Andreas Oskar Hirsch. Additionally, we have the Dutch electronica veterans Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk, who experiment with both image and sound using a self-developed range of electronics. Your DJ of the night: Nikola Vidaković.

Ryosuke Kiyasu has been playing drums in a variety of bands since 1995. In the world of extreme hardcore punk and grindcore he is mainly known as the drummer of Sete Star Sept, but was also involved with the Canadian powerviolence outfit The Endless Blockade. In the experimental music scene he is renowned for his work with the legendary Japanese avant-rock group Fushitsusha, which also features Keiji Haino. Kiyasu's solo drum performances are visceral, hairy, and split audiences.


Andreas Hirsch is a Cologne-based musician, visual artist and inventor of electroacoustic instruments. He performs with the self-built 'Electric Palm Leaf' or the 'Carbophone'. The latter can be described as a kind of complex "super" kalimba. Both lend themselves for warm downbeat rhythms and odd tonalities. Hirsch creates a space somewhere between playful leftfield electronics and freestyle gamelan. Together with Patricia Koellges he runs Makiphon - a label for experimental music which also features his latest album 'Early Carbophonics'.


The Dutch multimedia duo Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk explore the possibilities of analogue and digital equipment commonly used to generate pictures by feeding them something different than just "proper" video signals. With their 'Synchronator' project they explore the very technical structure of the hardware, and generate pictures that expose and reflect the true nature of machines behind the commonly known TV image. The artists also experiment with the visual representation of sound by direct implementation of audio signal to special, self-made picture generating systems.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie.