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.
20guilders.bandcamp.com | http://suzukijunzo.org

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.
https://herbst.klingt.org | http://www.gigigratt.at

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.
https://vimeo.com/226068048 / https://slipimprint.bandcamp.com/album/krutch

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).
http://www.chronoglide.com/Equation_band_dsm.html / http://r0m.nl/

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.
https://t.co/jkP0lKAJkO / https://soundcloud.com/eerieear


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
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/267597540803475/

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.

zondag 10 februari 2019

Friday 15 February - Vrooom #68

Friday 15 february 2019



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:55 / entrance: 7 euro
FB event

First round of the year! Another vibrant three-way mix of different performances, featuring: the award-winning "LSe" (a selfbuilt instrument made by Kacper Ziemianin), a solo set by Knalpot's Gerri Jäger, and "sonic brain goo" electronica project Yader aka Bear Bones, Lay Low + Jooklo Duo.

GERRI JÄGER ┆ at/nlGerri Jäger is best known for the duo Knalpot with Raphael Vanoli, who have been infiltrating the Amsterdam underground as well as the European clubs and festivals with their combination of raw electronics, wild improvistation and danceable dub. Following his studies at the concervatory of Amsterdam, the Austrian-born drummer immersed himself in the realm of experimental music, combining his drums with the kind of gear mostly associated with DJ’s.

YADER ┆ ve/it [ bear bones, lay low / jooklo duo ] "Spaced out jumbles from three cyclonic backstreet hypno-freaks" is one apt way to describe the music of Yader - the improv electronica outfit comprised of Ernesto González (Bear Bones, Lay Low) and David Vanzan & Virginia Genta (Jooklo Duo). This trio just released a cassette on the Bear Town Records imprint containing music for meditation or the act of mapping the inside of a pyramid. It's the stuff for purposes beyond explanations.https://soundcloud.com/beartown_records/nothing-is-real-yader

Ctrl Freq is Kacper Ziemianin; a sound designer, circuit bender, improviser, audio hacker, and instrument designer. The "LSe" is his self-built, award-winning musical instrument for live electronic music. It allows users to program sequences of light which are translated into sounds; a combination that opens up lots of possibilities for controlling, structuring and interacting with sound. This instrument addresses the ‚liveness‘ of electronic music performances; how does the audience know if the performance is really live? How can we relate to the onstage actions of the musicians? Ctrl Freq's 'LSe' creates a direct link between the visual and sonic realm.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

maandag 17 december 2018

Thursday 20 December VROOOM #67

Thursday 20 December 2018



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:55 / entrance: €6,-
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/596094254158957

We're wrapping up another eventful year. Vrooom #67 focuses on local artists exlusively. Icelander Berghaim plays synth-based pop that involves storytelling about ducks, magicians, and gatekeepers. Zoontoon and Alerta engage in a loopstation-ed and casio-ed audiovisual show. Furthermore, expect a 180 degree stylistic turn between Manira Star & Leah Uijterlinde, and noisemongers Boterklontje. It's gonna be goood Vrooom vibes again.

Berghaim is the alter ego of Icelander Bergur Thomas Anderson, who presents a hybrid show that includes synth-based pop, storytelling and performance art, that reminds us of the esoteric mysticism of Die Welttraumforscher or the Moomins. Berghaim is a voice in progress, finding perfection in imperfection. Having previously played in bands like Grísalappalísa and Oyama, Bergur says in an interview: “When I moved to the Netherlands, all of a sudden I had nobody to make music with”. “So I started writing music on my own, which evolved into making music for performance pieces.” A pop-orientated full-length album that includes recordings made in the WORM studio is in the process of being completed.

Manira Star aka Bintang Manira Manik focuses on tribal chant, percussive ambient and soundscapes. He has been exploring Latin and traditional Indonesian percussion and completed three years of studying tabla at the institute of Indian classical music and dance in New Delhi. At this event Bintang will be accompanied by singer Leah Uijterlinde who just finished her Jazz studies at Codarts.

Zoontoon is a Rotterdam-based artist who experiments with a loopstation and a self-modified SK-1 Casio keyboard, combined with Northern African-type rhythms, hypnotizing loops and melodies. At Vrooom #67, Zoontoon will be enhanced by the geometric and symmetric graphics courtesy of VJ Alerta; a Chilean/Dutch artist whose main source of inspiration are symbols and folkloric expression from various indigenous cultures.
https://vimeo.com/239463987 Zoontoon

Boterklontje is the 99% female noise trio of Vanita Monk (electric guitar), Linda Nijboer (no-input mixer) and Johanna Monk (no-input mixer). A bit like like "that scene from a war movie where everyone got blown up and you're hobbling across the battlefield like a half-deaf soldier and that persistent ringing in your ears."


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

maandag 3 december 2018




festival / fair for newly invented, self-built music instruments

location: WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71
14:00 – 20:00 | entrance 8 €

Instruments Make Play is a new platform for the inventors / players of newly invented, unconventional musical instruments. On Saturday December 8, from 2 PM to 8 PM, Instruments Make Play presents an extensive program in WORM, which is basically 50/50 festival and fair for both public and makers. Throughout the day there are continuous performances and showcases to see and listen to, in addition to the many installations that are on view. Additionally, there's Noodle Bar's electrical and modular afterparty for the real diehard, in the WORM foyer afterwards.

PARTICIPANTS / ARTISTS (line up subject to change): 

• Anton Mobin
• Arthur Bennis / Sinneb
• Bart Koppe
• Daniel Maalman
• Dennis Verschoor
• Ed Devane
• Gijs Gieskes
• Gert-Jan Prins & Bas Van Koolwijk
• Guoda Dirzyte
• Harmen G. Zijp (tbc)
• Jan Schellink
• Jasna Velickovic
• Jochem Van Tol
• Kacper Ziemianin / Ctrl Freqs.
• Karel Van Der Eijk
• Krijn Hendriksen / I Love Trash
• Magnetoceptia
• Martijn Verhallen / Reverse Landfill
• Michele Abolaffio
• Mina Kim
• Neon & Landa
• Niek Hilkmann
• Paul Tas
• Piers Titus Van Der Toren
• Radboud Mens
• Rik Wijngaards
• Roald Van Dillewijn
• Rob Hordijk
• SONICrider
• Till Bovermann
• Victor En Owen
• Woodstone Kugelblitz


[ about: ] 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. 


eventpic: the 'Carbophon' by Andreas Oskar Hirsch

maandag 19 november 2018

Wednesday 21 November VROOOM #66


┆DJ No See Jazz

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 6 euro
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/544955812633327/

On this evening: Apricot My lady is sound bros Adam and Jonathan Bohman, Anne La Berge, and Lukas Simonis. As a four-piece band they make music that sits on it’s desert island waiting for nobody, heard by everybody. The duo Maria Carlas and Mylo Cywitz present a costumed show that sounds like a garagey electronic opera. Stopping by from Germany: the "outernational" Spiritczualic Enhancement Center; an eclectic ensemble with rootst in different cities and countries who create ritualistic and devotional instrumentals.


Apricot My Lady comprises sound mavericks Adam and Jonathan Bohman, Anne La Berge and Lukas Simonis. Formed in 2003, the quartet joyously make borderline music using found objects, text, voice, samples, filters, mixers, pedals, violins, guitars and flutes. It might be (un)interesting to know whether this music is supposed to be ‘improvised’ or ‘composed’ or ‘heavily processed’ or even ‘spontaneously erected’. It’s all that and less, or none of that and more. Influences are: Fluxus, Cage, de Band Zonder Naam, and Ubiquity (not the software).

This eclectic ensemble can be described as a sort of free beat resonance field with a revolving cast of players. At Vrooom they're are going to be a quintet that creates spontaneous instrumentals that are ritualistic, strange and devotional. Following concerts at Fusion Festival in Berlin, the Outernational Days in Bucharest, and the New Hamburg festival, they have three releases coming up: "Transporting Salt" on Crash Symbols, "Who Corrupted Our Wave, Back in 1969?" on Kinship; and a vinyl release entitled "Me and My Students Have Reached Higher Levels" on Cheb Gero's Akuphone, scheduled for early 2019.

Maria Carlas (aka Carla Genchi) is a classicaly-trained singer from Italy who studied at the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli. Carlas teamed up with Mylo Cywitz; a German vocalist and composer based in the Netherlands. The voices of this duo are embedded in an orchestral environment created by their samplers and electronics. Maria layers her operatic voice and impulsive key work onto Mylo's classical industrial compositions.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.