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Soundtracks for circus films

Soundtracks for circus films

Circus these days has become something totally different than most people think. Circus acts in Belgium are very disperse, modern and always a bit surreal. No wonder most of these  companies play shows all over the world. In coöperation with Circuscentrum Vlaanderen we're creating videos to show what circus in Flanders is all about.

Cameraman Jakob Rosseel and I created 10 one-minute films that show each circus company in an outside setting somewhere in Flanders. Location hunting was an interesting part. We used deserted harbor areas, roundabouts, train tunnels, graveyards, strange houses, rooftops. In some cases the collective played a part of the act they are touring with. Sometimes it was just improvisation. 

For every film I composed a custom soundtrack to go along with the vibe of the act.  

Check out some of the films below or on the website of Circuscentrum or follow Circuscentrum on Facebook and stay tuned for upcoming videos. 

Improvising with Leeroy New

Improvising with Leeroy New

Leeroy New is a renowned contemporary artist from Manilla in the Philippines. Kapow Movement invited him to Belgium. I was happy to do a very special performance with him and the filipino dancer Ea Torrado. 

I played improvised music for a 30 minute dance performance. The act built up slowly with the attaching of the latex. I used my Chinese lute to build a first sound loop. After that I used the analog Korg Minilogue synthesizer to simulate the stretching of latex and to create some kind of weird dance vibe that Ea then moved to. A very hypnotic performance! It was great fun to do. 

Check out a short video impression of the experience: 

For more info on Leeroy New: leeroynew.com and on Ea Torrado: eatorrado.com

Live performance on BYOB Gent with @Kaosbeat visuals

Live performance on BYOB Gent with @Kaosbeat visuals

I hooked up with Kasper from Kaosbeat to bring this video performance on #byob Ghent. The soundtracks to the images was played live with keyboard, slide guitar and my looping set up with Ableton. The live visual effects are done by Kasper. It was our first collaboration but definitely not our last. The whole evening was great fun for us. The public seemed to dig it since we won the public crowdfunding price that evening. 

Check out one of the takes we recorded: 

My view on the visuals: 

Mini cinema with Live soundtrack

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Mini cinema with Live soundtrack

During the exposition "Rauw" I played the live soundtrack for a short film. An experience for 2 people at a time. It's all very direct and raw, without any effects. I build up and break down different loops straight from the microphone into the headphones of the people watching. For this set I used my Thai Pin for different melodies, the Morrocan Gnawa with lovely bass sound and the slide guitar for the opening sound. 

I probably played it about 80 times over the course of the 2 weekends. I recorded the last take and made a youtube film about it.  Check it out: 

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Exposition "Rauw", September 2015

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Exposition "Rauw", September 2015

"Rauw" is an exposition by Suntapes, sculptor Christoph Annys and photographer Kris Goubert.

Suntapes will set up a video installation. During the exposition, several videos will bring visitors to different places in the world. I want people to really get immersed in these places. Enjoy places with your eyes and ears. I have composed a soundtrack to go with each video. 

As usual, I used exotic music instruments to record the compositions. Not too much editing, mixing and mastering. "Raw" is how we like it.

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A soundtrack for WUMU, Yunnan, China

A soundtrack for WUMU, Yunnan, China

Wumu is a tiny mountain village on a steep hillside in Yunnan, China. I've spent 3 weeks there so I had some time to film in the rugged area and the town.  I edited this small film around a soundtrack tune I had already recorded before.