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Allow noise to comfort you.

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WOLVON-BTHR (official video)

My second video is now roaming the interwebs. Again, made for my friends WOLVON, this time for my favorite track off their awesome new EP, ‘Bother’. Be sure to check it out. 

The song’s lyrics were based on a book I lent Ike, Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy (mostly, City of Glass), which in turn fed into the video together with some personal meanderings. The associative web is pretty transparent in its visual ideas, I think – the hermann grid, spatial restriction, questionable observations, dead flowers, pinned-down insect in a plastic holder, books that inform and deform, inside vs outside..

Originally, the video included ideas that were a little more in-your-face, and in fact it opened up on a shot of a knife floating mid-air. Also, the color blocking that book-ends the narrative would be much more prevalent during the events in between as well.. Then again, cutting these aspects down were the only ‘dramatic’ changes, everything else was just shot as is. In the editing I found the events to already be pretty self-explanatory, and thus toned down the full-on color coding – now it’s reduced to subtle fluxes in color and saturation, which only after I was done, I realized was similar to the emotive device in ‘A Single Man’. All in all, I think it worked for the better. Also, (regarding my previous post), pixels are the new grain!

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Wolvon - Heliotropics

This Summer Dutch bands WOLVON + Neon Rainbows went on tour through the Balkans, across 4 countries in former Yugoslavia. Whilst battling the blistering heat, bored/corrupt border police, broken vehicles, stray dogs & their own preconceptions about Southeastern Europe, it was decided to release a split 7” to commemorate the experience. Noisy dream-pop trio WOLVON is currently working on their 1st full-length LP, after releasing a debut EP in 2011, & has made a name for themselves touring the Dutch underground with their maniacal live antics. Rotterdam indierock outfit Neon Rainbows released their debut LP An Idea For A Plan in 2011 & have an extensive touring experience. Both bands are playing this years’ Incubate Festival in Tilburg (The Netherlands) & chose that occasion to release the split 7”. The record will be released through Subroutine Records & distributed by Clear Spot.

P.S. WOLVON’s debut EP, comfort, is available for free download on Bandcamp.

WOLVON // Unicorny



Neon Rainbows // Pegasus in the Pool

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Final tweaking stage for my second video for WOLVON, who just released their awesome new EP.

The video wraps nocturnal paranoia/claustrofobia in a cloak of heavy underexposure, laced with thick grain. The added noise actually fixed the somewhat flabby dlsr-image, but apparently these are two things YouTube does not like. The images are mauled by its compression process, coming out the other end muddy and clunky. I am not sure in what form it is going online, but I just wanted to secure the above stills to leave a hint of its textured, gloomy intention.

eindejaarslijstjes.

hallo muziekwereld, hierbij lever ik mijn eindejaarslijstjes van 2014 in.

Beste 10 nederlandse releases:

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9. WOLVON - BTHR

8. Naive set- reclining nude

7. The Homesick- twist yr wrists.

6. yuko yuko - Babes.

5. Reverse Cowgirls - Bucking

4. Mountain states - Mountain States

3. traumahelikopter- I don’t understand them at all.

2. Nouveau Velo - Nouveau Velo

1. Robbing banks- got love need money.

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beste 15 internationale releases:

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15. Real Estate - Atlas

14. the Growlers - chinese Fountain

13. Cloud Nothings - here and nowhere else

12. The war on drugs - Lost in the dream

11. Together pangea - badillac

10. Total control - A typical system

9. Meatbodies - s.t.

8. Bad sports - Bras

7. Ex-Hex- Rips

6. Straight arrows - Rising

5. Zentralheitung of death - would you rather..?

4. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - i’m in your mind fuzz

3. Ausmuteants - order of operation

2. Tweens - s.t.

1. Tijuana panthers - wayne’s interest

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20 beste shows die ik heb gezien.

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20. Pins - Incubate festival - tilburg

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19. Dead Ghosts - db’s - Utrecht

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18. The Love Triangle - Vera Downstage - Groningen

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17. Cairo liberation Front - Noorderslag - Groningen

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16. The Homesick - Lepel Concerts - Groningen

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15. Mountain States - Incubate festival - Tilburg

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14. Yuko Yuko - Merleyn - Nijmegen

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13. danny and the darleans - Vera Downstage - Groningen

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12. Afterpartees - Asteriks - Leeuwarden

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11. Zentralheitung of death - Vera Downstage - Groningen

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10. Natural Child - incubate festival - Tilburg

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9. DIE DIE DIE! - Lepel concerts - Groningen

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8. Mozes and the firstborn - Here Comes the summer festival - vlieland

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7. Traumahelikopter - Vera Groningen

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6. die Nerven - Vera Downstage - Groningen

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5. tijuana panthers - Vera Groningen

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4. King Gizzard & the lizard wizard - Vera Groningen

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3. Together Pangea - Vera Groningen

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2. Tweens - Incubate festival - Tilburg

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1. Straight Arrows - uncontrollable urge festival - Viadukt Groningen.

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blink, and you miss a lot (like my scrambled name at the end).

the swirling camera movements were in part inspired by (six-year old memories of) the first chapter of Gaspar Noé’s “Irreversible” (2002), and in part by ideas i had for another project which is still to be developed.

attention for colored lights was triggered by having seen Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas”(1984) –beautifully shot by Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller– for the first time, shortly prior to shooting.

warning due to stroboscopic content applies

f_t_re tr_ths

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this photo was taken while i was shooting a music video with the guys from WOLVON. no digital effects were added – we did, however, use mirrors, fishing line, and physically hurling of cameras and lights to keep things interesting. it’s my first foray into film. it premieres tomorrow.