is how he calls his projects now
VAN BRAKEL, AUDIOOT or |
(depending on the project).
Also on various occasions, Van Brakel worked with artists from other disciplines. He worked together with various film directors and composed and performed music for the SHUSAKU & DORMU Dance Theatre from 1986 to 1988.
Though Van Brakel moved away far from his rock origins, his music still has the same directness and 'rudimentality'. It is always produced on 'home-built' instruments or found objects transformed into musical instruments. Although this is not always obvious, somehow most of these instruments can be called string instruments, if we take |
Van Brakel's definition for string:
anything that can be attached between two points and made to vibrate.
According to this definition a bird's cage turns into a very elaborate string construction.
VAN BRAKEL, AUDIOOT can be rough or tender, vexing or pleasant, ambient or rhythmic, it is always very basic, simple and unpolished, down-to-earth, humble and fragile. It does not need, or even allow, poses, mystification or advanced technique to impress the audience. The action is clear, the impact is great.
VAN BRAKEL, AUDIOOT is far from easy-listening, it can be very demanding towards the audience, but many listeners have been tempted to stick around and listen to sounds they were used to class in the category of repulsive noise.
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