Truus de Groot & Elisabeth Esselink (aka SOLEX) at STEIM

Aha! Sorry for the late post! Too much creativity gets in the way sometimes – it’s all good! Solex and I started our project about 6 months ago. As we both live on different continents – I in California USA, Solex in Amsterdam – we started with a concept to create songs for kids. But we also wanted them to cross over to grown-ups. Fun for teh entire family perhaps? Also we decided on a subject, fairy tales. However, we tweaked them just a little to create a completely new story. Just an ingredient to keep it interesting and a recipe to use at possible future performances for children. As always we used plenty of unusual instrumentation. Solex is truly a marvel when it comes to loops and samples, using them in a style that is all her own. Always expect the unexpected. Can a Latin horn section really be side by side and snug as a bug in a rug with a Crackle Synthesizer? Yes most certainly.. They make lovely partners. I also utilized my very own Sonus Inflecto, my experimental synthesizer , modeled after the famous “Kraak Doos” . Our project is a perfect example how you can create amazing things in unusual settings and possibly main stream them.. As our project is near completion we both can see how this can be brought to a larger public, with all its peeps and squeaks that are so typical for experimental instruments. At this point we are trying to figure out in what format to execute it. With visuals, animation, a musical? This will take some more brainstorming.. the project gets to take a little rest now. Kristina Andersen suggested we do a test performance for kids, so we have one set on June 2nd at STEIM, from 11:00 am to 12:30 (watch for an announcement). I also got to work with the actual Crackle synthesizer and recorded plenty of loops for future use. On April 24 at a STEIM concert for ULTRA, I used them side by side. It was amazing they are like siblings, it was as if they were talking to each other.. As always it is my mission that the world remembers Michel Waisvish and his amazing talent, I hope to convey that in all of my future projects. One can say Michel opened the experimental door for me in 1979…and I never closed it since then.. We will update our blog as things happen…