Fri. 20.04.18 – Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent, Belgium
The fifth Night of the Experimental Film flirts shamelessly with Romanticism. The great feelings which, especially in Germany, were grandiloquent called ‘Sturm und Drang’, ‘Sehnsucht’ and ‘Weltschmerz’, or ‘spleen’ by the French poet Baudelaire, are undeniably back. The individual renders oneself as mainly subjective and solitary, modest in the face of nature and simultaneously full of longing to encounter the unknown. Just like the overwhelming nature, the all-consuming love dazzles man entirely during the romantic period. In this era, to love is to suffer. One only has to be reminded of Goethes Werther to comprehend this.
— The Angelic Conversation (GB, 1985, 78’, kleur, geluid, digitaal)
— Sleepy Haven (DE, 1993, 15’, kleur, geluid, 16mm)
SEQUENCES (BE) [Listen]
— Lost Avenues (VS, 1992, 7’, kleur, geluid, 16mm)
— Les ombres aquatiques (FR, 2016, 11’, kleur, stil, digitaal)
TOM JAMES SCOTT (GB) [Listen]
— Skagafjörður (VS/IS, 2004, 28’, kleur, stil, 16mm)
ELODIE (Andrew Chalk + Timo van Luijk) (GB/BE) [Listen]
We are celebrating the release of Opéra Mort’s ‘Film Works’ LP with a B.A.A.D.M. Label Night in Brussels, featuring live shows by Opéra Mort and Mathieu Serruys, and a film screening of Frans Zwartjes‘ ‘Living’.
The event is hosted by Ancienne Belgique in their AB Salon, formerly known as Huis23. We will be very happy to welcome you in this cosy space where music can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere with excellent acoustics. Admission is free!
Opéra Mort [Listen]
Opéra Mort is Belgian-French duo Èlg and Jo Tanz. Their unparalleled sound, a dark mix of electronica, ambient and avant-garde music, is described by themselves as “Melancholy of integrated circuits. Voices of the basements. Mutations, concentric circles, rampage. Desert lullabies and granite suburbs since 2009”. ‘Film Works’ (B.A.A.D.M. 004) is the first studio album by Opéra Mort since their highly acclaimed LP ‘Dédales’, which appeared in 2014 on the British Alter label.
Mathieu Serruys [Listen]
Mathieu Serruys reintroduces the grand ideas of Classical Romanticism into electronic Avant-Garde. Where the latter established an aesthetics of non-art, opening the way for formal experimentation and deconstruction, Serruys uses modernism’s innovations to inject humanity and melancholy into 2017. His music displays an array of electronic compositions, in which the serendipity of tape machines and unreliable analogue synths rethink both the idiom of Romantic Fugues as 60’s tape collage or sound synthesis.
Film screening: Living — Frans Zwartjes, 1971, NL, 10′ [Watch]
‘Living’ is is a hypnotizing masterpiece of experimental filmmaking — not at the least because of its startling electronic soundtrack — and it is also Zwartjes’ own favourite work.
Two characters, Zwartjes and his wife Trix, are restlessly exploring the various rooms of their house. The film was shot with an extremely wide-angled lens that evokes an intensely alienating atmosphere. ‘Living’ is also a famous achievement for being filmed by Zwartjes himself with a handheld camera, simultaneously playing the leading role.
‘Film Works’ by Opéra Mort will be officially out September 1st, 2017.
An edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
As part of the 2016 festival Night of the Experimental Film, French duo Opéra Mort (= Èlg + Fusiller) performed a live soundtrack for two films that centre on the paradoxical symbiosis of love and death: ‘The Potted Psalm’ by Sidney Peterson and James Broughton, and ‘Dream Work’ by Peter Tscherkassky. Both films convey love and death as both direct opposites and kindred concepts, turning to cryptic surrealism, poetic hallucinations and flickering alternations between flesh and ecstatic abstraction. Opéra Mort’s sonic accompaniment is a squirming contradiction, fraught with micro-harmonic friction and bleeps of electronic alarm. Is the soundscape melding into a solitary whole or blowing itself apart?
With ‘Film Works’, the duo have adapted their soundtrack into a standalone recorded work. Synthesisers flicker like computers trapped inside calculative loops. Flailing organs knot into tendrils of microphone feedback. Occasionally it’s possible to identify traces of body and voice within the wretched lattice – resting-state heartbeats, regulatory beeps of life support – which are only ever faintly present within Opéra Mort’s transcendent elsewhere, like echoes humming through the membrane between the corporeal world and the heights of ecstasy. Just like the films that inspired it, ‘Film Works’ enacts the strange disputation that defines the climactic extremes of human experience: to love and death, the body is both the fundamental vessel and the husk that is left behind.
Fri. 05.05.17 – Monasterium Poortackere, Oude Houtlei 56, 9000 Gent, Belgium
For the third year in a row we’ve teamed up with film curator Sofie Verdoodt to bring you a top quality bill for the 2017 edition of ‘Night of the Experimental Film’. We’re happy to announce that Valerio Tricoli (IT), Liberez (UK) and Hiele (BE) will be performing live amongst a selection of experimental films floating in the space between religion and blasphemy.
Afterwards there will be some records spinning with dj sets by Mittland och Leo and yours truely!
— Witch’s Cradle Outtakes – VS, 1943, 10′, zwart-wit, 16mm
John E. Schmitz
— The Voices – VS, 1953, 14′, zwart-wit, digitaal
Live soundtrack: Valerio Tricoli (IT)
James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber
— Lot in Sodom – VS, 1930, 28′, zwart-wit, digitale gerestaureerde versie
Live soundtrack: Hiele (BE)
— A Fire in My Belly – VS, 1986-1987, 21’, zwart-wit en kleur, digitaal
Live soundtrack: Liberez (UK)
— Soldier’s Dream – RU, 1995, 12′, kleur, digitaal
— Communion – UK, 2010, 10′, zwart-wit, digitaal
— To Each His Own Mask – BE, 2017, 42′, kleur, digitaal
dj’s: Mittland och Leo, B.A.A.D.M. dj’s
Liquid light show: Janenk (NL)
15€ / 11€
Religion is a sensitive subject these days. More than ever, the demonic and destructive power of religion are a topic of debate. At the same time, there is a remarkable increase of non-Western and alternative expressions of spirituality. The current cult around health taps into Eastern spirituality through yoga and meditation. At Tomorrowland, God is a DJ, as Faithless proclaimed in the nineties. Ecological activism often goes hand in hand with holistic and almost pantheist beliefs. And what about cinema? Several theoreticians (Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag,…) described film screenings in almost mystical terms, as though they were trance-inducing experiences with revitalizing qualities. The Classical Hollywood star system portrayed the Diva as a divine and unreachable being. The French word ‘séance’ brings us back to the ‘cinema of attractions’ and the ‘magic’ of early film which was created by mechanical experiments with ghostly apparitions. Spirituality was never absent in art and cinema, whether it involves the (re)use of Christian symbolism or cultivated paganism. Every year, Art Cinema OFFoff organises its own Mass where experimental film and music are worshipped. The Nacht van de Experimentele Film 2017 will take place in the Sint-Autbertus church, part of the Monasterium (Monastery) PoortAckere in the Oude Houtlei. B.A.A.D.M. (a music label from Ghent managed by graphic designers Joris Verdoodt and Mathieu Serruys) and film curator Sofie Verdoodt collaborated to put together the programme. Blasphemous iconoclasts and trance filmmakers from the American avant-garde are accompanied by brand new soundtracks by promising talent from the experimental music scene. Séances and installations complement the programme.
— WITCH’S CRADLE OUTTAKES
JOHN E. SCHMITZ
— THE VOICES
LIVE SOUNDTRACK: VALERIO TRICOLI
A double bill of American Post-War trance films. Maya Deren became renowned for her visual anthropological work, dance choreography and trance films. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is probably her most known work, but Witch’s Cradle, a silent short film made in the same year, remained unknown for a long time because she never finalized it. Deren literally spins a web of occult symbolism and poetic images in which Marcel Duchamp briefly appears as the godfather of Dadaism. This post-mortem montage is followed up by the rather obscure The Voices by John E. Schmitz, a forgotten figure who was part of Kenneth Anger’s entourage. In this elliptic psychological drama, eroticism and violence are at play in the shadow of the cross. Both short films will be provided with a new soundtrack by Valerio Tricoli (IT), known for his tape manipulations, field recordings, musique concrète and spoken word. His albums ‘Miseri Lares’ and ‘Vixit’ were praised because of their intense emotional soundscapes which “boost listeners into spiritual consciousness”.
JAMES SIBLEY WATSON & MELVILLE WEBBER
— LOT IN SODOM
LIVE SOUNDTRACK: HIELE
Watson & Webber, an American duo of teachers who before made The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) into a film, adapted the biblical story of Genesis in a peculiar way. The sinful city from which Lot fled with his wife and daughters, fleeing from God’s wrath, is the setting for one of the earliest queer films. As in an expressionist delirium, sculpted male beauty appears by means of transitions and all kinds of experimental tricks. The young electronic musician Roman Hiele produced work for the Antwerp label Ekster and collaborated with theatre makers, dancers and fashion designers.
— A FIRE IN MY BELLY
LIVE SOUNDTRACK: LIBEREZ
David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992) was an artist, performer, writer and filmmaker. He made activist works at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York and ultimately died of the disease himself. He also collaborated with Richard Kern within the cinema of transgression. A Fire in My Belly – a ritualistic film with footage recorded in Mexico – remained uncompleted but the Super 8 material was posthumously assembled into two complementary parts. The visceral linkage of spiritual motifs and disquieting city impressions contains amongst other things the iconic image of the artist with his mouth stitched shut. Liberez is a four-headed British band with both acoustic and electronic works. They present a sound entirely their own alongside this provocative work.
Fri. 14.04.17 – Art Cinema OFFoff, Lange Violettestraat 237, Ghent, Belgium
20:00 > Doors open
20:30 > Milos Olympus
21:15 > Händer som vårdar
22:00 > Broken Lights
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, we take reservations by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fine selection of releases by the appearing artists will be available for sale during the evening!
BROKEN LIGHTS (Posh Isolation/Joy De Vivre)
is the recording name of Martin Herterich (Sand Circles, etc). With disintegrating tape loops, saturated synths and primitive rhythms, Broken Lights is echoing not only 80s tape experimentalism, but also the last dying breaths of modern dance culture. Releases include tapes on Posh Isolation, Joy De Vivre and a live split with Puce Mary on Styggelse.
> Listen: http://bit.ly/2miLCD6
HÄNDER SOM VÅRDAR (Järtecknet/Posh Isolation)
Henrik Söderström aka Händer som vårdar works with concrete samples and sparse electronics, layered and organized into a fractured, pulsating, heavily textured industrial noise. After a series of tapes HSV debuted on LP with “Aristokrat” (Järtecknet, 2016). The tape Anhedonia will be out on Throne Heap in the spring of 2017. ‘No obvious climax in sight and no easy ways out.’
> Listen: http://bit.ly/2nft0aZ
MILOS OLYMPUS (Forever United/White Centipede Noise)
Milos Olympus is Felicia Lindgren and August Levén, the new blood that run the Gothenburg-based label Forever United. Raw harsh noise executed with a great sense of timing, and structured in a powerful yet simplistic way. Heavy crunch and crumble tape noise punctuated with synthetic tones that are simultaneously ethereal and raw.
> Listen: http://bit.ly/2nvNrMX
Mattias Gustafsson’s LP ‘Nattmusik’ will be officially out January 2017.
An edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
According to the theories of Greek/Roman scientist Claudius Galenus (131–216 AD), human temperament has a direct and reactionary link to the world around us. A phlegmatic personality is connected to water and the moist chill of winter; the aridity of summer is associated with fire and human irascibility. For the B.A.A.D.M. debut of Mattias Gustafsson (aka Altar Of Flies, Ornaments, Cryme), we presented him with this theory of human/world symbiosis and asked him to explore its numerous implications: the transience of environment and being, the regenerative intimacy between life and the earth, the prospect of death and decay as integral components of rebirth.
‘Nattmusik’ is Gustafsson’s first record under his own name, removing the mediation of the artistic alias to fully embrace the symbiosis between body and environment. Keyboards splutter through bad wiring and wither into despondency, with notes engulfed by the sounds of earthly stir (tectonic rumbles of low frequency, muffled winds of sine wave). Symphonies of piano and electronics start to bloom and then flicker into states of death as the temperature suddenly drops. Body and telluric elements respire into each other, as the contours of Galenus’ theory ripple with crumbling field recordings and spurts of melodic dejection. ‘Nattmusik’ depicts a world in which emotional decay feeds the flourish of nature – an earth thriving upon inevitable human decline.
Mon. 19.09.16 – Art Cinema OFFoff, Lange Violettestraat 237, Ghent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. presents live performances by Timo van Luijk & Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, Frederik Croene and Mathieu Serruys.
19:30 > Doors open
20:15 > Mathieu Serruys
21:00 > Frederik Croene
21:45 > Timo van Luijk & Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg
Entrance: 9€ / reduction: 6€
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, we take reservations by mail to email@example.com. Please only make reservations if you sincerely intend to come. Your ticket will stay reserved until 20:00.
A fine selection of releases by the appearing artists will be available for sale during the evening!
Uli Rehberg is one of the trailblazers of the experimental ‘Hamburg-scene’. Besides his own enigmatic musical and non-musical activities as Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, he has been releasing important records by a.o. SPK, Throbbing Gristle, Asmus Tietchens and Werkbund through his legendary Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien imprint.
Timo van Luijk (a.k.a. Af Ursin) releases his immersive and poetic sound works as beautifully executed limited editions on his own label La Scie Dorée. He is also active in numerous collaborational projects with the likes of Christoph Heemann, Andrew Chalk, Frederik Croene, …
Van Luijk and Euler-Donnersperg started working together in 2011 at the Brombron series curated by Frans de Waard. Since then they do occasional live electro-acoustic text-sound performances with use of voice, objects, acoustic instruments and electronics, modified record players and tape machines.
> Listen: 1 / 2
Frederik Croene has developed a rich experimental practice of improper use of the piano, whether by expanding its range with the help of technology or by deconstructing its mechanics. After his rather intense encounter with the organ on ‘F.C. Me Fecit’, which appeared last year on B.A.A.D.M., Frederik Croene will channel another wind-driven instrument: the Hammond-organ.
> Listen: 1
In the past two years, Mathieu Serruys has been performing extensively with the eroded melodic textures from his tape- and synth-driven debut album ‘On Germaine Dulac’, which also marked the start of B.A.A.D.M. as an active label. While not wandering too far from his distinctive approach, also some new sonic territories will be explored now.
> Listen: 1
Fri. 15.04.16 – 019, Dok Noord 5L, Gent, Belgium
Once again, we teamed up with film historian dr. Sofie Verdoodt to curate ‘Night of the Experimental Film’ for Art Cinema OFFoff.
We’re delighted to announce that Croatian Amor (DK), Erik Enocksson (SE) and Opéra Mort (FR/BE) will provide this year’s edition with live soundtracks to a selection of fine experimental films dealing with love, death and the fragmentation of the body. B.A.A.D.M. has selected sound artists not just aiming to ‘support’ the moving image, but rather to confront it in order to add other layers of meaning and open up new possibilities for interpretation and perception.
Yukoku (Patriotism / The Rite of Love and Death)
Yukio Mishima, JP, 1966, b/w, 30’, digital
Live soundtrack: Croatian Amor (DK)
The Potted Psalm
Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, VS, 1947, b/w, 18’, 16mm
Peter Tscherkassky, AT, 2001, b/w, 11’, digital
Live soundtrack: Opéra Mort (BE/FR)
Carolee Schneemann, VS, 1965, color & b/w, 25’, 16mm
Takahiko Iimura, JP, 1962-63, b/w, 10’, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Erik Enocksson (SE)
+ Party with dj’s Nosedrip, M.A.V. & Loke Rahbek
The LP will be officially out on December 19th at Noisefest in Kortrijk (Belgium), where Sewer Election and Leda will perform as Neutral.
An edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
79 BC: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covers the ancient Roman city of Pompei with tons of ash. All of its inhabitants die and are buried forever. The imprints of their remains have been preserved for centuries. Today one can still gaze at the plaster cask of a perished dog, as if somebody did not want him to be forgotten. Destruction and stillness are united in ‘POMPEI. Impronte’ (ca.1888), Giorgio Sommer’s photo of this dog. B.A.A.D.M. presented this iconic image to Sewer Election and Leda, as a source of inspiration for what now became ‘Maar’. Working together for this album under their solo monikers, sound artists Dan Johansson and Sofie Herner already collaborated on some of the most captivating Swedish experimental releases of recent years with their work as Neutral and as part of Enhet För Fri Musik.
Like the Pompei dog seems reaching to his tail, becoming a symbol of infinite being, this record emerges as a closed world or a vacuum, with two side-long tracks interminably referring to each other. With ‘Maar’ Sewer Election and Leda created a sound cask, an isolated sonic universe with no beginning nor end.
More info here
Sat. 12.12.15 – Sint-Pieters church, Gent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. kindly invites you to the presentation of our second LP release, ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ by Frederik Croene (B.A.A.D.M. 002). We celebrate this with a concert by Frederik Croene on the extraordinary Van Peteghem organ. Be welcome! Entrance: free!
The reciting of vows, the exchange of rings, the nuptial blessing: the Catholic rite of marriage centers around well-structured passages of a sacramental nature. When Frederik Croene was asked to rethink the musical settings for a wedding mass of a couple of friends, he got intrigued by the challenge of playing the Van Peteghem organ at St. Peter’s Church in Gent. The family of its creator Pierre Van Peteghem was famous in the Romantic period for their exquisite organ constructions.
It was not the first time Croene made improper use of traditional instruments: for his album ‘Le Piano Démécanisée’ (AudioMER, 2010) he turned to the frame of a piano, navigating between the classical repertoire and radical deconstruction of the musical idiom. With Timo Van Luijk (aka Af Ursin) he released ‘Voile au Vent’ (La Scie Dorée, 2009), creating a haunted cosmos of classical instruments pushed to the edge. Impressed by Croene’s exploration of the Van Peteghem organ, B.A.A.D.M. invited him to return to this massive instrument for a recording of his battle with the registers of pipes and pedals. ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ is the result of hours of variations high up in the organ loft of the St. Peter’s Church. Recorded during stormy weather, this album reflects the different moods instilled by the idea of an eternal alliance between people. Alternately connecting and disconnecting with the organ, Croene’s polluted chords unfold a world of archaic aesthetics and romantic ambiguity. In the split universe of both album sides of ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ (a deliberate wink to artistic mastery), Croene tames the organ and puts you under its spell.
Fri. 03.04.15 – 019, Dok Noord 5L, Gent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. together with film historian dr. Sofie Verdoodt curates the next edition of ‘Night of the Experimental Film’ for Art Cinema OFFoff.
These adventurous musicians will interact with a programme of rare films that communicate the metaphysical, transcendental and physical impact of cinema. Through thematic “double bills” we discover returning visual strategies that influence our perception of time. earthly existence, the relationship between the physical and the sensory, nature, animality and transience are connecting elements running through the programme. We deliberately chose films with a strong suggestive charge that evoke primal feelings and find their maximum impact on the big screen.
B.A.A.D.M. has selected sound artists not just aiming to ‘support’ the moving image, but rather to confront it in order to add other layers of meaning and open up new possibilities for interpretation and perception.
Le Songe des chevaux sauvages
Denis Colomb de Daunant, FR, 1960, 11′, color, 16mm
Jack Chambers, CA, 1966, 9′, b/w, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Camargue (BE)
Landscape (for Manon)
Peter Hutton, US, 1987, 18′, b/w, 16mm
A Journey to Avebury
Derek Jarman, GB, 1971, 10′, color, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Sewer Election (SE)
Andy Warhol, US, 1963, 35′, b/w, 16mm
Werner Herzog, DE, 1962, 12′, b/w, digital
Live soundtrack: Helm (UK)
+ Party with dj’s Nosedrip, Raf & B.A.A.D.M. DJs
Fri. 20.09.14 – HISK, Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, Gent, Belgium
Edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
On Germaine Dulac is the debut LP by Belgian musician Mathieu Serruys. B.A.A.D.M. commissioned Serruys to revisit Germaine Dulac, female pioneer of the early experimental film. Loosely inspired by moods, scenes and sceneries of La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928), Serruys creates a sound spectrum that reflects the bewildered states of mind that mark her avant-garde masterpiece.
Atmospheres range from fierce monumentality to delicate emotions, evoked by eroded textures and brittle two-tone melodies. Maltreatments of broken tape recorders, instable sound constructions and instant technical seizures mirror the shaken universe of distorted cinema.
On Germaine Dulac is the result of a surprising confrontation between disciplines and collocutors separated in time and space.
Fri. 28.02.2014 – 8.30 pm, Art Cinema OFFoff – Gent
B.A.A.D.M. proudly presents a tribute to the artist and director Derek Jarman, who passed away twenty years ago. Three Belgian bands that display an affinity with his films will perform at Art Cinema OFFoff. The blue screen of Jarman’s radical testament Blue (1993) will be disconnected from the recorded sound and reinterpreted by the musicians. The lineup of this adventurous evening features sound artist Af Ursin (Timo van Luijk), the young experimental band Maan and Vortex Campaign. Exclusively for this unique occasion, the members of Vortex Campaign, who in the eighties collaborated with Coil and The New Blockaders, will create new work.
More info about the event: http://www.offoff.be/