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MEELKOP, ROEL - Momentum

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Nonvisualobjects NVO002
Release Year: 2005
Note: ed. of 300
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.50

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Second release on HERIBERT FRIEDLS new label !

УTo many Roel meelkop is a musician of microsound music, with releases on Trente Oiseaux, Staalplaat, Intransitive, but he was originally trained as a visual artist and even sold a painting once. Since he is involved in music he has also a built a number of sound installations. The once I saw all involved multiple speakers, sometimes hidden in the ceiling or in trees, and the music moving over the speakers. It's an entirely different thing to make music for this than for the stereo set up of a CD release. But on this new CD (and for once one that hasn't been lying around for years), meelkop reduces his multiple speaker installations to a stereo mix, taking it out of the original concept of the installation, but to be enjoyed as music for the home. As per usual, meelkop doesn't tell us much about the actual installation, and the titles leave not much to know either. So with everything removed other than the music (a very meelkopian thing to do), we are left with six pieces from the period 1997 to 2004, which continue his work explored before on his releases up-to the recently reviewed '5 (Ambiences)', when things got more 'ambient' (see Vital Weekly 488). There are hints here of the forthcoming minimalist and ambient style, such as in lengthy 'Sined', from 2002, with it's soft outbursts of sine wave sounds. Overall this is a most enjoyable CD, and if there should have been any differentiation between work on CD and installation, meelkop has successfully managed to wipe these differences out. These pieces work also quite well outside the context of installations.Ф [Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly]